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Dec 11, 2019

A new phase of the European Union’s SMART Myanmar project, called SMART Textiles & Garments, will bring together brands including H&M, Bestseller and C&A, trade unions and business associations to boost social and environmental sustainability in Myanmar’s garment industry.

Nov 21, 2019

The motorcycle-based ride-hailing app Angkas is redefining the way Filipinos get around the Metro. With over three million app downloads and 27,000 registered drivers, it has become an increasingly popular mode of transport thanks to its efficiency and relative affordability.

Nov 20, 2019

A number of Japanese automakers have plans to extend their investments in Indonesia, which should help the government implement its roadmap to build a globally competitive automotive industry.

“We have received a report about Toyota Group’s expansion plan worth of $2 billion. This will include the...

Nov 15, 2019

Singapore has been named the most beautiful city in Asia and the 11th most beautiful city in the world on a list of 50 cities globally compiled by Canada-based online travel agency Flight Network.

Topping the list is Paris, followed by New York, London, Venice and Vancouver.

Singapore as the highest-...

Nov 13, 2019

Singapore will put in place artificial intelligence (AI)-backed tools in public services such as municipal administration, education, health, transport and logistics, smart cities and estates, as well as safety and security up to 2030, according to the city state’s Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, who unveiled...

Nov 12, 2019

Indonesia plans to build its first spaceport in Biak, Papua, with the purpose of launching test rockets, the country’s National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) has confirmed.

“We will build [the spaceport] just like LAPAN’s rocket launch site we have in South Garut [West Java]. However, it will be...

Nov 05, 2019

E-commerce spending in Southeast Asia will increase nearly fourfold to $120.9 billion by 2025 from $31.3 billion in 2018, a recent study by consultancy Bain and Company found. Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam are expected to be the biggest contributors to the growth of consumer digital spending in in the region over...

Nov 05, 2019

In Thailand, the digital economy is expected to grow to a volume $50 billion by 2025 from $16 billion as of 2019, making it the second largest in Southeast Asia behind Indonesia. This is one finding of the “E-Conomy SEA 2019” report by Google and Singaporean investment firm Temasek found, based on a 29 per cent...

Oct 31, 2019

In this under-developed area, sanitation has hitherto been lacking. “Previously, the people did not have toilets, they did not see the necessity of having a proper place to defecate,” says Raju Prajad Sah, the local Chief Administrative Officer.

He describes how open defecation has been a longstanding and...

Oct 24, 2019

Adorable dolphins and beautiful coral are on display at the Anyo Museum, creating a lovely interactive experience with visitors through the wonders of augmented reality (AR). The application of innovative technology helps this tourism factory to not only combine marine culture with food safety education, but also...

Oct 16, 2019

Thailand's southern beaches lure travelers with their turquoise water and dramatic limestone cliffs, but there's more to explore in the Southeast Asian country.

For finding a road less traveled in one of the world's most popular destinations, head away from Bangkok, and far from the overly Instagrammed...

Oct 04, 2019

JEONJU, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jeonju, a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, will host the 2019 Jeonju Bibimbap Festival, a fiesta of traditional Korean taste and charm.

Under the slogan of “Mixing excitingly! Enjoying deliciously!” the festival will be held in Jeonju Hanok Village, Seohakdong Art...

Oct 02, 2019

Women in jobs or seeking work in the Philippines made up less than half the female working-age population over the last two decades, mainly owing to social expectations that they will care for homes and children, according a study commissioned by the National Economic and Development Authority.

Filipinas are...

Sep 27, 2019

Sep 26, 2019 (China Knowledge) - Yesterday, seven large passenger planes took off from the runway in Daxing International Airport, which meant the world’s largest international airport was officially put into operation.

Located at the frontier between Beijing and Langfang, Hebei Province, Daxing...

Sep 25, 2019

Sep 24, 2019 (China Knowledge) - Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province in central China, has granted operating licenses for companies testing intelligent connected autonomous vehicles, which could mean autonomous driving will be made available in the central region of China.

Sep 19, 2019

Vietnam has climbed in the ranking of best countries in which to invest this year, surpassing other Southeast Asian nations such as Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

A study by US News and World Report ranked Vietnam eighth out of 29 economies, up from 23 last year. Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia stood...

Sep 19, 2019

Rewards programme “INSPIRE” is launched globally on the back of a strong performance for BTMICE

IMEX Las Vegas, 10 September 2019 – Today marks the global launch of the In Singapore Incentives & Rewards (INSPIRE), an incentive programme initiated by the Singapore Tourism Board to attract potential...

Sep 07, 2019

As Asia-Pacific Climate Week (APCW 2019) wrapped up on Friday in Bangkok, a key takeaway was that long-term holistic planning would enable countries there to tap into the huge potential of renewable energy, and new technology while maximizing socio-economic benefits.

Other compelling reasons to rapidly shift...

Sep 05, 2019

Vietnam Airlines has been allowed by the US Federal Aviation Administration to operate direct flights from Hanoi and Saigon to several US destinations. It is the first Vietnamese airline to receive such permission, according to FlightGlobal, a leading news site about the global aviation community.

Aug 28, 2019

Tourism officials from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam are discussing a draft plan on tourism development in the triangle area covering 13 provinces of the three countries.

The talks are taking place in southern Laos’ Champasak province, some 484 kilometers south of Laos’ capital Vientiane, during a working...

Jul 12, 2019

Taiwan began banning plastic straws in July, but Starbucks in the United States was already shipping in biodegradable plastic straws from Taichung last year. Why have Starbucks, Apple and Formosa Plastics all gravitated to this under-the-radar Taichung supplier?

When CommonWealth Magazine first meets...

Jul 08, 2019

Malaysia remains on course to become a high-income nation by 2024, the World Bank has reaffirmed its confidence in Southeast Asia’s fourth-largest economy. The organisation said that Malaysia’s aspiration remains possible as long as the country’s gross national income (GNI) per capita continues to grow at a range...