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Jun 02, 2020

Ho Chi Minh City’s local government is planning to develop three eastern districts of the city into an “innovative urban area” that would resemble California’s Silicon Valley, local news outlet VnExpress International reported.

The 22,000-hectare area will see the integration of an existing hi-tech park in...

May 30, 2020

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has threatened health, livelihoods, and social wellbeing across much of Asia and the Pacific. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been responding to the crisis from its early stages, focusing on a broad set of challenges related to the public health emergency, its...

May 26, 2020

A Hong Kong-based green-energy innovator heads Down Under, paving the way to go global.

Relocating operations has been a perennial theme for businesses in Hong Kong. From the 1950s to 1970s manufacturers flocked to the city, turning it into the factory of the world for everything from textiles and toys to...

May 25, 2020

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (15 May 2020) — The global economy could suffer between $5.8 trillion and $8.8 trillion in losses—equivalent to 6.4% to 9.7% of global gross domestic product (GDP)—as a result of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, says a new report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB)...

May 24, 2020

The most eye-catching category in this year’s Top 50 Performers survey is none other than “IC Design”. Beset on both sides by the trade war and the COVID-19 pandemic, how was this bunch of IC Design companies able to beat the odds and continue to shine throughout the year?

May 17, 2020

On January 23, one day before Lunar New Year’s Eve, China announced its first lockdown in the city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the COVID-19-pandemic. Within a week, nearly ten Chinese cities were locked down as well.

Yet as cities were locked down and transport came to a halt, farm products already sown,...

May 15, 2020

Cambodia shows confidence in a revival of international tourism after the coronavirus pandemic subsides and sticks to plans to open a new airport, the largest in the country so far.

The airport is currently being built for $880 million near the historical site of Angkor Wat in the country’s northwestern...

May 15, 2020

Bangkok, Thailand ─ Climate change could push 62 million people into extreme poverty in South Asia. Those who are living on the edge and above the poverty line are also likely to be affected by extreme weather, floods, heatwaves, and other climate-induced hazards. A World Bank study has concluded that, without...

May 14, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic reshapes the way in which we work, keep in touch, go to school and shop for essentials – across the world – it has never been more important to bridge the digital divide for the 3.6 billion people who remain off-line.

That’s according to top experts from the International...

May 10, 2020

Whether Taiwan should test everyone for COVID-19, regardless of contact history, is an ongoing debate.

On the flip side, Taiwan’s testing capacity is far behind that of Korea, whether in terms of labs or medical professionals. Even the number of test kits is insufficient.

For citizens who wish to pay...

Mar 31, 2020

The World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific Economic Update, April 2020, illustrates the damage down by the coronavirus on Southeast Asia’s economies
Asia-Pacific’s emerging economies are facing a sharp slowdown in growth this year and regional GDP could even contract if the impact of the coronavirus outbreak is...

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...