The Globe as you know it is changing.
Coming June 2019

  • More thought-provoking stories that inspire
  • Independent, free and member-supported
  • Vote for, pitch and commission stories
  • Member engagement with our journalists

To understand more about why you are so important to our member-supported initiative, we encourage you to read the following from our managing editor ~ Read more

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.

If you’re interested in joining us, sign up to our newsletter, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter. And watch this space.

Four pillars: manufacturing / Outlining opportunities for growth in Cambodian manufacturing

Posted on: April 27, 2018 | Special Reports

Nikolay Kurnosov, general manager of components giant Bosch Rexroth in Cambodia and Vietnam, discusses Cambodia’s manufacturing industry

Bosch Rexroth general manager Nikolay Kurnosov

What are the main challenges facing Cambodia’s manufacturing industry
Cambodia faces a significant challenge due to low automation in the factories, which means they cannot achieve high levels of efficiency and quality. Even some multinational corporations act shortsightedly by choosing to benefit from cheap, low-skilled manpower rather than investing in modern technology. Finding skilled labour is also a challenge, one that becomes more difficult when technologies have been widely adopted.

Corruption and expensive and unstable electricity are among other ongoing constraints to businesses, according to a 2015 Asian Development Bank survey of factories inside Cambodia’s special economic zones.

What can be done to overcome these challenges?
Infrastructure has been improved – sea ports have been enhanced and the rail and road network expanded – but a lot more needs to be done.

Industrial zones have been created, but, to maximise their efficacy, further steps should be taken to reduce logistics costs, and lucrative tax policies and favourable export processes implemented to attract more companies. Digitising paperwork and introducing stricter enforcement would also help to reduce red tape and increase speed, which, in turn, would improve investor confidence.

The government should also invest in improving the reliability and reducing the cost of electricity while introducing policies that encourage the use of renewable energies.

Furthermore, automation and vocational education are both integral to the sustainable long-term development of the country’s manufacturing industries.

How likely is it that Cambodia will fall into a ‘middle-income’ trap?
There is a risk of the ‘middle-income’ trap for Cambodia. To prevent this, a clear, long-term governmental strategy to promote innovation, automation and the development of natural and intellectual resources is required, as is diversification in the manufacturing sector.

The government introduced the Industrial Development Programme (2015-2025) with the aim “to transform and modernise Cambodia’s industrial structure from a labour-intensive industry to a skill-based industry by 2025”.

To meet this target, Cambodia must enhance business-friendly regulation to attract foreign investment; improve the ease of doing business; upskill the labour force; and subsidise or encourage the adoption of new technologies such as the Internet of Things.

To what extent would Cambodia benefit from promoting national champions as opposed to focusing solely on encouraging greater FDI?
FDI is absolutely needed and important for Cambodia in the coming years, but that must not be the only way of development. Investment in education and support of local manufacturers can make the country an independent and stable economy in the future.

What lessons can Cambodia learn from neighbours Thailand and Vietnam?
Both countries pay a lot of attention to the development of their workforces, working closely with industry to improve vocational education, especially in mechatronics. Importantly, Vietnam also included Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 into its national development strategy.

This article was first published in Globe Media Asia’s Focus Cambodia 2018 magazine