ASIA’s demographics — an average age of 28 compared to 36 in the US and 39 in Europe — will drive its growth in coming decades as youthful dynamism transforms the region, says Piyush Gupta, Chief Executive of Southeast Asia’s largest bank, DBS . . .
THE concept of an ASEAN Troika to facilitate the process of achieving consensus is now embedded in what is known as ASEAN Vision 2025 . . .
ASEAN needs to have a clearer direction of how to engage with the private sector and to align investment from non-ASEAN countries with development plans at both sub-region and regional level, says a Singapore think-tank report. Some believe it could take 10-15 years for the AEC’s potential to be achieved . . .
The US retail chain Walmart Stores, Inc the world’s largest company by revenue, has maneouvred into the driver’s seat of China’s burgeoning e-commerce market.
Walmart now owns one of China’s three largest e-commerce portals, Yihaodian.com (YHD.com), which enjoys annual double-digit growth, and in 2014, turned over US$1.9 billion.
Walmart first invested in YHD.com in 2011 after it decided to abandon its own plan to run a website in China. The US retail giant lifted its stake in YHD.com to 51 per cent in 2012, and in July this year acquired the remaining 49 per cent from Ping An Insurance and the founders of the website — former Chairman, Yu Gang, and former CEO, Liu Junling.
THE last decade was the golden decade for e-commerce – the next decade will be the diamond decade for cross-border e-commerce, says Maggie Zhou, Director of the International B2C Division of Alibaba.
The group has just announced plans to invest US$1 billion in cloud computing globally . . .
THE EU has led the world in collecting VAT on all online sales, adopting a mechanism which is now part of the OECD’s Base Erosion Profit Sharing (BEPS) project. The OECD’s Raffaele Russo explains how regulators are moving to capture profits hidden in borderless trade . . .
POST OFFICES are becoming natural partners to SMEs because of their huge distribution networks through 650,000 outlets, and an ability to offer complementary business services. The Universal Postal Union is about to roll out an escrow account to help SME e-merchants . . .
IN A TOXIC internet environment, valuable services are being forced behind castles and fortresses – it is no longer an open Internet because, suddenly, the entry price is the price of the fortress, says leading scientist Geoff Huston . . .
ISSUES arising from the shift to a fully-digitised world affect all levels of Government and are beyond the jurisdiction of a single Government department, says the OECD’s Anne Carblanc. “We believe the cross-Government approach is absolutely necessary,” she told ATI ...
THE changes wrought by ICT and the way the global economy works have not been properly captured by official data on GDP and inflation, says economist Stephen Jen . . .
GLOBALLY, the value of e-commerce reached US$15.2 trillion in 2012-13, and countries need to adopt laws to facilitate this, at a domestic,
regional and international level, says UNCTAD’s Head of ICT analysis, Torbjorn Fredrikssen. Currently, he says, there is no answer to such issues as data protection involving the use of cloud services . . .
THE WORLD will watch as Japan takes a lead in confronting the dilemma of an ageing (and shrinking) population. Studies show lower birth rates in major cities, so Japan has embarked on a programme to encourage young people to opt for rural living . . .
THREE candidates have officially declared for the Presidency as the good-governance-is-good-economics policy pursued over six years by Benigno Aquino draws to a close. With much at stake, Filipinos won’t want to leave anything to chance in 2016 . . .
FORMER Prime Minister Thaksin’s economic czar, Somkid Jatusripitak, has been recalled. His task — to change Thailand’s economic fundamentals. But will the Generals give him enough time?
MORE supply chains are moving from Southern China into Vietnam in a trend that seems likely to increase. The World Bank says Vietnam also stands to benefit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP), which could add eight per cent to its GDP . . .
HOLDING the world’s fourth-largest reserves of iron ore, India wants to develop its domestic steel industry. But its continuing economic growth has made it a target for steelmakers wanting to dump surplus production as China’s expansion slows. Narenda Singh Tomar, India’s Minister for Steel and Mines, explains . . .