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

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.

Regional Economies Primed for Upside Surprise

Manu Bhaskaran

Asian economic growth is set to accelerate. After a long period of patchy and unconvincing recovery, there are signs that the global rebound is gaining enough traction to be a durable one. Better still, this upward lift is supporting higher export growth in Asia. More encouragingly, domestic engines of growth also seem to be regaining some vigour.