ASEAN WEEKLY: 2-8 July 2018 – Charting Economy


ASEAN WEEKLY: 2-8 July 2018


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

Highlights of the past week • Industry 4.0 in Asean • Indonesia’s Economy Is Not Overheating: Central Bank • Fluctuations in the Baht have little impact on economy • Uber and Grab clash with Singapore watchdog • Malaysia’s millennial minister • Two Years of Duterte • How friendly is Vietnam? • The complex terrain of Myanmar business • Weighing the Costs of Cambodia’s Rental to China • Can Laos Realize Its Coffee Dream? • Challenges Ahead for Brunei’s Military


  • What’s in the New ASEAN Armies Workshop? Read
  • Industry 4.0 in Asean: McKinsey Read
  • Liberalising services in Asean Read
  • Asean ports to benefit from increased intra-regional trade Read
  • At a glance: Tax rates across Asean Read
  • ASEAN manufacturing PMI eases in June Read
  • Mahathir, Jokowi revive the idea of an Asean car Read
  • The return of fuel subsidies in Asean: Maybank Kim Eng Read
  • Iran joins amity, coop. treaty of ASEAN Read
  • Asean mayors pledge to keep their cities green Read


  • Indonesia’s Economy Is Not Overheating: Central Bank Read
  • Indonesia ‘plays long game’ to safeguard economy Read
  • CEOs’ Optimism about Indonesian Economy & Politics Falls Slightly Read
  • Indonesia raises interest rates as part of proactive monetary policy push Read
  • Indonesia potential to be main player in sharia economy: Bappenas Read
  • Indonesia’s Textiles Exporters Brace for Trump’s Trade War Read
  • Weaker Indonesia Growth Outlook Weighs on Stocks, Rupiah Read
  • How this 34-year-old created Indonesia’s first billion-dollar start-up Read
  • Consumer trends in Indonesia and Thailand: McKinsey Read
  • Jokowi Launches Indonesia`s Largest Wind Farm Read


  • BOT dealt strong hand amid pressures Read
  • Fluctuations in the Baht have little impact on economy Read
  • At a glance: Taxes in Thailand Read
  • Women workers could boost Thai economy by trillions Read
  • ADB loans $99.4m to Thailand to help improve roads Read
  • Thailand to launch big infrastructure fund in Sept – deputy PM Read
  • Tourist Boats Capsize Off Thai Resort Island, Leaving at Least 33 Dead Read
  • Thai Finance Minister Says No Need for Central Bank to Hike Rate Read
  • Death toll from Thai tourist boat sinking climbs to 41 Read
  • Consumer trends in Indonesia and Thailand: McKinsey Read


  • Singapore economy to grow 2.5-3.5% amidst trade frictions: MAS Read
  • Singapore manufacturing expansion eases in June Read
  • Biotech expected to be key driver of future economy Read
  • Payment performance of Singapore companies dips in Q2 Read
  • Singapore beats NY, Seoul in ranking of smart city govts Read
  • Uber and Grab clash with Singapore watchdog as it threatens fines … Read
  • What’s next for the property sector? Read
  • Second phase of Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city launched Read
  • At a glance: Taxes in Singapore Read
  • Net increase of 7800 jobs in financial industry in last 2 years: MAS Read


  • News Analysis: Malaysian economy holds up well despite uncertainties Read
  • Mahathir’s Date In Beijing Shows China ‘Can’t Be Ignored’ By Malaysia Read
  • Economists bullish on Malaysia Q2 GDP growth Read
  • Economist: Islamic economic model best for Malaysia Read
  • Malaysian reforms give economy ministry new powers Read
  • Former Malaysia PM Najib arrested in 1MDB probe Read
  • Gobind moves to accelerate Malaysia’s digital economy Read
  • Malaysia’s millennial minister: Syed Saddiq is key to Mahathir’s youth … Read
  • Seeking economic transformation in Sabah Read
  • Malaysia: All 14 Islamic agencies to be reformed Read


  • Philippines GDP Expanding Read
  • ‘Philippine on track to cut poverty’ Read
  • What Duterte’s economic team did not say during the pre-SONA 2018 … Read
  • Philippine June inflation rate quickens to 5.2%, hits 5-year high Read
  • Philippine manufacturing fuels broader economic growth Read
  • Two Years of Duterte: A Mixed Picture of Drug War, Economic Boom Read
  • Philippines to License 25 Cryptocurrency Exchanges in Economic Zone Read
  • Economic managers see higher prices in 2018 Read
  • Philippines’ FDI grows 43.5 pct in Q1 Read
  • Philippines introduce new green bond worth $90m Read


  • Minister: Vietnam’s economy not likely to see crisis next year Read
  • 7-Eleven Arrives in Vietnam Aiming for 100 Stores in Three Years Read
  • Canada can be a strong partner in Vietnam’s economic development Read
  • Non-cash payments need support Read
  • Hà Nội condo market slows in Q2 Read
  • Transport and energy infrastructure key growth drivers in Vietnam Read
  • VN consumer confidence in Q1 reaches new high Read
  • How friendly is Vietnam? Read
  • VN seeks stronger ties with Brazil Read
  • State monopoly is crippling railways Read


  • Can the government break the Nay Pyi Taw Consensus? Read
  • At a glance: Taxes in Myanmar Read
  • Myanmar to form special task forces to combat illegal trade Read
  • The battle over Yangon’s Dala Bridge Read
  • The complex terrain of Myanmar business Read
  • How Facebook’s Rise Fueled Chaos and Confusion in Myanmar Read
  • Grab on fast track to growth in Myanmar Read
  • China, Myanmar Agree 15-Point MoU on Economic Corridor Read
  • China-Myanmar high-speed railway quietly back on track Read
  • Expo aims to give Myanmar tourism foreign exposure Read


  • Cambodia: Voters To Choose Between Economic Development And Democracy – OpEd Read
  • Limited choice and looming pressures as Cambodian election … Read
  • Young entrepreneurs leading economic prosperity Read
  • ADB’s fresh support to Cambodia in climate resilience and agriculture … Read
  • Cambodia’s 2018 economy shows signs of firmer growth Read
  • A farewell to Everything But Arms? Read
  • The effects of global politics on Cambodia and Asia-Pacific Read
  • AIA Cambodia and Amret team up Read
  • Weighing the Costs of Cambodia’s Rental to China Read
  • Cambodian PM’s son gets military roles amid human rights concerns Read


  • Can Laos Realize Its Coffee Dream? Read
  • Laos offers dam bonds Read
  • Collective from Laos adds to traditional weaving Read
  • At Thailand-Laos Border, A Shadow Economy Thrives Read
  • At a glance: Taxes in Laos Read
  • UNDP and Laos government working together for power grid Read
  • Vientiane conference links VN, Lao firms Read


  • Brunei trade balance records 57.7 pct increase in March 2018 Read
  • Challenges Ahead for Brunei’s Military as It Marks 57 Years Read
  • Brunei’s mid-year 2017 population reached 421300 Read
  • Brunei ranked high in global childhood index Read
  • At a glance: Taxes in Brunei Read
  • Another step towards green Brunei Read


About Charting Economy

Charting Economy™ is a pioneer publisher of country-report presentations. We help our readers interpret economic numbers and incorporate them into business planning. Our expanding list of country-report presentations covers all major and emerging economies around the world. Our reports can be purchased and downloaded in PDF format at