Posts By Véronique Salze-Lozac'h

Notes from the Field

Celebrating a ‘New Year’ of Dialogue for Bangladesh’s Local Businesses

May 18, 2011

On April 12, Dhaka was vibrating with excitement as residents celebrated the first day of Bengali New Year, or Pahela Baishakh. Lavish, colorful street parties mixed in with bicycles, rickshaws, cars, and motorbikes added…

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Economic Impacts Across Asia from Japan’s Disaster

April 13, 2011

One month after the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, the Japanese are still coping with an incredible accumulation of sorrow, devastation, and anxiety about the future. Beyond the most urgent question of how Japan will recover from such a calamitous situation, a secondary concern is the potential human, environmental, and economic impact the crisis will have on the rest of Asia. Economists seem to agree that the disaster is not likely to pose a significant, long-term risk to the global economy.

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In 2011, Hard-Earned Resilience Will Carry Asia’s Economies through the Crisis

January 5, 2011

One year ago in this blog, Asia Foundation chief economist Bruce Tolentino expressed “cautious optimism” about the prospects for global recovery and Asian growth in 2010. His positive prediction for Asia was more than fulfilled, in spite of a dispiriting lag in U.S. recovery and severe economic crises in the Eurozone. In 2010, Asia’s diverse […]

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A Chinese ‘Marshall Plan’ for Greece?

October 6, 2010

What unfolded on October 2 between China and Greece is compelling, marking China’s biggest pledge of support for in-debt euro-zone nations. On his week-long tour of Europe, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao made his first stop in Athens, where he offered to buy Greek government bonds to help the struggling nation overcome its debt burden and, […]

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Are Asia’s Capital Cities Victims of Their Own Success? A Look at Dhaka and Phnom Penh

October 6, 2010

In Bangladesh, where the 2010 Economic Governance Index – which measures and ranks business environments across 19 districts – was just released, the capital city of Dhaka did not perform among the top districts. Of course, in terms of business performance and investment, Dhaka remains Bangladesh’s single most important city. With nearly 10 percent of […]

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Diversifying Cambodia’s Economy, Easier Said than Done

September 15, 2010

With an average annual growth reaching nearly double digits in the decade leading up to the recent global financial and economic crisis, Cambodia’s economy has performed well. Many national and international economists and organizations, including the World Bank, predict that the country is on its way to a faster recovery than initially expected, and could […]

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Supporting Business Development in Rural Bangladesh: Role of Reliable Information in Policy Reforms

August 4, 2010

Any casual observer walking through the heart of a district capital like Bangladesh’s northeastern city of Sylhet or Rangpur, further north, would be impressed by the bustling economic activity. In the early morning, streets are filled with colorful trucks honking their way toward the market place. Their paths are crossed by overloaded rickshaws delivering raw […]

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Community Groups Unite to Protect Cambodia’s Fishery and Forestry Sectors

July 21, 2010

Just months ago, Choeung would never have dreamt of speaking in public. If told that he would speak in front of more than 300 people, including high-ranking officials, several deputy governors from seven provinces, and an under secretary of state, he would have laughed at such a good joke, and his fellow fishermen would have […]

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Going Public: Using Facebook to Raise the Voice of Cambodia’s Women in Business

March 3, 2010

Never short of innovative ideas and certainly not lacking entrepreneurship, Cambodian businesswomen have now created a Facebook page to network and exchange tips and ideas about doing business in the Kingdom. More than 200 businesswomen, professionals, students, academics, and even male supporters, have already joined the group to share economic, social, and cultural challenges faced […]

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From Cambodia: Survey Marks Improvement in Business Environment

January 6, 2010

After a global economic slump in 2009, Cambodia welcomed World Bank forecasts that projected its economy would grow in 2010. However, despite an auspicious start to the New Year, the imbalanced growth between Phnom Penh and the provincial areas are major concerns for improved and sustainable economic development. The private sector in Cambodia, particularly the […]

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