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US-Sino rivalry driving development financing

The competition for influence among great powers like the United States and... Read More

Will Progressive Wage Policy make or break MSMEs?

Move to increase quality, productivity requires industry wide participation The Progressive Wage... Read More

Don’t let youth be ‘lost generation’

Underemployment hurts younger population, exacts toll on economy By Adelaide Pope and... Read More

Balance game for middle powers caught in US-China rivalry

Asia-Pacific has delivered prosperity to millions, can’t afford disruptions to trade ASIA-PACIFIC... Read More

Aidilfitri preparations: overspending can lead to financial burden, wastages

Analyst Qarrem Kassim speaks about the impact of rising prices this Raya... Read More

2023 budget: Well-crafted budget for all

Qarrem Kassim was interviewed by Bulletin TV3 nightline In a televised interview... Read More

How to capitalise on trans-Pacific trade deal

Malaysia must make changes to industrial policies to tackle limitations, impact of... Read More

#Talkingpolicy EP04: GE15 wishlist

As we head to the polls, experts Jamil A. Ghani, Lee Min... Read More

New govt must tackle food security

Reset national agenda, invest in agricultural modernisation as geopolitical, climate risks increase  ... Read More

#Talkingpolicy EP02: 2023 budget reactions with ISIS Malaysia experts, part 03

The 2022 Budget, coming just ahead of the 15th general election, needs... Read More

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Qarrem Kassim

Qarrem’s primary research interests include international trade, political and institutional economics, wages & productivity growth and the development of local MSMEs. His recent work focused on government strategic plans for MSME development, formalisation of informal entrepreneurs and various sector-specific government development plans. He was a former consultant specialising in public sector economic advisory. He holds an MA in Economics from the University of Sydney.

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US-Sino rivalry driving development financing

11 January 2024
The competition for influence among great powers like the United States and China is continually reshaping the global landscape. One of the non-conventional ‘weapons’ deployed to reshape geopolitics is development financing, which allows great powers the opportunity to interfere in another nation’s level of development. By Qarrem Kassim Read more  

Will Progressive Wage Policy make or break MSMEs?

07 January 2024
Move to increase quality, productivity requires industry wide participation The Progressive Wage Policy (PWP) appears tailored for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), excluding multinational and government-linked companies.   The policy’s incentive-based, voluntary and non-punitive nature aims to reward workers through productivity gains rather than mandating a higher wage floor for MSMEs. It tries to strike…

Don’t let youth be ‘lost generation’

31 May 2023
Underemployment hurts younger population, exacts toll on economy By Adelaide Pope and Qarrem Kassim Malaysia’s young population continues to face a significant challenge in the labour market: underemployment.   Evidence suggests that many young Malaysians are stuck in low-paying jobs that do not provide them with opportunities to utilise fully their skills and abilities. Combined with…

Balance game for middle powers caught in US-China rivalry

24 May 2023
Asia-Pacific has delivered prosperity to millions, can’t afford disruptions to trade ASIA-PACIFIC is indispensable in the global trade and investment landscape, with the region driving much of the world’s economic growth over the past two decades. Nevertheless, several flashpoints amid tense geopolitical rivalries threaten to disrupt global trade and investment flows. The United States-China rivalry…

Aidilfitri preparations: overspending can lead to financial burden, wastages

18 April 2023
Analyst Qarrem Kassim speaks about the impact of rising prices this Raya season on Nightline.  Supply disruptions over the past two years coupled with higher fiscal liquidity amid greater foreign import competition have strongly influenced global prices. Wasteful consumption has likewise contributed to resource misallocation and waste as it crowds out resources from lower income…

2023 budget: Well-crafted budget for all

25 February 2023
Qarrem Kassim was interviewed by Bulletin TV3 nightline In a televised interview with TV3 Nightline on 24 February 2023, Qarrem Kassim breaks down the 2023 Budget, calling it a well-crafted document that took into account the needs of the people. Full coverage below.   

How to capitalise on trans-Pacific trade deal

09 January 2023
Malaysia must make changes to industrial policies to tackle limitations, impact of freer trade on SMEs  THE Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) was ratified on 29 November 2022, following years of negotiations, public consultation and amendments to domestic laws, binding Malaysia to the terms of the agreement.   The CPTPP at its core…

#Talkingpolicy EP04: GE15 wishlist

18 November 2022
As we head to the polls, experts Jamil A. Ghani, Lee Min Hui, Harris Zainul, Thomas Daniel, Qarrem Kassim and Ahmad Afandi weigh in on what the next government should focus on domestically and internationally.   by Qarrem Kassim, Thomas Daniel, Harris Zainul, Ahmad Afandi, Jamil A Ghani and Lee Min Hui [vc_toggle title="Click here…

New govt must tackle food security

15 November 2022
Reset national agenda, invest in agricultural modernisation as geopolitical, climate risks increase   MALAYSIA’S food security has caught the public’s attention in recent years, with global events revealing significant weaknesses in the domestic supply chain. This was most acutely experienced during the recent chicken shortage, which resulted from United States dollar imports for corn-based chicken feed…

#Talkingpolicy EP02: 2023 budget reactions with ISIS Malaysia experts, part 03

08 October 2022
The 2022 Budget, coming just ahead of the 15th general election, needs to balance the needs of the govt, environment and our most vulnerable, while still ensuring sustained economic recovery. A delicate fiscal balancing act. Did the government succeed?   Our experts Qarrem Kassim weigh in on episode 2 of our #Talkingpolicy podcast. 
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