Workplace Automation: Skills Development Key For Developing Countries (HD video)

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Workplace Automation: Skills Development Key For Developing Countries (HD video)

  In 2017 economists Carl Frey and Michael Osborne concluded that 47 per cent of jobs in the United States were at high risk of workplace automation. A range of replications and extensions have made similar claims. The World Development Report 2016 asserts that 68.9 per cent of jobs in India are at high risk — and that number […]

Emerging Skepticism a Real Risk to PAP Longevity

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Emerging Skepticism a Real Risk to PAP Longevity

Singapore’s new President, Halimah Yacob, is a widely liked and respected former speaker of parliament, as well as the first female ever and first Malay in five decades to become the largely ceremonial head of state. Yet what looks like a milestone for Singapore is triggering anxiety about the political process that selected her and […]

Indonesia’s Liberal Democratic Reforms’ Slide to a ‘Neo-New Order’

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Indonesia’s Liberal Democratic Reforms’ Slide to a ‘Neo-New Order’

On 16 September, police broke up an academic discussion at the offices of renowned activist NGO the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH). The topic was the killings of alleged leftists in 1965 and 1966 in the wake of the failed coup that brought former president Suharto to power, public discussion of which has often raised the […]

Junta Reforms Fail to Stem Japanese Foreign Investment Flight

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Junta Reforms Fail to Stem Japanese Foreign Investment Flight

The Thai junta is unhappy with Thailand’s current economic paradigm and is attempting to shift the fundamental base of the country’s economy. Various branches of the Thai state are attempting to create what is vaguely referred to as ‘Thailand 4.0’ by the government, the ‘next growth phase’ by the Ministry of Finance (MoF), and the […]

Due Diligence Vital as Vietnam’s SOE Sale Gathers Pace

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Due Diligence Vital as Vietnam’s SOE Sale Gathers Pace

After 25 years of rhetoric about state-owned enterprise (SOE) reform in Vietnam it appears that there is finally some real progress. PetroVietnam, Vietnam Airlines, Vinatex (the textile conglomerate), and Saigon and Hanoi Alcohol Beer and Beverages Corporations are among the SOEs being partially sold to private investors. And initial public offerings (IPOs) are expected for […]

South China Sea Harmony: Beijing’s For The Taking

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South China Sea Harmony: Beijing’s For The Taking

The Philippines is on the front line of China’s entry into a strategic theatre in Asia that has been dominated by the United States since World War II. Its experience of China’s rise is a sometimes fraught daily reality. In the disputed South China Sea territory, episodes like the standoffs between military personnel on remote […]

AEC 2025: Will The ASEAN Economic Community Finally be Realised?

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AEC 2025: Will The ASEAN Economic Community Finally be Realised?

As Asean turns 50 how much closer is it towards achieving economic integration? And can it do a better job of hastening reforms and binding Asean member states to their commitments at a time of increasing uncertainty and rising protectionist pressures globally? The grouping fell short of its target of realising the Asean Economic Community […]

Rethink Needed: Thailand’s Migrant Worker Policy Debacle

Rethink Needed: Thailand’s Migrant Worker Policy Debacle

Since 2014 Thailand’s coup-led government has prioritised eliminating human trafficking, especially among migrant workers. This renewed attention has been in direct response to a storm of international criticism aimed at the poor working conditions suffered by migrant workers. So far, the government has responded with hasty action and a number of legislative changes. Thailand’s most recent move […]

Malaysia Eyes TPP-11, But on Its Terms

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Malaysia Eyes TPP-11, But on Its Terms

US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has set in motion a total re-think of trade policy in Malaysia. Malaysia’s relations with the United States are in a state of flux. There is little comfort for Malaysian policymakers in what’s been coming out of Washington. Trump has classified Malaysia (along […]

Terror & Anarchy Threat Force West to Embrace Unsavoury Allies

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Terror & Anarchy Threat Force West to Embrace Unsavoury Allies

During his second State of the Nation Address, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte promised to continue his ‘unrelenting and unremitting’ campaign against illegal drugs, which has reportedly claimed the lives of thousands of suspected drug dealers and users. True to form, he also lashed out at critics, particularly those in the European Union (EU) and the […]

Can Mahathir and PH Bring Down UMNO’s Corrupt Party-state?

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Can Mahathir and PH Bring Down UMNO’s Corrupt Party-state?

Malaysia’s opposition coalition,  (PH), is busy preparing its manifesto for the 14th Malaysia General Election (GE14) which must be held by August 2018 at the latest. PH cannot afford to repeat past mistakes and publish a strategically ambiguous election manifesto as a simple public relations exercise — it needs to produce a transition pact that clearly […]

Indonesia’s Digital Economy: Bridging The Digital Divide

Indonesia’s Digital Economy: Bridging The Digital Divide

Digital technology is fast becoming the core of life, work, culture and identity in Indonesia. A young nation with a median age of 28 and a rapidly growing urban middle class, Indonesia is using digital technologies in ways that have made the world take notice. In 2016, there were 76 million Indonesians with a Facebook […]

Indonesia Still Haunted by Asian Financial Crisis Ghosts

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Indonesia Still Haunted by Asian Financial Crisis Ghosts

In 1996 Southeast Asia was celebrating its ‘economic miracle’ as the World Bank (WB) lauded the region’s spectacular growth. Tackling middle income challenges was the focus of an IMF–Asean conference in Jakarta. The mood was ebullient. Less than a year later on July 2, 1997, Thailand floated the baht, triggering the Asian financial crisis, known […]

Cooperation & Struggle: Vietnam’s South China Sea Strategy

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Cooperation & Struggle: Vietnam’s South China Sea Strategy

A little over a year ago the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruled on an application brought by the Philippines against China over their maritime dispute in the South China Sea involving the Spratly Islands. The Tribunal ruled unanimously on almost all of the Philippines’ claims. If China and the Philippines had complied with the […]

Asean At 50: Firing up or Powering Down?

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Asean At 50: Firing up or Powering Down?

Fifty years ago Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines established the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). This association of primarily non-communist and relatively free-market countries was formed at a time when the Cold War was in full swing, and its end seemed to validate their confidence. The group expanded in the late 1980s […]

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