• Sun-04-2024
Sri Lanka cultivates sustainable fashion for an economic revival (March 5, 2024, Nikkei Asia) (Subscription Required)

Hosting an International Climate Change Forum last November, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe spoke of plans to transition to a clean economy and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.

  • Sun-04-2024
BBC Analysis: Morocco Faces Severe Drought as Al Massira Reservoir Dries Up (April 12, 2024, Morocco World News)

Morocco has been experiencing six consecutive years of drought, exacerbated by climate change, which has led to record temperatures and increased evaporation. This has threatened water supplies across the country and has had a significant impact on agriculture and the economy.

  • Sun-04-2024
End of the Line? Saudi Arabia ‘forced to scale back’ plans for desert megacity (April 10, 2024, The Guardian)

Dreamed up as a linear city that would eventually be home to about 9 million people on a footprint of just 13 sq miles, the Line is part of a wider Neom project.

  • Thu-04-2024
Brunei firm pitches 1,600 km high-speed rail linking Indonesia, Malaysia (April 1, 2024, Nikkei Asia) (Subscription Required)

A Brunei-based infrastructure company has announced a proposal for the first high-speed railway on the island of Borneo that would connect Brunei with its two larger neighbors, Indonesia and Malaysia, including the former's future capital city.

  • Thu-04-2024
Soaring coffee prices are already having an impact - FT (April 1, 2024, UNN)

Extreme temperatures and droughts in Southeast Asia, home to the world's second and third largest coffee bean producers, have led to lower yields…It is noted that now is a particularly bad time for coffee-related businesses…

  • Thu-04-2024
Cambodia fake job scam explained: Over 5k Indians coerced into cybercrimes (April 2, 2024, Business Standard)

The Indian Embassy has rescued 250 victims of illegal cyber work scam in Cambodia over the last three months. Here is everything you need to know about fake job scam…

  • Sun-03-2024
Up & coming: Unpacking South Asia’s growing role in global debt (March 13, 2024, World Bank)

Exploring South Asia’s debt dynamics helps us understand and better manage fiscal risks. Preparing for these challenges is crucial as the world economy embarks on transformations in energy, environment, and trade.

  • Sun-03-2024
Can Kazakhstan Stay the Course on Economic Reform? (February 8, 2024, The Diplomat)

As Astana moves from crisis management to long-term planning mode, the challenge will be whether the government can stick to its economic reform plans.

  • Sun-03-2024
What to Know About Declining Birth Rates in East Asia (March 1, 2024, Time)

Until the 1970s, women in the most prosperous Asian economies like South Korea, Japan, and China were having more than five children on average. Today, that trend is starkly different.

  • Sun-04-2024
For China’s Factories, the Paris Olympics Have Already Started (April 9, 2024, Sixth Tone)

Merchants in Yiwu — a city in eastern China famous for its massive wholesale goods markets — are reporting a surge in orders from France, with local factories rushing to churn out everything from tricolored inflatable thunder sticks to novelty Eiffel Tower ornaments.