Jokowi’s Palapa Ring sees Indonesia fully digitally connected

Indonesia has officially inaugurated its ‘Palapa Ring’ Internet superhighway connecting the capitals of 514 districts and cities across Indonesia. Completed in August this year at a cost IDR21.6 trillion (about US$1.5 bln), the 13,000 kilometre (8,080 miles) Palapa Ring network traverses every Indonesian district from Sabang in the west, to Merauke in the east, and […]

Self-sufficient, sustainable, vital: Thailand’s vision for PPP-driven CLMVT (video)

Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has outlined his vision of the future for the CLMVT (Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand) in which the region seamlessly integrates with larger regional and global economic corridors, with the private sector playing a major role. Speaking during the opening of a Thailand initiated ACMECS CEO Forum following the […]

Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC): The hard sell begins

Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC): The hard sell begins

For the past year no visitor to Thailand on government business has been spared the pre-sales spiel on the country’s plans to develop its eastern seaboard into a major economic corridor. With the Eastern Economic Corridor Development Act  (EECDA) coming into effect mid last month the government kicked off its selling of the project with […]

Thailand English-language News for April 4 (video)

In Thailand English-language News for April 4, 2018, Newsline presenter Cholaphansa Naruala tells us about: 00:42 | Deputy prime minister, General Chatchai Sarikulya, has visited the Command Center to Combat Illegal Fishing (CCCIF) to ensure its preparedness ahead of the arrival of European Union (EU) officials who will be inspecting Thailand’s progress on the elimination of Illegal, unreported […]

Thailand English-language News for December 28

In Thailand English-language News for December 28, 2017, Newsline presenter Sandra Hanutsaha tells us about: 00:40 | Large numbers of people continue to visit the royal crematorium exhibition at Sanam Luang in tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, despite cold and rainy weather. Between November 2 and December 26 more than 3.6 million people visited the site. […]

$26 trillion Needed to Meet Asia’s Infrastructure Needs to 2030

• Editorial

$26 trillion Needed to Meet Asia’s Infrastructure Needs to 2030

Infrastructure is essential for development. Roads, railways, ports, and power supplies have helped drive Asia’s growth, allowing its people to get to work and its products to reach markets. For this momentum to continue the region’s existing stock of infrastructure must be upgraded. A new generation of transport networks, energy facilities, and water and sanitation […]

Thailand English-language News For March 29, 2017

In the March 29, 2017 edition of Newsline, presenter Cholaphansa Narula tells us about: • The Thailand Cabinet has endorsed the current concessionaire of the MRT Blue Line to implement the MRT Blue Line extension projects covering from Hua Lamphong to Bang Khae and from Bang Sue to Tha Phra on a net cost Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis. […]

What you need to know about public private partnerships (video)

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) have become somewhat of a buzzword over the last few years with this form of arrangement capable of delivering greater efficiency in the provision of public services such as energy, transportation, water, healthcare, sanitation, and communications. However, for some, the term PPP is just another acronym in a world overflowing with […]

No Honeymoon For 2016 Philippine General Election Winner

No Honeymoon For 2016 Philippine General Election Winner

The winner of the upcoming 2016 Philippine general election looks set to inherit an underwhelming legacy of lackluster GDP growth and a shortage of infrastructure. Once again in 2015 government under-spending on projects, lower exports, outflow of portfolio investments and stagnant agricultural production has curbed growth. It was not all bad news though. The services […]

2015 Philippines GDP Forecast Cut By 6.25%

2015 Philippines GDP Forecast Cut By 6.25%

The Philippines will see a mild pullback in 2015 GDP growth before the economy bounces back in 2016 on a pickup in government spending and a likely bounce back in exports, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report. In an update to its flagship annual economic publication, Asian Development Outlook 2015, ADB projects 2015 Philippines […]