Vietnam’s LNG-to-Power Transition

On December 14, the United States and Japan issued a joint statement in support of Vietnam’s energy transition through LNG utilization. The statement made it clear that liquified natural gas (LNG) was key to ensuring Vietnam’s energy security, while reducing air pollution and assisting in transitioning to a low-carbon future.

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In the valley of gold

Val-d’Or, a sub-arctic town in North Quebec,is isolated from the global economic crisis: its economy is booming; fueled by rich gold deposits from the massive Canadian Malartic mine – and gold prices are surging, having reached over $1800, up from about $1300 last year.

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Access Asia Group Welcomes George McLeod as Managing Partner

SINGAPORE: Access Asia Group (“AAG”) is pleased to welcome George McLeod as a new Managing Partner. George will be based in between Thailand and Canada and will drive AAG’s continued expansion as a leading investigations provider. He brings over 20 years’ experience to AAG that includes serving as PwC’s regional head of Corporate Intelligence. He also served as a financial journalist and a United Nations spokesman. “We are thrilled to bring George on board. Access Asia Group is a fast-growing firm in the investigative due diligence sector; positioned in a region leading the world in growth, innovation and opportunity. George […]

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Taiwan: Risk Update

Taiwan’s advantages as a place to do business are manifold: it’s strategically located within easy reach of China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia. It has a massive industrial base – Taiwan is the world’s fourth largest electronics producer – with significant research and development (R&D) supported by public spending. It also has a highly educated and skilled workforce.

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Cambodia: Risk Update

By most measurements, the Cambodian economy is healthy. The Asian Development Bank forecasts economic growth of 7% in 2019 and 6.8% for 2020, while the World Bank considers economic growth to be “better than expected” because of increasing exports, growing internal demand, and consistency in foreign investment. But structural problems persist. Cambodia is repeatedly ranked as one of the worst countries in Southeast Asia for corruption. Money laundering remains rife, especially in the gaming and property sectors. The global money-laundering watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FAFT) put Cambodia on its list of countries “highly vulnerable to money laundering” in February. Meanwhile, almost all international financial institutions recommend faster diversification away from low-cost, low-skilled manufacturing, and for Cambodia to carve a niche in high-skilled assembly before others nations in Southeast Asia, namely Thailand and Vietnam, dominate certain industries.

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