ASEAN WEEKLY: 23-29 Oct 2017 – Charting Economy


ASEAN WEEKLY: 23-29 Oct 2017


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

Highlights of the past week • ASEAN banking integration • The Economy After Three Years of Jokowi • Five things to watch as Thailand prepares for royal funeral • Who’s winning the Philippines’ e-commerce arena • Singapore passport ‘most powerful’ in the world • Malaysia Economy to Slow in 2018 • Private-Sector Controlled Vietnam • US considers slapping sanctions back on Myanmar • The Cambodian government threatens labour rights • Laos aims to attract 5.2 mln foreign tourists in 2018  • Brunei’s blueprint for the future of banking


  • Japan expects Asean meet to tackle South China Sea row | SunStar Read
  • Asean and South Korea, sharing a common destiny Read
  • ‘The First Five’: marking Asean’s 50th year Read
  • Startups, investors meet at the ASEAN Slingshot Read
  • 21 leaders to attend ASEAN Summit in November Read
  • ASEAN entering the era of electric vehicles Read
  • Experts call for ASEAN unity on South China Sea Read
  • ASEAN should recognize domestic work Read
  • The preferred gateway to Asean Read
  • ASEAN banking integration: Killing two birds Read


  • Indonesian finance minister sees smaller 2017 budget gap Read
  • Indonesia’s Economy to Grow by More Than 5% in Second Half: Central Bank Governor Read
  • Private sector left in dust in Indonesia’s infrastructure push Read
  • Improving Economy of China Positive for Indonesian Exports Read
  • The Economy After Three Years of Jokowi Read
  • Widodo’s first three years marked by stumbling progress Read
  • Indonesia, Qatar step up economic cooperation Read
  • Industry Minister Brings in Nagoya Investors to Indonesia Read
  • Digital Economy Has Positive Impact on National Economy Read
  • Entrepreneurship Ratio in Indonesia Reaches 3.01 Percent Read


  • After a Year of Mourning Thailand Seeks Economic Revival Read
  • Five things to watch as Thailand prepares for royal funeral Read
  • China – Thailand Geopolitical Realignments. Thai-Chinese Military Ties, Infrastructure Projects Read
  • Thailand’s big banks post a profit dip despite a rising economy Read
  • Study: Thailand has edge for foreign firms Read
  • Floods impact on close watch Read
  • Thailand on track for record year for exports Read
  • Top Thai auto parts maker looks overseas as home market slows Read
  • Residential developers cautious on investment Read
  • New reign rally for Thai stocks? Read


  • Jack Ma keen on making Philippines internet faster Read
  • PH, China to remain world’s fastest growing economies Read
  • It’s time to give Filipino social enterprises wings Read
  • Philippines-European Union economic ties by the numbers Read
  • Philippines declares end of 5-month battle with IS in Marawi City Read
  • Banking on BPO sector not enough to cut poverty—experts Read
  • First Metro Index to track Philippine consumer stocks Read
  • Who’s winning the Philippines’ e-commerce arena: local or international players? Read
  • Opportunities abound in PH cruise ship tourism Read
  • Rising Exports to Boost Philippines Q3 Growth Read


  • Singapore economy on path to recovery, to see steady growth in 2018: MAS Read
  • Singapore’s labor market improving, but wage pressures unlikely to surge: MAS Read
  • Economy, security top on agenda for PM, Trump meet Read
  • Offshore and marine sector remains key to economy Read
  • Singapore passport ‘most powerful’ in the world: Passport Index Read
  • Singapore’s electronics output continues stellar run in September Read
  • Singapore partners Hong Kong to boost fintech development Read
  • Singapore needs to be on guard for inflation pickup: Menon Read
  • Singapore tourism doubled in 10 years, supports 164000 jobs Read
  • Singapore malls are primed for Amazon’s click de grace Read


  • Malaysia Economy to Slow in 2018 Read
  • Empowering the economy, serving the rakyat: Najib Read
  • DTFZ will bring further economic growth Read
  • S&P sees Malaysia escaping middle income trap to be a challenge Read
  • Digital incentives in 2018 Budget will further accelerate the economic growth for Malaysia Read
  • Fund-raising in capital market surges Read
  • Dutch, Belgian investors show strong interest in Malaysian economy Read
  • SMEs Get Significant Boost In Budget 2018: Mustapa Read
  • Budget 2018: Reactions from banking sector Read
  • M’sia hopes to be regional leader in sharing economy Read


  • Vietnam’s economy is one of the fastest-growing in Asia Read
  • Vietnam Switches Gears From Command State to Private-Sector Control Read
  • MARD must reform procedures: official Read
  • Vincom Retail to debut on HOSE in early November Read
  • HCMC aims to reduce groundwater use Read
  • Việt Nam’s capital market increasingly attractive: conference Read
  • FPT’s nine-month profit-before-tax increases by 15% Read
  • For the UNDP, Vietnam a model of growth Read
  • Vietnam’s forex reserves climb to record high Read
  • Scandals at Petrovietnam highlight Vietnam’s reform headaches Read


  • WB maintains optimism over Myanmar economy despite risks Read
  • US considers slapping sanctions back on Myanmar a year after removing them Read
  • Is the world getting Myanmar wrong? Read
  • Political make-up a bottleneck for Shan economy Read
  • Japanese investor interest in Myanmar still high despite lower FDI Read
  • ICBC to become major BRI financier in Myanmar Read
  • Myanmar: The limits of sanctions Read
  • Myanmar’s Attempt to Destroy Rohingya Muslims Read
  • How to stop the Myanmar crisis? We can learn from Kosovo Read
  • Myanmar’s largest Chinese-invested garment company launches new factory Read


  • A Tale of Two Kingdoms: Thailand and Cambodia Read
  • The Cambodian government threatens labour rights Read
  • Chinese State Media Warns of Risks of Cambodia Crackdown Read
  • Non-Governmental Organizations Call for Action in Cambodia Read
  • Cambodia Daily brings out online-only platform Read
  • Cambodia and Singapore strengthen their ties Read
  • A to-do list for Cambodia’s technology sector Read
  • Cambodian Democracy Under Fire Read
  • Criticism mounts as Cambodia government moves closer to dissolving opposition Read
  • Japanese investors eye the Cambodian market Read


  • Laos: Tourism sector a positive development driver for communities, country Read
  • Lao Government Seeks to Restart Flights at Shuttered Attapeu Airport Read
  • IHG to debut Holiday Inn in Laos capital Read
  • These movies are representing Malaysia in Laos Read
  • Laos aims to attract 5.2 mln foreign tourists in 2018 Read
  • Dams threaten Mekong: experts Read
  • Jeju Air to open route to Laos next week Read


  • Brunei’s blueprint for the future of banking Read
  • Brunei’s CPI sees 0.3 pct year-on-year rise in September Read
  • Brunei has lowest number of pollution-linked deaths Read
  • Brunei’s chief trade negotiator set to head ASEAN Read
  • Breast cancer cases on rise in Brunei: official Read
  • Singapore, Brunei may join trilateral patrols of PH, Malaysia, Indonesia Read


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