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15 November 2019

The economic opportunity of digital skilling in Japan (insights from forthcoming research)

AlphaBeta is currently conducting research to examine the value of digital skills for Japan’s economy and to identify ways in which government, the private sector, and civil society can come together to capture this opportunity.

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06 November 2019

AlphaBeta opens new Canberra office

AlphaBeta has expanded into a new office to support its fast-growing corporate and government advisory business in Canberra.

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03 September 2019

AlphaBeta launches small business energy cost benchmarking tool

AlphaBeta has partnered with Xero and the Australian Government to launch Small Business Energy Check, a simple, data-driven tool designed to help small businesses reduce their energy costs.

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12 August 2019

Automation compels workforce to brush up

Indonesia's need for automation in industries is growing amid a slow workforce growth rate, the Jakarta Post reports, quoting an AlphaBeta-Prospera study.

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09 August 2019

Govt searches for ways to bridge yawning skills gap

Our report with Prospera on Indonesia's automation potential featured on the front page of the Jakarta Post.

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08 August 2019

US-China trade wars a ‘serious’ threat to Australian economy, expert warns

Australia faces a 'very serious' threat as a deepening of the US-China trade war highlights weaknesses in the domestic economy, AlphaBeta's Andrew Charlton warns in an ABC News article.

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12 June 2019

Highlighting the need for urgent action on deforestation

AlphaBeta partnered with IDH - The Sustainable Trade Initiative to highlight that Europe is behind on commitments to ensure 100 percent sustainable sourcing of key tropical commodities by 2020.

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14 May 2019

AlphaBeta weighs in on OTT regulation in Vietnam

Dr Konstantin Matthies joins stakeholders from industry and government to talk VOD opportunity in Vietnam.

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30 April 2019

The value of Digital Trade to ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand

Dr. Fraser Thompson discusses Digital Trade at the ASEAN-CER Integration Partnership Forum in Melbourne.

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04 April 2019

Tackling Asia’s Plastic and Solid Waste

Asia has become a true consumption powerhouse in recent decades. However, greater consumption also means greater waste generated. How will we tackle the greatest trash crisis of our time?

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12 March 2019

Managing Singapore’s Packaging Waste

As the National Environmental Agency’s (NEA) appointed consultant for Singapore’s Mandatory Packaging Waste Reporting framework, AlphaBeta was proud to have organised and facilitated the industry consultation session on 12 March 2019.

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06 March 2019

Protein Market: Size of the Prize Analysis for Australia

AlphaBeta was commissioned by Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) to conduct a study on the key opportunities for Australian food and agribusinesses in the global protein market. This first-of-its-kind analysis of 50 protein types sheds light on how an additional $55 billion could be captured by the Australia if food and agribusinesses shift their thinking from ‘commodity’ to ‘high-value’ protein by 2025.

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06 February 2019

Op-ed: Expect future jobs to require lifelong learning

Millennials will be the last generation sent out into the world with a qualification that is expected to last a lifetime, AlphaBeta director Andrew Charlton writes in The Australian.

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10 December 2018

CSIRO CEO Dr Larry Marshall talks AgTech in ASEAN with Fraser Thompson

Dr Fraser Thompson sits down with CSIRO CEO Dr Larry Marshall to discuss the Australian business opportunities on agriculture innovation and AgTech in ASEAN.

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05 December 2018

Jobs anxiety ‘hampering policy’

Automation anxiety may have peaked in 2018, and those fears have real costs, AlphaBeta Director Andrew Charlton says in an article in The Australian.

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30 November 2018

Fraser Thompson interview with CSIRO CEO, Dr Larry Marshall

Fraser Thompson interviewed CSIRO CEO, Dr Larry Marshall on how CSIRO can help create opportunities for Australian businesses in the ASEAN region.

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15 November 2018

There’s so much robots can’t do – like take our jobs

Jobs growth in Australia last year was the fastest since the early 2000s. About 330,000 workers lost their jobs involuntarily through redundancies or business closures, according to research by AlphaBeta.

