National & Features Syndicate content

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.

Nov 18, 2016

Thongkang Village, Lao People’s Democratic Republic - Construction of the Nam Ngum hydropower plant started in 1968. Harnessing the power of the country’s largest watershed, the first hydropower plant in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic was producing 30 megawatts of electricity within four years.

Today...

Nov 19, 2016

The Vietnam government is about to put an end to the tiresome tourism visa process it uses to offer via numerous and partly unreliable visa-on-arrival application web-sites and will launch a central e-visa system through a new official tourism website on...

Nov 12, 2016

Taiwan desperately needs a new wave of digital talent to cope with the increasing use of digital tools throughout the country’s economy. Universities have done a poor job in preparing this talent, but a revolution is underway to change that.

Conflicting trends have been at work in ringing the bells of...

Nov 05, 2016

Brunei, Indonesia and Vietnam jumped the most among countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) in the new Doing Business 2017 ranking released by the World Bank on October 25. Vietnam jumped nine ranks, Indonesia 15 and Brunei a whopping 25 notches up the ladder.

Meanwhile, Singapore and...

Oct 26, 2016

After four centuries, the fashion realm has descended from the top of the pyramid to embrace the 99 percent. And the 99 percent’s taste is sure to have a tighter focus on the “everyday.”

Business of Fashion magazine founder Imran Amed set the tone for the new year in the magazine’s special “The New World...

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...