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CABC Blog 2017-09-21T06:03:06+00:00

CABC BLOG

Since 2012, the CABC has been working to grow commercial opportunities and facilitate the creation of a sustainable and prosperous Canada-ASEAN economic relationship. Despite the current global trading environment of growing protectionism, Canada and ASEAN are well-positioned to stand together as champions of open trade. Allow me to share some of our observations over the past few years: Increasing trade between Canada and ASEAN Trade between Canada and ASEAN is substantial and growing – ASEAN is Canada’s sixth-largest trading partner while Canada is the ninth largest merchandise-trading partner of ASEAN. In 2017, total merchandise trade between Canada and ASEAN was…
Natural Gas Prices (CAD/MMBTU – June 2018) It is difficult to compete on a global scale when Canadian natural gas producers receive 9-12x less than Asia and 2-4x less than their neighbor to the south.  As a result, the return from Canadian producers has underperformed relative to the rest of the industry. Canada Natural Gas Producers – Compared to AMEX Oil & Gas Index (2016-Present) In addition to the overall demand, the price differential between the Asian and Canadian markets exists because of the large capital costs associated with connecting two different environments, one of scarcity and the other of…
The Energy Landscape in Canada & ASEAN Let’s start with Canada, where there is an abundance of space and natural resources.  Here, it is not uncommon for the word ‘energy’ to be synonymous with ‘oil & gas’, the two commodities which supply the nation with over 65% of its primary energy supply.  This number increases to 73% if you include coal, another resource which is in abundance.  However, it differs from oil and gas, in that the majority of it is exported to Asian markets. Canada Primary Energy Supply & Consumption Canada ranks 3rd amongst OECD countries in oil consumption…
SMU School of Law Research Project on ASEAN Legal Barriers Researchers at the Law School of the Singapore Management University (SMU) have been working with the Canada-ASEAN Business Council’s (CABC) support since late 2016 on a project which examines legal barriers faced by businesses operating in ASEAN member States. The objective is to produce recommendations which will aid ASEAN policy-makers in further improving the region’s business environment. The project is led by Professor Locknie Hsu (trade and investment law), working with co-researchers are Associate Professor Pearlie Koh (corporate law) and Associate Professor Yip Man (land law). The team has looked at a…