BIMP-EAGA businessmen are eager to revive connectivity between Manado and Davao to spur trade and investment in the two cities. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

Businessmen Call for Resumption of Air and Sea Links between Manado and Davao

January 08, 2021
Jakarta-based Sriwijaya Air and Manila-based shipping operator Reefer Express Line Filipinas, Inc. eyed to serve the BIMP-EAGA route.
Brunei Darussalam's capital Bandar Seri Begawan. Photo credit: iStock/Sophie James.

Brunei Moves toward a Dynamic and Sustainable Economy

January 08, 2021
A new economic blueprint will help the country create more high-value employment opportunities and harness the latest technology in line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The Philippines Grows Its Green Finance Market

December 17, 2020
A report examines initiatives to promote green finance and recommends measures to attract more investments in green infrastructure.
Research from Google, Temasek, and Bain estimates the internet economy in Southeast Asia exceeding $100 billion as more people use online services during the pandemic. Image credit: Liza Solano.

Workers Need to Gear Up for Southeast Asia’s Booming Internet Economy

December 10, 2020
The outlook for the internet economy may be rosy but the lack of digital skills in the region may hold back its growth.
Two hands holding cacao beans

Finding Gold in Cacao

December 01, 2020
The development of agricultural value chains can help turn cacao into a cash crop for farmers in the southern Philippines.
Lack of clean water will make it difficult for people to wash their hands frequently to prevent COVID-19 infection. Photo credit: iStock/Dzaqi Akbar.

Preparing for Drought during a Pandemic

December 01, 2020
A UNESCAP–ASEAN report urges policy makers to include climate action and adaption in COVID-19 stimulus packages.
Southeast Asia is rich in natural gas, hydropower, solar, bio-mass, wind, and geothermal energy. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

Investing in Clean Energy Can Speed Up COVID-19 Recovery

December 01, 2020
A Sustainable Energy for All report says investing in renewables can add $25 billion to the annual GDP, create millions of jobs, and improve resilience.
Expanded electrification in eastern Indonesia is a key part of the government’s infrastructure investment plan, with the goal of electricity for all by 2024.  Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

Powering Up Eastern Indonesia with Clean Energy

November 27, 2020
The State Electricity Corporation (PLN) will improve access to electricity and service reliability and promote renewable energy in the outer regions of Kalimantan, Maluku, and Papua.
The MOU covers the ASEAN List of Essential Goods, which covers mostly medicines and medical supplies and also includes soaps, disinfectants, and face masks. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

ASEAN Removes Trade Barriers on Medicines and Other Essential Goods

November 23, 2020
Ten countries in Southeast Asia are removing restrictions on intraregional trade of medicines and other goods needed to fight COVID-19.
Fish Vendor

7 Ways to Bolster Southeast Asia’s ‘Fragile’ MSMEs

November 19, 2020
To navigate the COVID-19 crisis, MSMEs require tailored approaches, with the most vulnerable being prioritized.