Asean members lead the world in COVID-19 pandemic suppression

Asean members lead the world in COVID-19 pandemic suppression

As citizens and public health professionals globally increasingly raise concern over the rapidly rising number of SARS-CoV-2 infections, Asean member states, particularly those in the CLMVT, rank amongst the best in the world at containing the viruses’ spread. More curiously, it is the less affluent and least capable of mounting a sustained and robust defence […]

ADL puts Asean community heritage online (video)

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and the National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore have teamed up to create what they hope will become a streamlined search tool for different types of Asean Community related information by connecting the resources of national libraries in the Asean region. Piloted by the NLB, a statutory board […]

How safe are Asean airlines? Pretty safe actually (video) *updated

How safe are Asean airlines? Pretty safe actually (video) *updated

The Asean Community’s open skies policy and rising levels of disposable income are fertile fields for Asean airlines. While premium airlines will benefit gradually from rising levels of affluence in the region, it’s operators at the budget end of the market who are experiencing the fastest growth. In recent years industry observers have watched with […]

Thailand government riled by AP claim it ignored human trafficking

Thailand government riled by AP claim it ignored human trafficking

It’s not very often that governments anywhere hold press conferences in response to media stories and it’s especially the case in Thailand where the international media is largely regarded as little more than annoying foreigners who don’t understand the “Thai way” of doing things. In fact since seizing power in a bloodless coup in May […]

Roadmap for a smoke-haze-free Asean

Roadmap for a smoke-haze-free Asean

The smoke-haze crisis that battered a major part of southern Asean in mid-2015 is showing signs of abating. Along with the disappearing haze, it is crucial that the resolve demonstrated by all parties — especially governments — to solve the issue doesn’t vanish as well. Promises and commitments have been made. Indonesia’s president has asked […]

2015 Kuala Lumpur declaration formalises Asean community start (video)

The Asean Economic Community (AEC) will officially commence at 00:01 on January 1, 2016 after the heads of Asean member states today, Sunday November 22, 2015, signed the 2015 Kuala Lumpur Declaration on the Establishment of the Asean Community. In a brief, but grand ceremony before world leaders and dignitaries Asean Chair and current Malaysia […]