Indonesia’s Riau Islands turn the corner: A deep dive into its post-pandemic emergence and growth

An essential determinant of a region’s resilience to the pandemic is its socioeconomic composition. A recent study by ACI evaluates Indonesia’s Riau Islands’ emergence from the pandemic by tracking the province’s socioeconomic development vis-à-vis the provincial government’s Regional Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMD). It finds that Riau Islands “emerged relatively unscathed due to its reliance on […]

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Chart of the Week April 30, 2021: Singapore’s Manufacturing and Services Business Expectation on Employment Forecast

Summary:  Even before the pandemic, business sentiment on the employment forecast in Singapore’s manufacturing sector had consistently been negative for years, indicative of the industry’s intention to transition towards a leaner workforce. Using the data published by the Economic Development Board and the Singapore Department of Statistics, this week’s chart depicts the business sentiment on the employment […]

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Chart of the Week October 16, 2020: Resiliency of Singapore’s Manufacturing Industry

Summary: Manufacturing is a major component of the Singapore economy, contributing approximately 20% of real GDP and 13% of employment. The industry has proven to be one of the most robust sectors of the economy in response to Singapore’s COVID-19 “circuit breaker” policy. In this week’s ‘Chart of the Week’, we analyse the resiliency of […]

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