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Over the past five years, Southeast Asia’s internet economy has experienced tremendous growth and change. But what we’ve seen in 2020 marks the biggest shift yet, as the e-Conomy SEA 2020 report from Google, Temasek and Bain & Company shows. The report—At Full Velocity: Resilient and Racing Ahead—outlines how Southeast Asians navigating the coronavirus pandemic are using the internet …

Southeast Asia’s startups have helped build a thriving internet economy. Now, they have an equally important role to play in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic—and in tackling some of the biggest challenges Southeast Asia faces around education, health, e-commerce, logistics and financial technology. In June, we launched Google for Startups Accelerator: Southeast Asia, a three-month online program …

Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading everyday app, today announced the expansion of GrabMart into eight Southeast Asian countries, with Cambodia being the latest addition. GrabMart scaled from two to eight Southeast Asian countries in three months and is live in 50 cities across Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar and Cambodia today. GrabMart, which …

Space tech may sound like something only countries with unlimited resources can get around, but Southeast Asia is actually a lot closer to the industry than it may seem. According to the data gathered by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BoAML) and Morgan Stanley, last year space tech investment reached an all-time high worldwide, with …

Vietnam – a developing country that has a large land border with China and a population of 97 million people – has not reported a single death from coronavirus. As of April 21, the country had reported 268 cases of COVID-19, the disease associated with the new coronavirus, with more than 140 people making a …

The overwhelming sharing of fake news amid coronavirus outbreak across the globe raised concerns among governments, including in the Southeast Asian region. In the past weeks, we have quickly found disinformation and misinformation on social media stirring public discussion and, at times, leading to unnecessary panic. In Malaysia, misinformation claiming that coronavirus would make people …

SGInnovate unveiled the findings of its new study, “Understanding the Science and Technology Talent Landscape in Singapore”, which found that the majority of research and development (R&D) and technical professionals (88%) based here believe Singapore will remain competitive as a global science and technology R&D and product development hub in the next 10 years. The respondents …

Acquisition of Bento enables Grab to bring retail wealth management and investment solutions to its ecosystem of users, driver-partners and merchant-partners. Bento will be rebranded as GrabInvest; products to be rolled out in South-East Asia, with Singapore as the first market. Grab Holdings Inc. (“Grab”), Southeast Asia’s leading super app, today announced the acquisition of …

James Dyson’s decision to cancel his electric car project in Singapore can’t have been easy. His engineering company had devoted four years and millions of pounds to the vehicle’s development but has now decided it isn’t commercially viable. Perhaps there isn’t room for another would-be Tesla to challenge the established automotive industry with a novel …

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is the fifth largest manufacturing economy of the world, amounting to a massive $600 billion in value added. Right now, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is bringing about drastic changes. For some, this means increased opportunities. For others who are lagging behind, this poses a lot of risks. In …