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Will former air base help unblock Manila's roads?

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has made former US airbase Clark – already a free zone – a key piece of his plan to decongest Manila. His efforts will need to overcome the country’s red tape and corruption to become a reality, reports Jacopo Dettoni


Light at the end of the corridor for Sabah

Sabah has long lagged behind other Malaysian states in terms of prosperity. However, an ambitious long-term development strategy is transforming the state’s infrastructure and improving local skills to attract greater investment. John West reports.

Chinese president hails globalisation at Davos

Xi Jinping, the president of China, has used his keynote speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos to criticise the growing popularity of protectionist policies, and espouse the virtues of globalisation.

Myanmar park secures $1bn investment

Thilawa industrial park in Myanmar has attracted a reported $1bn of funds from a range of countries, highlighting the country’s potential.

View from Asia: Assessing the effects of the US’s next moves

Asia will be watching the new US president carefully, especially his approach to the issues that most affect the region, namely the economy and defence, says Lawrence Yeo.

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Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka finance ministers identify aims at IMF meeting

At the annual IMF meeting in Washington, DC in October 2016, Natasha Turak caught up with the finance ministers of Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka to find out how they are attracting FDI in a region dominated by a number of global giants.

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Bayat Group's Afghanistan risks bring rich rewards

As the Bayat Group of Companies launches an energy arm in Afghanistan, CEO Ehsanollah Bayat tells Natasha Turak how he hopes that by showcasing the opportunities in the country, other investors will follow its lead to help grow the economy. 


Pacific islands build resilience to boost sustainable tourism

Far-flung from each other as well as their regional neighbours, the Pacific islands have been hammered by cyclones and threatened by climate change. But their determination to face down challenges and boost tourism in a sustainable way is indomitable, writes Brian Caplen.

Myanmar’s new FDI law levels the field

Foreign and domestic investors alike have welcomed new legislation on doing business in Myanmar.


IFSWF Conference: where should sovereign wealth funds invest?

The International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IFSWF) held its Eighth Annual Conference in Auckland, New Zealand in early November, which addressed issues of how sovereign wealth funds SWFs could ensure sufficiently high returns in a low-growth, low-interest rate environment and how climate change initiatives would impact investment opportunities.