Manu writes regularly for The Edge Singapore where these blogs first appeared.

Southeast Asian Outlook: Rising Cyclical Risks, Expanding Structural Upside


The global economy is being pulled and pushed in different directions. Whether it is America’s trade spat with China or the fragility of China’s economy or the geo-political stresses in the Middle East which are raising oil prices, the ups and downs of the news flow make it hard to discern the net impact. However, a close study of recent developments…

Action On Climate Change Is More Urgent Than You Think


If you thought trade wars and the epic struggle for power between the US and China were bad, here’s something that could be even worse. Damaging forms of climate change are unfolding faster than expected and Southeast Asia is likely to be a bigger loser from it than other regions. Worse still, even with all the increasing efforts…

The Global Economy: Get Ready For More Bad News


The gods have been conspiring against the world economy where nothing seems to be going right. Economic activity is losing vitality virtually everywhere – even the seemingly unstoppable American economy is slowing. Tensions between the US and China are escalating. And this has not stopped the US from ramping up trade…

Singapore’s housing dilemma: What are the broader implications?


In the past year and a half, the issue of the 99-year leases on Housing & Development Board (HDB) flats has triggered off much debate. Now might be a good time to step back and examine what exactly has changed as a result of this debate and what the broader implications are. In fact, this issue could be a major game changer in many areas.

Why Women-Owned Businesses in Indonesia Stay Small


Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are the economic engine of Indonesia. In 2013, MSMEs accounted for up to 70 percent of Indonesia’s total gross domestic product, and more than 95 percent of the country’s workforce works in an MSME. And women owned nearly four in ten of those MSMEs in 2015.