Singapore Viaduct Collapse: Is Too Much Transparency Harmful?

Singapore Viaduct Collapse: Is Too Much Transparency Harmful?

After an in-construction viaduct near Singapore’s Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) collapsed on July 14, killing one and injuring ten, some people are worried that the government’s efforts to maintain a transparent procurement process have come at the expense of workplace safety and infrastructure quality. The contract value for the ill-fated viaduct was significantly lower than the […]

Swadaya: Crowdfunded Series Aims to Empower Indonesians (video)

Indonesian photographer Rio Helmi and American filmmaker Joe Yaggi have joined forces and are currently crowdfunding a TV series, which aims to document grassroots projects across Indonesia. Titled Swadaya – the Indonesian word for self-reliance – the show will feature Indonesians who have taken it upon themselves to improve their communities’ livelihoods. Among them are a […]

Myanmar Morning News For July 28

Myanmar Morning News For July 28

Myanmar Asks WHO to Help Fight H1N1 Virus Myanmar’s government requested help from the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday after the H1N1 influenza killed six out of 20 confirmed cases in the country, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports. – The Irrawaddy Two teams formed to streamline investment The Myanmar Investment Commission […]

Vietnam Morning News For July 28

Vietnam Morning News For July 28

Foreign investment in Viet Nam surge 52 per cent Viet Nam attracted US$21.93 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) during the first seven months of this year, a surge of 52 per cent year-on-year, according to the latest Foreign Investment Agency statistics. – Viet Nam News Bizhub Agriculture records 7M trade surplus of $4bn Export […]

Myanmar Morning News For July 27

Myanmar Morning News For July 27

Warning issued over outbreak of swine flu in Myanmar UK travellers to Myanmar (Burma) should contact their doctor before travelling following an outbreak of deadly swine flu in the Asian country. – Travel Weekly MIC announces housing and industrial projects The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) announced a national low-cost housing construction project and industrial land […]

Vietnam Morning News For July 27

Vietnam Morning News For July 27

Lotte to develop $885mn smart city in Saigon South Korean conglomerate Lotte is poised to develop a multimillion-dollar real estate complex in the Thu Thiem New Urban Area in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. – Tuoi Tre News Vietnam’s fuel imports may drop as Dung Quat oil refinery tax cut finally felt Vietnam’s fuel […]

Lao Morning News For July 26

Lao Morning News For July 26

Import and Export Procedures in Laos – Best Practices Officially the Lao Peoples’ Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), landlocked Laos borders China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. – Asean Briefing Government introduces customs, tax, fee e-payments The Lao government is upgrading payment methods for customs, tax, and other fees at the international customs checkpoint nationwide. – […]

Myanmar Morning News For July 26

Myanmar Morning News For July 26

Why the Myanmar economy is slowing, and how it could bounce back Economic growth in Myanmar has slowed and the country’s fiscal and current account deficits have swelled over the past 2 years under the National League for Democracy government. – The Myanmar Times Limited links sink Myanmar’s potential Long viewed as Southeast Asia’s ‘connectivity’ […]

Vietnam Morning News For July 26

Vietnam Morning News For July 26

Southern Power Corporation develops key electricity projects The Southern Power Corporation under the Electricity of Vietnam Group (EVNSPC) is planning to build 53 more 110 kV power projects in southern provinces and cities, bringing the total number of works in 2017 to 79. – VietnamPlus Foreign investors pouring more money into petrol market The Vietnamese […]

Myanmar Morning News For July 25

Myanmar Morning News For July 25

Myanmar raises the bar The country is opening up its economy to foreign investors. – The Myanmar Times Trade volume rises to US$8.87 billion The country’s total trade volume reached US$8.87 billion by July 14, up by US$1.32 billion from the same period of last year, according to the Commerce Ministry. – Eleven Myanmar ‘Mini […]

Lao Morning News For July 25

Lao Morning News For July 25

Vietnam, Laos work closely to promote trade Since Vietnam and Laos set up diplomatic relations in 1962, the relationship between the two countries has flourished thanks to efforts from both sides to make ties deeper and more effective, especially in economy, trade and investment. – VietnamPlus Luang Namtha eyes cultural tourism opportunities Cultural tourism in […]

Vietnam Morning News For July 25

Vietnam Morning News For July 25

Government targets 6.4-6.8% growth in 2018 The Ministry of Planning and Investment is targeting an economic growth rate of 6.4 per cent to 6.8 per cent for Viet Nam in 2018, according to a document sent to ministries and local authorities with guidelines to develop the socio-economic plan for 2018. – Viet Nam News Bizhub […]

Lao Morning News For July 24

Lao Morning News For July 24

Laos Reaffirms Commitment to Sustainable Development Goals Laos reaffirmed at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable development in New York, USA, Jul 17-19, its commitment to achieving sustainable development goals. – Lao News Agency Lower logistics costs to boost business, competitiveness Decreasing the logistics costs for exporting and importing goods is a priority for […]

Vietnam Morning News For July 24

Vietnam Morning News For July 24

PM okays Van Don EZ development Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has given the northern province of Quang Ninh the go-ahead to develop the Van Don Economic Zone as a special administrative-economic unit. – Viet Nam News Bizhub Vietnam exports 2.66 mln tonnes of rice in first half Vietnam exported nearly 2.66 million tonnes of […]

Is Bangkok Really Asia’s Startup Hub? – Navigating The Thailand BOI Process

Is Bangkok Really Asia’s Startup Hub? – Navigating The Thailand BOI Process

A recent survey by English freelance marketplace PeoplePerHour rated Bangkok as the best city in Asia (and seventh-best in the world) in which to launch a startup. However, one founder’s account of the bureaucracy in starting a business in Bangkok calls into question whether the city deserves such a high distinction. At the very least […]

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