Category: Southeast Asia

Vietnam Captures Global Coffee Trade

Vietnam Captures Global Coffee Trade

Which country is the world’s largest coffee producer? You would guess correctly with Brazil. But the world’s second largest? The answer is Vietnam. Producers based in Buôn Ma Thuột—the city at the heart of the Vietnamese coffee industry—have seen their share of global production rise from just about nothing in 1990  More ►

Indonesians Too Like Expensive Toilets

Indonesians Too Like Expensive Toilets

The announcement at the end of 2017 by US-based Kohler Co., the manufacturer of high-end kitchen and bathroom fixtures, that it was inaugurating an Indonesian production facility was a matter-of-fact affair. Household-income levels have been spiraling upward; pricey condominiums demand pricey toilets and faucets; the government  More ►

Myanmar Lags International Expectations

Myanmar Lags International Expectations

Global investors were quick to hype the unfolding reform story in Myanmar. Those energies may have been misspent. The World Bank has materially reduced its country growth forecast for 2017. GDP activity should now expand by 6.9% over the year ahead, rather than 8.4%. On the surface, that still sounds promising, but it is  More ►

Jakarta Fires Wall Street Firm

Jakarta Fires Wall Street Firm

Indonesian assets are greater than a single commentary, even when the analysis is published by a lofty name like JPMorgan. But Jakarta has taken issue with being called a “loser” under the Trump administration; the government has abruptly severed ties with the firm. Bizarre. Officials may be too sensitive to criticism.  More ►