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Foreign Investors Prepare for Post-Election Revival in India (Apr 16)
While India’s economy typically slumps before national elections, international companies and foreign investors are anticipating a post-election pickup. Continue reading

Vietnam Rolls Out New Online Visa Processing System (Mar 20)
Vietnam has brought out a new online Visa processing system. Foreigners will now be able to register and fill out visa application forms online. The official website can be found at: Continue reading

Singapore Announces Initiatives to Encourage Tech Startups (Mar 13)
Last week, Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) announced it would invest in three new measures to support technology startups: a startup accelerator, an accreditation program and a fabrication lab. Continue reading

India Sets General Election Date as Political Tide Shifts (Mar 10)
India’s electorate may choose to break its historical tendency to vote according to religious and caste affiliations as the BJP, AAP and Third Front seek broader appeal with messages of good governance, economic development and anti-corruption. Continue reading

North American Leaders Champion TPP (Feb 21)
At a summit celebrating the 20th anniversary of NAFTA this week, the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the United States have vowed to continue pushing for the successful conclusion of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations this year. Continue reading

Rising Global Defense Spending: Asia Pacific’s Outlook (Feb 11)
For the first time in five years, worldwide defense spending will increase according to IHS Jane’s Annual Defence Budgets Review. According to the forecast, China is on track to outspend the UK, France and Germany combined by 2015, and Asia Pacific remains the only region with a steady increase in defense expenditures from 2009 onwards. Continue reading

Moc Bai Economic Zone and Border Gate to have Bright Future (Feb 6)
Vietnam’s Moc Bai Economic Zone and Border Gate (the Zone) is expected to become an international trade center in the near future. The Zone will serve to promote cooperation and development between Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as the other countries in the ASEAN region. Continue reading

Hong Kong Revokes Philippines Visa Exemption Over 2010 Hostage Crisis (Jan 30)
From February 5, officials and diplomats from the Philippines visiting Hong Kong will not be able to enjoy the 14 day visa-free exemption they currently do, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told a press conference yesterday. The move is in response by Hong Kong to a tragedy in Manila over three years ago, when eight Hong Kong tourists were killed and seven others injured in a hostage situation that lasted over 10 hours. The Philippines’ President Benigno Aquino III has consistently refused to make an official apology for what he sees as the actions of a lone gunman, leading to tension between Hong Kong and the Philippines. Continue reading

The 2014 Asian Stir-Fried Prawn Index (Jan 22)
We have chosen stir-fried prawns as a reasonable barometer to try and ascertain how Asian consumers differ in their local costs of consuming what to hundreds of millions of people is either a tasty lunch or dinner dish. Continue reading

WTO Delivers Historic Trade Deal (Dec 12)
Dec. 12 – On Saturday, the World Trade Organization (WTO) successfully reached an agreement on streamlining customs procedures that is expected to boost global economic output by as much as US$1 trillion and create more than 21 million jobs worldwide. Dubbed the ‘Bali Package,’ the agreement reached Saturday is the first ever multilateral trade agreement successfully negotiated by the WTO in its nearly 20-year history.
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