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Trade, tech issues seen to shape Asean’s future

By Bernadette D. Nicolas Nov 7 2019 / BusinessMirror FIFTY-TWO years ago, the founding members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) fought the embers of communism across Asia. Today, Asean is confronting another “FIRe,” the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution. The FIRe is being seen as a tool that Asean needs to comprehend, brace for and harmonize if its member-states want a stronger regional economic integration via the...

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Silver lining in the cloud

By Bernadette D. Nicholas Sep 29 2019 / BusinessMirror Like it or not, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing the world of work, and the public sector—like the Philippines’s Bureau of Customs—is following the lead of private business in adopting cloud computing for more efficient services. MORE and more people from the public and private sectors are now shifting to cloud technology for its security—ironically the same main reason...

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South Korea looks to Asean for help in its ‘trade war’ with Japan

Aug 1 2019 / TODAY HONG KONG — South Korea is planning to appeal for help from its regional partners in its latest bid to convince Japan to roll back export restrictions amid an escalating trade dispute between the two countries. At a series of ministerial gatherings among representatives of Japan, South Korea and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) set to take place in Bangkok next...

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Could Canada provide a Brexit breakthrough for the UK?

By Andrew Hammond – July 17 2019/ The Business Times THE EU and Canada begin a two-day summit in Montreal on Wednesday. Centrestage in the discussions will be the landmark bilateral trade agreement which many Brexiteers believe is the best template for a future EU-UK deal, despite the plethora of potential pitfalls for the United Kingdom. The so-called Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), covering around a fifth of...

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White House expects retaliation from China over increased tariffs

By Easton Contributor – July 16 2019 White House expects retaliation from China over increased tariffs, economic adviser Larry Kudlow admits, as Trump ramps up trade war The U.S. is awaiting retaliation from China over increased tariffs, after talks in Washington ended without a deal on trade, the president‘s chief economic adviser said on Sunday. ‘The expected countermeasures have not yet materialized. We may know more today or even...

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South Korea braces for more export curbs as Moon Jae-in warns of ‘greater damage’ to Japan’s economy

By Julian Ryall – July 15 2019/ South China Moring Post South Korea is braced for Japan to further escalate the countries’ trade dispute by removing Seoul from Tokyo’s “white list” of trusted trade partners and subsequently imposing new customs clearance restrictions on 40 categories of products, which could amount to 1,100 specific items. Officials from the two countries made no progress in talks last Friday, leading Japan’s Ministry...

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Pentagon Contract Worth Billions Set to Shake Up Moving Industry

By Travis Tritten – July 10 2019/ Bloomberg Award early next year for $2.2 billion annual program Congress eyeing legislation that could delay contract Nothing is more certain in military life than that moving, at some point, will be part of it. That saddles the Pentagon with managing an army of commercial moving companies for about 360,000 shipments per year of furniture, clothes, books, bicycles, and all other types...

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Japan’s export control to further strain Korean economy

The Korean Times July 5, 2019 By Lee Kyung-min  Japan’s export control of key materials needed to produce semiconductors and displays will deal a significant blow to Asia’s fourth-largest economy, economists said Friday.  “Given that semiconductors account for about 6 percent of the country’s GDP, a 10 percent drop in the export volume could lead to a 0.6-percentage-point drop in the growth rate,” KB Securities Chief Economist Chang Jae-chul...

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Customs arrangements with Singapore and Canada

Friday, 28 June 2019, 12:49 pmPress Release: New Zealand Government Hon Jenny SalesaMinister of Customs 28 June 2019 PĀNUI PĀPĀHOMEDIA STATEMENT Customs arrangements with Singapore and Canada to benefit New Zealand traders Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa has welcomed new customs arrangements between New Zealand, Singapore and Canada that will streamline trade and benefit traders. The Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) to recognise supply chain security standards of respective trade programmes...

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AEC 2015 will have no immediate impact…. but is extremely important for ASEAN

Given the extensive and wildly enthusiastic press coverage which greeted AEC 2015, the economic cooperation agreement between the ten ASEAN nations which came into effect on Jan 1 2016, one could be forgiven for thinking that the skies across the region would by now be being criss-crossed by eager executives of the world’s largest companies, all ready to hammer out deals and get their seat at the ASEAN table....

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