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The Importance of Understanding Asia

Doug Cook OBE, Institute Director, Asia Scotland Institute – The Scotsman Commentators have long talked about the “Asian century” based on the belief that, demographic and economic trends would result in a shift in the centre of gravity of the global economy to Asia in the 21st century. The reality is that the Asian century…

Using ecosystems to reach higher: An interview with the co-CEO of Ping An

McKinsey Quarterly interview with the co-CEO of Ping An, Jessica Tan Expect digital to further blur industry lines, supercharge scalability, and loosen geographical restraints for professional services, says Jessica Tan. Ping An is the archetypal example of how today’s Asian powerhouses succeed by creating, participating in, and exploiting digital ecosystems. Founded in 1988 as an…

The next frontier in Asia payments

Reet Chaudhuri, Jacob Dahl, Bharath Sattanathan, Joydeep Sengupta – McKinsey & Company Heading into 2020, numerous trends had set a clear path for continued payments growth across Asia. Chief among these was the rapidly expanding number of connected and digitally active consumers, with booming e-commerce markets reinforcing the need for digital solutions. The competitive landscape…

What Hong Kong can do for Scotland – Roy Leckie

Roy Leckie, Executive Director of Investment & Client Service at Walter Scott, first published this article in Reform Scotland, a charity which aims to inform and influence policy debate through research, the publication of reports and briefings and by arranging lectures and seminars.  It is well known that Scotland had a massive influence on the…

Central Asia risks becoming a hyperarid desert in the near future

Natasha Barbolini, Stockholm University – The Conversation Around 34 million years ago, sudden climate change caused ecological breakdown in Central Asia. This ancient event, triggered by rapid drops in temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide, permanently affected biological diversity in the region. Large areas of Mongolia, (geographic) Tibet and north-western China suddenly became hyperarid deserts with…

Nepal is walking a tightrope between India and China

India-China tensions are complicating a simmering political crisis inKathmandu. Amid a raging pandemic, a looming global economic crisis and devastating floods and landslides, Nepal has been in political and diplomatic turmoil over its disputed border with its much larger neighbour, India. This article first published in Al Jazeera explains how the dispute has deepened strains…

The future of Asia: Decoding the value and performance of corporate Asia

COVID-19 crisis is an unprecedented global challenge to public-health and  a major disruption to supply chains threatening long-standing business practices. But the dynamism, speed, and agility of companies in Asia have given the region resilience. Corporations in Asia have grown rapidly and risen to global prominence over the past decade. However, bigger has not always meant…

The unexpected trip: The future of mobility in India beyond COVID-19

COVID-19 has presented India with an unprecedented economic, humanitarian, and healthcare challenge. The lockdown measures have helped contain the spread of the coronavirus but exacted an immense economic toll, with economists now predicting that the country’s gross domestic product will shrink between 1.5 percent and 5 percent during the 2021 fiscal year. On the business side,…

Decoupling governance and democracy: The challenge of authoritarian development in Southeast Asia

“A wealth of recent academic analyses and popular discussions about democratic backsliding across the world have identified Southeast Asia as a region that is particularly vulnerable to democratic decline. Taking stock of the comparative experiences of the 11 countries in the region, this essay argues that Southeast Asia is characterized by the decoupling of governance…