Month: December 2018

INTERVIEW: H.E. Niclas Kvarnström: Innovation an Impetus for Future Growth

LOOKING back on his career choices as an individual and as a family man H.E. Niclas Kvarnström reflects on the excellent experiences he has garnered for his new assignment in a region he is not only familiar with, but has come to love. As an old Asia hand he is well versed in the rich nuances and niceties required to engage with the land and the people and to bring the very best of his learnings to making this assignment a success on many fronts. This symbiotic connect with Asia goes back to those early university days when he...

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PHL Trade Sec Ramon Lopez: Still Gung-Ho Over Growing Economy

On the sidelines of the 33rd ASEAN Summit, Philippines Secretary of Trade Ramon Lopez takes time out from the ASEAN Summit to talk to IN Diplomacy about RCEP negotiations and the country’s prospects ahead in 2019 TRADE Secretary Ramon M. Lopez indicates what an exciting time it is for the Philippines as it comes away from the positive vibes of the 2nd Regional Comprehensive Economic Summit (RCEP) Summit and looks to capitalize on a burgeoning economy powered by its new Ease of Doing Business and high potential for investors. The 2nd RCEP Summit is one of several held in...

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World Leaders Attend the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings…

…with a total of nine summits between November 13-16, 2018. Here are some highlights of their messages UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  U.S. Vice President Michael Pence, represented President Donald Trump at the 33rd Asean Summit and Related Meetings. Addressing the audience at the meet, Vice President Pence stressed the American commitment to the region. He also shared: “Our vision for the Indo-Pacific excludes no nation. It only requires that every nation treat their neighbors with respect, they respect the sovereignty of all nations and the international rules of order.”     CHINA One of the key side-events at the...

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Dr Vivian Balakrishnan Recaps Highlights of the 33rd ASEAN Summit

THE 33rd ASEAN and related Summits that were held in Singapore from 11th to 15th November 2018, were the last hosted by Singapore as the ASEAN Chair before handing over to Thailand. Apart from the 10 ASEAN nations leaders’ Summits, Singapore also hosted leaders from the US, Russia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Chile (who was a guest of the Chair). In addition to that, we also had Ms Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF. When Singapore took over as Chair in early 2018, it had to take into cognizance the framework within which...

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