Reckoning the circumference of ASEAN’s Circular Economy Framework

The ‘take, make, dispose’ approach that formed the bedrock of the linear economy has come under scrutiny with a growing focus on circular economy. With countries moving to build their own capabilities, regional groupings too have sought to address the issue collectively. As such, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has launched the Framework […]

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Chart of the Week July 1, 2022: Changing Demand for Skills in the Singapore Labour Market

Summary: Asia Competitiveness Institute partnered JobTech to analyse real-time trends in the Singapore labour market. Our study of the job posting data from 2018 to 2021 finds the largest increase in demand for skills related to the STEM fields, such as scripting languages (Python), programming languages (Java), and software development. In contrast, the demand for […]

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Chart of the Week June 17, 2022: Consumption Reallocation during COVID-19

Summary: The pandemic has changed consumers’ habit. The overall retail sales in Singapore have recovered to the pre-pandemic level, but some sectors are still lagging. Instead of dining in the restaurants, some have opted to buy more from the supermarkets. The greater dispersion in retail sales indices imply reallocations of consumption among Singaporean consumers. Whether […]

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Chart of the Week May 20, 2022: Singapore’s Greenfield Investments Abroad

Summary: In 2021, Singapore experienced a strong rebound in outward greenfield investments, mainly through investments in real estate, retail and the setting-up of data centres. The recovery in Singapore’s greenfield FDI outflows overtook most of the other top Asian investors. Highlights: Article By GEORGE, Ammu Graphic By Yixuan GE

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Chart of the Week April 22, 2022: Singapore’s Changing Labour Competitiveness

Summary: ACI’s ASEAN Economic Competitiveness Analysis finds that Singapore’s labour market has traded off Labour Market Flexibility for Productivity Performance. Singapore has fallen from being the most flexible market at the start of the study in 2000 to being below the ASEAN-10 average in 2018. In contrast, the Productivity Performance of Singapore has grown with […]

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Batam, Bintan and Beyond: Riau Islands as Indonesia’s hotspot for Manufacturing and Digital Investments

With proximity to Indonesia’s major trading partners, Riau Islands is one of the country’s premier manufacturing hubs, with the industry contributing over 40% to its economy in 2020. The province is home to large industrial estates such as the Nongsa Digital Park and Bintan-Batam-Karimun Free Trade Zone. In post-pandemic Indonesia, the province is a hotspot […]

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Could MAS’s Policy hit the dual targets of welfare maximization and sustainability? Definitely!

Climate-related risks have received growing attention from policy makers in recent years (Dikau and Volz, 2021; Muller, 2021), and central banks and other stakeholders within the financial sector are believed to be better able to promote a sustainability agenda through the use of various initiatives. This article reviews the latest initiatives by Singapore’s financial sector […]

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Chart of the Week November 19, 2021: Impact of data flow policies on ICT sectors

Summary: Data is regarded as the fourth factor of production in today’s digital economy and plays an integral role in digital trade. In contrast with overly strict or relaxed data flow policy, a balanced approach will maximize the output of the ICT sector. Digital Economic Agreement (DEA) stipulations concerning data flows are deemed to improve […]

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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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