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Jul 11, 2020

The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing Php126 million ($2.5 million) to help the Philippine government’s implementation of the Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan to advance education delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the COVID-19 emergency...

Jul 11, 2020

From eggs to cookies, from feed to vaccines, from livestock to schnitzel - the business of Taiwan’s DaChan Great Wall Business Group spans the entire supply chain from producing livestock to processing foods and bringing them to restaurants and dinner tables. What started out as a small processor of soybean oils in...

Jul 04, 2020

Vietnam’s government will sell its remaining 36-per cent stake in the country’s largest brewer Sabeco by the end of this year, according to a government document released this week, Reuters reported.

Sabeco, formally known as Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp based in Ho Chi Minh City, has a market...

Jul 02, 2020

The global COVID-19 pandemic has forced Taiwanese to travel more at home. Can Taiwan harness this opportunity to go higher end and create experiences that will have consumers coming back for more rather than heading abroad?

Mr. Wu, a tech executive who retired just last year, headed to Chiayi County on June...

Jul 02, 2020

FTA between Hong Kong and ASEAN’s largest member takes effect.

Indonesia – a massive archipelago linking the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean – has long been known as the source of a wide range of spices and original home of at least three global food products – cane sugar, bananas and domestic chickens.

Jun 28, 2020

The set-up of automatic dispensing machine providing free rice in Vietnam – originally a measure to help jobless people during the Covid-19 crisis – is now going to become a permanent instalment in the country to make life easier for the poor.

The so-called “rice ATMs” have been installed starting in April...

Jun 20, 2020

The popular chain is expected to ride the country’s rapid shift to modern retail

7-Eleven Cambodia is finally setting up shop. The renowned brand hopes to open its first branch in Phnom Penh by 2021. The Cambodian franchise will be administered by CP All Public Co. Ltd, the conglomerate that also operates...

Jun 07, 2020

An international study found that global mean sea-level rise could exceed 1m by 2100 and 5m by 2300 with unchecked emissions. The study, published in npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, was led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Hong Kong,...

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...