China-trap

iCare Benefits currently has operations in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and hopefully soon in Myanmar. Through iCare, we have had the chance to meet local Ministers, Secretaries of State and other Government officials who have confidentially discussed their countries potential over-reliance on China. These officials were quick to highlight that the Belt-and-Road initiative is a double-edged... Continue Reading →

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With all the on-going discussions in the US with the Medicare-for-All and single payer options proposed by Democrats Sanders, Warren and AOC, the healthcare data in OECD in clear in showing how the US is clearly an outlier in terms of spending. Just off the bat, the US spends almost double on healthcare on a... Continue Reading →

Re-routing

I have not always understood, or even agreed, with Sam Rainsy's actions and inactions in the past when dealing with the CNRP and Cambodia's political class in general. However his recent take on Project Syndicate detailing how Chinese companies are using China's leverage over the Cambodian Government to bypass Trump's tariff is spot-on. It not... Continue Reading →

AI-Attribution

We know that AI can now distinguish between a dog and a cat with high accuracy but can it differentiate between a real Da Vinci and a fake one? Well it does seems like little by little these Deep Learning tools are being used to solve such problematic topics. Here is the great article in... Continue Reading →

A non-level Playing Field

Earlier this month, the Southeast Asia Globe came out with a great investigation on the grey auto market in Cambodia and its effect on traditional, water-level auto importers. The article, to me, showed a glimpse of the larger picture of doing business in Cambodia and the difficulty by foreign companies, like ours, to play by... Continue Reading →

Long Whisky

With such a volatile stock market that ended 2018 with one of its worst years in records and combined with top-grade fixed income not providing any yield, investors are flocking to alternative investments to keep their money. Whiskies, cars and coins are fast becoming major storages of value and with interest rates at such historically... Continue Reading →

El Procés

The Spanish Supreme Court has started the trial for the Catalan politicians that have been in preventive jail since 2017. It seems like a good time to look at the legal and Constitutional aspects of the process that will capture Spain's attention for the coming weeks: La ficción del procés a juicio.  

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