Is ASEAN’S Trend of Data Localization the Best Answer to Data Protection Requirements?

Is ASEAN’S Trend of Data Localization the Best Answer to Data Protection Requirements? Data localization strategies should be undertaken on a risk dependent approach to safeguard the region’s economic interests. As concerns around data privacy increase, countries in Southeast Asia and beyond are increasingly turning to data localisation as a measure to protect personal data.… Continue reading Is ASEAN’S Trend of Data Localization the Best Answer to Data Protection Requirements?

How the Technology Sector Can Help Power ESG in ASEAN

How the Technology Sector can Help Power ESG in ASEAN Can tech be the answer for the region’s woes with ESG data reporting? As ESG becomes one of the top agendas this decade, ASEAN countries are increasingly using technology as the core of their efforts to reach net-zero. There have been major developments in ASEAN’s… Continue reading How the Technology Sector Can Help Power ESG in ASEAN

Vietnam’s Exports Continue to Push Economic Growth

Vietnam’s Exports Continue to Push Economic Growth The country’s exports continue to help it excel the region’s average growth. The IMF and ASEAN Macroeconomic Research Office both forecasted Vietnam’s economic growth between 7% to 8% exceeding the start of the year expectation of 6%. Vietnam continues to buck supply chain problems as well general slow… Continue reading Vietnam’s Exports Continue to Push Economic Growth

ASEAN: Football World’s Final Primetime Spot

ASEAN: Football World’s Final Primetime Spot Southeast Asia has the next biggest economic and football market capacity. The football world is constantly looking for new markets to push the world’s most popular sport to further heights amongst the sporting masses and over the past few decades, its eyes have turned to the East and Southeast… Continue reading ASEAN: Football World’s Final Primetime Spot

Shifts in ASEAN Labour Laws

Shifts in ASEAN Labour Laws Labour laws in Southeast Asia are evolving, but gaps remain in protection and adherence ASEAN has the third largest labour force globally, amounting to 326 million in 2015, and that number is likely to reach 385 million by 2030. However, the pandemic accentuated high informality in labour across Southeast Asia and the… Continue reading Shifts in ASEAN Labour Laws

ASEAN Needs Proactive Waste Management

ASEAN Needs Proactive Waste Management While a slew of initiatives has begun, Southeast Asia needs a concerted effort. Think of Bali’s beaches and you picture pristine sands, cloudless skies, and warm waters lapping the shores. You don’t want that scene ruined by walking over beaches strewn with 50 tonnes of discarded plastic cups, bags, diapers,… Continue reading ASEAN Needs Proactive Waste Management

Fintech Could Be SMEs’ Credit Lifeline

Fintech Could Be SMEs’ Credit Lifeline While access to finances has been a concern for small enterprises, fintech is looking to fill the gap. There are close to 71 million small businesses in Southeast Asia. These enterprises employ over 140 million people and account for almost 99% of the business in the region. But this segment still… Continue reading Fintech Could Be SMEs’ Credit Lifeline

ESG Is Now A Boardroom Agenda

ESG Is Now A Boardroom Agenda Southeast Asia nations are now paying closer attention to sustainable business practices. Southeast Asia is growing at a breakneck pace. ASEAN is projected to become the world’s fourth-largest economy by 2050. Corporates are getting more ambitious, with rapid expansion in manufacturing and services. However, the growth also has a downside.… Continue reading ESG Is Now A Boardroom Agenda

ABP Market Research: Local Presence and Strategy for ASEAN

ABP Market Research: Local Presence and Strategy for ASEAN Have a great product or a service offering, that’s perhaps universal enough to fit in markets which are oceans apart from you? You might be right, but first things first, familiarize and study the local market needs and its dynamic trends. Let’s not forget detail or… Continue reading ABP Market Research: Local Presence and Strategy for ASEAN

ASEAN’s Neobanks Need Viable Models

ASEAN’s neobanks need viable models Southeast’s digital-first banking entities may need a long-term vision. For the 440 million Southeast Asians who are online, going digital has made banking simpler. Traditional banks didn’t cater to the needs of the new class of spenders and savers. And that’s where neobanks stepped in. With a mobile-first, digital-only approach, neobanks… Continue reading ASEAN’s Neobanks Need Viable Models