International Schools: Singapore 7th Most Expensive Globally

International Schools: Singapore 7th Most Expensive Globally

Singapore is the seventh most expensive country for international education worldwide and the 16th most expensive place to live for expatriates according to recent surveys. Based on information from 707 international schools across 98 countries, the ExpatFinder International School Fee Survey 2016 ranks the median amount of tuition fees for a sixth grade student for […]

Indonesia Tops Asean as Highest Contributor of Marine Plastic

The ocean has become a swirling mass of pellets, water bottles, food packets, fishing wire, and plastic bags, and four countries in Asean are largely to blame for what is termed ‘marine plastic’. Long assumed to be a vast and boundless entity, the ocean has become a dumping ground for the ever-growing human obsession with […]

Vietnam Seeks New Growth Model in Wake of TPP’s Demise

Vietnam Seeks New Growth Model in Wake of TPP’s Demise

Cheap labour, good personal security, and a stable government has long attracted foreign investment to Vietnam. However, the increasing minimum wage, capped working hours, and the looming death of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) means Vietnam’s recent stellar economic growth may begin to wane unless some urgent changes are made. According to deputy prime minister […]

Vocational Study Disincentives Behind Thailand’s Skilled Labour Shortage

Vocational Study Disincentives Behind Thailand’s Skilled Labour Shortage

Thailand is facing an increasing shortage of skilled labour in key growth industries. Automotive, information communications technology (ICT), tourism, garment, and many more are suffering from a shortage of employees with sufficient skills to handle a world where technology is playing an ever increasing role. Not only are very few people participating in vocational training […]

Ease of Doing Business: Indonesia Leads the World in Reforms

Ease of Doing Business: Indonesia Leads the World in Reforms

Singapore may be one of the easiest country’s in the world in which to do business, but the city-state shouldn’t become complacent. Asean neighbours Indonesia and Brunei lead the world in reforms aimed at making it easier to do business in their respective countries. According to the recently published Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for […]

Ban The Bag: Cambodia Plastic Bag Law Approaches Reality

Ban The Bag: Cambodia Plastic Bag Law Approaches Reality

The days of Cambodia waterways and roadsides littered by discarded plastic bags could be just over the horizon following the signing of a sub-decree banning small plastic bags and levying charges for plastic bags given away at supermarkets by the Cambodian government. The law was drafted early October by sustainable development NGO ACRA Foundation in […]

Vietnam’s Stellar Economic Growth Stumbles

Vietnam’s Stellar Economic Growth Stumbles

Last year’s extreme drought and contractions in the mining sector have combined to strip Vietnam of its stellar economic growth for 2016, while what effect the death two weeks ago of King Bhumibol Adulyadej will have on Thailand, the  nation with the fastest recovering GDP in Asean for 2016, remains to be seen. Meanwhile the […]

Cambodia Real Estate Mag Defies Industry Trend

Cambodia Real Estate Mag Defies Industry Trend

While the advent of the internet has seen the closure of hundreds of newspapers and magazines globally in Cambodia print media is far from dead, as can be seen by the unveiling of the second issue of Cambodia Real Estate magazine. Published by realestate.com.kh, one of the prime sources of real estate news and data […]

Thailand To Be Most Expensive Place to Buy Apple iPhone 7 in Asean

Thailand To Be Most Expensive Place to Buy Apple iPhone 7 in Asean

An Apple iPhone 7 in Thailand will cost over US$1000, substantially more than its US$749 price tag in America, making it the most expensive country to buy an iPhone 7 in Asean. Southeast Asian shopping and e-commerce site iPrice found people in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines where the device is yet to be […]

Philippines & Indonesia Combine to Cause Nickel Industry Concern

Philippines & Indonesia Combine to Cause Nickel Industry Concern

Uncertainty is beginning to descend on the global nickel industry with the world’s largest nickel mining country, the Philippines, suspending 20 mines for failing an environmental audit. At the same time former world’s leading nickel exporter Indonesia looks set to again change its nickel ore export policy. Last year the Philippines produced 530,000 tons of […]

Singapore Universities Unchallenged For Asean Education Hub Title

Singapore Universities Unchallenged For Asean Education Hub Title

Singapore remains the undisputed Asean education hub with two of its universities making it into the top 100 universities globally, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017. The National University of Singapore (NUS) rose two positions from last year to rank at number 24 in the 2017 global university rankings, while Nanyang Technological […]

Asean in 2030 And Beyond

Asean in 2030 And Beyond

In the next 15 years the faces of Asean are set to change drastically. Although the population of Asean in 2030 will be richer and largely urbanised, the majority of the region’s GDP will still be produced by the 30 per cent of the population who remain in the countryside. By 2050 there will be […]