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ASEAN Adopts Phnom Penh Declaration on Rebuilding Tourism

February 24, 2021

Measures to revitalize tourism focus on sustainability and include a Post COVID-19 Recovery Plan and business and skills development.
Social distancing and other safety measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 made cross-border freight operations more costly or time consuming. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

ASEAN States Agree on COVID-19 Recovery Guidelines for Road Freight

February 24, 2021

Recommended measures focus on transport workers’ safety and training, ensuring connectivity for supply chains, and building back better.
A priority of BIMP-EAGA is to improve transport connectivity in the subregion to spur development in remote and less developed areas. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

Restoring Air and Sea Links, Fast Internet Top Business Wish List for 2021

February 24, 2021

Better connectivity seen to improve the chances of BIMP-EAGA SMEs to recover from COVID-19.
Measures being discussed include the One Borneo Quarantine Initiative, joint border surveillance and inspection, as well as pandemic mitigation, preparedness, and response protocols.

Here’s How BIMP-EAGA Is Boosting Health Security at the Border

February 10, 2021

Joint efforts to fortify health security include the One Borneo Quarantine Initiative, a proposed pandemic plan, and other improvements in CIQS.
Borneo Pygmy Elephant seen in Danum Valley, Borneo.

Saving the Heart of Borneo

February 02, 2021

On Borneo island, about 22 million hectares of rain forests serve as lungs of the earth and hold 6% of global biodiversity.

New Portal Connects Filipino Farmers with Consumers

January 26, 2021

DELIVER-e helps boost farmers’ income amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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Online Customs Transit System Enables Seamless Trade in ASEAN

December 15, 2020

The ASEAN Customs Transit System will help fast-track medical supplies that are vital in the fight against COVID-19.
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.
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ADB, Gojek to Study Digitization, COVID-19 Impact on Indonesian MSMEs

December 03, 2020

The joint research project will use the Gojek digital ecosystem to study the benefits of business digitization on Indonesia's micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.