Malaysia’s Election Stunner One Month Later : Young People Are Happy, Progressives Are Happy, What About Business?

Malaysia concluded an election on May 9, 2018 with surprising results. Nearly all analysis pointed to a win for the powerful but controversial Najib Razak, but instead veteran Malaysian political leader Mahathir Mohamed won decisively. We ask longtime former General Electric ASEAN CEO Stuart Dean and esteemed Malaysian trade expert and former senior official Rebecca…

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Alibaba Poised To Invest $500M Into Tokopedia As Indonesian Ecommerce Swells

If the rumors are true, Chinese titan Alibaba Group may be preparing to invest $500 million in Indonesia’s largest online retailer, PT Tokopedia. According to Indonesia Investments, this expansion of Alibaba’s holdings in ASEAN – which include last year’s acquisition of a $1 billion, 83 percent stake in Singapore e-commerce platform Lazada Group SA – underscores…

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Southeast Asia: Best Kept Secret for Growth and Opportunity

“The ASEAN region has seven “unicorn startups” What do you see as the biggest opportunities and biggest risks in 2017 for U.S. businesses in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region? Despite uncertainty in the global environment, the ASEAN region is forecasted to have an average rate of growth above 5 percent GDP per…

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