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Thailand: Jump- Starting Economy After Keeping COVID-19 At Bay

09.17.2020 | Articles | Phisanu Phromchanya
INTRODUCTION Thailand has emerged as a success story in containing the COVID-19 outbreak, but the country still faces tremendous pressure on several fronts. A major effort will be required to pull Southeast Asia’s second largest economy back from the abyss. This paper will examine in general terms...

Due Process during COVID-19 in Sri Lanka

09.16.2020 | Articles | Nishana M Weerasooriya, Ahalya Lelwala
INTRODUCTION On 11 March 2020, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). In Sri Lanka, the first diagnosis of COVID-19 was reported on 27 January 2020. Indication of the spread of the virus was visible from 11 March 2020, after the second patie...

COVID-19 and Remittance Flows in Nepal: Potential Turning Point for Development

09.04.2020 | Articles | Posh Raj Pandey
The Nepali economy shows an atypical structural change over the past one and half decades – the movement of labor out of agriculture was not triggered by new jobs in industries or in high skilled professional services, but by foreign employment opportunities. The remittances sent by such migra...

Against the Norm? Populism and the Coronavirus in Pakistan

09.02.2020 | Articles | Dr. S Akbar Zaidi
In the last decade, the pandemic of populism, both of the left and the right, has spread far and wide across continents, across different types of countries of varying levels of ‘development’. From Venezuela and Brazil in South America, to Mexico and the USA in North America, right across South ...

Primum Non Nocere: A Policy Approach for Pharmaceutical Investment in Indonesia

09.01.2020 | Articles | Andree Surianta
COVID-19 has thrown international trade and investment into disarray; however, it is first and foremost a global health crisis.  With Global Value Chains (GVCs) receiving heightened scrutiny, no other industry has been so prominently featured in the discussions of anxious governments as the pharmac...

Accelerating Private Sector Reform

08.28.2020 | Articles | Sujeev Shakya
CONTEXT Private Sector in Nepal: Following the restoration of peace and the establishment of liberal economic policies in the 1990s, there have been years of sustained private sector expansion in the country. The Nepali private sector contributed about 80% of the economy’s gross fixed capital form...

Facing a Second Wave of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka: Economic Cost of a Lockdown Strategy

08.27.2020 | Articles | Deshal de Mel, Anushan Kapilan
Background Sri Lanka is currently in the post-lockdown stage of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the surge in the number of infections in mid-March, the country was forced into a complete lockdown with all-day curfews-imposed island wide. The lockdown was in place for a period of nearly two months. Cur...

Re-engineering the Supply Chain in Nepal

08.19.2020 | Articles | Sujeev Shakya
Context Landlocked and Difficult Terrain: Nepal’s geography and topography has impeded efficient supply chain management. Nepal has historically been predominantly dependent on India for sea access, although since October 2018, China has emerged as an alternative – albeit at quadruple the distan...

The Importance of ‘Where’ in Revitalization Strategies for Nepal — Part 2

08.13.2020 | Articles | Paul Lundberg, Indra Sharan KC
SUMMARY National policies and programs are necessary to provide immediate relief to the people of Nepal. Care must be taken, however, to match policy to reality because extreme diversity in the economic potential of individual places characterizes the Nepali landscape. Although over two-thirds of th...

Bangladesh In the Shadow of COVID-19

08.12.2020 | Articles | Ali Riaz
INTRODUCTION Bangladesh has been experiencing a slow and incremental process of democratic backsliding since 2011, particularly after the one-sided election in 2014. Now it has joined the bandwagon of countries experiencing a dramatic decline in civil rights and freedom of expression in the wake of ...
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