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Asia Economic Research Highlight

Why environmental, social and governance alignment can raise investment appeal

Niko Safavi, President Director, Mowilex Indonesia

In this Global Platform video, Niko Safavi, President Director, Mowilex Indonesia, discusses the steps paint and coatings manufacturers can take to promote environmental and social protection, and also...

ESG and Indonesia: Which factors will drive growth?

Indonesia’s commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles is clear from its 2022 G20 Presidency focus on sustainability and environmental leadership, with topics likely to include digitalisation and sustainable finance. The recent UN COP26 conference, meanwhile, has further solidified climate sustainability as an urgent concern for the coming decade – for Indonesia as well as the world.

Asia ESG Intelligence Reports

ESG Intelligence Report

The Philippines and ESG: An opportunity to unlock inclusive socio-economic growth?

The Philippine roadmap for inclusive, balanced, long-term growth is aligned with environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

ESG Intelligence Report

ESG: Indonesia’s role in ASEAN’s energy transition

Indonesia’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) and UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) priorities centre on the affordable transition to renewable energy, socio-economic growth beyond Jakarta, and improved governance in both the public and private sector.

ESG Intelligence Report

ESG report: A case study in Asia’s energy sector

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are playing an increasingly important role in Asia as investors, regulators and consumers seek products and services that offer positive impact and pose less risk.

ESG Intelligence Report

Report: The evolution of ESG in paint production in Indonesia

Investors, regulators and consumers around the globe are increasing their focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles as they seek products and services that protect the environment, mitigate social risk and offer positive returns for stakeholders.

The Philippines and ESG: An opportunity to unlock inclusive socio-economic growth?
ESG: Indonesia’s role in ASEAN’s energy transition
ESG report: A case study in Asia’s energy sector
Report: The evolution of ESG in paint production in Indonesia
 

How Indonesian financial institutions aim to attract the unbanked

Batara Sianturi, CEO, Citi Indonesia

In this video, Batara Sianturi, CEO of Citi Indonesia, details the monetary and fiscal outlook for the country and global trends that are impacting all economies.

Covid-19 Response Reports from Asia

Focus Report

Report: How the pandemic is reshaping ASEAN construction demands

Construction – and infrastructure development in particular – is expected to be a key driver of economic growth across ASEAN from 2021.

Focus Report

Report: How important will Indonesia’s digital economy be for long-term, inclusive growth?

Indonesia’s economy experienced a milder slowdown in 2020 than its ASEAN-5 neighbours, according the IMF’s April 2021 World Economic Outlook, and also fared better than 16 other G20 members.

Focus Report

Report: What business opportunities are arising from the disruption of the pandemic in the Philippines?

Although the Philippines has experienced some of Asia’s most stringent coronavirus containment measures and registered one of the highest case counts in the region.

Focus Report

Report: Where are the digital growth opportunities for Indonesia's banks in the post-pandemic world?

Monetary measures by the central bank to address headwinds in 2020 included lowering the reverse repo rate and purchasing government debt.

Focus Report

Report: How is the Eastern Economic Corridor supporting Thailand’s recovery from Covid-19?

Thailand’s past experiences in mitigating global and financial health crises – coupled with robust medical infrastructure, and the ingenuity and adaptability of businesses and the wider population.

Focus Report

Report: How did telemedicine enhance Indonesia’s response to Covid-19?

With little initially known about the epidemiology of the novel coronavirus, policymakers were forced to make hard choices between protecting public health and curtailing economic activity.

Report: How the pandemic is reshaping ASEAN construction demands
Report: How important will Indonesia’s digital economy be for long-term, inclusive growth?
Report: What business opportunities are arising from the disruption of the pandemic in the Philippines?
Report: Where are the digital growth opportunities for Indonesia's banks in the post-pandemic world?
Report: How is the Eastern Economic Corridor supporting Thailand’s recovery from Covid-19?
Report: How did telemedicine enhance Indonesia’s response to Covid-19?
 

How super funds can fuel economic growth in Papua New Guinea

Ian Tarutia, CEO, National Superannuation Fund (nasfund)

In the coming years nasfund hopes to play a larger role in mobilising investment that capture a larger portion of the population in rural areas and ensure adhesion to environmental, social and governance criteria in its investment decisions.

Economic Analysis across APAC

Viewpoint

President Joko Widodo: Viewpoint
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Delivering results: President Joko Widodo, on the goals of his second term and transforming Indonesia into an advanced country

Overview

How diversity and resources have shaped Papua New Guinea
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Papua New Guinea is a vast archipelago, of which the main island – shared with Indonesia – forms the largest tropical island on Earth. Known for its unique flora and fauna, the country is famous for its environmental variety.

Overview

The growth measures being employed by the Philippines
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The Republic of the Philippines reaches from Taiwan in the north to Indonesia in the south. It is the fourth-largest country in South-east Asia after Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand. Bordered by the South China Sea – also known locally as the West Philippine Sea.

