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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Cambodia / Digital technology essential for economic growth, says World Bank

By: Robin Spiess - Posted on: December 19, 2018 | Business

Cambodia’s economic growth in recent years has been rapid, with the Kingdom benefitting from preferential trade treatment and an abundance of low-skilled labour. But the country will need to look to new technologies and greater digital adoption across different sectors to continue enjoying that prosperity, according to a World Bank report

Only about one quarter of Cambodians consistently use the internet, according to the World Bank report

The report, “Benefitting from the Digital Economy,” was released on Wednesday and highlights the importance of Cambodia’s adoption of digital processes as a primary catalyst for future growth.

According to Ellen Goldstein, World Bank Country Director for Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, the Kingdom cannot rely on donor financing or preferential trade treatment for much longer, as these drivers of growth are likely to soon be phased out.

“Rising wages are making it increasingly difficult for Cambodia to keep exporting unprocessed rice and low-end garments,” she wrote in her introduction to the report. “Meanwhile, around the globe, automation is displacing jobs, and digital technologies are transforming certain sectors.”

The Kingdom’s authorities seem to realise the importance of digitising the economy, as recent years have seen new policies enacted in support of digital developments. At the top of the Kingdom’s to-do list is the digitisation of governmental procedures, expansion of technology infrastructure, and development of local talent in the tech industry, which it has outlined in two separate multi-year development plans. But Cambodia still has a long way to go in terms of digital adoption and technological readiness.

Businesses & government

Cambodia’s businesses and government rank among the lowest in the region for their limited adoption of new technologies thus far. The government offers few online services, taxes must still be filed in person, and there is no centralised payment platform through which citizens or businesses can digitally pay their electric and water bills.

Cambodia’s firms are slower to adopt new tech than other countries in the region, as under a quarter had any web presence as of 2017 – far below the world average of 46%.

Internet penetration

Even as digital adoption surges among the Cambodian people, with mobile penetration and subscriptions reaching new heights, internet penetration is still low across the country. Only about one-quarter of Cambodians consistently use the internet, and for those who are online, the report notes “anecdotal evidence suggests that many users navigate exclusively through Facebook and are unlikely to fully exploit the potential of the World Wide Web”.


There is little known about Cambodia’s e-commerce landscape: while e-commerce platforms, digital wallets, and local payment apps exist, it is assumed that there has been a limited uptake of digital financial services among Cambodian people, which does not bode well for the future of the Kingdom’s digital economy.

To address these issues, the World Bank report offers several policy options, chief among them the need for further investment in infrastructure and digital education.

“Thanks to rapid and sustained growth, Cambodia has become one of the world’s leaders in poverty reduction and shared prosperity, Goldstein added. “While the country’s economic outlook remains positive, Cambodia could begin to explore new drivers of growth that will create jobs and boost prosperity over the next 20 years.”