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James Guild

James Guild

James Guild is an expert in trade, finance, and economic development in Southeast Asia.

James Guild holds a Ph.D. in International Political Economy from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. He specializes in trade, finance, and economic development in Southeast Asia. Follow him on twitter @jamesjguild or

Posts by James Guild
June 18, 2024

Southeast Asia’s Digital Banking Race Has Gotten Off to a Slow Start

By James Guild
Digital banking services have struggled to live up to the hype, even in nations like Indonesia, where large numbers of people lack regular access to financial services.

June 14, 2024

What Is Happening at Indonesian State-Owned Pharmaceutical Company Indofarma?

By James Guild
The company has recently come under investigation for its involvement in a long list of fraudulent activities.
June 05, 2024

Why Southeast Asian Telcos Are Taking Losses on Their Overseas Holdings

By James Guild
The region's firms are suffering as governments begin tightening their control over strategically sensitive sectors.

May 28, 2024

Did Illegal Tin Mines Really Steal $26 Billion From the Indonesian State?

By James Guild
The Indonesian government recently brought corruption charges against Harvey Moeis, a wealthy businessman with interests in the mining sector.

May 21, 2024

Thailand’s Showdown Over Interest Rates, Explained

By James Guild
The economic rationale of the Bank of Thailand, and the political incentives of the current government, have been at odds since the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 17, 2024

The Philippines’ $35 Billion Military Modernization Plan, Explained

By James Guild
Manila is seeking to take a major step forward in the modernization of its armed forces, but current economic conditions are challenging.
May 07, 2024

2023 Was Another Big Year for Indonesian Cinema

By James Guild
Box office receipts have to return to their pre-pandemic levels, but locally-made films are making up a greater proportion of ticket sales.

April 30, 2024

Southeast Asian Tourism Slowly, But Steadily, Recovered in 2023

By James Guild
Is this the year that the region's tourist sector finally returns to its pre-pandemic levels?

April 24, 2024

How the Indonesia Investment Authority Built Its Portfolio in 2023

By James Guild
Three years after its establishment, the purpose of the state-run investment fund is starting to come into focus.

April 17, 2024

Does Thailand’s Plan to Finance Its 500 Billion Baht Stimulus Make Sense?

By James Guild
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin's government has struggled to fund its massive "digital wallet" stimulus program.

April 09, 2024

Indonesia’s Scorpene Submarine Deal With France, Explained

By James Guild
Under the terms of the long-awaited deal, two of the French submarines will be built in Indonesia by the state shipbuilding firm PT PAL.
April 03, 2024

Southeast Asian Tech Giants Poised for Profitability in 2024

By James Guild
After years of breakneck expansion, many of the biggest players are beginning to turn their attention toward maximizing profits.

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