Of red carpets and bilateral deals
1 What do you think was the most remarkable thing that happened recently?
Global economic recovery is now strong & broad-based: IMF chief
THE global economy is enjoying a strong and broad-based recovery, and will grow even faster in 2018, but there are still risks that need attention, according to International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde.
China and India should now join the TPP
THE Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - the biggest trade deal in history - has got a new lease of life. But it remains limited in its geographical coverage - something that can be substantially remedied if China and India also sign up.
Jerome Powell - a worthy successor to Janet Yellen
AMONG all the high-level appointments US President Donald Trump has made - many of them of questionable - his choice of the next chairman of the US Federal Reserve is probably the most likely to ensure continuity of policy and operating style. Although he is a Republican, 64 year old Jerome Powell...
Jerome Powell - a worthy successor to Janet Yellen
AMONG all the high-level appointments US President Donald Trump has made - many of them of questionable - his choice of the next Chairman of the US Federal Reserve is probably the most likely to ensure continuity of policy and operating style. Although he is a Republican, 64 year old Jerome Powell...
TAIZO SON vividly remembers one of his earliest introductions to the wonders of the Internet. As a college student in the early 1990s, he met one of the founders of Yahoo!, Jerry Yang.
India's richest state, Maharashtra, undergoing major makeover
INDIA'S richest state, Maharashtra, which includes the country's financial capital Mumbai is in the throes of a major makeover - and the results are already showing, in the form of rising foreign investment and buoyant growth...
Airbnb mixes business with leisure
INITIALLY targeted at mainly tourists, the home-sharing platform Airbnb is now becoming increasingly popular among business travellers in the Asia-Pacific (APAC), according to David Holyoke, the company's global head of business travel...
SUPPORTING BUSINESS: COMMENTARY
A merger to better serve Singapore Inc
UP until around the turn of the century, the conventional wisdom about corporate evolution was that companies should establish themselves in their domestic market first, and then venture overseas. In the 1990s therefore, it would have been typical for a seasoned tycoon to advise a young...
Airbnb offers concessions to get home-sharing rules relaxed
HOME-sharing platform Airbnb is willing to let building managements in Singapore access its booking system to monitor the comings and goings of Airbnb guests, according to the company's co-founder and chief strategy officer Nathan Blecharczyk. ...
Turkish PM hails FTA with Singapore
TURKEY'S Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has hailed the Turkey-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (TSFTA), which was ratified by the Turkish parliament on Aug 16, suggesting that it could lead to a boom in bilateral trade between the two countries...
India's economy: a story of success, failure, hope
ON THE eve of India's independence from Britain 70 years ago, The Times of India reported "frenzied enthusiasm" and "wild scenes of jubilation" across the land. But despite the triumph of having overthrown colonial rule, the country was in a dire state. It had just been...
The prescient iconoclast
MEGHNAD Desai is a polymath of the social sciences. He has been a professor at the London School of Economics. He has also been a politician, affiliated to Britain's Labour party and a member of the UK House of Lords since 1991. ...
A milestone in the disruption of retail - for now
TODAY, Singapore's e-commerce witnesses its big bang...
Singapore property at a turning point?
What was the most significant development this week?
India's GST could lead to chaos, but then be a game changer
TODAY, India introduces a goods and services tax (GST) in what is billed as its greatest tax reform since independence. But a closer look suggests that this has the potential makings of a transformational idea on paper botched in practice. The tax, as designed, will be so complex to administer that...
Asean isn't quite a miracle yet
WITH the 50th anniversary of the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) coming up on Aug 8, now is an opportune time to take stock of the grouping's achievements and shortcomings...
Danger signs for Asia
TWENTY years ago, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was in the headlines almost every day all over Asia. 1997 was the year of the Asian financial crisis, which started in Thailand and then spread like a contagious fever across the region. The IMF, which is supposed to be the world's number...
Trump dumps Paris
For the umpteenth time this year, the news of the week has been dominated by the antics of US President Donald Trump.
Markets are ignoring serious risks, says Citigroup chief economist
FINANCIAL markets are "completely ignoring" serious downside risks to the global economy emanating from sources such as China, Brexit, the US economy and the European Union (EU), Citigroup's global chief economist Willem Buiter has said...
INDIA'S Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government were elected in a landslide in 2014 on a platform that focused overwhelmingly on economic development and good governance. A favourite election slogan was "Sabka saath, Sabka vikas". ("Together...
Mrs May's June surprise
Yet again, quite a lot to choose from: More sabre-rattling between Washington and Pyongyang as US Vice-President Mike Pence visits Tokyo and Seoul and delivers a stern message to the North Korean regime after it mounts an ostentatious display of its missile capabilities at a military parade last...
Ireland well placed to attract financial services post-Brexit: finance minister
IRELAND is well positioned to attract a range of financial services after Britain's exit from the European Union (EU), according to Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan...
IN 2016, more than 80 million people stayed at properties listed on the accommodation sharing platform Airbnb, which has over 3 million listings in about 65,000 cities spanning 191 countries and counting.