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Dwindling Rubber Prices Jeopardize the Future of Rubber Industry

The Falling Rubber Prices The natural rubber industry is currently being plagued by low rubber prices. The effects of low natural rubber prices are acutely felt by and unfairly apportioned to upstream smallholder farmers who are paradoxically the fulcrum of the natural rubber value chain. There are millions of smallholder farmers who are critical stakeholders…

28 Nov 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Education

Rising Middle Class in Vietnam Brings Rising Demands for Quality Education

New Regulations Set to Stimulate Growth of Education Sector We see greater impetus by governments to review regulatory frameworks for education. In June 2018, the Vietnam Government issued the Decree 86 on foreign cooperation and investment in education sector, which came into effect and replaced the previous Decree 73 from 1 August 2018. Previously under…

11 Dec 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Maritime

Technical and Economic Considerations in Marine Scrubbers Investment Decisions

The scrubber business is getting increased momentum due to the upcoming enforcement of the global sulphur cap. DNV-GL has recently estimated that there are 1850 ships with scrubbers already installed or on order.  However, as the market is developing so rapidly, no one really know how many scrubbers are actually up and running on a daily basis without any major issues, such as false alarms, sensor problems, unintended switching of operations between open/closed loop, back-pressure alarms when turning on/off engines and boilers going into the same scrubber – just to mention a few of…

10 Dec 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Education

Demand For International Education Spurs Positive Growth In Vietnam

Growth in English-Medium International Schools 1  Prospects of Vietnam’s International School Industry are bright, with English-Medium international schools being the key recipients of the industry’s significant growth. Growth for Vietnam’s International School Industry is likely to double in the next five years. The underlying factor driving this increasing demand for international schooling in Vietnam will be…

6 Dec 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Energy

Philippines Sees Slow Progress in Wind Energy Development – An Interview with Alma Roxas-Aguila

What Are the Current Issues Impacting the Renewable Energy Industry? In the Philippines, wind energy development has been progressing slowly. One major reason is brought about by the difficulty in obtaining offtake agreements, that need to undergo a Competitive Selection Process (CSP). Given that CSPs in the Philippines must be technology-neutral, wind projects can find…

30 Nov 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Energy

Potentials and Prospects of India’s Renewable Energy Sector

Great Strides in Government Support but Challenges Still Persist Indian legal institutions are making great initiatives to promote renewable energy within the country. By providing required policy support and continuously calling new renewable bids, the Government of India has taken progressive steps, resulting in addition of 13 GW of renewable capacity in financial year 17-18…

28 Nov 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Agribusiness

Innovative Microfinancing for an Integrated Approach to Sustainable Agriculture

The microfinance industry is ever-booming – with a registered growth of around 39% on a year-on-year basis according to data released by the Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)[1]. This is largely accounted for by technical or social innovative practices that have emerged along the way to ensure the sustainability of both Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) and its…

28 Nov 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Agribusiness

Transforming Challenges to Opportunities in The Natural Rubber Industry

Rubber growers in the world are facing big difficulty due to low price declined since 2012 up to now. Consumers of natural rubber have got higher benefits at the beginning period of low price for raw material, but currently, they also face the tense competition of others to produce rubber products with lower cost. In…

28 Nov 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Agribusiness

Leveraging Ethical Business in Organic and Sustainable Rice Products

Introduction The past decades saw a remarkable growth of the organic food market. Its value on the world market is expected to soar to $262.85 billion by 2022. Consumers now demand more transparency on food safety and on their food choices, wanting the story behind the food they buy. Organic and SRP rice require tedious…

28 Nov 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Agribusiness

The Role of Satellite Data in Supply Chain Transparency and Traceability

Due to the increasing global awareness of poor agricultural practices in supply chains, many large commodity traders are increasingly making efforts to make their supply chains more sustainable. Transparency and traceability are quickly becoming cornerstones in the development of effective supply chain management strategies. Geodata, and especially satellite data-driven solutions help in making supply chains…

28 Nov 2018, by IBC Asia Insights
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