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Indonesia’s Jokowi: Poverty Alleviation The Key

By John Richardson

INDONESIA’S new president seems like a breath of fresh air because he is outside the establishment and has portrayed himself as a man of the people.

But one of Joko Widodo’s problems is that the establishment isn’t …

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“Fragile Five” Now “The Exposed Eight”

By John Richardson

IT used to be just the “Fragile Five” – Brazil, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Turkey.

But last week, the Financial Times, drawing on data and analysis from Schroders, added three more countries to the list of …

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China’s Debts: Close Your Eyes, Hope For The Best

By John Richardson

LACK of transparency is fine when any economy is booming.

Think of Indonesia pre-1998 before the fall of Soeharto. No foreign or local investor really cared that much about where the suitcases of money were going because …

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China’s Overshadowing Economic Importance

By John Richardson

AS we head into this weekend’s crucial November plenum , it is worth remembering that there is no chemicals and polymers market to compare with China’s in volume terms anywhere else in Asia.

Take polyproplyene (PP) as …

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Malaysia’s Scary Investment And Spending Bubbles

Source: http://www.globalpropertyguide.com

 

By John Richardson

Will this time really be different in Southeast Asia? Everyone hopes so.

But the arguments put forward by economist Jesse Colombo back in January – about investment bubbles building up across the region – …

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Indonesia Petchem Investments

By John Richardson

THE project activity in Indonesia, as the slide above, from our ICIS training Introduction to Petrochemicals Part I training programme, is a little worrying

But there is one slight problem here: Demand.

In the case of Indonesia, …

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Becoming A Chef In Indonesia

An Italian restaurant in Jakarta

 

By John Richardson

ELEVEN-year-old Nurafidah spends her mornings at school and her afternoons hunting for recyclable plastic, aluminium and glass in Jakarta’s giant rubbish dump – Bantar Gebang. She wants to grow up to …

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Asia Ex-China: The Outlook For 2014 And Beyond

By John Richardson

IN a special series of blog posts over the next few weeks we will re-examine the outlook for the major Asian petrochemical producing countries, ex-China. The posts won’t necessarily appear every day, as important news events may …

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Thailand: Build A Contingency Plan

Source: Petroleum Institute of Thailand

 

By John Richardson

IT can be argued that Thailand is in a better state than fellow ASEAN members Indonesia and Malaysia.

Government spending in Thailand relative to GDP is said to be lower than …

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Malaysia: Taking The Long View

Source: Malaysia Petrochemicals Association

 

By John Richardson

THE problems in Malaysia have been evident for a long time.

But thanks to the irresponsible and failed actions of the US Fed, the flow of funds into the Southeast country had …

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