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Nestle signs pilot deal with co-working firm IWG allowing 10,000 employees in China to work remotely, while DBS surrenders Hong Kong office space in nod to Covid-19

Cheryl Arcibal, South China Morning Post – 24 March 2021 To appreciate the sheer impact of Covid-19 on work practises as we know them, you only have to look at the world’s largest food company and a multinational banking and financial services company, Nestle and DBS. Both companies have adapted to Covid-19 by completely reforming…

‘India can become global AI, data hub, enabling jobs’

Mini Tejaswi, The Hindu – 13 March 2021 In this article on The Hindu, Microsoft India president Anant Maheshwari discusses how enterprises are adapting to a Covid19 market, the importance of security and privacy in product development and service provision and why Microsoft sees India as a ‘global AI, data hub’. Read the full article…

HSBC offers lesson in corporate realpolitik

Financial Times – 23 February 2021 HSBC have made clear where their allegiances lie, with a relocation of some of their most senior leaders to Hong Kong. This article in the Financial Times explains why it should be no surprise that the bank is returning to their Asian roots in order to keep Beijing on…

4 Expats Who Started Successful Businesses During COVID

Shada Vijitkasemkij, Tatler Thailand- 26 January 2021 Embarking on a new business venture during a global pandemic may seem like self-jeopardy to those without the entrepreneurial mindset, however four expats in Thailand have done just that. They tell Tatler Thailand why ‘fortune favours the brave’. Read the full article here.

Thailand 2020 investment applications at over 480 billion baht led by E&E and food – BOI

Bangkok Post – 10 February 2021 Although Covid-19 has been detrimental for their economy which relies heavily on tourism, Thailand’s agriculture and food, electric and electronics and medical sectors seen a surge in investment applications in 2020. This article in Bangkok Post explains how this was helped by the Thailand Board of Investment’s investment promotion…

Chinese New Year 2021: brands look for the light in the dark

Charlotte McEleny, The Drum – 3 February 2021 Each year, marketers of the biggest brands in China sit down to create a Chinese New Year story that will tug on the heartstrings of consumers. The equivalent of the UK’s John Lewis Christmas advert, Chinese people look forward to seeing what creativity Apple presents for the…

Facebook’s push into Asia-Pacific runs into political hurdles

Hannah Murphy and John Reed, Financial Times – 6 January 2021 Mark Zuckerberg managed to conquer the west in building his Facebook empire, however now that the growth in usage of the social media platform in this region has flattened out, he has set his sights on the APAC region. Penetrating this market has not…

HOW DOES ASIA VIEW THE US ELECTIONS? IS ‘DEMOCRACY AT WORK’ ATTRACTIVE?

Chairman and Founder of the Asia Scotland Institute, Roddy Gow OBE, has recently had the following article published in the Scotsman. As we have watched the drama play out on television and in the press that has been the US Presidential Election of 2020, how is this seen by others? Even in Scotland where we…