Edward Barbour-Lacey

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Vietnam and the EU Reach Agreement in Principle on FTA

On Tuesday, Vietnam and the European Union reached an agreement in principle on a free trade agreement (FTA) that would remove most tariffs on goods, …

Ford Sees Long-Term Opportunity in Vietnam’s Auto Industry

By Edward Barbour-Lacey<p>HCMC – The Ford Motor Company has announced that it is strongly optimistic about the business and investment environment of …

Ford Sees Long-Term Opportunity in Vietnam’s Auto Industry

The Ford Motor Company has announced that it is strongly optimistic about the business and investment environment of Vietnam and expects that it will …

Sign of a Deepening Relationship: Vietnam’s Communist Party Leader Visits the United States

In a historic meeting this week, the President of the United States met with Nguyen Phu Trong, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of …

With TPA in Hand the U.S. Seeks to Push Vietnam to Reduce Reliance on Chinese Fabric

The U.S. Senate has recently passed a Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill that will greatly expand President Obama’s trade negotiating authority on …

Vietnam Becomes World’s Fourth Largest Textile Exporter

According to the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex), Vietnam has become the world’s fourth largest textile exporter. In the first …

Future Merger of HCMC and Hanoi Stock Exchanges Likely as Vietnam’s Markets Mature

According to a plan released by Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance, the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HOSE) and the Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) are likely to …

Tech in Vietnam: Intel Increases its Investment

Global computer chip manufacturer, Intel, has announced that it will be moving more of its mature products to Vietnam due to the Southeast Asian …

Thailand Economic Growth to be Curtailed in 2015, 2016 to be Brighter

By Edward Barbour-LaceyThailand’s central bank and HSBC have both lowered their growth forecasts for Thailand in 2015. However, both banks have …

Vietnam Increasingly Attractive to U.S. Investors

With more than US$11 billion, the United States has become the seventh largest investor into Vietnam. U.S. businesses are now represented in 17 out …

The United Wa State Army: Myanmar's Opium Kingpins?

One of the key power players in Myanmar is the United Wa State Army (UWSA). In addition to its military power, the UWSA is also one of the major …

Vietnam Seeks to Shake up its Banking Industry through M&A and Increased Foreign Ownership

Vietnam is continuing its struggle to reform its banking system and create a more attractive business environment for foreign investors. This will be …

Yarn Forward’s Effect on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Vietnam

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a United States led trade agreement involving twelve countries, is currently under negotiation. A key part of …

Understanding Asia’s Golden Triangle

Heroin, which is produced from opium, is one of the world’s most popular illicit drugs and a key component of the global drugs trade. While heroin …

Indonesia’s Economy Struggles to find its Footing

By Edward Barbour-LaceyFor the second quarter in a row, Indonesia’s economy contracted as exports and government spending continued to decline – GDP …

Da Nang Looks set to be the Singapore of Vietnam

HCMC – With its burgeoning technology and IT industries and its increasingly attractive business environment, Vietnam’s port of city of Da Nang is …

Vietnam Auto Industry could have Fastest Growth in Southeast Asia, but Challenges Remain

Vietnam’s automotive industry could have the fastest growth in Southeast Asia over the next 20 years. This growth will be the result of increasing …

"Fox Hunt" Anti-Corruption Campaign Begins in China

China has stepped up its anti-corruption campaign, entitled “Fox Hunt 2015”. Led by the country’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS), the goal of the …

Cybercrime Rises in the Philippines

In 2014, the Philippines saw a 113 percent increase in the number of cybercrime incidents. This rise can be partly explained by the country’s …

Cambodia Police to Target Leaders of Drug Syndicates

Cambodia’s Interior Minister, Sar Kheng, has ordered the country’s police forces to target the leaders of drug syndicates with operations within the …

Suitcase Murder Confession in Indonesia

Tommy Schaefer, a United States citizen, has confessed to killing Wiese-Mack – the mother of his pregnant girlfriend, Heather Mack. Schaefer and …

Crime

Understanding Organized Crime in Asia - Crime in Asia

As Asia’s economic expansion continues, living standards are being lifted across the region and infrastructure has seen a vast improvement. …

Organized Crime

Why are Vietnam factory workers striking against new pension law?

Thousands of Vietnamese workers have been striking peacefully outside of the Pou Yuen shoe factory in Ho Chi Minh City. Interestingly, unlike …

Make mine a tea: Vietnam develops elephant dung and bird saliva coffees

In somewhat nauseating news, Vietnamese coffee and tea producers have announced that they are developing bird-saliva and elephant dung coffee.<p>The …

U.S. Involvement in Recent Bloody Philippine Anti-terrorist Operations?

In a recently released report from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Board of Inquiry, it has been revealed that a small team of Americans were a …

Terrorism

ASEAN Case Study: The Auto Industry and GM

By Edward Barbour-LaceyWith the ASEAN Economic Community going into effect at the end of this year, many companies are now seriously considering …

Pigs to the slaughter: An end to Vietnam’s bloody festival?

February 24 once again saw the beginning of Vietnam’s controversial and bloody ‘Pig Slaughter Festival’. Traditionalists have defended the history of …

Vietnam Leads Global Coffee Production Despite Lower 2015 Harvests

Vietnam now rivals Brazil in coffee production. The country is currently the world’s leading exporter of robusta coffee, earning US$3.62 billion from …

Understanding Vietnam’s Import and Export Regulations

Once an investor has set up their trading company within Vietnam, it is important that their workers gain a strong understanding of the country's …

How to Establish a Trading Company in Vietnam

In this article, we take you through the processes involved with setting up your trading company in Vietnam, so that you can engage in import and …