ASEAN WEEKLY: 19-25 Mar 2018 – Charting Economy


ASEAN WEEKLY: 19-25 Mar 2018


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

Highlights of the past week • Should Australia join Asean? • Indonesia central bank holds rates • Thai vote can reverse US$1.7b SET Exodus • Philippines now a net borrower • Singapore seeks another economic miracle maker for next PM • Malaysia Tells Tech Entrepreneurs to Give It a Second Look • Vietnam speeds up privatization • Banking Sector Reforms in Myanmar • Hun Sen, Cambodia’s ruler, has been in power too long • Vientiane residents react differently to Chinese presence • A platform ‘from Brunei for Bruneian’


  • Australia, ASEAN agree to start regional infrastructure cooperation Read
  • ASEAN countries unconvinced by EU trade pact Read
  • Asean needs vocational skills boost — now Read
  • Should Australia join Asean? Read
  • Aust businesses look to ASEAN for growth Read
  • Analyst: ASEAN’s Sydney Declaration aired strongest position on South China Sea Read
  • Xi’s stronger influence may change ASEAN policy toward Japan Read
  • Focus on business links in South-east Asia, says prof Read
  • Asean is fulcrum of Indo-Pacific strategy: US Read
  • India to start flights to Asean from Assam Read


  • Indonesia central bank holds rates, keeps eye on rupiah Read
  • Economic Growth Indonesia Expected to Slow in First Quarter of 2018 Read
  • Chinese Coal Investments Firing Up the Indonesian Economy Read
  • Indonesia Wins Appeal against EU over Biodiesel Anti-dumping Duty Read
  • The Oil Palm Giant`s Troubles Read
  • How the son of a tailor rose to power in Indonesia’s palm oil heartland Read
  • The Indonesian Tourism Industry: A Bright Future and Opportunities … Read
  • Alibaba Cloud opens its first data centre in Indonesia Read
  • Jokowi promotes Indonesia`s digital economy in NZ Read
  • Can a new airport put rural Indonesia on the map? Read


  • Somkid spots Thailand on advanced economy fast track Read
  • Foreign investors urged to tap huge opportunities from Thailand 4.0 Read
  • Exponential technology seen as driver of Thai growth Read
  • Thailand looks to intergovernmental deals to boost rice exports Read
  • Thailand’s Government Battle With Crypto Enters Decisive Phase Read
  • Food trade show positions Thailand as the world’s kitchen Read
  • Thai vote can reverse US$1.7b SET Exodus, says CIMB Read
  • ‘Sansiri’ kicks off 2018 overseas market business plan Read
  • Expanding broadband access in Thailand Read
  • Thailand aims to boost trade with neighbors by 15% in 2018 Read


  • Philippines Holds Interest Rate as Inflation Seen in Target Read
  • PH, China agree on ‘prudent’ cooperation on joint sea exploration Read
  • Five killed in 24-hour Philippine hotel blaze Read
  • Competition a game changer in PHL economy Read
  • Government gung-ho on RCEP. But is PHL ready for it? Read
  • Philippines now a net borrower Read
  • Life Is Getting Harder for Philippine Central Bank Watchers Read
  • Philippines sees gross gaming revenue rising 9.4% to $3.57bn in 2018 Read
  • PH’s first panda bond sale in China set on March 20 Read
  • Kuwait and Philippines strike domestic worker deal Read


  • Singapore seeks another economic miracle maker for next PM Read
  • Can ‘exceptional’ but ageing Singapore break out of tradition to power the economy? Read
  • Singapore’s PM invites Putin to take part in East Asia Summit Read
  • Singapore top in Asia for quality of living: Poll Read
  • Singapore exports see surprise fall of 5.9% in February Read
  • Budget aims to benefit all Singaporeans: ESM Goh Read
  • Singapore economy shows fresh sign of weakness Read
  • Datacloud Asia 2018: How to spend 48 hours in Singapore Read
  • Economists split on MAS tightening: survey Read
  • BP Singapore to sponsor NTU’s international trading programme Read


  • Malaysia a strong economy in global context, says StanChart Read
  • Malaysia Tells Tech Entrepreneurs to Give It a Second Look Read
  • Airbnb collaboration with Malaysia previews taxes on Internet economy Read
  • Malaysia’s February inflation rate eases, lags view Read
  • Malaysia’s debt-to-GDP ratio runs high among A-rated sovereigns: Moody’s Read
  • OPINION: Malaysia’s green sukuk Read
  • Rally May Stall For Malaysia Stock Market Read
  • Who leads e-commerce in Malaysia? Lazada or Shopee? Read
  • Malaysia fund management industry AUM up 11.5% in 2017 Read
  • The right bets in creating a hub Read


  • South Korea’s Moon visits Vietnam to deepen economic ties Read
  • VN moves closer to full global integration Read
  • Vietnam, Australia forge cooperation in economy, trade, investment Read
  • Warburg Pincus sees more deals in Vietnam after pumping in $1 billion Read
  • Viet Nam footwear boasts strong development prospects Read
  • Logistics firms to cut costs, up labour Read
  • Growth predicted at 6.23% in first quarter Read
  • Vietnam speeds up privatization as risks subside Read
  • Vietnam’s reformist ex-PM Phan Van Khai dies at age 84 Read
  • HCM City to increase parking fees Read


  • Myanmar’s president resigns “to take rest from duties” Read
  • Second law firm exits Myanmar, calls Companies Law delay a mistake Read
  • Myanmar gets to work restoring dilapidated rail system Read
  • Inclusive business a “radical triple win” for Myanmar Read
  • Swiss put aside Myanmar concerns Read
  • Banking Sector Reforms in Myanmar Read
  • Doing Business in Burma/Myanmar: An On the Ground Report Read
  • Healing Wounds on the Thai-Myanmar Border Read
  • AirAsia mulls Myanmar joint venture Read
  • IFC backs women empowerment in Myanmar Read


  • Cambodia’s economy remains positive with expected growth at 7 pct in 2018: IMF Read
  • Hun Sen, Cambodia’s ruler, has been in power too long Read
  • Embracing China, Facebook and Himself, Cambodia’s Ruler Digs In Read
  • Cambodia and the banking sector: Q&A with BRED Bank Read
  • Japanese credit provider launches operations in Cambodia Read
  • Cambodia, states clash at UN session Read
  • Why care about Cambodia’s forests? Read
  • Cambodia: New National Social Security Fund Rules Introduced Read
  • Apparel groups call for Cambodia garment sector reform Read
  • Cambodia’s Biggest Casino Reaps Big Profits Thanks to Chinese Visitors Read


  • Vientiane residents react differently to Chinese presence Read
  • Thailand’s Delay on Buying Lao Dam Electricity Could Trigger Rethink Read
  • Vietnamese, Lao PMs meet on ASEAN-Australia summit sidelines Read
  • ICBC Vientiane eyes to become leading bank in Laos Read


  • Brunei, Indonesia work on new hybrid paddy varieties Read
  • A platform ‘from Brunei for Bruneian’ Read
  • 80% of Brunei villages now have mobile coverage Read
  • Mexico keen on cooperating with Brunei in tourism Read
  • Brunei culture a pillar of national identity Read
  • Endorsement must for foreigners to get Brunei driving licence Read


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