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    A2D Ventures Forges Strategic Partnership with The Urban Office Thailand to Empower Southeast Asian Entrepreneurs

    A2D Ventures, Southeast Asia’s prominent early-stage venture capital firm and angel investing platform facilitating connections between angel investors, family offices, and venture capitalists with early-stage startups across the region, proudly announces its partnership with The Urban Office Thailand. Renowned for its commitment to providing flexible workspace solutions tailored to startups at every phase of their growth journey, The Urban Office…

  • Thailand News

    Southeast Asia leads in anti-corruption initiatives with public support

    Southeast Asia has emerged as a leading example of public initiatives tackling corruption, as highlighted by legal experts and academics at the Anti-Corruption Innovations in Southeast Asia conference recently held in Bangkok. The conference, which took place on June 7, aimed to share perspectives on innovative strategies to promote integrity and good governance across the region. Experts underscored the importance…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand eyes MICE supremacy in Southeast Asia

    Thailand is pulling out all the stops to become the epicentre of MICE tourism in Southeast Asia, with Vietnam emerging as a potential powerhouse partner. This ambitious vision, spearheaded by Puripan Bunnag, Senior Vice President of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), aims to harness the post-pandemic resurgence in the MICE sector to bolster Thailand’s economy. “The MICE segment…

  • World News

    Record meth seizures in Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle

    In a recent report released yesterday, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) disclosed that East and Southeast Asia are currently grappling with an unprecedented influx of methamphetamine and other synthetic drugs. This surge is largely sourced from the Golden Triangle, an area where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos converge. Historically recognised for opium cultivation and…

  • Guides

    Thailand’s eSports Evolution: A premier southeast asian hub

    Thailand is emerging as a premier eSports hub within Southeast Asia, transitioning beyond mere recreational gaming. The nation is alive with fervent activity, uniting competitors committed to excellence and victory, underscored by significant financial stakes. The exponential growth of eSports in this region can be attributed to the dedication of its players, the excellence of its teams, and the unwavering…

  • Business News

    Southeast Asia lags in green investments

    Southeast Asia is significantly lagging in green investments aimed at reducing emissions, according to a report by Bain & Company, a global consultancy. The region’s energy consumption is projected to increase by 40% within this decade, leading to a continued rise in carbon dioxide emissions due to its heavy reliance on fossil fuels. The report, produced in collaboration with green…

  • Business News

    Vinfast challenges Chinese targeting Southeast Asia’s EV market

    Vinfast, a Vietnamese electric vehicle (EV) producer, is contending with Chinese automobile manufacturers to market its EVs within Southeast Asia, leveraging the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA). The firm eyes Thailand as the initial export venue, based on the country’s fast-growing EV market which promises lucrative business opportunities, according to Vu Dang Yen Hang, chief executive of Vinfast Auto (Thailand).…

  • Thailand News

    Southeast Asia sees 130% growth in YouTube Shorts daily views

    A significant increase in daily views for YouTube Shorts has been observed in Southeast Asia, with a growth of over 130% in the year ending July 2023, according to Niharika Kapoor, the Asia-Pacific head for Shorts scaled partnerships. This format, which limits videos to a maximum of 60 seconds, has been instrumental in attracting new creators to the global YouTube…

  • Thailand News

    Microsoft CEO halts Southeast Asia trip including Bangkok

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delayed his visit to Thailand and neighbouring Southeast Asian nations, as announced yesterday. The eagerly awaited Microsoft Build: AI Day event slated for March 21 in Bangkok now hangs in limbo indefinitely, Microsoft revealed on Friday. “We are doing our utmost in preparing to reschedule the event and will inform you of the details as soon as…

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    THAIFEX – HOREC Asia 2024 is coming to shape the future of HoReCa Industry in Southeast Asia

    THAIFEX – HOREC Asia 2024 is making its debut this year! The trade show, which puts a spotlight on the HoReCa (Hotel, Restaurants, and Catering) industry, is set to take place from 6 to 8 March 2024 at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok. Organised by the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), the Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC), and Koelnmesse,…

