Weaknesses in the Indonesian tourism industry identified by the World Economic Forum are being addressed by the government and noticeable improvements should be seen by 2019.
A new government directive that black ownership of mining companies be increased from 26 per cent to 30 per cent may be economically counterproductive if it ends up reducing the ability of the government to fund transformative policy programmes or to provide much-needed basic services.
Australia ought to take full advantage of India’s initiative to develop its clean energy infrastructure by exporting more nuclear fuel to New Delhi.
The finding of the Phuket Provincial Government that six low-income communities are not eligible to continue their subsistence lifestyles on government-owned land could precipitate social unrest elsewhere in Thailand.
The decision to build a new naval base on Morotai Island is part of a wider strategy to extend the Indonesian military’s influence to the country’s outer islands.
After years of economic crisis, young people in Greece are moving into farming careers. The increasingly youthful Greek agricultural sector, with EU assistance and an absence of Gulf-styled geopolitics, may spur Qatar to explore its Greek food security options.
New offers of assistance to the Philippines and greater co-operation in dealing with extremism in South-East Asian countries could follow the recent dialogue.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an initiative to double the income of African farmers by 2022. Despite its altruistic appearance, India’s involvement in Africa is also very much in its own national interest.