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Panelists: US trade conflicts with trading partners putting pressure on Asean

KUALA LUMPUR: Experts cautioned that the escalating trade conflict between the United States and its major trading partners coupled with the strengthening of the US dollar are putting pressure on the short-term macroeconomic outlook, as well as posing significant policy challenges on Asian emerging markets economies, including Asean.

Chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) and President of ASEAN Business Club Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid (middle) taking a group photo with (from left) Executive Director of the South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN) Research and Training Centre Dr. Hans Genberg; Global Head of Senior Executive Banking of DZ Bank Frank Scheidig; Honorary Advisor of CARI Tan Sri Andrew Sheng; Chairman and Co-Founder of Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) David Marsh; Chief Economist of the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) Dr Hoe Ee Khor and Strategic Advisor, World Reserve Trust Stephen Hill at a roundtable titled 'What Lessons Learned from Financial Crises of Recent Times', organised by CARI in collaboration with ASEAN Business Club and OMFIF t

Moving to the Digital Economy

WHEN Amazon.com last month bought the online pharmacy Pillpack for US$1bil, the stock market valuation of several large pharmacy retail chains fell by US$14bil. That is the power of clicks (online e-commerce companies) over bricks (and mortar) high street retailers.

Rethinking education: The common complaint by all employers is that the current education system is not producing the graduates that can be used straight away in jobs.

Blockheads over blockchain

Technology has created lots of jargons that most of us don’t understand. Most of us have mental blocks against new things that we do not understand. Some people are born clever. Some become clever through hard work. But many appear clever by using jargon others don’t understand.

Mighty dollar: This global system runs on a unipolar ledger system because the rules were essentially set by the Americans after the Second World War, with the US dollar as the principal unit of account, means of payment and store of value. — AP

Is Europe in an existential crisis?

YES, according to George Soros speaking at the European Council on Foreign Relations last week.

Yes vote: Italian Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede (left) and Minister for Parliament Relations Riccardo Fraccaro (right) applaude Conte, after his government won a confidence vote at the Lower Chamber of Deputies in Rome on Wednesday. Italy’s new populist government has easily won its second, and final, mandatory confidence vote in Parliament’s lower chamber. — AP

From Industrial 4.0 to Finance 4.0

MOST people are somewhat aware about the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Back to the future for Malaysia

MOST Malaysians, including myself, went to bed in the early hours of Thursday morning after hearing the news that the Pakatan Harapan coalition of four parties had won a simple majority of 113 seats out of the 222 parliamentary seats contested in the 14th General Election.

Earth-shattering news: The aftershocks of the general election are not over by any means. Voter turnout declined by 8.84 percentage points from 84.8 in 2013 to 76 this time around.

Order or disorder under heaven

AT a time when the world is wondering how to make sense of sharp swings in foreign policy, the two Koreas’ historic rapprochement must mean a great sense of relief for anyone who cares about peace.

Tough demands: The US has demands on Japan that Abe may not be able to deliver, especially because of domestic problems. — AFP

Fixing the roof while the sun is shining

SPRING is the season of big meetings – Davos, Boao and coming this weekend, the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank in Washington DC. Here, the Davos men (and increasing women) gather with the central bankers, ministers of finance, bankers, policy wonks and academia to debate the state of the world.

Robotics and AI: Visitors touching a robot arm at the 2017 World Robot Conference in Beijing. Asia’s speed of installation of robotics and artificial intelligence means that the door for cheap-labour growth strategy in manufacturing in Africa, Latin America and the labour surplus economies is closing. — AFP

Easter is a time of remembrance

THE Easter weekend is a time for remembrance of life and death. Millions of Christians around the world remember the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ as an act of personal sacrifice that contributed towards peace and salvation for all.

Making sense of Trump’s trade war

Think Asian by Andrew Sheng
HARDLY a week goes by without another tweet storm from Washington DC. “You’re fired” was heard by Secretary of State Rex Wayne Tillerson and national economic adviser Gary Cohn (although strictly speaking, he resigned).

White House agenda: A file picture showing Bannon addressing members of the far right National Front party at the party congress in Lille, France. Bannon still has the best strategic outlook of what Trump’s White House agenda is all about, despite the tactical moves that seem to go over all the place. — AP

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