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the race to become

The race to become Asia's Silicon Valley

Numerous countries throughout Asia are embracing the start-up culture and hoping to win themselves the tag of 'Asia's Silicon Valley'. Jacopo Dettoni looks at the contenders and assesses the hurdles they face in emulating the famous Californian cluster.

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VinaCapital helps Vietnam maximise investment potential

Investment firm VinaCapital is leveraging off Vietnam’s impressive growth as state-owned enterprises are privatised or private businesses are floated, attracting interest from foreign multinationals. But the key to its strategy is ensuring benefits feed back into the local economy, as managing director Andy Ho tells Natasha Turak.

an extended honeymoon

Maldives tourism minister seeks a certain type of growth

The Maldives has navigated global financial crises and political instability while maintaining tourism growth and leading the world in environmental innovation. The country's minister of tourism, Moosa Zameer, tells Natasha Turak how he intends to stay ahead of the game.

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Shifting sands: will Hulhumalé project ease pressure on the Maldives?

With capital Malé overcrowded and the rest of its population scattered across almost 200 islands, providing key services to the people of the Maldives provides the country's authorities with a headache. With this in mind, the government has been developing a 'second city' on an island near Malé, in which it hopes a large number of Maldivians will choose to live. Natasha Turak reports.

a sustainability push

Maldives pushes sustainability at home and abroad

Environmental issues are a prime concern for the Maldives, as rising sea levels threaten its twin industries of tourism and fishing. Besides lobbying on international measures to mitigate climate change, the government is focusing on managing sanitation and promoting renewable energy locally, as Natasha Turak discovers. 

Asia-Pacific needs extra $459bn per year to meet infrastructure needs to 2020

Asia-Pacific countries spent $881bn on infrastructure development in 2015, but require a boost to reach the $1340bn necessary to accommodate their fast-growing economies by 2020, says the Asian Development Bank. Jacopo Dettoni reports. 

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Maldives goes down sustainability route to capture fisheries FDI

Fish are a major natural resource for the Maldives, providing dietary protein and supporting an industry employing one-fifth of the population. Now the country, which is proud of its credentials in sustainability, is keen to develop value-added production, fisheries and agriculture minister Mohamed Shainee tells Natasha Turak.

the first resort

The first resort: how FDI can help the Maldives to preserve its paradise

The Maldives is renowned all over the world as an idyllic beach destination, a reputation it has worked hard to cultivate. However, as Natasha Turak discovers, investment opportunities abound on the island chain, as it looks to diversify its economy and safeguard its future.

Trump stays on-script during Abe visit

Despite his rejection of the North American Free Trade Agreement (which Japan supports), US president Donald Trump has hosted a visit by Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, where the two leaders committed to economic dialogue and stronger military ties. Timothy Conley reports.

Osaka pins hopes on Expo opportunity

The Japanese city of Osaka has ambitions to slip-stream on Tokyo’s hosting the 2020 Olympics by putting on the global Expo five years later, reports Courtney Fingar.