Backed by the government, Vietnam’s latest breed of entrepreneurs are fast turning Ho Chi Minh City into a technological hub. BY ATE HOEKSTRA
Dubbed the Sparrow for Windows, French born Filipino-American, Andrea Loubier,30, relocated to Bali to launch Mailbird, an email client for Windows, in April 2003, and has gone on to become known as one of the region’s top female tech entrepreneurs. INTERVIEW BY MARISSA CARRUTHERS.
The 57th Bangkok Gem and Jewelry Fair (BGJF) announced itself to the world with a glittering fashion show displaying millions of baht’s worth of jewellery worn by Thailand’s elite models on February 24, 2016. Words and Photos by Mark Bibby Jackson.
Figures published by the Ministry of Tourism for Cambodian tourism up to November 2015 make optimistic reading. Overall visitor numbers are just over 8 percent up for the same period in 2015, with around million tourists having entered the country by the end of Nov. 2015.
Precision Cars (Cambodia) Ltd held a test drive weekend for the media and motoring enthusiasts in Phnom Penh from February 19 to 21.
Inspired by the political change in the country, many Burmese are returning to Myanmar to help develop their motherland. WORDS BY ATE HOEKSTRA
Vietnam’s proposed free trade agreement with the EU and the Trans-Pacific Partnership may be designed to encourage trade, but the country’s workforce could also reap benefits from the recent raft of diplomacy. BY ATE HOEKSTRA.
As Cambodia’s dry season gets into full swing, farmers across the country are suffering from the crippling droughts that has seen many lose two rice harvests, with the worst yet to come. BY MARISSA CARRUTHERS
A huge and rapidly growing middle class in Southeast Asia is beginning to reshape the region’s economic foundations but also carries new challenges. BY CHRISTIAN VITS.
The IMF forecast for Cambodia makes good reading for the country’s policy makers, though it is not without its caveats. BY JESSICA SANDER