Southeast Asia Insider

Just read a really good, really comprehensive article on last week’s PDI-P party congress, entitled, What We’ve Got Here is a Failure to Communicate. Its conclusion says it all, but I certainly suggest reading the entire piece. In short, President Jokowi received a very chilly reception and was publicly reminded by the party’s chief patron and…

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Once an investor has set up their trading company within Vietnam, it is important that their workers gain a strong understanding of the country’s import and export regulations and procedures. Below we lay out the key takeaways that companies must be aware of before starting their trading activities in Vietnam. Import and Export Licensing Procedures…

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This article was first featured in Forbes Asia on March 19, 2015. I am in regular conversation with companies involved in light manufacturing in Asia and, when it comes to Indonesia, the message at present is consistent: new investment is on hold due to uncertainty over the country’s minimum wage policy. Last month, a group…

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We are excited to announce the launch of our Asia Light Manufacturing Outlook report. The report is a 4-5 page executive-ready assessment and forecast designed to help companies anticipate labor risks and dynamics across key manufacturing countries in the region. The the report also includes labor issues and events on the horizon, inclusive of inflation and currency…

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While entering the final days of production before the nine-day Tet Holiday starting on February 14th, most factories in export processing zones and industrial parks anticipate some of their workforce will not return to their jobs after the holiday. Many factories have already begun their recruitment campaigns which will run for the next two weeks. For…

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On Monday Indonesia’s parliament (DPR) set 159 bills as the agenda for the next 5-year legislative cycle (Prolegnas), 37 of which will be prioritized for 2015. Though it is often the source of mixed signals and dramatic contradictions sufficient for any business person to want to steer clear, it doesn’t mean you don’t need to…

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With the approach of Chinese New Year, factories may experience a growing number of labor disputes, particularly relating to the payment of wages and year-end bonuses, and stricter labor inspections from local governments. Factories in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) and the Pearl River Delta (PRD) regions will face possible labor shortages, even temporary shutdown…

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One of the key obligations that an employer has in Vietnam is the payment of social security. In order to ensure smooth operations while in the country, it is crucial that foreign companies fully understand the legal framework which provides for the rights and obligations of employers and employees with respect to social security. While the total minimum employer social security contribution was…

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Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Emerging Markets ESG, a consultancy that analyzes environmental social governance (ESG) indicators in emerging markets, for their special interview series. We spoke about reputational risk in Southeast Asia. Below is a transcript of the interview, or here is a link to the original reputational risk in Southeast…

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Unofficial but reliable quick counts of polling station results by three non-partisan pollsters–CSIS, Kompas and Saifulmujani–in Indonesia’s presidential election point to a narrow win for Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Quick count results point to an average of a 52-48 edge for team Jokowi-JK. Jokowi has claimed victory and, not to our surprise, so has Prabowo Subianto, the…

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