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Feb 25, 2017

Under a radiant sun in coastal Mituo District in the northern part of Kaohsiung, several small water birds stop at a pond to enjoy its clean water. Not unusual until one realizes that the pond is used to raise milkfish and Pacific white shrimp.

“That there are so many birds that come and drink the water...

Feb 21, 2017

Malaysia is set to welcome around one million health travelers in 2017, up from 860,000 last year, and generate respective revenue of $292 million, up 30 per cent compared with 2016, the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) says.

Indonesia remains the top revenue contributor, accounting for 70 per cent...

Feb 15, 2017

Feb 14, 2017 (China Knowledge) - Chinese men spend USD 310 average on gifts for Valentine's Day according to a report by MasterCard. The average figure of RMB 2,130 calculated shows Chinese men who purchased gifts for their loved ones rank these men first in Asia. Hong Kong men rank second with average spending of...

Feb 11, 2017

Singapore-headquartered ride-sharing startup Grab has plans to invest $700 million in Indonesia over the next four years as part of its expansion plans in the populous, but infrastructurally challenged country.

In what it calls its 2020 Master Plan, Grab wants to put millions into research and development,...

Feb 05, 2017

Without running water, students face hygiene challenges and education is disrupted

Romyla Macanas and Ella Maeh Lopez know how essential clean water is for good hygiene. The two teenagers are in the 10th grade at Tolosa National High School in Leyte province in the central region of the Philippines.

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Feb 04, 2017

Asia's elderly population is projected to reach nearly 923 million by the middle of this century. As a result, the region is on track in the next few decades to become one of the oldest in the world. Governments in Asia are generally poorly prepared for this vast change that will have wide social and economic...

Jan 26, 2017

Ulaanbaatar, January 24, 2017 — On January 19, The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Mongolia Meloney C. Lindberg and J. Batbayasgalan, Ulaanbaatar’s Capital City Vice Governor for Green Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which defines the areas of collaboration between the two parties...

Jan 22, 2017

A Chinese construction consortium won a $2.7-billion contract to build a 133-story twin-tower commercial skyscraper in Phnom Penh which – at a height of 560 meters – would become the tallest twin tower in the world, surpassing the current record holder, Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers, by 108 meters.

Jan 21, 2017

Southeast Asian F&B brands see Hong Kong as a key market in their expansion plans.

Often dubbed the food capital of Asia, Hong Kong’s culinary scene is one of its biggest attractions, with a wide array of cuisines represented and budgets to suit every pocket. Keen to gain a foothold in this culinary...

Jan 15, 2017

Women scientists strengthen network in Lower Mekong

January 2017—My Bach, a biotechnology undergraduate student in Hanoi, is passionate about pursuing a career in science, but concerned about the low number of female colleagues in the field in Southeast Asia.

Jan 14, 2017

Despite low levels of Internet penetration, Indonesia is considered among the most potentially lucrative e-commerce markets in Southeast Asia.

By ASEAN standards, Indonesia has been a slow developer in terms of Internet penetration. Out of the country's 259 million-strong population, only 34 per cent are...

Jan 12, 2017

Laos’ first domestic smartphone brand will be introduced to shops and agencies in Vientiane and the country’s provinces this month after a local IT company began displaying the product at the its showroom last week.

Jan 03, 2017

A dynamic business environment, evolving regulations, and weak due diligence are some of the challenges facing new business entrants in China.

Jan 01, 2017

Fleur Pellerin has overcome both racism and sexism to find success in con-servative French political and business circles. At the invitation of Common-Wealth Magazine, she will make her first visit to Taiwan in January to take part in the 2017 CommonWealth Economic Forum.

Fleur Pellerin, a prominent figure...

Dec 28, 2016

Farmers in Myanmar, notoriously under-equipped with agricultural tools, made a virtue out of necessity of deploying 3D printing technology to create bespoke parts the can use to cultivate their fields and process their crops.

Dec 27, 2016

Just on the day when Indonesia’s central bank revealed newly designed rupiah notes that will replace the ones in use since the year 2000, the bank’s Senior Deputy Governor Mirza Adityaswara noted that plans for a re-denomination of the currency, first mulled in 2014, have been revived.

Dec 21, 2016

With China among the world's largest e-commerce markets, digital businesses are facilitating cross-border sales between European vendors and mainland consumers.

For anyone involved in e-commerce, China is clearly the country to crack. In 2015, retail e-commerce sales in the Chinese mainland totaled US$672...

Dec 19, 2016

Asia is rapidly emerging as the leading continent for advanced green technologies. Three countries – each with different focuses – offer the rest of the world learning opportunities.

Asia is home to the fastest-growing cities in the world, with 53 per cent of the world’s urban population living within the...

Dec 08, 2016

Social enterprise creates jobs while promoting clean energy

“We are extremely happy and will continue our services for income generation and for changing energy realities in our villages. It feels great to be a part of this network and economically independent.”

December 2016—It’s always good to have...

Nov 30, 2016

HÀ NỘI — Each year, environmental pollution causes Việt Nam an economic loss of 5 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) and the figure is expected to rise, said Đinh Đức Trường, deputy head of the Economics and Environment Faculty under Việt Nam’s National Economics University.

Trường told an...

Nov 21, 2016

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is building an offshore system that will integrate multiple renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, tidal, diesel, and power-to-gas technologies.

Nov 21, 2016

Tainan, Taiwan, November 11, 2016 - In response to Taiwan government’s New Southbound Policy, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) is committed to serving as the major international education hub in Asia, initiating a joint master degree program to facilitate international student mobility.