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08 November 2018

Insights on getting ahead in Asia

What do companies in Asia need to do get ahead? Fraser Thompson, AlphaBeta Director in Singapore, shares his insights on how companies need to be self-sustaining in Asia.

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27 September 2018

How can Vietnam leverage the digital economy opportunity?

The digital economy holds significant opportunity for South East Asia, and Vietnam in particular. However, leveraging this opportunity to the fullest requires sound regulation and government support of an open conducive digital economy.

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19 September 2018

Digital Innovation: Australia’s $315bn Opportunity

Digital innovation can deliver $315 billion in gross economic value to Australia over the next decade, making it a critical ingredient in the nation’s ongoing economic stress. The economic opportunity is great. However, there is a risk Australia will not fully realise it.

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03 August 2018

Will this be the Asian century?

Asia’s economic transformation has been historically unprecedented, both in pace and scale. But can the Asian economic model adapt to the growing list of stresses that have been placed on it?

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27 July 2018

Op-ed: Myanmar can avoid resource curse

Myanmar is blessed with sizeable endowments of mining minerals, ranging from tin and copper to gemstones such as rubies and sapphires. It also has a substantial amount of oil and gas

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11 July 2018

Why economics is cool!

What do you think when you hear the word “economics”? Do you think of Wall Street and banks and business? Many people think so, but economics go much deeper.

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11 May 2018

AlphaBeta Director Fraser Thompson on Asia’s megatrends

What are the Asian mega trends that businesses cannot ignore? Fraser Thompson, AlphaBeta director in Singapore, was invited to speak as a thought leader in a new video series

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03 April 2018

Feature article: Australia’s political model is breaking down

Is there any Australian left who hasn’t complained, or at least rolled their eyes about the state of politics in Canberra? Andrew Charlton looks at recent election trends to understand why Australian ....

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27 November 2017

AlphaBeta Helps to Tackle Plastic Waste in the Ocean

There could be one ton of plastic waste in the world’s oceans for every three tons of fish in the year 2025. AlphaBeta Director Fraser Thompson explored new ways to reduce marine plastic waste at the ....

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22 November 2017

How Australian businesses can tap into the ASEAN opportunity

Australian businesses are facing exciting opportunities right on their doorstep in Southeast Asia, but most of them aren’t aware of it. Even those who are aware of these opportunities often fail to capture ....

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15 November 2017

Op-ed: Why machines won’t generate mass unemployment

Technological change has long been a source of anxiety for workers. But the doomsayers are misreading the signs....

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06 November 2017

AlphaBeta in Africa: How geospatial technology could transform Nigeria

New technologies can be a game changer for developing countries. A visit to Africa put recent AlphaBeta research under the spotlight....

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02 November 2017

Andrew Charlton’s essay on The Robot Race in The Monthly

The robots are coming for our jobs – but there is a silver lining. ...

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09 October 2017

AlphaBeta presents new research at leading Indian tech conference

The video-on-demand industry in Asia is forecast to boom in coming years. What are the economic benefits for economies, filmmakers and consumers? Nicolo’ Andreula, Principal at AlphaBeta ....

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02 October 2017

Interview: Australia’s extraordinary boom masks need for economic reform

What lies behind Australia’s 26-year run of uninterrupted economic growth? Andrew Charlton, Sydney-based Director at AlphaBeta Advisors, talks to Bloomberg TV...

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23 March 2017

ABC The Business: Three Years of Record Low Interest Rates Coming Home to Roost in ….

As the RBA fires its warning shot on rocketing house prices, the Federal Government could be running out of ammunition to tackle affordability. Andrew Charlton is a leading Economist and a ....

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02 December 2016

BBC Business Daily: India’s Green Revolution

Today we are talking revolutions – not those fought on the battlefield or city streets – but those waged in agriculture. It’s 50 years since a Green Revolution began transforming India’s rice

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07 November 2016

Take Charge of Your Future Work Realities

In the movie Back to the Future II (1985), Dr Emmett Brown (“Doc”), an eccentric inventor and scientist, briefly transports protagonist Marty McFly to 21 October 2015. McFly, a curious teenager, gets a ....

