“Thailand has the creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit to be a digital hub in Southeast Asia, particularly for businesses that require high levels of creative inputs,” said Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society Minister, at the Digital Thailand Big Bang 2017, South East Asia’s largest digital summit. Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj said that the... View Article

Indonesia, ASEAN’s largest economy in terms of nominal GDP, is under increasing pressure from the business community to sign more free trade agreements (FTAs). Currently it has only two agreements, with Japan and Pakistan, falling behind Malaysia which has additional agreements with New Zealand, India, Chile Australia and Turkey, as well as Thailand and Vietnam.... View Article

The 14th EU-India Summit will take place in New Delhi on 6 October 2017. The EU will be represented by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and by Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, will also be present. India will be represented... View Article

“The British government is lacking a clear concept despite talking a lot,” said Joachim Lang, Managing Director of the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Following UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference, Germany’s biggest business association with more than 100,000 member companies urged German companies in Britain and Northern Ireland to... View Article

US President Donald Trump will meet Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today. Prayut will be the fifth ASEAN leader to meet Trump, after Vietnam’s Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Malaysia’s Najib Abdul Razak, Indonesia’s Joko Widodo, and Singapore’s Lee Hsing Loong. The Obama administration sought to distance itself from the Thai military which took over following a... View Article

Hong Kong has jumped three places in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018, rising to sixth in the world. The Index, published annually, ranks 137 countries based on their prospects for growth. Twelve factors, including infrastructure, labour market efficiency and business sophistication, are considered to compile the rankings. Hong Kong is the biggest... View Article

The CDU, Germany’s centre-right party, remains largest force in parliament after yesterday’s national election, leading Chancellor Angela Merkel into her fourth term. The election results were overshadowed by the gains of AfD, a far-right party founded in 2013. The party gained momentum after Merkel’s decision to take in one million refugees in 2015/2016. It is... View Article

Following the State of the Union speech by President Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission yesterday unveiled a package of trade and investment proposals for an ambitious trade agenda. The proposals include draft mandates to open trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand. General objectives of both mandates include: promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth through the... View Article

The European Council has published the directives given to the European Commission to negotiate a trade agreement with Japan on 14 September. In 2012, the European Council gave a mandate to the European Commission to start trade negotiations with Japan. At the EU-Japan summit in July 2017, both parties reached agreement in principle on the... View Article

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, said in his State of the Union speech on 13 September: “On 29 March 2019, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. This will be a very sad and tragic moment. We will always regret it. But we have to respect the will of the British people,”... View Article