||From the FOUNDER
Optimism Returns to Asean, Cautiously
Oil-rich Sultanate Takes to Halal Branding
Telcos Keep the
The Big Leap
Spotlight on Investment
Of Sanctions and the Pipeline
Wanted: Clean Candidates
No Chance for Opposition in the Next 10 Years
Phuket in Foreign Hands?
As Attractive As Ever
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|36 Asean Telecoms
|ASEAN NEEDS OPEN AND CLEAR POLICIES
Takanobu Maeda, President & CEO, NTT Com Asia talks about his company’s
drive into ICT market in China and Southeast Asia in an interview with ASEANAFFAIRS, suggests the ten-nation trade bloc should be fostering innovation and advancement, which requires open and clear policies.
|40 Asean Manoeuvre
|MAKING THE MOST OF ‘MICE’
Economies in export-reliant Southeast Asia are increasingly banking on the
MICE - meetings, incentive travel, conventions and exhibitions – industry, as
they climb out of the recession.
|IN SEARCH OF TRUTH
A biography of The Venerable Chao Khun Phra Mongkol-Thepmuni (Sodh
Candasaro), the Late Abbot of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen, Thailand
|56 Asean Traveller
|CRUISING THE MEKONG IN STYLE
Reinhard Hohler, a long-time ‘foreign’ resident of Chiang Mai in Thailand’s North,
recounts his journey, from Luang Prabang, former royal town in Laos in the heart
of Mekong to Chiang Kong in Thailand, on the riverine cruise Mekong Sun.
|59 Book Review
|60 Medical Tourism
|MEDICAL HUBS APLENTY
race to draw medical and health travelers is heating up in Southeast
Asia on expectations that there will emerge a captive market of at
least 100 million people from Europe and the United States as costs of
healthcare keep going up in the west.
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||82 Asean Aviation
|- Best Western
- Turkish Airlines
|FLYING OUT OF
|74 Asean Education
tentative signs that a severe industry recession is bottoming out.
Industry watchers remain cautious, though, saying it will take some
time for the industry to get out of the recession.
|EMBAs IN ASEAN
for executive MBAs remains relatively high and continues to expand in
Southeast Asia, the competition among these programmes has become
intense, as more institutions are entering the marketplace. Choosing
the best one is a challenge.
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|84 Asean in Figures
|85 Asean Events
|86 Asean Bazaar
REAPING BENEFITS … AT A PRICE
Asean governments would need to be willing to accept the benefits
as well as the dilution of control, said Ray Ferguson Regional Chief
Executive, Singapore & South East Asia, Standard Chartered Bank,
in his recent interview with ASEANAFFAIRS.
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|DATA CENTRE TRENDS AND OUTLOOK FOR ASEAN
companies in Asean operating on different cost levels do not feel the
commercial need to off-load their data and applications due to security
concerns. But these concerns will go away as trustworthy entities begin
to enter the market.