In this issue, we look at what 2022 might bring, including priorities for professional accountants. Leading Asian economist Manu Bhaskaran writes on how a slowing pace of economic growth will impact mainland China and the Asia Pacific region.


We know this time of year can be challenging on personal as well as professional levels. Psychologists Dr Rob Yeung and Jess Baker offer insights, respectively, on how small-talk with colleagues can help lift your spirits, and how people pleasers can also help themselves.


Our main interview this month is with Renaka Ramachandran FCCA, CFO of Sime Darby Plantation, who explains how the world’s largest oil palm plantation company is working towards a sustainable future. We also hear how the ASEAN Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance will provide a common language for member nations.


Finally, we have added another podcast to our series – the latest episode is on practical ways leaders can support staff in difficult times, on both personal and professional levels.

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