ASEAN WEEKLY: 10-16 Sep 2018 – Charting Economy


ASEAN WEEKLY: 10-16 Sep 2018


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

Highlights of the past week • China-ASEAN e-commerce to expand • Indonesia Battles Currency Woes • Strong Thai baht stirs worries for exports • Singapore business sentiment • Anwar Ibrahim launches bid to return to Malaysia’s parliament • Inflation Crisis Brewing in the Philippines • WEF in Vietnam: The tiger leaps • Rohingya crisis reinforce China-Myanmar bonds • Cambodia’s port-construction and expansion frenzy • Laos to keep building dams despite negative impacts • Brunei products well-received at 15th CAEXPO


  • By 2028 AI Could Take Away 28 Million Jobs in ASEAN Countries Read
  • China-ASEAN e-commerce to expand Read
  • ASEAN countries among world’s outperforming emerging economies … Read
  • ASEAN eyes strong digital growth amid new industrial revolution Read
  • Asean must stay open to free trade, say leaders Read
  • OPINION: Who’s leading the pack in ASEAN? Read
  • CAEXPO: Platform for China-ASEAN trade and investment Read
  • ASEAN and the challenge of a multipolar world Read
  • When Asean just isn’t Asean enough Read
  • Asean needs to put pedal to metal on digital integration Read


  • Indonesia’s Economy Needs to Internationalize More, Says Lembong Read
  • Tourism vital to Indonesia economy Read
  • Widodo turns inward as rupiah slides and election looms Read
  • How Badly is Indonesia’s Economy Really Doing? Read
  • Indonesia still a draw for startups despite depreciating rupiah Read
  • Indonesia, Germany Increase Economic Cooperation Read
  • Indonesia Battles Currency Woes Read
  • In Indonesia, long-term foreign bond investors keep faith – for now Read
  • Indonesia’s Finance Minister Says Growth Is Healthy Enough Read
  • Trade Minister: Indonesian Textile Industry Grows Positively Read


  • Strong Thai baht stirs worries for exports Read
  • Thai government will try to lift 2018 GDP growth to 5% Read
  • Zooming in on Thailand: Opportunities, misconceptions and challenges Read
  • TCEB’s activities contribute Bt1 trillion Read
  • GDP growth to slow, says Credit Suisse Read
  • China can’t always get what it wants in Thailand Read
  • What are US-China Trade War Implications for Thailand ? Read
  • Splurge on infrastructure from October Read
  • Thai SMEs urged to go digital Read
  • Thailand has no need to raise policy interest rate now, finance minister … Read


  • Foreign investment not enough to grow maturing economy: Ong Ye Kung Read
  • Singapore still the top choice for US investments in Asia Read
  • Economic and social issues the focus of women’s forum Read
  • Developers could boost Singapore economy by US$11.6 billion over next decade Read
  • Singapore business sentiment for Q4 2018 moderates: poll Read
  • Unemployment up as more look for work amid economic pickup Read
  • Singapore retail sales fall 2.6% in July as car sales slump Read
  • Singapore’s strong leadership leaves Hong Kong trailing in education … Read
  • How S’pore can prepare for next global financial crisis Read
  • Investments in Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks hit US$11b: PM Lee Read


  • Malaysia can sustain 5% economic growth: Lim Read
  • Tourism contributes 14.9 pct to Malaysia’s economy Read
  • Nomura warns of fiscal tension in Malaysia Read
  • Is Anwar Ibrahim on his way back, or will Malaysia’s change experiment fail? Read
  • Anwar Ibrahim launches bid to return to Malaysia’s parliament Read
  • Malaysia Told to Promote Sharing Economy Read
  • Malaysia says no intention to abandon China’s BRI Read
  • Malaysia must be ready – the financial crisis is near: The Star columnist Read
  • China’s technology vs Malaysia’s durians Read
  • WTO: India hopes to resolve solar duty issue with Malaysia Read


  • Duterte Seeks Help As The Philippines’ Economic Troubles Mount Read
  • Philippines’ July trade deficit widens as imports surge Read
  • There’s an Inflation Crisis Brewing in the Philippines Read
  • Supertyphoon hits Philippines, causing as many as 12 deaths Read
  • Philippines Spends More Than It Earns Read
  • PH economy remains strong despite rising inflation — DBM Read
  • Proposed Philippine tax reforms prompt Japanese firms to issue warning Read
  • ‘Liberalized foreign investment policies to spur PH economy’ Read
  • Philippine peso plummets to P54 vs $1 Read
  • What’s happening in Boracay, the island paradise ruined by tourism? Read


  • WEF president praises Vietnam’s economic achievements Read
  • SEZs in Vietnam: What’s in a Name? Read
  • Vietnam’s Premier Seeks ‘New Ways’ to Survive US-China Trade War Read
  • Vietnam: Asia’s new economic ‘poster child’ Read
  • Vietnam shines despite Southeast Asia’s struggles with trade and emerging market pressures Read
  • VN-Cambodia trade forum kicks off Read
  • PM meets with multinational corporations Read
  • WEF in Vietnam: The tiger leaps Read
  • Vietnam in search of new growth drivers Read
  • Vietnam’s first automaker is quickly getting ready to debut a sedan and a SUV Read


  • Rohingya crisis reinforce China-Myanmar bonds Read
  • Myanmar property group sees its future in consumer sector Read
  • Economic corridor can help Myanmar weather challenges, build closer ties with China: analysts Read
  • Will Myanmar’s Economy Ever Kick its Opium Habit? Read
  • Myanmar should not retreat into isolation Read
  • Young entrepreneurs blazing trails in Myanmar’s industries Read
  • Viability of infrastructure projects essential for investments Read
  • This company is on a mission to make Myanmar more economically inclusive Read
  • Myanmar Vice President: Maritime Silk Road is indispensable Read
  • Thai property draws attention to well-off Myanmar people Read


  • Chinese gambling boom looms over Cambodia’s Kampot Read
  • Poor Governance Seen as Hindering Cambodia’s Growth Read
  • VN-Cambodia trade forum kicks off Read
  • Chinese investors are creating new skylines in Cambodia Read
  • Cambodia joins first Women’s Forum Singapore Read
  • Hot Southeast Asian Markets Are Likely to Keep on Booming Read
  • Cambodia has boosted the “Belt and Road” to a new high Read
  • To be down, out and in debt in Cambodia Read
  • Cambodia’s port-construction and expansion frenzy Read
  • Hun Sen, Chinese CEOs discuss investment in Nanning forum Read


  • VN implements biggest mining project in Laos Read
  • Laos drafts law to regulate railway development Read
  • Laos, a new chess destination Read
  • Laos on alert for Typhoon Mangkhut Read
  • Laos considers future hydropower plans after dam burst Read
  • Laos drops visa for Koreans Read
  • Laos to keep building dams despite negative impacts Read


  • Brunei showcases potential foreign investment opportunities Read
  • Brunei products well-received at 15th CAEXPO Read
  • Chinese firms encouraged to invest in Brunei Read
  • Yayasan Complex looks to rediscover form with 16 new stores Read
  • Registration for Startup Weekend Brunei opens Read
  • Bangladesh, Brunei detail ways of closer ties in Dhaka talks Read


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