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The EU and Asean: natural partners

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Daily headlines in Southeast Asia speak about the region’s impressive economic achievements. More and more they also focus on security tensions, including those in the South China Sea.

Posted: July 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Looking beyond AEC 2015

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Forward-looking thinkers are already looking to 2030 even as people anticipate the coming of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) next year.

Posted: July 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Rizal: Icon of Malay race

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RIZAL BIRTHDAY  A couple takes a “selfie” with the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal as background at Luneta Park, also named after the national hero, in Manila. The country will commemorate Thursday Rizal’s 153rd birthday.  RICHARD A. REYES

The nation commemorates two historical events this month: the 116th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence on June 12 and the 153rd birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal Thursday, June 19. The saga of Philippine nationhood connects the two with Rizal at the racial center.

Posted: June 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Circular economy and a new model of growth

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As delegates to this year’s World Economic Forum in Manila know, East Asia has the potential to become a powerful consumer economy. And yet, the emergence of a consumer economy in Asean, and East Asia generally, takes place against a very different backdrop than European, American and Japanese growth over the previous two centuries. This time, resources are scarcer.

Posted: May 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

How can the world achieve ‘equitable progress’?

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“Leveraging growth for Equitable Progress”—this is the theme of the 23rd World Economic Forum on East Asia to be held May 21-23 in Manila. Looking at the individual words in the theme challenges us to revisit some of our most basic assumptions.

Posted: May 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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