Asia-Pacific: Where It’s Come From, Where It’s Going, & Where it is Now

Asia-Pacific: Where It’s Come From, Where It’s Going, & Where it is Now

As Asean prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in October it is an opportune time to review the regions success over that period. From representing just 12 per cent of global gross domestic Product (GDP) in the early 1960s, the wider Asia-Pacific region now accounts for 31 per cent. A report by the Asian Development […]

2016 Vietnam GDP Grows 6.2%

2016 Vietnam GDP Grows 6.2%

Reduced agricultural and mining output has seen 2016 Vietnam GDP come in 7.5 per cent below the 6.7 per cent forecast made at the start of the year. According to the General Statistics Office (GSO) full year 2016 Vietnam GDP came in at an estimated 6.2 per cent. Nguyen Bich Lam, head of the GSO […]

Government Happy For Chinese Dominance of Cambodia Energy Sector to Continue

When Vietnamese forces liberated Cambodia from the genocidal reign of Pol Pot in 1979 they found the country devoid of necessary infrastructure. Roads, bridges, water and sanitation services, and power generation and distribution networks had all but been totally destroyed. While some progress was made on restoring these services in the wake of the Khmer […]

Viettel Removal of Roaming Charges First Sign of True Asean Community

Viettel Removal of Roaming Charges First Sign of True Asean Community

The concept of a single Asean Community (AC) took a giant leap forward in the dying days of 2016 when Vietnamese telecom operator Viettel Group announced plans to remove roaming charges across its networks in Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR. Viettel’s decision could cost the company up to $1 million a day, but it hopes […]

2017 Cambodia Commune Elections Receives Chinese Boost

2017 Cambodia Commune Elections Receives Chinese Boost

When Cambodians go to the polls for the 2017 Cambodia Commune elections they will be exercising their democratic rights with the assistance of the world’s largest communist country, China. In a further gesture of Beijing’s warm relations with Phnom Penh, China’s ambassador to Cambodia, Xiong Bo, has handed $11.7 million in goods to the Cambodia […]

Lao PDR Auto Giant to Boost Cambodia Automotive Sector

Lao PDR Auto Giant to Boost Cambodia Automotive Sector

The fledgling Cambodia automotive sector is set to receive a boost with South Korean listed, Lao PDR registered auto manufacturer Kolao Group announcing plans for a $100 million dollar manufacturing facility in Bavet, near the Cambodia-Vietnam border, capable of producing 30,000 trucks and 50,000 motorcycles a year. The investment will be used to establish the […]

Malaysia’s Economy in Good Shape Going Into 2017: GDP to Rise 4.5%

Malaysia’s Economy in Good Shape Going Into 2017: GDP to Rise 4.5%

Malaysia’s economy is forecast to grow by 4.5 per cent in 2017 while the government’s financial policies are on track to meet medium-term objectives in a baseline scenario of moderate growth, low inflation, and external uncertainties. These are some of the key takeaways following the latest Article IV mission to Malaysia by the International Monetary […]

Cambodia Pushes Youth For More Volunteering Involvement

Cambodia Pushes Youth For More Volunteering Involvement

Cambodia has celebrated United Nations Volunteer Day with a two-day event comprising a high-level dialogue panels on the role of volunteerism in realising Cambodia’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a showcase of the various volunteering programs available for participation. Opened by Tauch Choeun, director general of the General Department of Youth at the Ministry of […]

Aussie Nurse’s Cambodia Arrest Focuses Spotlight on Surrogacy, Australian Passport Integrity

Aussie Nurse’s Cambodia Arrest Focuses Spotlight on Surrogacy, Australian Passport Integrity

The arrest of Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles two weeks ago on human trafficking related charges has thrust the Cambodian government into the commercial surrogacy spotlight resulting in a flurry of confused, confusing, and at times contradictory statements from Cambodian officials. At the same time the ease with which Ms Davis-Charles was able to obtain passports for […]

IMF Slashes 2016-17 Myanmar GDP to 6.5%

IMF Slashes 2016-17 Myanmar GDP to 6.5%

Just five months after the World Bank’s Myanmar Economic Monitor (MEM) projected  2016-17 Myanmar GDP to rise to 7.8 per cent and average 8.2 per cent per year over the medium-term, a report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has stepped back from its similarly rosy forecast of 8 per cent to now say growth […]

Japan Gifts ‎¥800 billion Aid to Myanmar as Rohingya Villages Burn

At the same time as her army was being accused of raping, killing, and burning down the homes of ethnic Rohingya in Rakhine State, Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi was in Tokyo accepting a five year ¥800 billion (about US$7.73 billion) aid package from the Japanese government… 5 per cent of which is […]

Envoys Spend Second Day in Rakhine State as Aid Ban Lifted

Envoys Spend Second Day in Rakhine State as Aid Ban Lifted

A high-level delegation of foreign diplomats and UN representatives have spent a second day in Rakhine State in Western Myanmar investigating the latest outbreak of ethnic violence. The delegation, including the ambassadors of China, India, the United States and United Kingdom, European diplomats, and UN officials arrived in the strife-torn region yesterday morning along with […]

ADB Loan To Boost Cambodia’s Skilled Labour, Further Education Reforms

ADB Loan To Boost Cambodia’s Skilled Labour, Further Education Reforms

As Cambodia claws its way into lower-middle income status one of the biggest hurdles it faces on its journey to the next level is the lack of a steady supply of skilled labour preventing its manufacturing sector from graduating beyond the garment and footwear sectors. In an attempt to boost the supply of skilled labour […]

Cambodia Tourism Sector Targetted for Quality Boost

Cambodia Tourism Sector Targetted for Quality Boost

In a bid to boost the quality of goods and services people receive at recreational venues across the country Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism has introduced a new ranking standards system. According to a statement issued by the ministry, restaurants that pass inspection will be awarded between one- and five-stars, while venues such as night clubs, karaoke […]

Cambodia Rice Sector ‘Crisis’ Patched, But Not Fixed

Cambodia Rice Sector ‘Crisis’ Patched, But Not Fixed

Cambodia Minister of Agriculture Veng Sakhon has delivered a stinging broadside to the country’s agriculture and business sectors in the wake of what can only be described as the world’s shortest “crisis.” Just over a week ago the Cambodia rice sector was said to be in ‘crisis’. The tumbling price of rice in Battambang saw […]