Viewpoint

Prime Minister James Marape: Viewpoint
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Equal partners: Prime Minister James Marape, on harnessing the country’s natural resources to overcome the challenges of Covid-19 and develop a more prosperous and equitable society

Overview

Policy changes and reforms to grow Indonesia's economy
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Indonesia is the only G20 economy in South-east Asia and is home to the world’s fourth-largest population. While it possesses a variety of natural resources, taking full advantage of this endowment is challenging due to constraints.

President Joko Widodo: Viewpoint
How diversity and resources have shaped Papua New Guinea
The growth measures being employed by the Philippines
Prime Minister James Marape: Viewpoint
Policy changes and reforms to grow Indonesia's economy
 

Asia: Economic Research and Views

Economic News

How will China’s economic slowdown affect emerging markets?

With China’s economy slowing on the back of a strict Covid-19 containment strategy, there are concerns about the effects this might have on several emerging markets.


Economic News

How can South-east Asia’s microchip industry prevent future shortages?

Initially sparked by supply chain disruptions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, a worldwide shortage of microchips has intensified in recent months, largely due to a new round of lockdowns in South-east Asia.


OBG Talks

Where is the potential to strengthen trade and investment between the Gulf and South-east Asia?

Patrick Cooke, Oxford Business Group’s Managing Editor for the Middle East and Asia, talks with Jade Currie, Oxford Business Group’s Regional Editor for Asia, about standout opportunities to expand trade and investment relations between the Gulf and South-east Asia in the wake of the pandemic.


Economic News

Can the G7’s Build Back Better World compete with China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

Following the expansion of Chinese-led projects in many emerging markets over the past decade, the G7 has unveiled its own initiative to support global infrastructure development, dubbed Build Back Better World (B3W).


Economic News

South-east Asia at the forefront of the CBDC revolution

The coronavirus pandemic gave rise to a massive acceleration in the spread of digital payments and cryptocurrency. This in turn has prompted central banks around the world to trial central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), a digital form of hard currency that is based on blockchain, but backed and issued by a central bank.


Economic News

How fintechs are revolutionising remittances in emerging markets

A number of remittance-focused financial technology (fintech) start-ups are gaining traction in emerging markets. In doing so, they are making inroads on market share that was formerly the preserve of established providers.


Sustainable Finance and Investment — Asia

Viewpoint

Pakorn Peetathawatchai, President, The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET)

On the role of promoting environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards in the local capital market ecosystem

Interview

Bahlil Lahadalia, Minister of Investment; and Chairman, Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM)

On how environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards are shaping the investment landscape.

Economic News

What does the future hold for Islamic finance?

After remaining resilient in 2020, the Islamic finance segment is performing strongly this year, as an improved economic environment, a rise in the number of large projects and an increased focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors combine to drive demand.

Pakorn Peetathawatchai, President, The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET)
Bahlil Lahadalia, Minister of Investment; and Chairman, Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM)
What does the future hold for Islamic finance?
 

ESG CEO Survey: Is the board room getting greener?

Across government departments, corporate board rooms and management meetings, the implementation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies is at the forefront of current planning. It is not just a symbolic tick in the box either.

ESG Research and Views: Asia and beyond

Economic Update

Asia: Year in Review 2022

An easing of Covid-19-related restrictions and shifting supply chains have bolstered growth in Asia, even as inflation and climate change generate significant headwinds.


Economic News

Could emerging markets become world leaders in solar power exports?

As demand for renewable energy grows globally, several emerging markets are positioning themselves as leaders in exporting solar power. Most notably, Indonesia appears to be leading the charge. In recent months five giant solar power-export projects have been proposed in the country.


Economic News

Mining and electric vehicles: what can be done to reduce the carbon footprint?

Indonesia has taken another step towards its quest to become a leading electric vehicle (EV) player, with the world’s two largest producers of EV batteries recently announcing major projects in the country. However, these developments have highlighted the carbon-intensive nature of mining to EV production, despite hopes that the process could be further decarbonised.


Economic News

How does Asia Pacific rank on net-zero emissions targets?

A recent report found that relatively few companies in the Asia-Pacific region have adopted net-zero carbon emission strategies to date. Nevertheless, there are grounds for cautious optimism as pacesetters in the region announce ambitious targets and experiment with innovative decarbonisation strategies.


Economic News

ESG in ASEAN: a shared vision of sustainable recovery

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria are increasingly shaping the global corporate agenda. ASEAN presents a range of ESG opportunities: green infrastructure will boost ‘E’ developments; alternative financing will support ‘S’ impact; and enhanced ‘G’ collaboration could facilitate a coordinated recovery from the worst economic consequences of the pandemic.


Economic View

Dan Pathomvanich, CEO, NR Instant Produce (NRF)

When the firm secured external funding in 2017, plant-based food production was among the fastest-growing segments of the Thai food sector, and the best performing at NRF.


Economic News

Can universal ESG standards eliminate greenwashing?

An initiative that encourages companies to meet science-based emissions targets has seen significant growth in recent months. The success of the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) has highlighted the appetite for a more stringent and universal approach to ESG reporting.


Economic News

Emerging markets seek solutions amid increase in plastic waste

More than two years after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, many emerging markets are still dealing with high levels of plastic waste.


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