Here are the video highlights from the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2016 that has just wrapped up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia, on the important relationship between China and ASEAN. He also coins the term “ASEAN-ist”.
Actress Michelle Yeoh tells a story about her experience coming to the United States from Hong Kong and how she dealt with misconceptions surrounding language.
Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, on growing inequality in ASEAN.
Kathleen Chew, Group Legal Counsel at YTL Corporation Berhad, on the importance of education and career flexibility.
George Yeo, Visiting Scholar, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, on diplomacy and the importance of the relationship between ASEAN and the United States.
Supporting disadvantaged women key to achieving SDGs in ASEAN
The study, which holds a gender lens up to each of the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda, confirms that when two or more forms of discrimination overlap, barriers increase
JAKARTA, 1 March 2021 – Women and girls across South-East Asia who are members of an ethnic minority, live in a rural location, or suffer from poverty are at greatest risk of being left behind despite the region’s recent progress in gender equality, according to a new report by ASEAN and UN Women.
Has Covid-19 prompted the Belt and Road Initiative to go green?
– Chinese overseas investment dropped off in 2020
– Government remains committed to the wide-ranging infrastructure programme
– Sustainability, health and digital to be the new cornerstones of the initiative
Following a year of coronavirus-related disruptions, China appears to be placing a greater focus on sustainable, digital and health-related projects in its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
As OBG outlined in April last year, the onset of Covid-19 prompted questions about the future direction of the BRI.
Launched in 2013, the BRI is an ambitious international initiative that aims to revive ancient Silk Road trade routes through large-scale infrastructure development.
By the start of 2020 some 2951 BRI-linked projects – valued at a total of $3.9trn – were planned or under way across the world.
However, as borders closed and lockdowns were imposed, progress stalled on a number of major BRI infrastructure developments.
In June China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that 30-40% of BRI projects had been affected by the virus, while a further 20% had been “seriously affected”. Restrictions on the flow of Chinese workers and construction supplies were cited as factors behind project suspensions or slowdowns in Pakistan, Cambodia and Indonesia, among other countries.
Vietnam Loship secures investment from Skype co-founder
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Thailand’s Stock Exchange (SET) synergizes with CMDF to strengthen research for capital market development
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Facebook unplugs Thai military propaganda
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