Friday, August 18, 2017

How to make ASEAN truly people-centred

The other day State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi minced no words, saying that a viable ASEAN Community would need people’s support – moving toward the people-oriented and people-centred community laid out in the ASEAN Charter and ASEAN Vision 2025.

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Critiques fly as Tillerson struggles with mission

In a wood-paneled stateroom in the Philippine presidential palace, Rex Tillerson sat across from a leader who boasts of hunting down drug dealers to personally kill. Whether he’d confront his host for letting police kill thousands – and how forcefully – was being scrutinised for proof the Trump administration has any commitment to human rights.

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Are factory jobs good for the poor? Evidence from Myanmar

Recently The New York Times published an article by Christopher Blattman (Columbia University) and Stefan Dercon (Oxford University and the UK’s Department for International Development) questioning the poverty-reduction effect of sweatshop work in developing countries.

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The future of ASEAN’s digital economies

ASEAN countries are set to enter the top five global regions in terms of the application of digital technologies. By 2025, the manufacturing sector will have embraced fast evolving advanced technologies and its citizens will be increasingly using advanced digital communications in their personal lives as well as in the workplace.

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Curbing inflation in Myanmar – fiscal discipline must continue

Around the world, the spotlight has always been on central banks to curb inflation. However, in several developing countries, including Myanmar, curbing inflation is not solely a matter for the central bank, but also for the fiscal authorities.

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On teaching, aging and Buddhist virtue of ‘mudita’

The intersection of an aged professor’s life specialising in Asian studies consists of a troika of emotions. These have become a serendipitous triangular conjunction to which I have, without merit or effort, become an ephemeral centre.

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What Singapore is saying by expelling Huang Jing

Older Singaporeans travelling beyond Asia are all too familiar with encountering ignorance about their country’s geography. “You’re from Singapore? Is that part of China?”

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Re-balancing ASEAN integration: medical tourism vs. migrant health

The South East Asian region is home to major labour-exporting countries Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar and labor-importing countries – Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei – which also receive large numbers of migrant workers from Nepal, Bangladesh, India.

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World without nuclear weapons elusive despite ban treaty

As Hiroshima and Nagasaki marked the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings, aging survivors deplored what they called the hypocrisy of the Japanese government following its decision to stay out of a treaty banning nuclear arms.

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The ASEAN Charter at 10: prospects and retrospect

ASEAN celebrated its 50th anniversary this week.

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