The World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia 2013 puts Myanmar in the spotlight. The country has received massive investment pledges in the line-up to the prestigious conference, but with high potential also comes risk.
Solar power plants are suitable for Sarawak’s equatorial location on Borneo, and the low frequency of debilitating storms make the energy source especially viable, writes Justin Calderon after an on-site inspection.
In ASEAN, a highly potent cocktail blending the benefits of export-led economies and under-the-table government support throughout the bloc has bred a nebulous class of tycoons that prefer to enjoy their prosperity in secret.
Economic growth in the Sultanate of Brunei slowed to an estimated one per cent in 2012, owing to weakness in production and exports of crude oil, which is way below all other ASEAN peers except Singapore.
Within the sometimes chaotic politics in ASEAN countries, there are patterns that good governance is emerging, with select members leading the bloc by example while others falter, writes Justin Calderon.