ASEAN WEEKLY: 1-7 Jan 2018 – Charting Economy


ASEAN WEEKLY: 1-7 Jan 2018


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

Highlights of the past week • What Will 2018 Bring in South-East Asia? • Jokowi questions Indonesia’s slow economic growth • A year of living dangerously in Thailand • Philippines tourism industry rises above adversity • Leaders’ messages fuel Singapore’s transition debate •  Najib election battle seen as key for Malaysia as economy booms • ‘Made in Vietnam’ export boom defies US trade threats • How Did Sanctions Impact Myanmar? • Why the West was doomed to fail in Cambodia • Lao expressway to stretch to China • Brunei emerging as tourism destination


  • With Singapore in the hot seat, the stakes are high for Asean Read
  • ASEAN pushes ahead to meet global challenges Read
  • Sushma Swaraj to embark on tour of three Southeast Asian nations Read
  • Thailand set to lead ASEAN in ’19 Read
  • What the EU’s new data protection regime means for ASEAN Read
  • Behind Asean’s economic veil Read
  • Southeast Asia: The new go-to destination for international organisers Read
  • What Will 2018 Bring in South-East Asia? Read
  • 10 e-commerce trends that will shape Southeast Asia in 2018 (Part 1) Read
  • Internet economy in Southeast Asia on track to $200B Read


  • No Fanfare for Indonesia as Economy Hits Trillion-Dollar Mark Read
  • Indonesia Posts Rp 132.1t Tax Shortfall in 2017 Read
  • Jokowi questions Indonesia’s slow economic growth Read
  • Fed rate, Trump tax reform and Indonesian economy Read
  • Indonesia’s Dec annual inflation rate at 3.61%, above forecast Read
  • What Does Indonesia’s New Political Landscape Mean for the Future of its Economy? Read
  • Double standards in Indonesia’s climate policy Read
  • Indonesia launches rail service from Jakarta to country’s largest airport Read
  • Marketing morality in Indonesia’s democracy Read
  • Indonesian Bonds: Attracting Investors Read


  • Trump’s woes may affect Thai economy Read
  • Thailand’s economic growth seen waning in 2018 Read
  • Record-setting Thai stocks buoy investors’ hopes for strong year Read
  • Global push planned for Thai farm sector Read
  • Understanding the trickle-down effect in Thailand Read
  • Economic growth still below ‘potential’ – BoT minutes Read
  • Thailand’s twin tests in the new year Read
  • Thailand battles for rubber price rebound Read
  • Six strategies targeted for development Read
  • A year of living dangerously in Thailand Read


  • Philippine economy to grow fastest in ASEAN-5 in 2018 – First Metro Read
  • Philippines ready to face potential shocks in 2018 – BSP Read
  • PH and Chinese economy beyond 2018 Read
  • Philippine stocks break 8700 level to open 2018 Read
  • Foreign policy rebalancing good for PH economy, says Dominguez Read
  • Philippines Manufacturing Ends 2017 On A Strong Note Read
  • Philippines among the happiest, most optimistic countries in the world — report Read
  • Yearender: Philippines tourism industry rises above adversity Read
  • Property prices up 1.8% in Q3 Read
  • Peso seen to weaken this year Read


  • Economy beats forecasts to grow 3.1% in Q4 Read
  • Productivity gains seen in economy’s uptick, but momentum uncertain Read
  • Singapore CEOs’ outlook on economy goes up: survey Read
  • Time to introduce a wealth tax in Singapore? Read
  • Singapore dollar hits more than two-year high against US dollar in strong start to 2018 Read
  • EY calls for Budget 2018 to sharpen Singapore’s global competitiveness, stagger any GST increases Read
  • Jobs, jobs, jobs Read
  • Tourism sector likely ended 2017 on strong note Read
  • Taxman widens net over digital economy Read
  • Leaders’ messages fuel Singapore’s transition debate Read


  • Economy off to good start Read
  • Malaysia’s November exports grow 14.4% year on year Read
  • News Analysis: Malaysia’s economy remains steady heading into 2018 Read
  • Najib election battle seen as key for Malaysia as economy booms Read
  • Najib: Federal government debt not at critical level Read
  • Malaysia says unlikely to meet 2020 balanced budget goal Read
  • Chinese projects to gain further momentum in Malaysia Read
  • Malaysia’s infrastructure push to keep sukuk issues steady Read
  • Think GST is hurting India’s Modi? Look at Malaysia Read
  • Want to beat corruption? Create more taxpayers, says ex-WTO chief Read


  • Vietnam sees bright economic outlook for 2018: economists Read
  • Eye on Vietnam as Asian confidence rises Read
  • Securities sector to grab investor interest in 2018 Read
  • City property market to grow in 2018 Read
  • SSI top brokerage in Hà Nội derivatives market Read
  • Vietnam’s New Weapon against Online Dissent Read
  • ‘Made in Vietnam’ export boom defies US trade threats Read
  • Singapore holds fugitive Vietnam intelligence agent: lawyers Read
  • Việt Nam gains record in seafood export value in 2017 Read
  • Uber sues HCM City tax department Read


  • Suu Kyi govt ups Myanmar minimum wage as economy staggers Read
  • How Did Sanctions Impact Myanmar? Read
  • Falling farm prices, currency hit Thai-Myanmar trade Read
  • Myanmar better off in good graces with the West Read
  • Myanmar Companies Act an important key to transforming the economy Read
  • Myanmar’s China, Japan ties bring breathing room on Rohingya Read
  • Myanmar’s first tourism stock starts trading in Singapore Read
  • Yangon Stock Exchange’s New Year gift Read
  • Firms struggle to secure IT workers Read
  • Myanmar to accelerate SME development in early 2018 Read


  • Cambodia’s Strongman Builds Political Muscle Read
  • Why the West was doomed to fail in Cambodia Read
  • Trade with China on the upswing Read
  • Getting Tough On Hun Sen For Undermining Democracy In Cambodia Read
  • Chinese premier to pay Cambodia official visit Read
  • Cambodia sends maids to Hong kong to plug gap Read
  • Cambodia’s Angkor revenue exceeds 100 mln USD in 2017 Read
  • NBC disavows Cambodia-based digital currency Read
  • Plants put Cambodia closer to energy goals Read
  • Cambodia Airways eyes 1Q18 launch Read


  • With its Environmental Crisis, Is Laos Missing the Forest for the Trees? Read
  • Laos urges foreign tour operators to hire local tour guides Read
  • China, Laos sign agreement on Lancang-Mekong cooperation fund Read
  • Revolutionary monument to CIA’s fall in Laos Read
  • Thailand, Myanmar and Laos to jointly solve smoke haze Read
  • Laos film festival nurtures big screen dreams Read
  • Lao expressway to stretch to China: official media Read


  • Will Brunei become ASEAN’s Greece? Read
  • Brunei emerging as tourism destination Read
  • Tourist arrivals to Brunei increase by 10 per cent in 2017 Read
  • Brunei extends national sales promotion to Chinese New Year Read
  • Foreign delegates learn about Brunei history Read
  • Meet the world’s richest footballer: Faiq Bolkiah plays for Leicester … Read


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