COVID-19: ASEAN is preparing for the worst

The COVID-19 pandemic started in the city of Wuhan in China. However, the once epicentre of the virus has closed all of its public facility-turned temporary hospitals on 10 March as the number of infected patients continues to decrease. According to local media in the ...

Athira Nortajuddin

Asean summit in Vietnam postponed until end-June

A summit of Southeast Asian and other international leaders scheduled in Vietnam early next month has been postponed until end-June due to worries about the coronavirus pandemic, Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has informed leaders of other Southeast Asian ...

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

Bangkok readies for Asean Summit

Thailand is preparing to welcome the leaders of 10 Asean nations and their dialogue partners, including US President Donald Trump — if he decides to come to the Asean Summit himself.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and Chinese Prime Minister Li ...

Mongkol Bangprapa

PM sees Thailand as ASEAN’s digital hub

To help promote small businesses and increase product value to generate more national revenue, the Prime Minister has pledged to fulfill requests from startup businesses to streamline government regulations in order to reduce costs of foreign technology imports.Keep reading ...

Tanakorn Sangiam

Asean 'confident' RCEP done by year's end

Asean Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi on Sunday expressed his confidence that the long-awaited Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will be completed in principle before Thailand’s chairmanship ends at the end of this year.Keep reading ...

Thana Boonlert

Energy and climate talks held between ASEAN China

Academics and experts on energy transition and climate change from China have shared their experiences with ASEAN at the ASEAN – China Cooperation Conference on Energy Transition and Climate-Resilience Development. It is expected that the knowledge gained from this event will be adopted by ASEAN ...

Labor policy helps Thailand stay competitive in ASEAN

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon chaired a meeting of executive officials of the Ministry of Labor and instructed them to instigate major development plans for the employment of Thai workers in the ASEAN labor market.Keep watching ...

Human Trafficking Has a Hidden Cause — and It's on the Rise Worldwide

Southeast Asian foreign ministers opened their annual meeting Wednesday with a call from host Thailand for deeper integration to expand trade and bolster prosperity in the region amid rising global challenges.The meeting takes place in the shadows of rising security tension on the Korean Peninsula, ...

ASEAN’s megacities in danger

As megacities emerge across the globe, the ones in Asia remain among the fastest growing and cheapest places to build. These cities will continue to grow in size and affluence, due to ever-increasing urban populations. The United Nations (UN) describe megacities as urban areas with ...

Liyana Hasnan

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