Commentary: A golden opportunity to boost travel and tourism within Southeast Asia

Adopting an open skies policy will boost tourism, travel and economic growth in the region, argues Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs’ Wan Saiful Wan Jan.

File photo of a Singapore Airlines plane at Changi Airport. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: Southeast Asia has a lot to offer to global tourists.

The rich cultural diversity, affordable lifestyle and beautiful geography, all make countries in the ASEAN region attractive to tourists from around the world. Growing connectivity also makes it easier for tourists to experience multiple cities and countries within the same trip. Continue reading “Commentary: A golden opportunity to boost travel and tourism within Southeast Asia”


UN Environment Head: Asia Must Lead Charge for Pollution-free Planet


FILE - People wear protective masks during a polluted day in Shanghai, China, Jan. 19, 2016.

FILE – People wear protective masks during a polluted day in Shanghai, China, Jan. 19, 2016.

Asia-Pacific — home to more than half the world’s population and some of its fastest-growing economies — is a key battleground in the fight against pollution, one of the biggest threats to the planet and its people, the U.N. environment chief said.

An estimated 12 million people die prematurely each year because of unhealthy environments, 7 million of them due to air pollution alone, making pollution “the biggest killer of humanity,” Erik Solheim told the first Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment in Bangkok this week. Continue reading “UN Environment Head: Asia Must Lead Charge for Pollution-free Planet”

APEC discusses experiences in simplifying business registration


Update: August, 24/2017 – 17:35

Participants exchange information before the workshop. — VNS Photo Thu Ngan

HCM CITY – APEC members shared their experiences in assisting companies, especially micro, small and medium-sized ones, smoothly register for doing business at a workshop titled “Simplified business registration and incorporation according to international best practices” held in HCM City on Thursday.

Hosted by the US, the workshop attracted around 100 participants and experts from 21 APEC economies. Continue reading “APEC discusses experiences in simplifying business registration”

Experts urge use of agricultural biotechnology as response to climate change


Update: August, 19/2017 – 20:20

Delegates meet at an APEC High-Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology workshop in Cần Thơ on August 18-19. – VNS Photo Thế Anh

CẦN THƠ — Agricultural biotechnology is one of the key tools that can improve the yield and quality of agricultural products in a time of climate change, experts said.

The experts were attending an APEC High-Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology (HLPDAB) workshop in Cần Thơ on August 18-19.

Nguyễn Thị Thanh Thủy, chair of the HLPDAB, and director general of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Department of Science, Technology and Environment, said that Việt Nam, like many other economies, was facing multiple challenges due to climate change, including shrinking agricultural area and land degradation caused by urbanisation and saline intrusion caused by rising sea levels. Continue reading “Experts urge use of agricultural biotechnology as response to climate change”

APEC law-enforcement agencies vow to strengthen corruption fight


Update: August, 19/2017 – 19:00

Delegates from 21 APEC-member economies at the 4th Meeting of the APEC Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies in HCM City on Saturday. VNS Photo Bồ Xuân Hiệp
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Anti-corruption authorities and law enforcement agencies from 21 APEC member economies vowed to strengthen measures to fight money laundering and bribery at a workshop held on Aug 19 during the APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 3) in HCM City.

The 80 delegates at the 4th Meeting of the APEC Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies agreed that “corruption erodes social integrity and fairness, undermines government accountability and public trust, and impedes healthy economic growth.”

Speaking at the meeting, Nguyễn Văn Thanh, Government deputy inspector general and chair of the meeting, said: “Greater cooperation is needed in combating money laundering and recovering stolen assets, and promoting international cooperation in bribery cases, repatriation of fugitives, and informal international cooperation.”

“I believe that our deliberations at this meeting will facilitate direct connections among law enforcement agencies, and create a platform for international cooperation in information exchange, mutual legal assistance, extradition, asset recovery and joint investigation of corruption cases,” he added.

Corruption in Việt Nam had caused resource losses, reducing the efficiency of public investment, destroying trust of investors, and weakening national competitiveness, Thanh said.

Peru, an APEC member economy, for example, has made great progress in fighting corruption by strengthening international cooperation and participating in global anti-corruption activities, according to a report from Peru’s High-Level Anti-Corruption Commission.

“Corruption is one of the main threats and vulnerabilities that allow the commission of acts of laundering and terrorist financing,” the report said.

Also speaking on the sidelines of the workshop, Denis Kunev, head of the Organisation and Analytics Department at the Investigative Committee from the Russian Federation, said: “We expect stronger commitment and cooperation among the member economies in the Asia Pacific region to fight corruption.”

