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Is capitalism the answer to Brunei’s economic woes?

With Brunei posting a dismal GDP growth of 1.5 per cent in 2012, it is often easy to point fingers at the government authorities...
Brunei’s growth will depend on diversification

The United Nation's recently published Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013 shed an interesting light on GDP growth expectations of...
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Steve Troop, CEO of Barwa Bank, about GCC investors' response
Lessons learnt: The end of a volatile summer for ASEAN

The surprise announcement by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke on September 19 that the Fed will not taper its money stimulus programme yet came...
The business of MMA in Asia should not go unnoticed

To many people, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a US phenomenon characterised by large, tattooed, aggressive men who brawl with each other inside a...
Why property prices in Myanmar are really skyrocketing

Property prices in Myanmar and especially in the business capital of Yangon have been surging over the past months to the effect that square...
Solar power, a viable alternative for Brunei

Brunei has made the energy sector in Southeast Asia sit up and take notice with its announcement that the oil-rich state will introduce a...
Southeast Asia’s energy hunger needs to be stilled

The Asian energy ministers’ meeting, the Fifth Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable held on September 12 in Seoul and co-hosted by South Korea and Qatar,...
Small businesses in ASEAN – Keys to overcoming the middle-income country trap

An analysis by Ronald Mendoza, Asian Institute of Management
Ten reasons why Thailand has become a banana republic

Latest political and economic developments in Thailand have given many observers reason to believe that the country has crossed the line to being a...
Insights on Brunei’s global competitiveness ranking

The Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014 of the World Economic Forum (WEF) has shed an interesting light on the current state of Southeast Asian economies,...

Former Director-General of Health Malaysia, Tan Sri Ismail, gives advice
Malaysia’s illegal immigrants: Assimilation, not elimination

Immigration is a hot topic in any country in the world and Southeast Asian countries are no different to the UK or the US...
How can Qatar beef up its appeal for foreign workers?

An easy question, it seems: Pay them a multiple of what they would earn at home. That’s true, but does only apply to highly-skilled...
Our Series: Ethics in Business – ‘Fair Trade’ or ‘Fair Game’ – Who benefits, really?

A conversation with Dr. Rebecca Sta Maria, Secretary General, MITI
Time to reflect on TPP enthusiasm

The 19th talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement held in Brunei last week have put the nation into the global spotlight once more,...
Southeast Asia in the stranglehold of capital outflows

What is currently happening in Southeast Asia’s economies needs closer attention. It seems that the major nations have hit a speed bump in their...
Brunei, solid as a rock during volatile times

Economic growth of some ASEAN countries seems to have hit a speed bump lately. A combination of Indonesia's record current account gap, Thailand's economic...