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Philippine economic resurgence ambassador enrique a manalo

The Philippines’ remarkable economic resurgence continues apace – even last year’s devastating typhoon hasn’t held the country back, says Ambassador Enrique A Manalo There has never been a better time to do business with the Philippines, Ambassador Enrique A Manalo told an Asia Scotland Institute audience in Edinburgh. Mr Manalo said that despite the devastation wrought…

Xavier Rolet

Scottish companies looking to expand in growing markets such as Asia should rely on investors not banks to raise funds to grow, says London Stock Exchange boss Xavier Rolet The future’s bright for Scottish entrepreneurs and small business owners hoping to expand in booming markets such as Asia – and the key to success is…

Global Uncertainty, the middle east, the west and beyond Marco Vicenzino

Distinguished global affairs analyst and ASI International Advisory Council board member Marco Vincenzino discusses how upheavals in the Middle East are providing lessons for us all. “A tour de force” was how our chairman Roddy Gow described Marco Vincenzino’s presentation to the Asia Scotland Institute in Edinburgh. And with good reason. Mr Vincenzino, director of…

The Japanese art of a Scottish engineer

As Asia Scotland Institute’s contribution to the Japan400 celebrations marking the start of relations between Britain and Japan in 1613, Dr. Rosina Buckland, senior curator responsible for the Japanese collections at the National Museum of Scotland, gave a vivid, fascinating multimedia presentation on the Scottish engineer Henry Dyer’s love affair with Japanese art, in particular…

Visit of ambassador of Afghanistan

His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Daud Yaar, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the UK, spent three days as the guest of the Asia Scotland Institute in early November, meeting with government, academia, students and members of the armed forces who have served in Afghanistan. The principal purpose of the visit was for the Ambassador to meet those…

Oxfam Philippines Typhoon Appeal

Dear Friends of ASI, As you will have seen in the media, Typhoon Haiyan has caused catastrophic damage in the Philippines.  It is estimated that more than 10,000 people have been killed and a further ten million people are affected, many losing everything they had. Women, men and children are now in desperate need of…

Of mud pies and onions

Policy paralysis and the uncertain outcome of the 2014 general election are behind India’s recent economic difficulties, Lord Meghnad Desai told an Asia Scotland Institute gathering at the University of Edinburgh Business School, but once the votes are counted growth will resume, the Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics predicted. Striking…

Walking Afghanistan, rebuilding Kabul – Rory Stewart

An exquisite exhibition of Afghan arts and crafts formed the backdrop to intrepid Scot Rory Stewart’s reflections on his solo walk across Afghanistan and subsequent work to restore old Kabul. The magnificently renovated Linlithgow Burgh Halls was an especially appropriate setting for Rory Stewart’s wonderfully uplifting account of how the Scottish arts charity he established—Turquoise…

Lord Stephen Green ASEAN, SMEs and Scotland

Adam Smith Series of Global Economic Briefings The UK Minister of State for Trade & Investment in a wide-ranging discussion with Roddy Gow, Chairman and Founder of the Asia Scotland Institute, before his address to the Institute at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Lord Green, recently returned from a 7-country tour of ASEAN nations, touches…

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