Inflation dynamics and its effects on economy

by: Prof. Yeah Kim Leng, Director of Economic Studies Program at Jeffrey Cheah In­stitute on Southeast Asia

After nearly two years of low consumer prices and falling pro­ducer prices, their steady rise in the first quarter of this year sug­gests that higher inflation and price shocks will once again test the resilience of households, busi­nesses and the overall economy.

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EMD economies bracing for more challenges

by: Prof. Yeah Kim Leng, Director of Economic Studies Program at Jeffrey Cheah In­stitute on Southeast Asia

While the recent surge in ex­ports and strengthening demand across most economies have buoyed expectations that the global economy is on an upward growth trajectory this year, the external environment of emerging market and developing (EMD) economies is set to be­come more challenging in the medium term. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest outlook publication has de­scribed it as a “less travelled and complicated” external environ­ment for the EMD economies.

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Embracing automation, innovation and disruptive technologies

by: Prof. Yeah Kim Leng, Director of Economic Studies Program at Jeffrey Cheah In­stitute on Southeast Asia

The planned launch of the world’s first Digital Free Trade Zone in Malaysia in March this year has sparked interest not only among the wider public as consumers but also among technopreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) interested to tap the domestic and international e-commerce opportunities.

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Education Ministry upset over news portal’s misquotation of Harvard professor’s remarks on M’sian higher learning

The Education Ministry has expressed regret over how the opinions of Harvard researcher Prof Lant Pritchett, on the state of higher education in Malaysia, was wrongly characterised in the headline of a news portal recently.

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