Monthly Archives: May 2013

Thailand’s overall competitiveness ranking rose

Thailand’s overall competitiveness ranking rose to the 27th spot this year from No 30 last year, according to the 25th-anniversary world competitiveness rankings of 60 economies released today by IMD, a top-ranked global business school based in Switzerland. The challenge … Continue reading

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South Korea industrial output rises in April

South Korea’s industrial output rose in April for the first time in four months, fanning hopes of a recovery in an economy that posted its slowest growth for three years in 2012. Production in the mining, manufacturing, gas and electricity … Continue reading

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Google looking to build wireless networks in Southeast Asia, Africa

Google Inc intends to finance, build and help operate wireless networks from Southeast Asia to sub-Saharan Africa, hoping to connect a billion or so people in emerging countries to the Internet, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. According to … Continue reading

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MOU signed to boost collaborations between Singapore and Japanese SMEs

Singapore’s SMEs can look forward to more tie-ups with their counterparts in Japan, with a new agreement inked between Mizuho Corporate Bank, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and SPRING Singapore. Singapore’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can look forward … Continue reading

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China swings back to trade surplus in April

China swung back to trade surplus in April after posting a rare deficit the previous month, official data showed Wednesday, but analysts cautioned the better-than-expected figures may not reflect reality. The world’s second-largest economy recorded an $18.2 billion trade surplus … Continue reading

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Copper: An Antimicrobial Super-Material?

One out of every 20 U.S. hospital patients acquires a hospital-acquired infection (HAI). Such infections are estimated to cause 100,000 deaths each year in the United States, while adding an estimated $45 billion to the nation’s healthcare tab. A number … Continue reading

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Myanmar textile exports ‘set to surge’

Myanmar is on course for a big jump in textile exports to Europe following the return of trade privileges by the European Union (EU), according to the Thailand Textile Institute. The lifting of the ban on Myanmar under the EU’s Generalised … Continue reading

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