  • Business News

    Thailand aims to become Southeast Asia’s data centre hub

    The Thailand Data Centre Council (TDCC) is pushing to establish Thailand as the central hub for data centres in Southeast Asia in the next three years, amid rising competition with foreign data centre providers joining the market. From the United States, Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, and India, global cloud data centre operators are turning their investment focus towards Thailand.…

  • Thailand News

    Aleph Farms revolutionises meat production in Southeast Asia

    In a groundbreaking alliance set to revolutionise meat production, Aleph Farms has forged a strategic partnership with biomanufacturer BBGI and synbio research powerhouse Fermbox Bio. This collaboration is set to pave the way for Thailand’s inaugural cultivated meat plant, heralding a new era of sustainable protein sourcing in Southeast Asia. In a bid to enhance production capabilities and foster economic…

  • Thailand News

    Cambodia registers most hotspots amid surge in Southeast Asia

    A flurry of nearly 6,000 hotspots was detected across several neighbouring countries on a recent Sunday, with Cambodia registering the most, at 4,056, as per the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA). The Suomi NPP satellite images pointed out a total of 5,823 hotspots spread out in countries neighbouring Thailand. After Cambodia, Myanmar had the second-highest number with 979,…

  • Business News

    Southeast Asia capitalises on China’s Australian lobster ban

    The protracted ban on Australian rock lobsters by Beijing has prompted Southeast Asian countries to capitalise on the opportunity, increasing their seafood exports to China. As the ban continues, the shift in sourcing may become irreversible, experts predict. New Zealand currently dominates the Chinese market for rock lobsters, holding nearly 40% of the total market share, based on data from…

  • Business News

    Southeast Asian nations ramp up efforts to boost upstream oil industry

    Southeast Asian nations are intensifying their efforts to boost the upstream oil industry, with Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand vying for investment from both domestic and international entities, as revealed by a study from BMI, a Fitch Solutions company. In 2022, Malaysia received foreign investment of 287 million ringgit (US$61.7 billion), equivalent to 47% of the nation’s overall investment, in…

  • Business News

    Thailand outlines cloud first policy to become Southeast Asia’s AI hub

    As part of its vision to become Southeast Asia’s artificial intelligence (AI) hub by 2027, Thailand is strategising to attract more foreign technology investment in cloud data centres. The country’s Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister, Prasert Jantanaruangthong, has outlined a plan to achieve this aim through a cloud-first policy. This policy emphasises public usage of a single digital ID…

  • Tourism News

    China positions Guangxi as Southeast Asia’s primary gateway

    Guanxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, bordering Vietnam, is being positioned by China as the primary gateway for businesses and tourists from the ASEAN region. Its southern China location and connectivity to Vietnam through land, sea, and air routes make it a strategic point for Southeast Asia. The region is equipped with three international airports and three deep-sea ports which collectively host…

  • Business News

    YouTrip sets sights on Southeast Asian expansion

    Southeast Asian fintech giant YouTrip is gearing up for regional expansion, backed by a successful funding round that raised US$50 million (1.84 billion baht). The round witnessed participation from new investors, including global venture capital firm Lightspeed. This Singapore-based multi-currency digital payments platform has managed to amass over US$100 million (3.68 billion baht) in funding since its inception. The newly…

  • World News

    Rubber’s forest fury: Southeast Asia’s deforestation problem worse than thought

    The rampant deforestation caused by rubber production in Southeast Asia could be much higher than anticipated, potentially two to three times the current estimates. This alarming discovery is a significant concern for importers who are under increasing pressure to source sustainable supplies, as revealed in a recent research study. Global demand for rubber is on the rise, leading to an…

  • World News

    Electrifying growth: Sprouting EV projects spark green revolution in Southeast Asia

    In a robust move towards a greener future, new Electric Vehicle (EV) projects are sprouting across Southeast Asia, signalling a collaborative endeavour between multiple corporations and academic institutions. The initiatives are set to deliver significant enhancements to EV infrastructure, comprehensive research, and expanded workforces. At the forefront is Evolt Technology, a firm specialising in EV charging services. The company has…

