ASEAN WEEKLY: 15-21 Jan 2018 – Charting Economy


ASEAN WEEKLY: 15-21 Jan 2018


Weekly roundup of ASEAN economic news and updates from local and international press.

Highlights of the past week • Rapid Rise of Censorship in Southeast Asia • Impacts of 2018 elections on Indonesian economy • Thailand just got the most tourists ever as boom continues • The need to ‘Build, Build, Build’ • Electronics, Singapore’s growth engine, loses steam at year end • Malaysia pre-election economy health check • VN car market slump • Myanmar drafts digital economy master plan • Cambodia’s construction boom • New Laos highway • Brunei poised for rapid growth in 2018


  • Is Promoting Human Rights in ASEAN an Impossible Task? Read
  • Singapore goes for quiet ASEAN diplomacy Read
  • Now or never for Asean to take a stand Read
  • India and Asean look to each other to balance against China’s rise Read
  • Less bureaucracy, more ‘Trans-Asean’ education needed Read
  • The Rapid Rise of Censorship in Southeast Asia Read
  • Coal backlash creates energy dilemma in Southeast Asia Read
  • Southeast Asia’s Press Freedoms Collapse: 2018 Could Be Worse … Read
  • Uber’s next ride-share could be in Southeast Asia Read
  • Southeast Asia’s strongmen are looking forward to elections in 2018 Read


  • Impacts of 2018 elections on Indonesian economy Read
  • Runaway Rice Prices Worry Indonesia’s Central Bank Read
  • India, Indonesia to see pick-up in growth on economic reforms: Report Read
  • Bank Indonesia Holds Key Rate While Easing Reserve Limits Read
  • Indonesia to import rice from Việt Nam Read
  • Jokowi Calls on Lenders to Help Accelerate Economic Growth Read
  • How Indonesian Elections Lead to Rising Consumption & GDP Growth Read
  • Indonesia: On The Brink Of Eruption Read
  • Jokowi’s popularity strong ahead of Indonesian elections Read
  • Indonesia Wants to Lure More Foreign Banks to Its Financial Institutions Read


  • Thailand looks at slower bullet train to cut costs Read
  • Hundreds of police in Thailand block anti-junta march Read
  • 13m need training for economic upgrade, experts say Read
  • Thailand just got the most tourists ever as boom continues Read
  • Thai farming lags behind its Asean peers Read
  • Mobius upbeat on stocks view Read
  • Thailand’s Digital Economy Promotion Agency to launch $6.2m fund Read
  • Japanese firms in Thailand looking at 4.4% wage rise Read
  • Thai cenbank governor says will ensure strong baht doesn’t hurt businesses Read
  • Thailand to issue four-year professional visas Read


  • Moody’s sees 6.7 percent GDP growth for Philippines in Q4 2017 Read
  • Philippines steps up attack on news website Rappler Read
  • Media curbs dent Philippines’ reputation as vibrant democracy Read
  • Tagbilaran’s economy up by 30% Read
  • Philippines’ 2017 farm output rises 4 pct, buoyed by record rice Read
  • Farm sector grows 4% in 2017 Read
  • The Philippine Central Bank Has a Dilemma Read
  • IKEA to announce opening date this year Read
  • FlySpaces: Bullish growth on coworking spaces Read
  • The need to ‘Build, Build, Build’ Read


  • Economic priorities for S’pore as Asean chair Read
  • Taiwan, Singapore seek to promote economic cooperation Read
  • Export growth hits 7-year high but outlook more muted Read
  • Households here expect inflation to inch up to 2.97%: Poll Read
  • Electronics, Singapore’s growth engine, loses steam at year end Read
  • Singapore’s Central Bank Chief Sees Sustainable Growth at 2-4% Read
  • SGX says will implement dual-class shares Read
  • Digital transformation should be key focus in Budget 2018: KPMG Read
  • Woo start-ups that can become unicorns, urges SME Committee Read
  • Singapore unemployment rate in Q4 to hit 2%: Moody’s Read


  • Digital boom a catalyst to increase Malaysia’s economic growth Read
  • Will there be surprises from Invest Malaysia? Read
  • Malaysia, a major market attraction post-Brexit Read
  • KL-Singapore HSR dynamics may vary Read
  • Malaysia pre-election economy health check Read
  • Guns out on EU but will Malaysia shoot? Read
  • More Chinese businessmen keen on Sabah Read
  • Malaysia in sweet spot to capitalise on disruptive technology: Franklin Templeton Read
  • Malaysian stocks rise for eighth straight week on foreign fund inflows Read
  • Malaysia’s luxury market malaise drags on Read


  • PM wants to transform Vietnam from ‘beautiful girl’ to ‘economic tiger’ Read
  • Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change in Vietnam Read
  • Vietnam Is Following The Asian Tiger Currency Formula For Rapid Economic Growth Read
  • MoIT to support steel businesses Read
  • Vietnam adjusts to the Trump era Read
  • VN car market slump continues Read
  • HCMC industrial zones seek $900m this year Read
  • Việt Nam an ideal destination for foreign startups Read
  • Top 500 Vietnamese firms in 2017 honoured Read
  • VN stocks plummet over margin policy Read


  • Myanmar drafts digital economy master plan Read
  • Cars, railways and cattle: China’s economic interests in Myanmar Read
  • Reviewing the economy in 2017 Read
  • Some businesses fret over Myanmar wage proposal Read
  • Japan stands by Myanmar, lest China gain favor Read
  • Private equity investors eye Myanmar’s digital economy as interest rises Read
  • Myanmar Soldiers Sentenced for Killing 3 Civilians in Kachin Read
  • Thailand, Myanmar launch joint border patrol Read
  • Myanmar is fraught with danger for Rohingyas Read
  • What Does Myanmar’s ‘Biggest Ever’ Drug Bust Actually Mean? Read


  • Has Cambodia’s economic boom imploded? Read
  • Cambodia government to reduce foreign debt Read
  • Cambodia Crackdown Casts a Shadow on ASEAN Read
  • Cambodia Has Its Own Mobile Payment App, But Will It Catch On Beyond Phnom Penh? Read
  • Cambodia’s construction boom Read
  • With buoyant sales, Epson is optimistic about Cambodia Read
  • Does Cambodia’s New Opposition Movement Really Matter? Read
  • ‘Tourists are naive about Cambodia’s bloody past’ Read
  • Cambodia sends UN peacekeepers to Lebanon Read
  • Students get a look at how the arts transform Cambodian society Read


  • Laos to sell electricity to Myanmar: official Read
  • Laos, Vietnam push for realisation of key projects Read
  • Laos expects closer cooperation with UNICEF Read
  • Laos, Slovakia ink financial cooperation pact Read
  • Myanmar, Laos reach MoUs on sectoral cooperation Read
  • CK Power seeks another hydropower deal in Laos Read
  • Laos northern provinces prove more popular with visitors Read
  • New Laos highway connecting key cities Read


  • Brunei plans to export chicken to Japan, Korea Read
  • Education a core pillar in Brunei-Australia ties Read
  • CCC BSB invites Japanese companies to Trade Expo in Brunei Read
  • Exploring Brunei by kayak: An eco-tourism solution waiting to happen Read
  • Brunei: SE Asia’s smallest market, and its national airline, poised for rapid growth in 2018 Read
  • Brunei to provide land, market for youth interested in hi-tech farming Read


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