Asia Analysis – July 2020

The latest Asia Analysis edition sheds light on some of the most important policy issues sweeping across the region of Asia

Taku Eto, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Japan, charts the country’s efforts to realise smart agriculture and calls for a swift end to the pandemic, hoping that the economy can recover by making use of technologies on offer.

We also hear from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and other experts about cancer, the second leading cause of death after cardiovascular diseases plus the role of technology and innovation in the field. There is hope that perhaps that even a cure for cancer will be found.

In light of the current times we live, it feels appropriate that comments about the extent to which nanotechnology aids the battle against COVID-19 are provided by our regular contributor Aarthi Janakiraman, Research Manager at Frost & Sullivan. Nanotechnology is a game-changing technology of this century and has the potential to assist in developing solutions that could prevent, diagnose and treat COVID-19, Aarthi reveals.

We received a most interesting article by Chad Manian, Lecturer and Interdisciplinary Researcher at Berlin School of Business and Innovation GmbH. In Chad’s profound piece, he explains what we need to know about artificial intelligence technology and what this means for the future of mankind and the quest for Silicon intelligence. He also says that we live in an age of advanced intelligence, invention, technology and human convenience – how exciting is that?

We also lift the lid on the work of Thailand’s Department of Agriculture, and how it is a centre of excellence, particularly regarding its research and development of rice cultivation. Did you know that Thailand has approximately 10 million hectares of rice plantations and that more than 30 million tonnes of paddy from the wet season and dry season can be produced annually?

Finally, another piece by Charlotte Hugman from the World Benchmarking Alliance ponders if Asia can be the world’s first region to achieve energy transformation for all. Certainly, Asia is home to 4.5 billion people and has an economy dependent on manufacturing, from extraction to production. Following on from this, if done correctly, could there be an opportunity for Asia to become the model for global decarbonisation and energy transformation? Do read Charlotte’s article to learn more.

We trust that you, your colleagues, family and friends well during the time of COVID-19 and we look forward to welcoming you to future insightful editions in 2020 and beyond.

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