National & Features Syndicate content

Oct 06, 2020

Faced with an existential crisis, the poor southern Taiwan county of Pingtung transformed its agricultural sector. How did they put Taiwan chocolate on the world stage?

As the car approached Neipu Township of Pingtung County, the view was full of tall, narrow betel palms. More than two decades ago, these...

Oct 06, 2020

For the first time in decades, Afghanistan has an opportunity for peace. The United States agreement to withdraw foreign troops and negotiations between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban set the stage to end the bitter conflict.

Sep 29, 2020

Bangkok (ESCAP news) – After a long journey of more than a decade, Mongolia has formally acceded to the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) today. APTA represents the first regional trade agreement of Mongolia with developing countries.

Sep 23, 2020

Bangkok (ESCAP news) – The Royal Government of Bhutan has announced its first sovereign bond to support the economy in recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic while diversifying financial sources. The new financing instrument supported by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP...

Aug 30, 2020

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) in June 2020 was faced with the challenging task of delivering urgently needed personnel protective equipment (PPEs) to member countries in Southeast, East, Central, and West Asia, at a time when travel and transport restrictions were at their most severe.

The COVID-19 crisis...

Aug 24, 2020

As the COVID-19 outbreak brings a cycling renaissance, Taiwan has found its becalmed bicycle-manufacturing sector putting pedal to the metal if it is to meet renewed demand.
25 August 2020

Aug 18, 2020

Southeast Asia’s largest economy is an attractive destination for manufacturing relocation.

The world’s manufacturing infrastructure and supply chains were undergoing profound changes last year, driven by trade disputes, rapid technological advances and the long-running rise of Asia. The change was then...

Aug 14, 2020

• The main foods imported by Asia in recent years are grapes, cranberries, mangos, mandarins and avocados, among others.
• Peru has positioned itself among the top ten fruit and vegetable exporters worldwide.

Aug 07, 2020

A flight carrying protective masks, ventilators and other essential medical supplies for COVID-19 response, landed in Papua New Guinea on Thursday, marking the start of a humanitarian air service for the Pacific region, Governments and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have announced.

The supplies were...

Aug 07, 2020

Taiwan’s solar power policies are threatening the environment by putting pressure on coastal ecosystems and wild animal habitats and turning power plant land and licenses into mere financial commodities. What has gone wrong?

Head south in the Changhua Coast Industrial Park’s Xianxi Section and a big lagoon...

Aug 07, 2020

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic causing havoc all over the world, some countries, sectors and economies have done better than other due to the inherent nature of their businesses. While sectors like travel, retail, entertainment, food and beverages and so on have been hit hard as people cannot step out of...

Aug 02, 2020

In the past five years, 340 new restaurant brands have sprouted up in Taiwan and old favorites have gotten facelifts as second-generation restaurateurs take over. How are they changing the vibe of Taiwan’s food scene?

Step into the Sinchao Rice Shoppe in the Breeze Xinyi complex in eastern Taipei and one is...

Jul 25, 2020

SINGAPORE – MP Biomedicals Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, a diagnostic corporation which has been operating for over 30 years focusing on various infectious disease testing development and manufacturing, today announced the successful development of a rapid antibody test kit for COVID-19, in collaboration with the Agency...

Jul 24, 2020

21 July 2020, Bangkok: TCEB launches new subsidy scheme to encourage more domestic meetings and incentives. The new scheme is aimed at assisting MICE operators facing the loss of overseas business and stimulating the national economy.

Jul 23, 2020

The Southeast Asian bloc has overtaken the European Union as Mainland China’s No1 trading partner.

Rapid economic growth and changes in global trade patterns have boosted trade between Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members and Mainland China to such an extent that ASEAN is now the mainland’s...

Jul 18, 2020

Six Asian countries come together to lead Southeast Asia’s biggest drug bust.

This year, several Southeast Asian countries got all fired up in celebration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26.

Literally.

In Yangon, Myanmar, thick clouds of dark smoke...

Jul 18, 2020

The retail sector in Malaysia will face a contraction of sales of 8.7 per cent this year, Retail Group Malaysia said in a recent forecast. The group has revised its earlier prediction in April of a 5.5-per cent contraction.

“The retail market turned into a bloodbath since mid-March with the implementation of...

Jul 11, 2020

The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing Php126 million ($2.5 million) to help the Philippine government’s implementation of the Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan to advance education delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the COVID-19 emergency...

Jul 11, 2020

From eggs to cookies, from feed to vaccines, from livestock to schnitzel - the business of Taiwan’s DaChan Great Wall Business Group spans the entire supply chain from producing livestock to processing foods and bringing them to restaurants and dinner tables. What started out as a small processor of soybean oils in...

Jul 04, 2020

Vietnam’s government will sell its remaining 36-per cent stake in the country’s largest brewer Sabeco by the end of this year, according to a government document released this week, Reuters reported.

Sabeco, formally known as Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp based in Ho Chi Minh City, has a market...

Jul 02, 2020

The global COVID-19 pandemic has forced Taiwanese to travel more at home. Can Taiwan harness this opportunity to go higher end and create experiences that will have consumers coming back for more rather than heading abroad?

Mr. Wu, a tech executive who retired just last year, headed to Chiayi County on June...

Jul 02, 2020

FTA between Hong Kong and ASEAN’s largest member takes effect.

Indonesia – a massive archipelago linking the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean – has long been known as the source of a wide range of spices and original home of at least three global food products – cane sugar, bananas and domestic chickens.