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A combustible combination

By: Sophal Ear - October 6, 2011

Cambodia needs quality, not quantity, when it comes to growth In the 20th century, we learned the World Bank’s mantra of growth at any cost too often overlooks important quality-of-life issues, such as life expectancy at birth and schooling.   In the 21st century, as the global economy has grown ever more complex and interconnected,


The fast and the curious

By: Philippe Beco - September 8, 2011

A thirst for knowledge and interaction has driven Online’s CEO to the top job “Know what you don’t know” is a motto that has shaped Bill Merchent’s long career. From Colorado to Mississippi, Alabama to California, the 62-year-old American criss-crossed his home country for 25 years, adding plenty of experience to his entrepreneurial profile. The


Caution: work ahead

By: Philippe Beco - August 16, 2011

Experts from the financial community share their views on the future of the newly opened Cambodia Stock Exchange Émile Coué was a French psychologist who introduced a method of self-improvement based on optimistic autosuggestion. “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better,” was his mantra. He died in 1926 and probably never visited


Back to square one?

By: Sebastian Strangio - August 4, 2011

Winning the Thai elections was just the first step for Yingluck Shinawatra Less than a month after her landslide election victory in Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra’s political honeymoon has come to an abrupt end. On July 3, the photogenic newcomer led her Puea Thai party to clinch 265 seats in the 500-seat parliament. But the election


Analysis: Abhisit Vejjajiva

By: Dr Pavin Chachavalpongpun - June 8, 2011

Dr Pavin Chachavalpongpun is a Lead researcher, Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. There are four post-election scenarios and Abhisit’s Democrat Party has a 50% chance of returning to power. One is the Democrat will win a landslide election (unlikely). This will satisfy both the old power and the military and more importantly it will


Abhisit: Analysis, CJ Hinke

By: CJ Hinke - June 8, 2011

Abhisit’s early promises in office were that his government would not use the Computer Crimes Act for political prosecutions and that he would curtail the use of the lèse majesté laws. The reality is that there are now over 200 such cases before Thai courts, with the accused facing up to 70 years in prison.


Fallen Forests

By: Charlie Lancaster - May 17, 2011

Corporate greed and weak government have left Cambodia’s protected areas defenceless Chow Chart sat staring vacantly. Lost for words, he occasionally shook his head. The roar of heavy machinery in the distance broke the silence. When another truck laden with timber trembled by, he got up and walked away. The 56-year-old and his family have


Soaring ambition

By: Philippe Beco - March 22, 2011

After years of spearheading the Cambodian operations, Thai Airways’ Narinthorn Purnagupta is to pilot the airline’s Vietnamese operations As he gets ready to leave for new pastures Narinthorn Purnagupta is light hearted. He will pass the baton to a successor who, he is happy to say, will inherit a profitable Bangkok-Phnom Penh route. The general


The Mandalay Spirit

By: Charlie Lancaster - October 13, 2010

It’s midnight in Yangon and a businessman is singing into his now empty bottle of rum. He mumbles incoherently to no one in particular and stumbles off into the night. Little did he know that for the last hour he had been sitting next to the man behind the bottle. Ajay Advani is the driving