Thursday, September 23, 2021
The Small and Medium Enterprises Association (SAMENTA) today kicked-off a series of international business matching programmes to widen the scope of business opportunities for Malaysian SMEs. The first virtual trade mission, the 2021 Anyang Online Export Business Meeting, is being held over two days from 7 to 8 July...
Capital has started to pour out of Asian emerging markets as coronavirus outbreaks slow the region's economic recovery while investors price in the likelihood of interest rate hikes in the U.S. and Europe. International investors sold $500 million more stocks and bonds than they bought in Asian emerging markets in...
All across the Asia-Pacific region, the countries that led the world in containing the coronavirus are now languishing in the race to put it behind them. While the United States, which has suffered far more grievous outbreaks, is now filling stadiums with vaccinated fans and cramming airplanes with summer vacationers,...
Philippine inflation may remain above 4% this year, complicating government efforts to salvage the economy from the havoc wrought by the pandemic. Economists have raised their forecasts for Philippine consumer price inflation by the most in Asia since December, by 1.2 percentage points to 4.1%, according to the median estimate...
Member nations of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on Wednesday officially agreed to allow the United Kingdom to start the process of joining the pact, Japan's economy minister said. Japanese Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters he welcomed the start of Britain's joining process after hosting...
Asian equities were in green on Monday if one can ignore covid woes in key regional areas mainly in India, Indonesia and the Philippines. In doing so, the broader sentiment follows Wall Street's gain after the US economics stay firm following the faster jabbing in the West. Though, Europe's...
Economists at UOB Group are expecting constructive prospects for Indonesia following a US-China recovery. Bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control with vaccination drives is a key game changer and the world's two biggest economies are not lagging behind. The strong recovery from both countries can provide a tailwind for Indonesia's...
Demand for cars and vehicles are on track to a great recovery as demand is rising across the industry. However, not everything is as sunny as it seems on the surface. Reports have been coming in from various parts of the auto industry regarding huge shortages in computer chips, which...

APAC on the Road to Recovery

The economic situation in Asia Pacific (APAC) is expected to improve greatly this year, supported by the gradual recovery of economic activities, given the early containment of the pandemic in several Asian economies, said Moody’s Investors Service. With the region being relatively close to ground-zero for the coronavirus, neighbouring...
The Covid-19 pandemic brought with it economic ruin; and in turn, businesses began taking a more cautious approach, resulting in a slowing economy and stagnant growth. During such a poor economic climate, most might say it is insanity to try and expand, especially if you are an SME that...
The heavily anticipated ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in 2021 is expected to usher in a new era of trade as the newly minted trade bloc will be the largest in the world, accounting for a third of the world’s entire population and close to 30...
Telehealth services and its operators, which allow patients to consult with medical staff and professionals virtually, are riding a huge surge in demand within the ASEAN nations as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to push the healthcare sector online. In countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore, telehealth services has seen...

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