Fintech has been one of the ASEAN region’s major economic success stories. But 2020 might not hold the sector’s next digital breakthrough.
Last month the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement came into effect. Will it be a steppingstone to a region-to-region deal?
The Trump administration has eroded confidence in the US’s economic and foreign policy commitments. But its attempts to salvage relations risk exacerbating the situation.
The United Nations says increased urban migration flows will heavily impact the region’s cities in coming decades. These trends could exacerbate environmental and economic problems, but they also bring the prospect of renewal.
At the 16th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM)-India Consultations, an agreement was reached for a review of the free trade agreement (FTA) between the two sides. This will be the first review of the pact in a decade.
Increasing demand for online food deliveries has created a paradigm shift in the foodservice industry. Virtual kitchens that exclusively serve online customers are becoming increasingly common. How will they impact Southeast Asian digital markets?
ASEAN’s commitment to decision-making by consensus and non-interference in the internal affairs of member states severely restricts its ability to play an effective and pro-active role in the Rohingya crisis.
Rapid economic development in the Asia-Pacific region has lifted millions out of poverty in recent decades. The middle classes are benefiting from increased housing options, but those at the bottom of the economic ladder are still struggling.
Natural disasters are becoming increasingly severe, hindering poverty reduction attempts and economic growth. The UN says the Asia-Pacific region isn’t doing enough to protect itself against the risks.
Twenty years after independence, Timor-Leste struggles to define its future beyond foreign influences and a volatile fossil fuel economy. Its bid to join ASEAN is finally moving ahead and represents a key piece of its development agenda.