ASEAN WEEKLY: 12-18 Feb 2018 – Charting Economy


ASEAN WEEKLY: 12-18 Feb 2018


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

Highlights of the past week • Press freedom is at risk across Southeast Asia • Indonesia’s crucial local elections • Thailand’s Junta Faces Mounting Pressure • Philippine peso weakest in over 11 years • Singapore’s Economic Growth Misses Estimates • Crypto’s Fate in Malaysia • Trump, Vietnam’s Quang discuss Asia security • Myanmar under Suu Kyi cracks down on journalists • Cambodia Passes Lèse-Majesté Law • Why the Laos Wage Hike Debate Matters • Has China Bought Brunei’s South China Sea Silence?


  • Why press freedom is at risk across Southeast Asia Read
  • Singapore’s ASEAN challenges: twists and turns Read
  • Asean SMEs prioritise investing in tech: Survey Read
  • ASEAN’s role in Japan’s Indo-Pacific strategy Read
  • How will US-Russia relations impact ASEAN? Read
  • 5 in 10 ASEAN SMEs expect revenue growth this year Read
  • Jakarta : Morocco wants to officially join Asean Read
  • Uber plans to sell South-east Asia business to Grab: CNBC Read
  • Southeast Asia shuns North Korea, but loopholes remain Read
  • Southeast Asia’s gaming industry is on a growth trajectory, and here’s why Read


  • Bank Indonesia Holds Rates; Sees Stable Economy & Recovery Read
  • Jokowi boosts ties with Indonesia military in power shift Read
  • Accidents mar Indonesia’s fast-and-furious infrastructure program Read
  • Infrastructure Development an Indonesian Priority Read
  • China’s Slowing Economic Growth Negative for Indonesia Read
  • Indonesia, Morocco Agree to Step Up Cooperation in Economy Read
  • Is Indonesia catching up in cyberspace? Read
  • Jakarta mulls freeze on sending maids to Malaysia Read
  • Indonesia’s January motorbike sales rise 1.8 pct y/y Read
  • Campaigning kicks off in Indonesia’s crucial local elections Read


  • Thailand ‘least miserable’ country on Earth Read
  • Famous Thailand Beach Closing Due to Overtourism Read
  • Racism holds back economy as society ages Read
  • EEC seen pushing GDP growth above 5% Read
  • Thai central bank bans banks from cryptocurrencies Read
  • Thailand’s Junta Faces Mounting Pressure Read
  • Thailand ponders law change on fresh claims of fishermen abuse Read
  • 45000 condos unsold in 2017 as supply rises Read
  • Thailand not backing Kra Canal project for now Read
  • Boris Johnson discusses Rohingya, elections in Thailand Read


  • Philippine peso weakest in over 11 years Read
  • Jack Ma to Partner With Duterte to Improve Philippines’ Technology Read
  • Philippine finance secretary thanks Alibaba for tips on digital economy Read
  • Philippines exceeds foreign direct investments target for 2017 Read
  • Philippines repatriating 10000 workers from Kuwait amid ‘total ban’ Read
  • China and Philippines discuss joint projects in South China Sea Read
  • US shows muscle in the Philippines amid concerns vs China Read
  • BSP starts cutting banks’ reserve requirement Read
  • Philippine democracy under threat Read
  • Philippine consortium proposes $6.75bn bid to transform Manila’s airport Read


  • Singapore’s Economic Growth Misses Estimates Read
  • Singapore’s economy grew 3.6% in 2017, trade reverses decline Read
  • PM Lee hopes for broader economic growth this year Read
  • Singapore Awaits the Taxman as Aging Population Strains Economy Read
  • Why the New Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Pact Matters Read
  • Singapore seen hiking GST for first time in over a decade Read
  • Singapore retail sales up 4.6% in December Read
  • Singapore’s exports rise but electronic items continue slide Read
  • Preparing Singapore SMEs for the digital transformation journey Read
  • Singapore is the second “least miserable” country in the world Read


  • Bank Negara: Economy healthier, growth broad based Read
  • Malaysia’s economy grows 5.9% in Q4 Read
  • WTO Commends Malaysia’s Economic Achievement Read
  • Fierce but Frail, Malaysia’s Mahathir, 92, Aims to Topple Protégé Read
  • Survey: Bumi least downbeat about economy, Chinese most grim Read
  • Malaysia’s high interest payments on debt raise concern Read
  • Malaysia Central Bank to ”Let Public Decide” Crypto’s Fate Read
  • Malaysian car sales seen growing 2.2pc on stronger economy, but rate hike could weigh Read
  • Malaysia Set for Solid, But Moderating Growth in 2018 Read
  • Foreign buying of Malaysian bonds to continue Read


  • VN aims to expand meat exports Read
  • Banking sector sees bright prospects Read
  • Vietnam’s improved investment climate attracts Japanese firms Read
  • Sale of cars in January up 28% year-on-year Read
  • Business boom after reforms: VCCI chairman Read
  • Government issues Vinachem charter Read
  • Banks take on wealth management Read
  • Trump, Vietnam’s Quang discuss Asia security: White House Read
  • Seeking opportunity amid rapid growth in Vietnam Read
  • VN enjoys bright prospects for e-logistics development Read


  • Local banks struggle to meet CBM regulations amid slower economy Read
  • Two ethnic groups in Myanmar sign ceasefire Read
  • Vietnamese mobile carrier enters Myanmar in foreign drive Read
  • Myanmar under Suu Kyi cracks down on journalists Read
  • Myanmar: A Political Economy Analysis Read
  • 5 more TV channels to be introduced in Myanmar Read
  • Myanmar government softens stance on casinos Read
  • Federalism and State Formation in Myanmar Read
  • Myanmar’s wars are more than resource grabs Read
  • Myanmar Wakes Up to Grave Earthquake Threat Read


  • Cambodia Passes Lèse-Majesté Law Read
  • As Trump focuses on North Korea, a fast-growing country slips toward China Read
  • Hun Sen’s Cambodia slides even further into dictatorship Read
  • Cambodia ratifies trade agreement for CLV triangle Read
  • Tourism sector in Cambodia worth $3.6 billion in 2017 Read
  • With Brexit in the horizon, Cambodia hopes for UK trade deal Read
  • Cambodia to Host STEM Workshop for ASEAN Youth Read
  • Thailand, Cambodia discuss extradition Read
  • Cambodia’s growing drinking problem Read
  • Cambodia’s economic freedom down slightly last year: report Read


  • Why the Laos Wage Hike Debate Matters Read
  • Laos seeks Thai support on new Mekong bridge Read
  • Laos-China co-produced TV program promoted in Lao university Read
  • Lao govt gives green light for tourism complex development in Vangvieng Read
  • Laos: Temporary Suspension of Business Licenses in Certain Industries Read


  • Has China Bought Brunei’s South China Sea Silence? Read
  • Brunei’s balancing act Read
  • What’s Next for Japan-Brunei Relations in 2018? Read
  • Brunei water quality raises concern despite government assurance Read
  • Rich Brunei heritage offers good backdrop for writing Read
  • Korea-Brunei ties highlighted in New Year reception Read


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