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Urban development

The architect designing Cambodia’s future

By: Janelle Retka - Photography by: Sam Jam - July 17, 2018

Architect Seng Vannak was hired straight out of university in Paris to become a Phnom Penh City Hall urban planner. While he develops a new master plan for the capital, he’s also been growing Vannak Architects, which erected the high-end condominium tower Tronum. He talked with Southeast Asia Globe about how the country has grown


The blockchain platform capable of nearly 3,000 transactions per second

By: Janelle Retka - July 16, 2018

As individual blockchain platforms gain popularity, the number of user transactions often overwhelms their systems. Zilliqa, a platform based on a study by researchers at the National University of Singapore, has a solution to this problem, the company’s head researcher Amrit Kumar tells Southeast Asia Globe

Press freedom

Timeline: the story of Myanmar’s imprisoned Reuters journalists

By: Lesly Lotha and Thomas Brent - July 12, 2018

Two journalists working for Reuters news agency were arrested in Myanmar in December last year while investigating the mass murder of ten Rohingya men in a small village in Rakhine State. Their arrests have sparked international condemnation, yet the pair remain behind bars. Here, we chart how the story unfolded

Cambodian election

The hard choice facing Cambodia’s opposition voters

By: Paul Millar and Leng Len - Photography by: Sam Jam - July 12, 2018

With the main opposition party dissolved, the three million people across Cambodia who voted for change in last year’s commune elections find themselves facing a difficult choice: cast a vote for one of the many minor parties fighting over the scraps of anti-government sentiment, or boycott the ballot and risk the wrath of local ruling

Grab expansion

Ride-hailing company Grab announces launch of new ‘superapp’

By: Robin Spiess - July 11, 2018

Just a few short months after announcing its merger with Uber, Southeast Asia’s Grab has launched its latest venture: a brand-new “superapp” dedicated not only to ride hailing, but to providing a singular platform where consumers can access several different localised services

Belt and Road Initiative

Indonesia: work starts on Chinese-funded high-speed railway

By: Robin Spiess - July 10, 2018

Work has begun on Indonesia’s long-anticipated high-speed railroad, a $5 billion project that will – when completed – become the first high-speed rail in Southeast Asia. Funded by loans from Chinese banks and overseen by China Railway Corporation, the 142km rail line is one of dozens of Chinese-funded infrastructure projects being undertaken in the region