“The meeting provided an opportunity for member economies to speak about challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in fighting money laundering and recovering assets related to corruption cases,” Kunev told Việt Nam News. “It had a lot of useful information on anti-corruption, which we can use for training investigators in Russia.”

The Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies was established at the 17th APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group Meeting in Indonesia in 2013.

The network, whose first meeting was held in China in 2014, aims to enhance informal cross-border cooperation between agencies responsible for investigations and prosecutions of corruption, bribery, money laundering and illicit trade, and the identification and return of the proceeds of those crimes.

The Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group’s Pathfinder Dialogue IV was also held on Saturday. Corruption as a driver of illegal logging and the use of anti-corruption activities by customs’ offices dealing with the forest trade were the main topics discussed.

The dialogue will resume on Aug 20, with focus on anti-corruption in wildlife trafficking and ways to detect and disrupt wildlife trafficking using anti-money laundering and asset confiscation techniques, protocols and good practices of effective international cooperation and mutual legal assistance. — VNS


APEC SOM 3 to host most events


Update: August, 12/2017 – 09:59

As many as 2,600 delegates will make it to the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting and related meetings (SOM 3) expected to open in HCM City next Friday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Khang

HÀ NỘI — As many as 2,600 delegates will make it to the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting and related meetings (SOM 3) expected to open in HCM City next Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has announced.

Slated for August 18-30, SOM 3 will accommodate 75 meetings, seminars, and dialogues by four committees and 38 working groups of the Asian-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC). Continue reading “APEC SOM 3 to host most events”

Hy vọng TPP sẽ hồi sinh

Thái Bình – Thứ Bảy,  22/7/2017, 08:49 (GMT+7)

Thủ tướng Nhật và Tổng thống Mỹ hội đàm ở Hamburg bên lề hội nghị thượng đỉnh G-20, nơi Nhật và Mỹ đại diện cho hai xu thế thương mại trái ngược nhau. Ảnh: NYT

(TBKTSG) – Khi Donald Trump tuyên bố, trong sắc lệnh đầu tiên của ông với tư cách tổng thống Mỹ, rằng Mỹ không còn tham gia vào Hiệp định Đối tác xuyên Thái Bình Dương (Trans Pacific Partnership – TPP), nhiều người đã cho rằng, thỏa thuận thương mại tự do thế hệ mới này đã chết. Nhưng hãy còn quá sớm để đọc lời ai điếu cho TPP.

Mặc dù không mong đợi ông Trump sẽ đổi ý nhưng 11 thành viên còn lại của TPP không cam tâm để cho công sức đàm phán gay go suốt năm năm trời bị đổ sông đổ biển chỉ vì quyết định của một tổng thống Mỹ – người mà theo nhận xét của nhà báo Thomas Friedman, dường như chưa đọc và chưa hiểu gì về TPP.

Continue reading “Hy vọng TPP sẽ hồi sinh”

APEC Sheds Light on Economic Constraints for Women

APEC – Lima, Peru 24 Oct 2016

An APEC study casts a spotlight on what factors potentially hold women back in growing as entrepreneurs.

When a woman entrepreneur is presented with an economic opportunity, what considerations and decision points allow her to seize it? The answers to this question are the focus of a recently-concluded APEC study that will support APEC’s efforts toward an inclusive economic growth in the region.

To better understand how to create conducive policy environments for equal economic opportunities, the study looked into gender-related constraints faced by women business owners. It found that the lack of options for child care, inadequate access to capital, and the nature of motivation to venture into business are key factors worth further examination in order for economies to provide support for women to succeed and grow as entrepreneurs. Continue reading “APEC Sheds Light on Economic Constraints for Women”

Lao động Nữ di cư ở khu vực Châu Á

spsn – 2015-09-03 08:16:06 

Những khó khăn và giải pháp hỗ trợ

Cùng với xu hướng di cư nói chung, di cư lao động Nữ tại khu vực Châu Á cũng ngày càng phát triển. Ngày càng nhiều phụ nữ Châu Á đi làm việc ở nước ngoài với mục đích chính nhằm có thu nhập cao hơn để giúp cải thiện cuộc sống gia đình và cũng để phát triển bản thân, cộng đồng và xã hội. Những quốc gia Châu Á có nhiều lao động Nữ đi làm việc ở nước ngoài có thể kể đến như Trung Quốc, Ấn Độ, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippin, Việt Nam… Lao động Nữ Châu Á tới làm việc ở nhiều quốc gia khác nhau trên thế giới, trong đó những điểm đến chính là những nước phát triển ở khu vực Châu Á gồm các nước Trung Đông, Hongkong, Đài Loan, Hàn Quốc, với những nghành nghề đặc thù dành cho Nữ giới như giúp việc gia đình, điều dưỡng, hộ lý, công nhân nhà máy. Continue reading “Lao động Nữ di cư ở khu vực Châu Á”

