It is almost certain that when we talk about financial technology (fintech) development in Asia-Pacific, the focus usually shifts on China or even India to some extent. These large economies tends to overshadow Southeast Asia potential. But, it might not be the case for long. Southeast Asia is emerging as...
Paris Baguette Philippines Inc. has announced a significant development in partnership with Berjaya Food (International) Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of Berjaya Food Berhad (BFood), and Middle Trade Inc., along with Paris Baguette Singapore. The collaboration aims to introduce the renowned South Korean café bakery brand to the local market. The...
PLDT Inc., the Philippines' biggest telecommunications and digital services provider by market value, is considering selling its local towers in a deal that could be worth about $800 million, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The Makati-based company is working with an adviser on the planned disposal, said...
Philippine Airlines will return 22 aircraft, mostly Airbus AIR.PA and Boeing BA.N jets, to lessors as it pursues a financial restructuring programme to survive after the pandemic has decimated global travel, executives said on Monday (Sep 6). Philippine Airlines last week filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States, allowing it to continue...
SoftBank Group (SBG) is stepping up investment in startups in Southeast Asia again. Many of these startups are unicorns -- a company valued at over $1 billion -- or soon-to-be unicorns. SBG aims to repeat the success it made with Grab, a Singapore-based ride-hailer, whose corporate value shot up after...
Jungle Ventures raised $225 million in the first close of its fourth fund as the venture capital firm seeks to replicate its successes in startups across Southeast Asia and India. Many of its existing investors in previous funds backed the latest one, founding partner Amit Anand said in an interview....
Entrepreneurs - Is This The Right Time To Start A Business
At the moment with the never ending sight of the pandemic waning away, obviously there's a high degree of uncertainty in the world. For some though, in this unprecedented time, it's the perfect opportunity to start a business. Historically, after every financial crisis, innovation and creativity tends to spark new...
After 20 months of pandemic-induced restrictions and lockdowns, borders are in the reopening phase across Southeast Asia. Thailand opening of its border has already boosted tourism and given a ray of hope to the region's airline industry. More countries across Asia are now speeding up their reopening schedules to kickstart...
Huawei announced its plan to invest US$100 million in startup support at the inaugural HUAWEI CLOUD Spark Founders Summit, which took place simultaneously in Singapore and Hong Kong. Huawei said the investment would go towards its Spark Program in the Asia Pacific region, which aims to build a sustainable startup...
Earlier in November, central banks in Indonesia and the Philippines kept interest rates at record lows to support the countries slow recovery from the pandemic. Southeast Asia's largest economy, Indonesia, grew by a disappointing 3.51% in the third quarter as restrictions to control COVID-19 cases weighed on activity. The picture...
A report by the Wall Street Journal on Monday (Aug 2) claims that the highly contagious Delta variant is stalling Asia's economic recovery after an early rebound. The report said that adding to rising COVID-19 cases, slow progress on vaccinations has begun to paralyze the region that had, until recently,...
The Philippines and Singapore have signed an agreement that aims to support the financial education and digitization of Filipino SMEs. The memorandum of understanding was signed by Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) chief fintech officer Sopnendu Mohanty and Department of Trade and Industry-Philippines Trade Training Center executive director Nelly Dillera...

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