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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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Uber and Grab set to fight for pole position in Cambodia

By: Nathan Paul Southern - Posted on: September 28, 2017 | Business

The chaotic roads of Phnom Penh are gearing up to become the next battleground for the region’s leading ride-hailing apps

A tuk-tuk rides past the Thai embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 20 February 2011. Photo: EPA/Mak Remissa

After months of testing, the US-based ride-hailing app Uber officially launched in Cambodia on Wednesday, a development that the US Ambassador William Heidt described as “an achievement that Uber and Cambodia can rightfully be very proud of”.

“Cities across Asia, including Phnom Penh, are adding tens of thousands of cars to their roads every year. The pressure on their infrastructure and the environment in many cases has become overwhelming,” Heidt said at the company’s official Cambodia launch, according to the US Embassy in Cambodia website.

“Uber’s technologies are providing solutions to these problems by offering smarter modes of transportation with fewer cars, carrying more people, that complement existing systems…reducing transport inefficiencies that can strangle economic growth.”

The company’s launch comes just days after their rivals Grab met with Cambodia’s minister of public works and transport, Sun Chanthol, to discuss licensing requirements and other issues Grab need to address before entering the market.

Following the meeting, Grab’s Thailand country director, Yee Wee Tang expressed his commitment to working with experts from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport on licensing procedures, and said that the company would strictly adhere to Cambodian law.

According to a press release, Grab, which has been downloaded onto over 60 million devices and facilitates more than three million rides a day, will officially launch in Cambodia “once the endorsement from the Ministry [of Public Works and Transport] has been granted”.

While the Singapore-based app has enjoyed widespread success across Southeast Asia by tailoring its approach to local markets, allowing customers to pay with cash and developing features such as built-in translation on the app’s messenger service, achieving a dominant market share in Cambodia will be no easy feat. Grab will be up against local startups PassApp and Exnet Taxi Cambodia, as well as the global behemoth Uber.

However, Uber continues to run into hot waters in Southeast Asia, which could help Grab to assert its regional hegemony. The controversial US company has operated illegally in Thailand since 2014 and was recently banned for a month in the Philippines for failing to obtain the necessary permits to license its drivers, a suspension that was only lifted after the company paid nearly $10m in penalties.

However, in the eyes of Heidt, the company’s entrance into Cambodia demonstrated that the country had made significant strides in improving its regulatory framework.

“It reflects very well on Cambodia’s very welcoming business climate that the Ministry of Public Works and Transport did not shy away from this challenge and worked hard over the last few months to work out a supportive regulatory framework,” he said at Uber’s launch. 

“I often hear people worry that Cambodia won’t be able to compete with its larger neighbours in various sectors, be it manufacturing, or services, or something else. But the truth is, when it comes to adopting new technologies, Cambodia’s relatively small size can be a big advantage, as larger countries often can’t adapt as quickly.”