The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Indonesia vows to tackle marine pollution

It is wet season in Bali, Indonesia, a popular tourist destination for Australian, Russian, German, Chinese and Japanese visitors.

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The US and ASEAN: Deal or no deal?

Should the United States and ASEAN make a trade deal? First, let’s discuss the facts and trends of the economies. Based on the value added, five out of seven gainers in terms of value added in the manufacturing sector – the ones that have increasing trends of value added – in the last three decades were developing countries. They are China, Korea, India, Indonesia and Thailand.

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The geopolitics of environmental challenges

Much of the world seems to be on edge. The West’s relationship with Russia, the future of NATO, the Syrian civil war and refugees, rising right-wing populism, the impact of automation, and the United Kingdom’s impending departure from the European Union: all of these topics – and more – have roiled public debate worldwide. But one issue – one might say the most significant of them all – is being ignored or pushed aside: the environment.

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Putin’s dance with the Taliban

Russia may be in decline economically and demographically, but, in strategic terms, it is a resurgent power, pursuing a major military rearmament program that will enable it to continue expanding its global influence.

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Checks and balances before roads and bridges

In the 2016 American presidential election, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump agreed that the US economy is suffering from dilapidated infrastructure, and both called for greater investment in renovating and upgrading the country’s public capital stock.

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Indonesia’s leadership aims for peaceful, stable, prosperous Indian Ocean

For the first time in its 20year history, the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) will organise a Leaders’ Summit on March 7, themed “Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean.”

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How microfinance reduces gender inequality

An increase in the proportion of women accessing microfinance services by just 15 percent could potentially reduce gender inequality, as measured by the Gender Inequality Index, by half in the average developing nation. The finding comes from a recent study published in Applied Economics Letters that also found that cultural characteristics can influence this relationship.

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CLMV still searching for a genuine ASEAN Community

It is now possible to go by car in any weather from Yangon (the commercial capital of Myanmar and formerly known as Rangoon) to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam’s commercial capital, formerly known as Saigon) by the East-West Economic Corridor and its southern extensions.

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Three paradoxes of digitalisation

The digital economy, ecommerce in particular, is driving growth in ASEAN, which is emerging as a promising region in view of the increasingly saturated Chinese market.

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As global food demand rises, climate change is hitting staple crops

While increases in population and wealth will lift global demand for food by up to 70 percent by 2050, agriculture is already feeling the effects of climate change. This is expected to continue in coming decades.

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