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

India: Shuffling forward, not quite taking off

Manu Bhaskaran

There is a spring in the Indian economy’s step, after a year when few things seemed to go right. Prime Minister Modi’s bold attack on the black economy through demonetization in November last year did not quite achieve its objectives but did hurt a large part of the economy.

Where is ASEAN heading?

Manu Bhaskaran

It’s been a good year for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, as it celebrated its 50th anniversary in style and enjoyed an upside surprise to economic growth. In the past month, a series of political conclaves saw the high and mighty of global politics presenting themselves at ASEAN-sponsored summits…

The Risks that Matter for the Region


The world economy has not had it this good for well on a decade. Virtually every corner of the globe is enjoying growth except for countries suffering political or other crises. With the immediate threats to economic growth allayed, however, new risks are appearing.

On the Cusp of a New Global Investment Cycle

Manu Bhaskaran

The global economy continues to power ahead, helping elevate stock markets to new multi-year highs this week. Economic growth in the third quarter for both the United States and Europe was at the fastest pace in three years.

Is Singapore’s Competitiveness at Risk?


Singapore is enjoying a powerful economic rebound after a few lacklustre years. The export sector’s surge is translating into a more robust manufacturing sector while other activities that benefit from improving trade such as sea and air cargo, logistics and wholesale trade are all gaining momentum.