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Quality and Cost of Living Reports Point Towards Emerging Trends in Asia-Pacific

Quality and Cost of Living Reports Point Towards Emerging Trends in Asia-Pacific

Mercer’s 2015 Quality of Living Rankings confirms some well-established insights into Asian cities. However, rankings alone can be notoriously superficial. In this article, we explore the trends which stand up to scrutiny.

Tax & Accounting

Bangladesh Set to Move Ahead With Flat VAT Rate in 2016

Bangladesh Set to Move Ahead With Flat VAT Rate in 2016

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lent its full support to Bangladesh’s new system of value-added tax (VAT). Following an IMF mission led by Rodrigo Cubero to the country, the IMF said that the tax will help boost revenue and reduce compliance costs for businesses.

Legal & Regulatory

China’s Territorial Disputes in Asia During 2015

China’s Territorial Disputes in Asia During 2015

2014 was a formative year for Chinese territorial disputes with other nations. Tensions with Japan and The Philippines reached near breaking point, with signs of instability creeping into the entire Asian region. Yet behind these media-capturing headlines, trade has been booming.

Industries

Asian Investment in Europe’s Shipping Sector, Part 1: Trends and Intra-Asian Trade

Asian Investment in Europe’s Shipping Sector, Part 1: Trends and Intra-Asian Trade

The European shipping sector is confident that the Asian market will remain a reliable lifeline. In the first of this two-part article on the opportunities and threats to Europe’s reliance on the Asian shipping sector, we take a look at the general trends in the industry and intra-Asian trade.

Human Resources & Payroll

HR Administration: Labor Contracts, Visas and Termination Procedures – New Issue of Asia Briefing Magazine

HR Administration: Labor Contracts, Visas and Termination Procedures – New Issue of Asia Briefing Magazine

The newest issue of Asia Briefing magazine, titled “Human Resources Across Asia: A Guide for Foreign Businesses”, is out now and available as a complimentary download in the Asia Briefing Bookstore.

Asia Briefing Bookstore Catalogue 2013 Dezan Shira & Associates
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