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Jan 06, 2020

Thailand kicked off the new year with a ban on single-use plastic bags at major stores, continuing a campaign launched by the government and retailers towards a complete ban in 2021 to reduce plastic waste to which the country is one of the world’s largest contributors, particularly to maritime waste.

Jan 05, 2020

More than 24 million bamboo poles have been harvested for construction projects in the enormous refugee settlement in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, thanks, in part, to support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Over 900,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are living in Cox’s Bazar, an area...

Jan 05, 2020

A massive bridge project linking the western part of Brunei with the country’s geographically isolated easternmost district of Temburong, an exclave separated from the rest of Brunei by Malaysia and Brunei Bay, has been completed, the contractor announced on January 2.

Jan 05, 2020
  • Business must adapt to a rapidly growing middle class changing consumer behaviour and profiles.
  • Policy-makers must find ways to make the region's growth sustainable.
  • Poverty and a lack of infrastructure add to the challenges of digital and labour transformation brought by the Fourth Industrial...
  • Dec 26, 2019

    An endangered species of crane has been saved from extinction in Thailand, thanks to a project supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

    Rapid industrialization over the past 30 years and subsequent urbanization and intensification of agricultural production in the southeast Asian...

    Dec 25, 2019

    The Lao government is seeking input from academic and other research to help formulate strategies for poverty alleviation after acknowledging that it is only making slow progress. The Poverty Reduction Fund (PRF) under the country’s ministry of Agriculture and forestry has initiated the research concept on...

    Dec 19, 2019

    Vietnam is planning to strengthen its tourism sector as it has turned into one of the most important driving forces for the country’s economic development in the past years, contributing more than six per cent to GDP each year.

    Taking note of this, in 2011, the government released the “Strategy on Vietnam’s...

    Dec 18, 2019

    China Communications Construction Co Ltd and Philippine partner Macroasia Corp., an airline service company owned by Lucio Tan, chairman of national carrier Philippine Airlines, have won an auction for a $10-billion airport construction project outside Metro Manila, the latest in a multi-billion dollar push by the...

    Dec 17, 2019

    Dec 17, 2019 (China Knowledge) - Following Shanghai and Guangzhou, Beijing will become the third city in China to implement regulations for testing of autonomous self-driving vehicles with driver onboard. The new regulations were issued by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport, along with relevant...

    Dec 11, 2019

    A new phase of the European Union’s SMART Myanmar project, called SMART Textiles & Garments, will bring together brands including H&M, Bestseller and C&A, trade unions and business associations to boost social and environmental sustainability in Myanmar’s garment industry.

    Nov 21, 2019

    The motorcycle-based ride-hailing app Angkas is redefining the way Filipinos get around the Metro. With over three million app downloads and 27,000 registered drivers, it has become an increasingly popular mode of transport thanks to its efficiency and relative affordability.

    Nov 20, 2019

    A number of Japanese automakers have plans to extend their investments in Indonesia, which should help the government implement its roadmap to build a globally competitive automotive industry.

    “We have received a report about Toyota Group’s expansion plan worth of $2 billion. This will include the...

    Nov 15, 2019

    Singapore has been named the most beautiful city in Asia and the 11th most beautiful city in the world on a list of 50 cities globally compiled by Canada-based online travel agency Flight Network.

    Topping the list is Paris, followed by New York, London, Venice and Vancouver.

    Singapore as the highest-...

    Nov 13, 2019

    Singapore will put in place artificial intelligence (AI)-backed tools in public services such as municipal administration, education, health, transport and logistics, smart cities and estates, as well as safety and security up to 2030, according to the city state’s Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, who unveiled...

    Nov 12, 2019

    Indonesia plans to build its first spaceport in Biak, Papua, with the purpose of launching test rockets, the country’s National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) has confirmed.

    “We will build [the spaceport] just like LAPAN’s rocket launch site we have in South Garut [West Java]. However, it will be...

    Nov 05, 2019

    E-commerce spending in Southeast Asia will increase nearly fourfold to $120.9 billion by 2025 from $31.3 billion in 2018, a recent study by consultancy Bain and Company found. Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam are expected to be the biggest contributors to the growth of consumer digital spending in in the region over...

    Nov 05, 2019

    In Thailand, the digital economy is expected to grow to a volume $50 billion by 2025 from $16 billion as of 2019, making it the second largest in Southeast Asia behind Indonesia. This is one finding of the “E-Conomy SEA 2019” report by Google and Singaporean investment firm Temasek found, based on a 29 per cent...

    Oct 31, 2019

    In this under-developed area, sanitation has hitherto been lacking. “Previously, the people did not have toilets, they did not see the necessity of having a proper place to defecate,” says Raju Prajad Sah, the local Chief Administrative Officer.

    He describes how open defecation has been a longstanding and...

    Oct 24, 2019

    Adorable dolphins and beautiful coral are on display at the Anyo Museum, creating a lovely interactive experience with visitors through the wonders of augmented reality (AR). The application of innovative technology helps this tourism factory to not only combine marine culture with food safety education, but also...

    Oct 16, 2019

    Thailand's southern beaches lure travelers with their turquoise water and dramatic limestone cliffs, but there's more to explore in the Southeast Asian country.

    For finding a road less traveled in one of the world's most popular destinations, head away from Bangkok, and far from the overly Instagrammed...

    Oct 04, 2019

    JEONJU, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jeonju, a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, will host the 2019 Jeonju Bibimbap Festival, a fiesta of traditional Korean taste and charm.

    Under the slogan of “Mixing excitingly! Enjoying deliciously!” the festival will be held in Jeonju Hanok Village, Seohakdong Art...

    Oct 02, 2019

    Women in jobs or seeking work in the Philippines made up less than half the female working-age population over the last two decades, mainly owing to social expectations that they will care for homes and children, according a study commissioned by the National Economic and Development Authority.

    Filipinas are...