Charting a sustainable future

Half-hearted approach to digitalisation risks Asean business recovery

A Tesla Model X airport taxi at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Innovation and digital reform must go beyond individual businesses to include an all-of-industry response, says the writer. PHOTO: AFP
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SINGAPORE - South-east Asia's prominence within global manufacturing, trade and supply chains has been fuelled by a large and low-cost workforce, shifts in production and the region's booming consumer base.

However, these favourable demographics will not be enough to sustain growth, particularly as other Asian markets - including India and western provinces in China - emerge as strong competition.

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