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27 October 2016

Using technology to serve the unbanked in ASEAN

Digital financial services can be crucial for overcoming the tyranny of geography in Southeast Asia, where traditional financial institutions have found it difficult to build out their footprint

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27 October 2016

ABC Lateline: Future of Jobs

A special report on the future of employment, with predictions that half of young Australians are preparing themselves now for 40% of jobs that are at risk.

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06 July 2016

Rethinking Industry Policy

AlphaBeta report by Andrew Charlton & Fraser Thompson. Seven rules for pro-competitive, pro-Globalisation industry policy: ‘Active industrial policy should be guided by practical experience of what

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02 June 2016

Tropical forests: Can profit and protection go hand in hand?

There is a perception that sustainable land use and forest conservation come at the cost of economic prosperity. New research finds that this is not the case. ...

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13 May 2016

Firms should seize the openings from new S’pore-Australia pact

ENGAGEMENT with Asia has been part of the economic mantra of every Australian government since the 1980s. In that time, Australia's trade with Asia has soared, but many of those bilateral economic

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08 January 2016

ABC 7.30 Report: Dr Andrew Charlton on China’s Economic Challenges and Opportunities

Andrew Charlton describes China’s economic challenges in five minutes on ABC 7.30. AlphaBeta has been warning that China’s growth was unsustainable since 2011. ...

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09 December 2015

Workforce and productivity summit: Robots threaten youth jobs

Business leaders are calling for simpler, consistent rules for employing young people – and a new ‘simple’ award for small business employees – as part of a national response to the worsening

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02 December 2015

ASEAN could be Australia’s next growth frontier

Recently, Australia brought its largest ever overseas delegation of businesses to Jakarta as part of the Indonesia-Australia Business Week. It is the latest in a series of actions that seek to build

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30 September 2015

The Lucky 8 – Preparing for the new China

AlphaBeta’s recent research trip: Eight opportunities for Australian business in the new Chinese economy.

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08 September 2015

China’s Transition: Risks and Opportunities for South-East Asia

The substantial devaluation of the Reminbi against the US dollar and the tumbling Chinese stock markets have renewed global concerns that the Chinese economic miracle is coming to an end

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01 September 2015

Kick starting growth after the mining boom in Australia and Canada

The Business -ABC News. Reporter: Michael Janda. Canada has already slipped into recession. Business reporter, Michael Janda compares two of the world;s most resource dependent

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21 August 2015

AlphaBeta has been forecasting Chinese slowdown since 2011

7.30 Report – ABC. Reporter: Pat MacGrath. China could be on course for an economic shock worst than the late 90s one in parts of Asia, and it’s already plunged the Australian share market deep

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28 July 2015

Australian Economic Note: The ask has a growth problem

Australian companies are on an investment strike that is already making the ASX one of the lowest earnings-growth share markets in the world and threatens to damage long term returns for Australian

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06 July 2015

Income shock forces Australians to raid savings

Australian Financial Review, by Jacob Greber. ‘Australia’s living standards are falling on a sustained basis for the first time in 50 years – this is not a short-term trend,’ said Andrew Charlton, co-founder

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06 July 2015

Australian Economic Update – Is Australia still developed country?

Resource exports still tanking: Australia’s trade data released today shows that our resources exports are in serious trouble. The news coverage has positively reported that our ‘trade deficit shrank in May.’

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06 July 2015

‘Banana‘ republic‘ tag haunts Australia 30 years on

Australia's export base has narrowed to levels approaching that of a "banana republic,'' a former government adviser says, raising the specter of the country's economic nadir almost 30 years ago.

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10 June 2015

Singapore’s Productivity Imperative: the three missing pieces

Singapore Business Times by Fraser Thompson. As Noble laureate, Paul Krugman famously noted, ‘Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run is it almost everything.’ It is the ultimate

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