The date December 31, 2015 has been etched into the diary of all politicians, business people and journalists for a long time. is is the day that the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) finally comes into existence.
I’m writing this editorial from a hotel in downtown Bangkok. The previous evening I had a conversation with media pals about the reported delay in the Thai elections – possibly a further 20 months away as arguments over the constitution rankle on.
On August 26, Prime Minister Hun Sen officially launched Cambodia’s new Industrial Development Policy (IDP) 2015 to 2025, an initiative that has been in the works now for well over a year, involving multiple, intra-ministerial deliberations, and which included input from the private sector and multi-lateral donors.
The times they are a-changin’. It might be more than 50 years since Bob Dylan created his haunting ballad, but one of its themes is as valid now in ASEAN as it was then in the US – social change.
The year 2015 could prove to be a momentous one for the future of the planet.
By Bretton G. Sciaroni As any lawyer knows, contracts are a critical component of both maintaining the rule of law and managing the day-to-day requirements for doing business. There is not a law school on the planet that doesn’t require first-year law students to plough through the subject. All straight forward and simple, right?
By David Murphy With the introduction of strata titled property in Cambodia, property ownership can now be secured by one of three forms of title: hard title, soft title and private ownership in co-owned buildings – aka strata title. Hard title is the strongest form of ownership and is recognised at the national level through the…
By Bretton G. Sciaroni Ownership to co-owned buildings defined as a building or construction in which several owners reside, consisting of some parts that are the exclusive ownership of each co-owner (private units) and some other parts that are common spaces for the common use of co-owners (common areas).
By Mark Bibby Jackson, Editorial Director ASEAN Forum Southeast Asia is set for a seismic change. When the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) comes into force in December this year, the region will be transformed from a bunch of independent nations loosely held together by a common geographical bond into a 600-million strong trading bloc. Whether…