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Development policy and administration

Areas for improvement in ASEAN multilateralism

The centrality of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is often mentioned and emphasised by government officials and scholars in the Asia-Pacific region. ASEAN plays a leading and central role in the region’s multilateralism as it hosts and sets the agenda for numerous meetings ...

Shawn Ho

Belt and Road financiers to favour ‘greener’ and social projects

Financiers of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) have committed to funding environmentally and socially sustainable projects, expanding on the $100 billion worth of “green” BRI projects since 2013 when the initiative was launched.In 2018, the Green Finance Committee (GFC) of the China Society for ...

Phuwit Limviphuwat

World Bank team vows to support Thai business sector

The World Bank will support Thailand’s business sector since the government has conducted bureaucratic reforms to facilitate businesses.The World Bank’s Doing Business Research Team met with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House on Friday. He expressed his appreciation for the bank’s 27th place ranking ...

As questions are raised about ‘belt and road’, projects slow in Southeast Asia

China is reshaping the approach of its flagship “Belt and Road Initiative” in Southeast Asia, as Chinese projects in the region plunged last year amid growing global scrutiny of Beijing’s development strategy.Keep reading ...

Sarah Zheng

China’s belt-and-road plans are to be welcomed—and worried about

Shunning all false modesty, China’s leader, Xi Jinping, calls his idea the “project of the century”. The country’s fawning media hail it as a gift of “Chinese wisdom” to the world’s development. As for the real meaning of the clumsy metaphor to describe it—the Belt ...

Government to destroy 861 illegal boats

A total of 861 unregistered fishing vessels are set to be destroyed by mid-December as the government ramps up efforts to improve the status of Thai fishery fleets, and its fight against illegal fishing before the next round of talks on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) ...

SEARP Tokyo Ministerial Conference 8 - 9 March 2018 at Tokyo, Japan

H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, is scheduled to attend the OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme (SEARP) Tokyo Ministerial Conference, which will be held on 8 – 9 March 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. The Conference will cover the ...

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