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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...

Jul 01, 2019

According to Bloomberg’s number crunchers, a typical family home in central Hong Kong, with around 93m2 floorspace, incurs an average monthly mortgage repayment of nearly $8,000.

The cost of living is made up of lots of life’s essentials. It includes the food we eat, transport and the energy we use to heat...

Jun 21, 2019

Around 1.7 billion people globally are still unbanked – either having no proper savings or access to credit - according to the 2017 Global Findex Database. In Southeast Asia, only 27% of adults have formal bank accounts and only 33% of businesses have access to proper financing. While the region has been growing...

Jun 13, 2019

Cambodia is among the countries whose citizens are quickly adopting cashless payments, the newly released Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes report by credit card firm Visa released noted, Khmer Times wrote.

Jun 13, 2019

Having reached amazing levels of progress in the last two decades and with continued strong growth, Vietnam is set to become one of the most dynamic markets in the world by 2030, according to market research firm Euromonitor International, Viet Nam News wrote.

An Hodgson, Euromonitor International’s income...

Jun 10, 2019

Foreign education providers are showing increasing interest in opening branches in Myanmar, with several already having started to invest in the country in the past year after the government loosened regulations for the launch of private educational institutions.

Jun 09, 2019

Tsinghua University serves as the inaugural Chair of the Alliance

On May 28th and 29th, a meeting of the executive committee and academic committee of the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC) was held in Beijing. University leaders and academic pioneers in the field of climate change from twelve...

Jun 03, 2019

Launching of the First Asian Society for Engineering Education

After a full year’s preparation, the Asian Society for Engineering Education (AsiaSEE) was officially launched and a launching ceremony was held at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) on May 8, 2019.

May 29, 2019

Four out of ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, improved their ranking in this year’s World Competitiveness Ranking compiled by International Institute for Management Development of Switzerland, one of the most recognised such lists.

May 27, 2019

(TITC) – From 31 May to 9 June 2019, in Bac Ha Town, Lao Cai Province, Lao Cai Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in collaboration with Bac Ha District People's Committee will organize Bac Ha White Plateau Festival.

The event aims to promote the beauty of culture and people of Bac Ha, create Bac Ha’s...

May 27, 2019

TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Mandarin Chinese-language centers of Taiwan’s universities are working together with the tourism industry to offer innovative tours that combine local cultural adventures with language learning, in which visitors will enjoy a trip to Taiwan that’s more than just sightseeing....

May 22, 2019

The government of Malaysia’s is turning to an alternative form of real estate financing to help resolve a $4.8-billion property overhang in the country as banks are becoming more and more reluctant to grant mortgages to potential home buyers.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said on May 17 that property...

May 21, 2019

Indonesia is drafting ambitious plans for $412 billion in building projects, from constructing 25 airports to new power plants, as the government seeks to stoke growth in Southeast Asia’s largest economy, according to the country’s planning minister, Bloomberg News reported.

May 18, 2019

The world wastes more than 1.3 billion tonnes of food each year. The planet’s 1 billion hungry people could be fed on less than a quarter of the food wasted in the US and Europe.

In a recent report, the World Economic Forum identified cutting food waste by up to 20 million tonnes as one of 12 measures that...

May 17, 2019

Kampung spirit brought to life with light displays of cultural icons and community events

SINGAPORE, May 17, 2019 --( ASIA TODAY )--(ACN Newswire) - Geylang Serai will be bathed in a sea of colourful lights from 3 May to 16 June 2019 as Hari Raya Light Up 2019 returns with a visual feast of close to 50 light...

May 13, 2019

Indonesia is now Southeast Asia’s fastest growing market for smartphones, according to market research firm Canalys. The country experienced a 17-per cent growth from 2017 to 2018, while its neighbour Thailand experienced a 13-per cent decrease in last year’s fourth quarter.

“The smartphone market in...

May 11, 2019

“Papercraft has been by my side through many important moments in my life. I can even make a chronicle of life with papercraft works. It is always there for me, giving me the ingredients to survive and memories to cherish. It pushes me forward.”

Papercraft artist Johan Cheng has been in the field for more...

May 01, 2019

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has approved a long-term plan for the government to abandon overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta and build a new capital. The idea has been circulating for decades – since the time of Indonesia’s first President Sukarno – but it has never been decided or discussed in a planned...