COVID-19 is increasing strategic uncertainty in Southeast Asia

Thursday May 14, 2020 3:40 AM  About 2 months ago

The outbreak of the Covid-19 has spawned significant debate and discussion on what a post-pandemic global world order will look like and what it entails for Southeast Asia. In an op-ed published on Atlantic Council, Asia Group Advisors CEO Adam Schwarz argues that it is too soon to see any re-aligning in the foreign policy sphere, but mis-steps by either power — ranging from more aggressive Chinese behavior in the South China Sea to politically mandated moves by the US to re-shore manufacturing supply chains – could change the geopolitical balance in Southeast Asia.

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ASEAN Responses To Covid-19 [01 – 08 MAY]

Monday May 11, 2020 6:34 AM  About 2 months ago

Most countries, except Myanmar and Indonesia, saw a slowing in the growth rate of infections this week. Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines have flattened the curve; Singapore is believed to have passed the peak of daily confirmed cases although the figure will remain in the high-hundreds for a period of time. The situation in Cambodia remained stable for the second consecutive week. Some countries have shifted their focus from containing the spread of the coronavirus to post-pandemic economic recovery. Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia have allowed most economic activities to resume at full capacity, while Indonesia and Singapore will progressively re-open the economy in phases in the coming weeks. The Philippines and Myanmar are focusing on providing financial assistance to businesses. Vietnam is the first Southeast Asian country to allow its domestic tourism industry to resume operations although Indonesia has resumed limited domestic and international land, sea, and air transport. This week reaffirmed previous expectations that elections in Singapore and Myanmar will proceed as planned despite the pandemic.

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ASEAN Responses To Covid-19 [24 APRIL – 01 MAY]

Monday May 4, 2020 3:40 AM  About 2 months ago

Infection rates have begun to decline across the region even though Singapore and Indonesia continued to see large daily increases. Testing capacity also improved slightly across the board although the Philippines and Indonesia are struggling to reach daily testing targets. Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand have entered the recovery phase, beginning with the easing of movement restrictions. A common theme that emerged last week was the concerns of abuse and violation of human rights. Governments in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Cambodia have been accused of suppressing freedom of expression and cracking down on opposition under the pretext of responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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ASEAN Responses to Covid-19 [17 – 24 April]

Thursday April 30, 2020 9:35 AM  About 2 months ago

This past week saw a surge in cases in Singapore and Indonesia, while the number of new infections in Thailand, the Philippines, and Malaysia trended downward. The number of new infections jumped in Myanmar but at a slower rate than Indonesia and Singapore. On a positive note, Vietnam and Cambodia did not record any new cases in the past week, though many observers believe Cambodia’s results are due to severe undertesting. Vietnam is the only country in Southeast Asia to begin easing its social distancing mandates. Thailand, which has achieved significant progress in containing the spread of the coronavirus, will likely extend its state of emergency until the end of May. The rest of Southeast Asia has also extended lockdown policies in varying degrees, with many countries worried that internal travel due to Ramadhan and other public holidays will exacerbate the spread of the virus. Governments across the region continued to commit new funding to assist those affected by the virus.

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AGA supports EU-ABC to engage with the highest levels of government

Monday December 9, 2019 10:04 AM  About 7 months ago

From 26-29 November Asia Group Advisors had the opportunity to assist EU-ASEAN Business Council (EU-ABC) in its 2019 Business Mission. EU-ABC had 76 registered delegations representing 37 companies from various industries. The delegation had the opportunity to engage productively with President Joko Widodo, numerous ministers and 19 government ministries in just 4 days.

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Indonesia Maju and the implications for business

Monday December 9, 2019 10:03 AM  About 7 months ago

On 6 November, Associate Director for Indonesia and Southeast Asia Lauren Adams joined the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (AmChamSG)’s expert panel to discuss what to expect from Indonesia President Jokowi’s new cabinet and implications for investments and businesses in the market.

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Jokowi 2.0

Monday November 4, 2019 5:18 AM  About 8 months ago

On Tuesday 29 October, Asia Group Advisors together with American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (AmChamSG) hosted a fireside chat with AGA Founder Adam Schwarz and Senior Advisor Erry Riyana Hardjapamekas on the prospects of Jokowi’s second term in office. The discussion touched upon the political priorities and challenges of the newly established cabinet, the public backlash following the decision to curb the powers of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and what it all means for business.

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ASEAN needs bigger voice in US-China rivalry

Monday November 4, 2019 5:17 AM  About 8 months ago

The annual East Asia Summit hosted by ASEAN kicked off in Bangkok on 4 November, giving ASEAN an opportunity to find its own voice on the rising US-China rivalry that is increasingly impacting both political and economic relationships across Southeast Asia. In a commentary published on Asia Times, Asia Group Advisors CEO Adam Schwarz argues that a failure by ASEAN to do so risks regional division and declining global relevance for the regional grouping.

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AGA Associate Director views on infrastructure development and economic priorities as we approach President Joko Widodo’s second term.

Friday September 13, 2019 2:24 AM  About 10 months ago

Lauren Adams, Associate Director Indonesia and Southeast Asia, shared AGA’s views on infrastructure development and economic priorities as we approach President Joko Widodo’s second term.

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AGA Thailand Country Director Nattabhorn Juengsanguansit was invited by American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore as a panelist

Friday September 13, 2019 2:22 AM  About 10 months ago

AGA Thailand Country Director Nattabhorn Juengsanguansit was invited by American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore as a panelist to talk about developments and opportunities in Laos and Cambodia.

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