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Reuben Levermore

Making best use of FTAs with Thailand

12th November 2014 by Reuben Levermore, Bangkok

Businesses are leaving money on the table if they fail to make the best use of opportunities in New Zealand’s free trade agreements. That was a key message at a recent seminar in Bangkok hosted by the NZ Embassy in partnership with the Thai Government. On Friday 7 November, over one hundred participants, mostly Thai importers,

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David Taylor

The Ambassador’s Blog: ASEAN Economic Community (AEC): a relatively brief primer / Masyarakat Ekonomi ASEAN (AEC): Sebuah Informasi Pengantar yang Relatif Singkat

12th November 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

In December 2015 ASEAN will announce the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).  It’s intended to make ASEAN more economically integrated both internally and internationally.  It’s undoubtedly one of the most ambitious economic integration programmes in the developing world and a further example of the visionary approach that ASEAN leaders have taken to building community among the

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Awan Poesoro

The Ambassador’s Blog: ASEAN Economic Community (AEC): a relatively brief primer / Masyarakat Ekonomi ASEAN (AEC): Sebuah Informasi Pengantar yang Relatif Singkat

12th November 2014 by Awan Poesoro, Jakarta

In December 2015 ASEAN will announce the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).  It’s intended to make ASEAN more economically integrated both internally and internationally.  It’s undoubtedly one of the most ambitious economic integration programmes in the developing world and a further example of the visionary approach that ASEAN leaders have taken to building community among the

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David Taylor

ASEAN Economic Community (AEC): a relatively brief primer / Masyarakat Ekonomi ASEAN (AEC): Sebuah Informasi Pengantar yang Relatif Singkat

30th October 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

In December 2015 ASEAN will announce the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).  It’s intended to make ASEAN more economically integrated both internally and internationally.  It’s undoubtedly one of the most ambitious economic integration programmes in the developing world and a further example of the visionary approach that ASEAN leaders have taken to building community among the

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David Taylor

Indonesia’s protein needs – New Zealand’s role as a protein partner / Kebutuhan Protein Indonesia – Peran Selandia Baru Sebagai Mitra Protein

29th October 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

Protein is essential for life and human development, from conception throughout life. It’s essential for brain development and function, for skin, teeth, bones and organs. We get protein from fish, chicken, dairy products, lean meat and certain nuts. There’s protein in rice too, but you’d have to eat a huge amount to meet the recommended

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Reuben Levermore

The price of affordable energy

3rd October 2014 by Reuben Levermore, Bangkok

The economic growth achieved by the ASEAN region in recent decades has been nothing short of remarkable. The 10 nations of ASEAN together account for some 600 million people, a population greater than the European Union.  And, according to McKinsey, if ASEAN were a single country, it would already be the seventh-largest economy in the

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Reuben Levermore

NZ and ASEAN – learning from each other

12th September 2014 by Reuben Levermore, Bangkok

The New Zealand Inc ASEAN Strategy, released last year, calls for New Zealand to become better integrated with the countries of the ASEAN region. The power of education to forge enduring connections with this region was visible earlier this month when the New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok joined Khon Kaen University (KKU) in the Isaan region

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David Taylor

Indonesia Elections Etc / Pemilu Indonesia Dll

5th September 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

Millions of words have been written about Indonesia’s Presidential election and its aftermath. Millions more are being written now about President-elect Joko (Jokowi) widodo’s approach to Cabinet formation and policy development plans.  I’m not going to summarise and seek to crystal ball gaze.  But I would like to make some brief observations about the bigger picture.

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David Taylor

ASEAN’s Future: Stir It Up

30th June 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

I recently spoke at the 28th Asia Pacific Roundtable in Kuala Lumpur on the future of ASEAN. The conference was excellent by the way – some great speakers, around 400 attendees and lots of energy and interest in the room and the discussions that took place. I submitted and spoke to a paper on ASEAN’s

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David Taylor

ASEAN: Myanmar at the helm

9th May 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

I wrote recently about the year ahead for Indonesia, now it’s ASEAN’s turn. Myanmar took charge in early January and will chair ASEAN meetings and processes for this calendar year.  They hosted their first meeting in Bagan in February – the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat (AMM). The forward calendar is full and still evolving, with

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