• Sat-02-2024
Budget 2024: S’pore businesses, workers and families want help to defray costs, stay productive (February 12, 2024, The Strait Times)

With geopolitical tensions, trade disruptions and global interest rate volatility likely to persist this year, businesses, workers and families in Singapore hope that Budget 2024 will bring more support in helping them manage challenges such as inflation, harder access to funds and job uncertainties, on top of other difficulties.

  • Sat-02-2024
Why small-scale farmers can teach us a lot about climate change (February 13, 2024, World Economic Forum)

For those of us who work with the world’s poorest farmers, COP28 in Dubai last November gave us reasons for hope. Global leaders attending the climate summit focused on the twin challenges of climate change and food security and pledged to mobilize $2.5 billion to tackle agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions and protect the livelihoods of farmers threatened by global warming.

  • Sat-02-2024
Japan GDP unexpectedly shrinks, loses spot as 3rd-largest economy (February 15, 2024, Nikkei Asia) (Subscription required)

Japan’s gross domestic product unexpectedly shrank for a second straight quarter, confirming that the nation’s economy has now slipped behind Germany to become the world’s fourth largest.

  • Sat-02-2024
Twenty-one million Indonesians, almost the population of Florida, will go online by 2027. The country’s second-largest telco wants to ‘tap that opportunity’ (February 9, 2024, Fortune Asia)

Imagine trying to expand a mobile phone network across 17,000 islands that span an area 5,100 kilometers wide. That’s the hurdle Indonesia and its telecom companies need to overcome in expanding internet access to the country’s over 270 million people. Despite investing hundreds of millions of dollars in expanding access, the country still has a digital divide, particularly for those living in remote areas.

  • Fri-02-2024
Kuwait reopens doors to expatriate families and tourists with visit visa (February 6, 2024, Gulf News)

New visa regulations set to boost Kuwait’s tourism and commercial growth.

  • Fri-02-2024
Saudi Arabia Joins China, Russia, India in BRICS Bloc (January 4, 2024, AsiaFinancial)

The kingdom’s entry comes amid tensions between the US and China, and the expansion of Beijing’s influence within the kingdom.

  • Fri-02-2024
$16 flight ticket: Abu Dhabi airport gets a new name, airlines launch special offers (February 9, 2024, ZAWYA)

The Abu Dhabi International Airport has been officially renamed Zayed International Airport, and airlines have launched limited-period special offers, including ticket fares for less than Dh60, to mark the occasion.

  • Sun-02-2024
Not happily ever after? Cyprus police probe 133 'fake' weddings (February 1, 2024, Reuters) (Registration required)

Law enforcement agencies in Cyprus, Latvia and Portugal have made 15 arrests involving dozens of alleged marriages of convenience on the eastern Mediterranean island, police in Cyprus said on Wednesday.

  • Sun-02-2024
Turkmenistan announced its readiness to become a transport hub between Europe and Asia (January 30, 2024, Turkmen Portal)

Turkmenistan has all the necessary infrastructure to become an important transit hub for cargo transportation between Europe and Asia.

  • Sat-02-2024
A bumpy road ahead for China’s economy (February 8, 2024, East Asia Forum)

The word to describe China’s economy in 2023 is bumpy. After an expectations-exceeding growth of 4.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2023 following three years of strict COVID-19 prevention policies, China’s GDP grew short of the market expectations by 6.3 per cent in the second quarter.