Chart of the Week October 8, 2021: Singapore: Employment effects of Covid-19 Pandemic in Tourism

Note: The reported values are annual figures. 2021 data refers to as of 2021Q2. Summary As an international tourist destination and connection hub, millions of tourists visit Singapore annually. However, the recent border closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the tourism sector’s revenue and employment, with spillover effects on other industries. Using […]

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Book Launch: Annual Competitiveness Analysis and Impact of COVID-19 on ASEAN

2020 has proven to be a tumultuous year for the world. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as a highly internationalized region, is naturally not spared from events. At the time of writing, vaccines for the virus have begun to be distributed worldwide in the hopes of containing the virus. Meanwhile, new and more […]

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Reopening International Travel: The Travel Bubble Approach

Why was the Singapore – Hong Kong travel bubble deferred twice? Will a high vaccination rate give policy makers the necessary confidence to proceed with it again? Our latest research explores the decision-making process among global leaders as they work towards cooperative travel arrangements in a pandemic.  Reopening international travel is one of the most pressing issues facing the world […]

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Chart of the Week Mar 12, 2021: The Relevance of Competitiveness & Development to COVID-19 Severity in ASEAN

Summary:  Of the eight ASEAN Member States where deaths have been reported, Singapore has the lowest case fatality rate despite having the highest number of cumulative COVID-19 cases per million population. Malaysia and Thailand also note comparatively lower case fatality rates despite having higher proportions of elderly in the population. Asia Competitiveness Institute (ACI)’s Annual ASEAN Competitiveness Index was found […]

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Chart of the Week Nov 20, 2020: COVID-19 GDP and Second Waves

Summary:  While governments around the world respond to the pandemic with various combinations of focus on health vs. economic costs, even those nations that have managed to recover from the pandemic see their economies continuing to suffer due to global trade decline. This week’s chart compares the weekly new COVID-19 cases per million population, and year-on-year real […]

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What Consumers Want During the Pandemic

COVID-19 has caused unprecedented disruptions, which have thrown even the most previously robust disaster-preparedness teams into a flux. Governments around the world have found themselves struggling to strike a balance between safeguarding public health and avoiding stifling the economy. As a result, consumption behaviour has been forced to change during government-imposed mandatory lockdowns as citizens […]

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