The Rise of Telemedicine and E-Pharmacy in Southeast Asia 

The Rise of Telemedicine and E-Pharmacy in Southeast Asia Nine years ago, when digital health startup MyDoc launched in Singapore, there was strong resistance from both doctors and patients. They all preferred in-person consultations to digital ones. Cut to 2020. The pandemic hit the world, and digital services became crucial to healthcare. MyDoc opened its… Continue reading The Rise of Telemedicine and E-Pharmacy in Southeast Asia 

The Benefits and Challenges of the Gig Economy in Southeast Asia

New ways to employ and work: Gig work in Digital ASEAN Jobs are not what they once used to be. The way you work is different. How you work, from where you work, and how much. You must have heard about the great resignation in the West. It demands a change in perspective in the… Continue reading The Benefits and Challenges of the Gig Economy in Southeast Asia

COVID19

New ways to employ and work: Gig work in Digital ASEAN Jobs are not what they once used to be. The way you work is different. How you work, from where you work, and how much. You must have heard about the great resignation in the West. It demands a change in perspective in the… Continue reading COVID19

The Race to Win the Metaverse Heats Up Among SEA Players

The Race to Win the Metaverse Heats Up Among SEA Players Singapore billionaire Peter Lim’s 28-year-old son, Kiat Lim, is building a social networking app called ARC. But on the metaverse. This social media platform will host exclusive events and gaming zones for the virtual avatars of members where users either pay via non-fungible tokens (NFTs) or… Continue reading The Race to Win the Metaverse Heats Up Among SEA Players

NFT Artists Build Communities in Southeast Asia

NFT Artists Build Communities in Southeast Asia Malaysian rapper Namewee became an overnight millionaire in November 2021 by selling his new release ‘Fragile’ as aNon-Fungible Token (NFT). His collection sold for 209 ETH or roughly $845,000. He was probably taking cues from the March NFT sale by digital artist Beeple where the art sold for… Continue reading NFT Artists Build Communities in Southeast Asia

COVID Catapults E-Commerce to Dizzy Heights in ASEAN

COVID Catapults E-Commerce to Dizzy Heights in ASEAN In Q2 of 2020, one of the clothing sites Zalora, recorded two million downloads of its app, about 7-12% increase in share of new customers in revenue. Recently the company’s COO Rostin Javedi said that COVID-19 has changed shopping behaviour and it only looks brighter for online marketplaces Southeast… Continue reading COVID Catapults E-Commerce to Dizzy Heights in ASEAN

Vietnam Government Accelerates Shift to Alternative Energy

Vietnam Government Accelerates Shift to Alternative Energy Vietnam is considered one of the most efficient power markets in Southeast Asia. The country has achieved around 99 percent electrification with relatively low cost in comparison to neighboring countries.  With development and industrialization, as energy demand skyrockets, Vietnam is predictably experiencing a shortfall in supply. The demand… Continue reading Vietnam Government Accelerates Shift to Alternative Energy

The West vs East Debate on Palm Oil

The West vs East Debate on Palm Oil Two ASEAN behemoths- Indonesia and Malaysia have joined hands to tackle the wounded global image of palm oil. The two countries produce 85 per cent of the world’s palm oil, globally used in shampoo, detergents, bread, vitamins, creamer, fuel, even animal feed (in just about everything!) According… Continue reading The West vs East Debate on Palm Oil

Brexit Impact and Opportunity for ASEAN

Brexit Impact and Opportunity for ASEAN The United Kingdom eventually left the European Union on 31 Jan 2020 after 47 years of membership. But it broke free from its binding Transition Agreement only from 1 Jan 2021, with a new EU Trade Deal and the opportunity for other new bilateral and regional arrangements for “Global… Continue reading Brexit Impact and Opportunity for ASEAN

How EU-Vietnam Trade Pact Will Bring Mutual Benefits

How EU-Vietnam Trade Pact Will Bring Mutual Benefits The European Union-Vietnam trade agreement, which became effective on August 1,2020, is historic because it’s the most comprehensive trade agreement the EU has concluded with a developing country ever. While the immediate effect of the entry into force of the trade agreement is that goods from the… Continue reading How EU-Vietnam Trade Pact Will Bring Mutual Benefits