APEC – Thông tin cơ bản

VNE – APEC (Asia – Pacific Economic Cooperation: Diễn đàn hợp tác kinh tế Châu Á – Thái Bình Dương) là một diễn đàn không chính thức thúc đẩy tự do thương mại và đầu tư chức không phải một tổ chức về kinh tế, thương mại. Hợp tác giữa các thành viên là hợp tác giữa các nền kinh tế chứ không phải với tư cách các quốc gia có chủ quyền. Do đó khi đề cập đến các thành viên APEC ta gọi là “các nền kinh tế thành viên”, hoặc “các thành viên”, hoặc “các nền kinh tế”, chứ không gọi là “đất nước” hay “quốc gia”, hay “dân tộc”. Không sử dụng chức danh “Tổng thống”, “Thủ tướng”, “Nguyên thủ quốc gia” hoặc “Người đứng đầu chính phủ” đối với các Nhà Lãnh đạo, mà gọi là các Nhà Lãnh đạo Kinh tế. Do vậy, không gọi là “Hội nghị thượng đỉnh” hay “Hội nghị cấp cao”, mà gọi là “Hội nghị không chính thức các Nhà Lãnh đạo Kinh tế APEC”.

Continue reading “APEC – Thông tin cơ bản”

Best universities in the Asia-Pacific region 2017

The top universities in the Asia-Pacific region according to data from Times Higher Education

Times Higher Education has launched its first Asia-Pacific University Ranking 2017 to reflect the region’s growing strength in the higher education sector.

THE’s Asia-Pacific University Ranking 2017 analysed universities across 38 nations in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania. The overall ranking features just over 200 universities from 13 different nations.

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings 2016-17, however the weightings were adjusted to reflect the younger profile of some of the universities in the region. The full methodology can be found here.

Japan is the most-represented nation with 69 universities featured. China is in second place with 52 universities. Other countries with a strong presence in the ranking are Australia (35 universities), Taiwan (26), South Korea (25) and Thailand (nine). Continue reading “Best universities in the Asia-Pacific region 2017”

Biển Đông-Cuộc chiến quyền lực ở châu Á – Chương 5: Dầu khí ở Biển Đông

SP – [Trích] Bill Hayton- BIỂN ĐÔNG – Cuộc chiến quyền lực ở châu Á

Chương 5

Được miếng và tay không
Dầu khí ở Biển Đông

Something and Nothing
Oil and Gas in the South China Sea

Tháng 8 năm 1990, Đông Nam Á đã trở nên rất phấn khởi về việc ‘Trung Quốc trở lại’. Đã một năm kể từ khi vụ thảm sát tại quảng trường Thiên An Môn và nhiều nhân vật có ảnh hưởng nghĩ rằng đã tới lúc quay trở lại với công việc [bang giao]. Phô trương ầm ĩ, Thủ tướng Lí Bằng, một trong những người đằng sau vụ thảm sát, đã bắt tay vào một chuyến thăm khu vực 9 ngày. Continue reading “Biển Đông-Cuộc chiến quyền lực ở châu Á – Chương 5: Dầu khí ở Biển Đông”

Peak oil in the South China Sea (part 1)

The recent deployment of missile launchers and jet fighters on Woody Island of the Paracel islands have put the spotlight on the South China Sea (SCS).

Fig 1: The 200 mile Economic Exclusion Zone claimed by China around Woody Island and the overlapping 108 nm range of the HQ-9 SAM system. Image via ISI. [Image Sat International]

In this post, we focus on oil production around the SCS. Continue reading “Peak oil in the South China Sea (part 1)”

APEC seeks to promote sustainable tourism development

Last update 09:35 | 20/06/2017

Encouraging the participation of local people is part of the measures to promote sustainable tourism development. The issue was put on table at an APEC high level policy dialogue in northern Quang Ninh province on June 19.

According to United Nations World Tourism Organisation, tourism in many developing and least developed countries is the most viable and sustainable economic development option. Continue reading “APEC seeks to promote sustainable tourism development”