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By Wang Yanbo Entrepreneurs and the start-up ventures they launch are rightly seen as key drivers of technological change, economic growth and job creation. Consequently, efforts to spur entrepreneurship and widen the pool of entrepreneurs have become an increasingly prominent feature of government policies, university initiatives and privately-backed accelerator programs. Yet the...
By Tristan Smith The COVID-19 virus is spreading fast across the globe – in different forms that go far beyond the virus itself. In a bid to slow down the spread, governments worldwide have put in place unprecedented regulations and restrictive travel mandates. At the moment, business travel has broadly been...
By Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) Though automation may be thought of as a fairly modern phenomenon, the concept itself can be traced back to as early as 762 B.C. The term first appeared in the western literature of Homer’s The Iliad. But it was not until the Industrial Revolution...
By Stefan Pertz Editorial departments of most publications are often in contact with public relations agencies or public relations departments. They are a crucial part of the media landscape as they provide a service that links brands and media outlets. The role of public relations (PR) is often defined as...
By Kay Tan Let’s be honest here – the COVID-19 crisis that is currently happening across all countries is growing at an alarming rate. The reported number of cases daily does not show any sign of slowing down despite efforts taken by governments. With the majority of businesses grinding to a...

Don’t Fail to Prepare

By Blake Larson In a previous article I shared some best practices for SMEs as they look to grow in 2020. Since then the business outlook for many companies has been upended by the global COVID-19 pandemic. While it could take many months before we return to some form of...
As the principal investment promotion and industry development authority of Malaysia, the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) has been leading efforts to secure sustainable investments for both foreign and domestic that will strengthen the country’s business ecosystem. This effort is driven on the back of the nation’s investment agenda...
At this point, it's a given that most of us are working from home and practicing social distancing. Enabling these work-from-home arrangements is an array of digital connectivity solutions which we take for granted. However, hackers are also taking this opportunity to increase cyberattacks. In today’s climate of uncertainty, threat...
Unless you've been living under the proverbial rock, the news coverage of COVID-19 has been all but inescapable. The COVID-19 pandemic arrived at a unique juncture in how news is spread. Social media has spread news of the pandemic far and wide, much more virulently than COVID-19 itself. But just...
COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on every industry – but the industry most impacted is undoubtedly the travel industry. Travel restrictions and movement control orders are severely cutting into the once-thriving industry, as travellers stay home. With the travel industry accounting for 10 percent of the world’s GDP, the entire travel...
Across Asia, countries are going into lockdown, to attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19. Travel restrictions, internal movement controls, and closing non-essential businesses are part of government attempts to 'flatten the curve'. With consumers essentially under virtual house arrest, businesses are finding it extremely hard to realise revenue. In...
The face masks that we have to wear during the COVID-19 pandemic look deceptively simple. It looks like a simple fabric piece, with ear loops and sometimes a wire nose bridge. In fact, there was a rumour going around in the early days of the outbreak that tissue paper was...

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