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Asean e-commerce: hidden tigers meet tech dragons

WITH 158 million middle class consumers, Asean is often seen as the next frontier for the e-commerce market. Despite experiencing rapid expansion over the past five years, e-commerce penetration is still less than 2 per cent of total retail sales in Asean. However, we think the Asean e-commerce scene is about to change significantly, thanks […]

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Cargo trucks line up along street inside the Manila Port Area while volumes of  cargo are not yet deliver due to City Ordinance 8336 banning truck during day time. Report from Professional Customs Brokers Association of the Philippines also said that 12 cargo vessels could not dock to the port because of lack of space in warehouses inside the Manila International Container Port.      EDD GUMBAN/PHOTO
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ASEAN manufacturing recovers in January, Vietnam dislodges Philippines on top

MANILA, Philippines — Manufacturing conditions in the ASEAN region recovered slightly in December, still driven by domestic demand as export sales remain weak, according to the Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index  released yesterday. The headline ASEAN Manufacturing PMI rose to 50.2 in January from 49.9 in December, indicating recovery as a reading of below […]

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Asian currencies still cheap in real terms

SINGAPORE: Asian currencies are cheap in historical trade-weighted terms despite a steady rise to multi-year highs over the past year on broad U.S. dollar weakness and strong flows into the region, analysts say. Malaysia’s ringgit, for instance, has appreciated more than 15 percent against the dollar since the beginning of 2017, but in real effective […]

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Visa-free travel to EU urged by Asean

Major Asean tourism associations have called for new strategies and greater cooperation to strengthen the industry. The Federation of Asean Travel Associations (Fata) is calling on the EU to offer visa-free travel to Asean citizens, reciprocating the courtesy Europeans receive from Asean countries. The Asean Tourism Association (Aseanta) has further urged tourism stakeholders to work […]

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