By Andrew Haffner • Aug 12, 2020
With no building in Phnom Penh higher than four storeys only 20 years ago, Cambodia's capital and many provincial cities have seen explosive development. But with the hard hats hung up on many smaller projects in recent months, how sustainable is the boom?
Business insights and innovation, from industry to entrepreneurs.
By Andrew Haffner • Aug 11, 2020
Once the largest single industry in the Kingdom, Cambodia's agricultural sector has shrunk significantly with the growth of industrialisation. Now, with few other options as the economy stalls due to the pandemic, Cambodians are once again going to ground
By Andrew Haffner • Aug 11, 2020
For centuries the Tonle Sap has been key to the Kingdom's fisheries and a source of nourishment for millions. Now, dams on the Mekong, negligence and climate change are changing history and threatening the Kingdom's food security
By Andrew Haffner and Kong Meta • Aug 10, 2020
For decades the garment and footwear industry has fuelled Cambodia's economic miracle, with more than 900,000 workers employed by over 1,000 factories at its peak. But with the global economic shutdown, the factory lights are off and the doors locked
The global pandemic has hit the pockets of the majority, but one minority remain unscathed with Thailand's wealthy elite finding their purse strings during Covid-19 as loose as ever
By Aidan Jones / AFP • Aug 10, 2020
Following a recent op-ed attacking a report by rights organisation LICADHO highlighting the dangers of microfinance debt in Cambodia, researchers Sango Mahanty and W. Nathan Green set out to unravel the debate surrounding the controversial industry
By Sango Mahanty and W. Nathan Green • Aug 07, 2020
Belt and Road
The first piece of track on Kunming-Vientiane railway was laid in April as part of China's Belt and Road Initiative. But with the project steaming ahead, does Laos stand to actually see any benefits from the project, or is it merely in Beijing's interest?
By Alexi Demetriadi • Jul 31, 2020
Though Vietnam is rapidly changing by virtually every metric, it's the country's ongoing demographic shift that could prove most pivotal. With birthrates dropping and life expectancy rising, Vietnam is among the world's most rapidly ageing societies
By Alastair McCready • Jul 21, 2020
In the face of the global economic downturn, how might harnessing the untapped potential of ethnic minority youth not only build a more equitable and sustainable Vietnam, but also accelerate the country’s economic recovery?
By Christine Redmond • Jul 16, 2020
From India to Myanmar and Cambodia, across Asia garment workers are reporting that the crippling effects of the pandemic on the industry are being used as cover to smash labour unions
By Sophie Deviller/AFP • Jul 15, 2020
Singapore plunged into recession in the second quarter as growth fell 41.2% quarter-on-quarter with the trade-dependent economy hammered by the coronavirus, preliminary data showed on July 14
By Martin Abbugao/Agence France-Presse • Jul 14, 2020
As the local brand that kicked Uber out the region in 2018, Grab has assumed the role of flagbearer for technology champions in Singapore. But in the pandemic era, its core business model bringing drivers and passengers together is in jeopardy
By Onat Kibaroğlu • Jul 14, 2020