  • World News

    TikTok’s popularity shaping e-commerce’s future in Southeast Asia

    In the feverish hive of activity within a Northeast Jakarta shophouse, a myriad of salespeople takes turns advertising products ranging from cosmetics and contact lenses to hair accessories. While one individual gives guidance on choosing optimum lipstick shades, another trumpets the most recent price drop in vitamin supplements. However, far from the chaotic scene of a bustling market, this is…

  • Thailand News

    Thai police and Interpol unite to combat human trafficking in Southeast Asia

    The Royal Thai Police (RTP) is set to collaborate with Interpol in establishing a coordinating centre to combat human trafficking gangs operating in Southeast Asia. A meeting between Thai police officials and the FBI took place at the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore to discuss human trafficking prevention strategies. The centre aims to tackle online crimes involving the…

  • Business News

    Singapore leads Southeast Asia with 97% cashless payment adoption rate

    In Singapore, a growing majority of people are opting for cashless payment methods, with the country’s adoption rate of such payments being the highest in Southeast Asia at 97%. This trend has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic and an ongoing national drive for a less-cash society. Digital wallets are expected to overtake credit cards as the most popular online…

  • Business News

    Southeast Asia and China top destinations for overseas business expansion in Asia

    Southeast Asia and China are now the top choices for overseas expansion, with 83% of Asian businesses expressing interest in venturing abroad, as revealed in a recent report. The Business Outlook report, conducted by United Overseas Bank (UOB), surveyed over 4,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as large organisations in Asia. The study showed that over four out…

  • Health

    Preventing overdoses in Southeast Asia: Can Australia’s CanTEST model be the answer?

    Southeast Asian nations, including Thailand where drug use remains a significant issue, should consider adopting the model of Australia’s first permanent health and drug checking service, CanTEST, which was launched in Canberra around nine months ago. Operating on a harm-reduction basis, CanTEST aims to ensure the safety of drug users by preventing adverse reactions. The service is entirely confidential, with…

  • World News

    Sex traffickers held Southeast Asian women captive in South Korea

    Sex traffickers held four Southeast Asian women captive on South Korea‘s Jeju Island. Jeju provincial police said they arrested four subjects who allegedly held the women, The Korean Herald and Asia News Network reported yesterday. The suspects included a Korean bar owner in his 40s, his Chinese wife, and two other accomplices. The suspects were sent to the prosecutor’s office. The victims…

  • Tourism News

    Koh Samui: The secret island gem of Southeast Asia’s hospitality scene

    Over the past week, we have been compiling our latest hospitality, tourism, and hotel research on Thailand’s second-largest island, Koh Samui. The island remains a bit of a ‘little-big’ anomaly in Southeast Asia’s massive resort island arsenal. Despite hosting famed global hotel brands such as Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, W, InterContinental, and Banyan Tree, its smallish private airport capacity has somehow…

  • Press Room

    Lollipop invests in the growing cannabis business in Southeast Asia

    Press Release On the 4th of March, 2023, the grand opening of Lollipop‘s Cannabis Premium Quality Outlet took place in Chana Songkhram, Bangkok. The event was attended by the press, the public and invited guests, who were treated to food and door gifts as a way of celebrating the kick–off. About Lollipop Lollipop‘s Cannabis Premium Quality Outlet, which opened its doors,…

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    United States launches SERVIR-Southeast Asia, a USAID-NASA initiative to fight climate change

    Press Release Chonburi, 24 January 2023 : The U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Robert F. Godec and Dr. Karen M. St. Germain, Earth Science Division Director at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), launched the SERVIR-Southeast Asia program – a collaboration between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and NASA – to help communities across Southeast Asia adapt…

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    Bangkok, Songkhla, Chon Buri provinces to host 2025 Southeast Asian Games

    Bangkok, Songkhla, and Chon Buri provinces are the new hosts of the 2025 Southeast Asian Games. The Sports Authority of Thailand decided at a meeting that was presided over by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon yesterday. During the meeting, Nakhon Ratchasima was also chosen to host the 13th ASEAN Para Games in 2026. A budget allocation from the National Sports…