ASEAN WEEKLY: 6-12 Nov 2017 – Charting Economy


ASEAN WEEKLY: 6-12 Nov 2017


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

Highlights of the past week • ASEAN amid a new world order • Indonesia’s disappointing growth • E-transition in Thailand • Philippine outsourcing industry braces for AI • Singapore property market rebounding • Malaysia throws cash into middle-income trap • Where Is Vietnam’s Economy Headed as It Hosts APEC? • India, Myanmar and the Rohingyas • Cambodian democracy is on the ropes • Laos, China to ink 17 deals on Xi’s visit • Brunei’s bid to be ‘Islamic Singapore’ is failing


  • Trump on an uphill mission to Asean Read
  • Duterte ‘to carry voice of ASEAN’ vs China militarization Read
  • 7 world leaders arriving on Sunday for ASEAN summit Read
  • Asean and Korea: a common destiny Read
  • Ahead of ASEAN Summit, Trudeau hit for Canada garbage in PH Read
  • UN rapporteurs raise alarm on ASEAN rights problems Read
  • How fast are internet speeds in ASEAN countries? Read
  • How Facebook has affected ASEAN democracies Read
  • ASEAN amid a new world order Read
  • ASEAN greets fourth industrial revolution Read


  • Tightfisted consumers are squeezing Indonesia’s economy Read
  • Indonesia GDP Growth Disappoints as Spending Remains Subdued Read
  • The economy & ecology of Indonesian biodiversity Read
  • Here’s How the World Bank Thinks Indonesia Can Spur Foreign Investment Read
  • Indonesia to probe Subianto, Suhartos over Paradise Papers Read
  • Bank Indonesia gives stage to halal businesses in Sharia Economic Festival Read
  • Korea and Indonesia Sign MOUs Worth $1.9 Bln on Infrastructure Read
  • Indonesia’s October motorbike sales up 1.5 pct y/y Read
  • Top Japanese bank seeks stake in Indonesia’s Bank Danamon Read
  • With Indonesia’s Millennials entering the workforce, the housing market must adapt Read


  • Robotics and automation: reshaping economy on Thailand 4.0 journey Read
  • Thai Bank Loans to Rise Read
  • Can Thailand Escape the ‘Middle-income Trap’? Read
  • Govt to link data for digital economy Read
  • Current growth momentum expected to continue: Somkid Read
  • Growing obesity: A huge economic burden on Thailand Read
  • Thailand approves shopping tax break in bid lift spending, growth Read
  • Thailand Says Baht Surge No Bar to Solid Export Gains Next Year Read
  • Thailand keeps interest rate on hold at 1.5 percent Read
  • E-transition will take some time in Thailand Read


  • Philippine CEOs more confident on revenue growth than APEC CEOs Read
  • Trump praises Philippines for closing gender gap Read
  • In charts: How the Philippines fares in Southeast Asia Read
  • Rise of the machines: Philippine outsourcing industry braces for AI Read
  • Philippine conglomerates report healthy earnings amid robust economy Read
  • IMF warns PH economy may overheat Read
  • PH seen sustaining 7% yearly economic growth momentum Read
  • Trade deficit narrows 5.4% in Sept – PSA Read
  • PH pride: healthy, vibrant economy Read
  • FDIs surged 70% in August Read


  • Singapore seeks to be part of new global value chains: Tharman Read
  • Feedback sought on top concerns of freelancers in future economy Read
  • How safeguarding intellectual property benefits Singapore’s economy Read
  • Singapore’s stocks haven’t lured this much cash in a decade Read
  • Why is Singapore much smarter than Hong Kong? Read
  • S’pore boosts collaboration with global energy body Read
  • Singapore tops World Bank’s list for ‘ease of doing business’ in Asia Read
  • Singapore car sales plunge, retail sector otherwise healthy Read
  • Singapore property market rebounding Read
  • Visitor arrivals, spend up in 1H; uptrend likely to continue Read


  • Breakingviews – Malaysia throws cash into middle-income trap Read
  • Malaysia’s EPF says gig economy growing Read
  • Why Dr Mahathir is right about the economy Read
  • Malaysia Sept factory output up 4.7% yoy, misses forecast Read
  • Ringgit to stay firm against US Dollar next week Read
  • Bank Negara Malaysia keeps stands pat on rate, as expected Read
  • Malaysia’s giving working mums a better maternity deal than US Read
  • The enigma of Malaysia’s high household income growth Read
  • Malaysia Says Debt Below 55% of GDP Read
  • For Malaysia, relations with China are good — maybe too good Read


  • Where Is Vietnam’s Economy Headed as It Hosts APEC? Read
  • Trump Visits Vietnam, a Tiger Economy That Beats His Stock Rally Read
  • The Evolution of US–Vietnam Ties Read
  • The Vietnam Trump refuses to see Read
  • Report updates characteristics of Vietnam’s rural economy Read
  • HCMC completes 2017-20 resettlement plan Read
  • Transparent policies needed to draw foreign capital Read
  • Indonesian firms showcase products in Đà Nẵng Read
  • Mobile payment helps develop non-cash economy Read
  • Coastal provinces prepare for typhoon Haikui Read


  • IMF visits Myanmar for annual economic checkup Read
  • India, Myanmar and the Rohingyas Read
  • Social Media Exhibits Its Disruptive Power in Myanmar Read
  • Myanmar’s preservation man pursues dream museum Read
  • Myanmar launches Good Agricultural Practices guideline Read
  • Myanmar govt to monitor ‘immoral’ Internet use Read
  • China’s grid corporation launches projects in northwestern Myanmar Read
  • Myanmar says UN move could harm talks with Bangladesh Read
  • Myanmar looks to catalyse river transport as growth driver Read
  • Myanmar Academics Urge Continued University Collaboration Read


  • Cambodia Marks Independence From France With Doves, Balloons Read
  • Cambodia’s Hun Sen arrives in Manila Read
  • Fight for Grassroots Democracy in Cambodia Sidelines US Read
  • Chinese airlines eye Cambodian market Read
  • Cambodia’s rice export to China up 59% in 10 months Read
  • What’s Behind the Russian Warship Visit to Cambodia? Read
  • Expert says Cambodia should join APEC summit Read
  • Cambodia PM: ‘100:1 odds’ on dissolution of opposition party Read
  • Concerns Grow About Cambodia’s Opposition Crackdown Read
  • Cambodian democracy is on the ropes Read


  • Lao legislators speak highly of Laos-China ties Read
  • Laos central bank eyes cooperation with neighboring countries Read
  • Laos, China to ink 17 deals on Xi’s visit Read
  • Xi’s book on governance published in Lao language Read
  • Thai firm to run Lao port on Mekong Read
  • Lao PM visits construction site of China-Laos railway Read


  • Brunei’s bid to be ‘Islamic Singapore’ is failing Read
  • Where Are Singapore-Brunei Defense Ties? Read
  • US, Brunei Launch Maritime Exercise Read
  • Brunei’s tourism initiatives start reaping rich dividends Read
  • Russian ambassador says visa-free agreement to boost Brunei, Russia ties Read
  • Sultan of Brunei celebrates anniversary with new bank note Read


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