The reality of being an OFW: The price of dreaming a better life

• Editorial

The reality of being an OFW: The price of dreaming a better life

When the Philippines central bank released its ‘assumptions’ for the Philippine economy on June 4 it projected huge declines across key industries and sectors that have traditionally kept the Philippine’s afloat. Top amongst these were remittances from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), the country’s single most important source of foreign exchange. After reaching a record high […]

ADB lays out $200 million for COVID-19 supply chains

ADB lays out $200 million for COVID-19 supply chains

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has stumped up $200 million for companies that make and distribute supplies needed in Southeast Asia’s fight against the novel coronavirus/ COVID-19 outbreak. The money is meant to provide strained Asia-Pacific companies with the working capital needed to increase production of essential products, including medicine and protective equipment, the ADB […]

Why China’s BRI is a win-win for Myanmar

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Why China’s BRI is a win-win for Myanmar

Reading news reports coming out of Myanmar, I am always taken with the debate over the impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Of particular interest are the new China-Myanmar economic corridor and the debate over its winners and losers, as well as the nature of China’s intentions behind the ambitious infrastructure project. Some […]