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Partly Cloudy: Indonesia's Economy in 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:05

By Rainer Erkens, Project Director FNF Indonesia

In spite of positive expectations regarding the economic development in 2013, Indonesia faces a great many of challenges. In addition to long-term issues concerning infrastructure, the fight against corruption, the protection of religious pluralism and the reduction of state energy subsidies, new developments are noticeable. Measures influenced by economic nationalism as well as the rise of trade unions beg the question how attractive Indonesia will be for investors in the future.

The economics of handouts PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 February 2013 13:48

By Tricia Yeoh

During a recent handout event of BR1M 2.0, or the 1Malaysia People's Aid, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said this proved the Barisan Nasional government was a champion in administering the country and managing the economy. Under the scheme, some seven million people were estimated to receive the aid, including 4.1 million recipients of BR1M last year. In short, these were direct one-off payments of RM500 to households with a combined income of less than RM3,000 a month, and RM250 to singles earning less than RM2,000 a month

Philippine growth a case of being at the right place at the right time? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 February 2013 16:28

By: Nonoy Oplas
February 1, 2013
The online news portal of TV5

In November 30, 2012, this column made a rather bold statement about the economy for the fourth quarter of that year.

The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) yesterday announced that fourth-quarter growth came in at 6.8 percent, or just 0.2 percent shy of the forecast.

Asia Liberty Forum: Advancing Liberty & Markets in Asia PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2013 09:22

2-3 February 2013, Delhi-NCR, India

Asia Centre for Enterprise (ACE) will host a public celebration of liberty in Delhi-NCR, India in February 2013 by bringing the best liberal minds from Asia and around the world. Asia Liberty Forum will provide a much needed platform to identify critical issues plaguing Asia, explore strategies to face the challenges ahead, and generate ways to strengthen the liberal movement in this part of the world. ACE aspires to make the Asia Liberty Summit a crucial catalyst for connecting and supporting intellectual entrepreneurs in Asia.

Distortions of welfare populism PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 January 2013 13:33

Written by Nonoy Oplas

Additional notes during the EFN Asia conference in Hong Kong last November.

As more countries around the world have abandoned socialism and economic central and embraced the market economy, their economies have progressed significantly and poverty has been drastically reduced. This is particularly true in socialist China and Vietnam, and the former Soviet republics and Eastern Europe.


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