A photo of UK diplomats and ASEAN representatives (Photo: asean.org)

ASEAN, UK tighten cooperation after Brexit

The UK and member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to maintain close ties via official channels following Brexit, during a meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat’s headquarters in Jakarta on January 10.
WWF report warns ASEAN banks

WWF report warns ASEAN banks

A new World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) report finds that ASEAN’s biggest banks are increasingly aware of the impact their businesses have on the environment and society, but are slow to act on the huge potential they hold in addressing climate change and financing sustainable food, energy and infrastructure systems in the region.
Vietnam to welcome over 800 participants to WEF on ASEAN

Vietnam to welcome over 800 participants to WEF on ASEAN

Vietnam expects to welcome more than 800 leaders of governments, global leading groups, civil society organisations and media to the World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN slated for this September in Hanoi. 
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (fourth from right) together with leaders of other ASEAN nations and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attend the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney. — VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất

ASEAN, Australia sign MoU on counter-terrorism

Officials of Australia and the ASEAN member states signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on strengthening co-operation to counter international terrorism within the framework of the ASEAN – Australia Special Summit in Sydney, Australia on Saturday. 
A construction site in Indonesia (Source: Financial Tribune)

Bottlenecks in ASEAN infrastructure investment

There are still bottlenecks in infrastructure investment in Southeast Asia that hamper regional economic growth and connectivity, experts said in an annual conference on Asian competitiveness in Singapore on November 23-24. 
About 3 trillion USD is needed for green investment  in ASEAN between 2016 and 2030, 37 times the size of the global 2016 green bond market (Source: VNA)

ASEAN needs to increase green investment by 400 pct

ASEAN member states should increase green investment by 400 percent each year to protect their people and economies from climate change and other environmental shocks, according to a recently-released research.