National & Features Syndicate content

Mar 27, 2020

Migrants are playing an increasingly important role in the provision of health care around the world. The number of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who move from developing countries to take up posts in developed countries is expected to rise as the global population of older persons and children...

Mar 14, 2020

The coronavirus crisis could cost economies in the Asia-Pacific region $211 billion this year, sending growth to its lowest level in more than a decade as governments struggle to combat the disease, S&P Global Ratings warned on March 6 in a report.

In a worst-case scenario, China could see growth of less...

Mar 04, 2020

The Cambodian government is close to signing a deal with the local subsidiary of French-owned, Singapore-based renewable power producer The Blue Circle to construct the energy-starving country’s first wind power farm.

“Both sides expect to sign an agreement soon. I expect it will be done by June,” said...

Feb 22, 2020

Speaking multiple languages is essential to the modern world and key to understanding and accessing the viewpoints of a wider cross-section of the population, says Dr. Amanda Murphy, Assistant Professor from the School of Sciences and Humanities at Nazarbayev University.

Feb 11, 2020

Singapore could see a decline of up to 30 per cent in both tourist arrivals and receipts this year because of the coronavirus outbreak, Keith Tan, chief executive of the Singapore Tourism Board, said in an interview with Bloomberg TV.

The decline would be from last year’s record arrivals of 19.1 million and...

Feb 11, 2020

Feb 11, 2020 (China Knowledge) - Due to coronavirus outbreak; office and industrial properties will be hardest hit. There is no appearance sign of bottoming out in coming weeks; severity could extend till mid-year.

Industry Highlights:

Real estate developers closed sales offices to avoid spreading of...

Feb 08, 2020

In the past, young people looking to moonlight or take a part-time job alongside their studies used to work in restaurants and fast food chains near their schools. But food delivery services have begun to offer an attractive alternative due to low entry thresholds and comparably good pay. Over the past two years...

Feb 07, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia---Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dr. Tun Mahathir Mohammad convened a briefing session with the Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (“MTDC”) and the Global Coalition for Efficient Logistics (“GCEL”) to discuss how the Digital Economy Platform (DEP) can assist to achieve Malaysia’s Shared...

Feb 06, 2020

Poppy cultivation in Myanmar registered an 11-per cent decline in 2019, while the acreage under the opium crop came down by 33,100 hectares over the previous year, the new Myanmar Opium Survey just released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) revealed.

According to the UNODC’s report 2019...

Feb 06, 2020

The ban on distributing free single-use plastic bags in shops, malls and convenience stores in Thailand put into force on January 1 this year has not only positive effects. Dozens of plastic bag manufacturers are now at risk of closing their businesses altogether if they get no support from the government,...

Jan 30, 2020

The National Bank of Cambodia, the country’s central bank, is preparing the launch of a blockchain-based, peer-to-peer payment and money transfer platform in the coming months as “the national payment gateway for Cambodia,” the institution’s director-general Chea Serey said.

Trial runs are already underway...

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.