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Healthy economies need a healthy Mother Earth

Connecting economic growth to environmental sustainability in Asean is a business imperative. Attention must be paid to the planet's failing health if Asean's potential is to be realised.

Asean marks its 50th anniversary this year with bright propects, but, the writer says, businesses are putting more energy into tracking economic prospects than they do on a critical trend that could hurt their bottomline - the failing health of the planet.

THE economic future of the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) region looks bright. In recent years, the grouping has been growing by around 5 per cent a year, and the Asian Development Bank estimates that by 2030, nearly half a billion of Asean's population will be considered middle...

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