Countries in Stronger Position Should Help Others with Debt Woes - IMF Chief

Countries in a relatively stronger position should help vulnerable nations especially those under debt distress, International Monetary Fund managing director Kristalina Georgieva said on Thursday. The IMF chief said such assistance would be particularly important against the backdrop of high interest rates and currency depreciation. “We urgently need faster and more efficient global mechanisms for […]

Innovation in Medtech: Localized Innovation in the Asian Medical Scene

Innovation in MedTech has been kept alive by quick advancements in revolutionary healthcare. Technologies and increased need created demand for integrated tech-enabled care. At the same time, medical technology entrepreneurs need help with a patchwork of international laws, regulations, and standards. Whether they are working in diagnostics, telemedicine, wearables, or AI-driven healthcare offerings. Innovators and […]

EU Countries Back Billion-Euro Chip Plan Ahead of Talks with Lawmakers

EU countries on Wednesday agreed to a 45-billion-euro ($46.6 billion) plan to fund the production of chips, putting the 27-country bloc a step closer to its goal of reducing its reliance on U.S. and Asian manufacturers. EU envoys unanimously backed an amended version of the European Commission’s proposal, the Czech Republic which holds the rotating […]

Southeast Asia Internet Economy Forecast Cut on Economic Headwinds

Southeast Asia’s internet economy is expected to be worth $330 billion by 2025, though this a downgrade from a previous forecast due to economic uncertainty and more pressure on tech companies to make a profit, an industry report said on Thursday. The annual report, by Alphabet’s Google, Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings and global business […]

Asian Banks 'Falling Short' on Decarbonization Efforts - Study

Banks in Asia are “falling short” when it comes to meeting global pledges to tackle climate change and aligning with the decarbonization aims of their countries, according to a study published on Wednesday. Nearly 200 countries signed a pact in Glasgow last year calling on banks and financial institutions across the world to mobilize more […]

Apple to Chime Louder in Asia with 5G iPhone SE

Apple Inc’s low-cost 5G model should enhance the iPhone maker’s appeal in Asia where it is in a stiff battle with multiple rivals from Samsung to Vivo, analysts believe. After focusing on high-end phones during the pandemic-induced supply chain crisis, Apple this week unveiled 5G connectivity to its iPhone SE – for $429 – which […]

Asian Shares Slip on Fed Officials' Hawkish Policy Stance

Asian shares took a beating on Friday after a fresh salvo of hawkish remarks from Federal Reserve officials solidified expectations that U.S. interest rates could rise as soon as March, leaving markets braced for tighter monetary conditions. Fed Governor Lael Brainard became the latest and most senior U.S. central banker on Thursday to signal that […]