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Oct 19, 2016

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – New approaches are needed to address the challenge of rising urban dwellers in the Pacific who live in poor-quality housing with inadequate provision for basic services in settlements known as ‘urban villages,’ a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report says.

Oct 07, 2016

Helping migrants to obtain proper documentation and avoid deportation. Do not trust anyone who promises to help you cross a border without the right documentation.

September 2016—Samnang*, a 33-year-old from Banteay Meanchey province in Cambodia, learned the hard way that working abroad without the right...

Oct 07, 2016

Farmers use weather forecasts to decide when and what to plant.

September 2016—Situated on the Philippines’ eastern coast, the Bicol region experiences typhoons, flash floods, strong winds, thunderstorms and droughts. Now occurring more frequently and with greater intensity, these hazards are seriously...

Oct 07, 2016

All ASEAN-5 countries except Singapore dropped in the new Global Competitiveness Index 2016-2017 issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF), some of them significantly. The main reason for the slump is that global economic prospects look less favourable as a result of China’s slowdown, anemic growth in Japan and...

Sep 22, 2016

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today approved $631 million in loans and grants to develop the first key 800-kilometer section of a planned 2,500-kilometer-long East Coast Economic Corridor that will spur development on India’s eastern coast and create seamless trade links with other parts of...

Sep 20, 2016

Phnom Penh, September 19, 2016 — Yesterday, The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program launched Let’s Read! E-Books for Cambodian Children, a program that will develop a line of high-quality, Khmer-language storybooks. Let’s Read! E-Books for Cambodian Children addresses one of the root causes for the weak...

Sep 16, 2016

Other countries have their “visions” for the economic future, Thailand uses a borrowed term from the IT sector: The country wants to become “Thailand 4.0,” which means it seeks to transform its economy into a service-based, value-creating digital one.

This is, of course, easier said than done. In the...

Aug 11, 2016
  • Rising demand for German consumer and luxury goods
  • Online shopping is becoming more popular among Chinese middle class consumers
  • Consumer confidence is relatively stable
  • Aug 11, 2016

    After decades of conflict and poverty that captured the world’s attention, Cambodia has enjoyed five years of high economic growth that is moving it toward becoming one of the new tiger economies of Asia, according to forecasts in the Asian Development Bank’s Asian Development Outlook 2016.

    Aug 07, 2016

    Singaporeans and visitors will probably miss the customary chat with the cab driver when taking a taxi to get along in the city state in the near future. Next year, the Singapore Land Transit Authority in partnership with UK automotive supplier Delphi Automotive Plc will launch preparations for a test run of a...

    Aug 05, 2016

    Hong Kong residents are kicking up their heels in novel ways, thanks to businesses catering to the dance fitness craze.

    From traditional classical ballet, to ethnic, folk and contemporary “aerial” dance, classes that tap the city’s inner beat are big business in Hong Kong.

    Scottish-born Kathryn O’...

    Aug 01, 2016

    “Thailand 4.0” is the new catchphrase for the Thai government in its aim to groom the country’s start-up scene to an extent that Thailand would become a “hub” for start-ups from entire Southeast Asia, challenging mainly Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore where start-ups are thriving.

    “Our emphasis on Thailand’...

    Jul 23, 2016

    After her father presented her with a Canon camera a year ago, Nguyễn Thu Linh, an 18-year-old student from the National Economics University, began to spend time on the weekend in Hà Nội’s Old Quarter taking pictures of its little animated streets. The Hanoian has always known the city but since she began to take...

    Jul 22, 2016

    Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak formally agreed on July 19 to jointly construct a high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore by 2026, the Singapore-Malaysia High-Speed Rail (HSR).

    The agreement will pave the way for final negotiations on the...

    Jul 16, 2016

    Hong Kong tertiary institutions have earned high distinctions in the latest global ranking assessment.

    The newly released 2016 report by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a London-headquartered global higher education analyst, finds that Hong Kong universities have “entrenched their position among the region’s...

    Jul 08, 2016

    In a humming factory in Foshan, Guangdong province, a machine is busy tailoring fabrics to custom designs. Within 18 seconds, a pair of jeans is done, outperforming humans who would take 30 minutes to an hour to do the same job.

    The "smart tailor", as the machine is known, is part of a broad effort by Foshan...

    Jul 07, 2016

    Tourist vessels in Hạ Long Bay in northern Quảng Ninh Province. More measures should be adopted to improve the environment of the bay, a conference heard recently. – VNA/VNS Photo Tiến Dũng

    QUẢNG NINH — Local authorities, enterprises and communities in northern Quảng Ninh Province and Hải Phòng City...

    Jul 02, 2016

    The World Bank projects that Vietnam and the Philippines will grow strongest among large developing economies in East Asia over the coming years.

    In the Philippines, growth is projected at 6.4 per cent in 2016, with an accelerated implementation of public-private partnership projects and strong domestic...

    Jun 26, 2016

    After 10 years teaching in middle school there is one thing that baffles Lee Soo-jung -- how many of the girls are wearing makeup. "Just 10 years ago only a couple of girls in a class wore makeup, but now more than half of them do," she says.

    The school tried to ban it, but to no avail. "Many girls put on...

    Jun 26, 2016

    Ho Yuen-kei (China Studies, Year 2) won a gold medal in the BC3 Individual event of the Fazaa World Open Boccia Competition – Dubai 2016.

    Through her participation in many international competitions, Yuen-kei has accumulated comprehensive experience and sharpened her skills, giving her the confidence to...