ASEAN WEEKLY: 16-22 April 2018 – Charting Economy


ASEAN WEEKLY: 16-22 April 2018


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

Highlights of the past week • China’s Belt and Road, and implications for ASEAN connectivity • Indonesia Version of Facebook • Jack Ma pours billions in big boost to Thai economy • Why many in the Philippines are poor • 5 fastest-growing ‘green jobs’ in Singapore • Concerns about Malaysia’s household debt • Alternative investment opportunities in Việt Nam • Myanmar needs ‘more liberalisation’• Intellectual Property Protection in Cambodia • Laos movie industry begins to flower • Brunei welcomes investments in local fishery industry


  • China’s Belt and Road, and implications for ASEAN connectivity Read
  • Australia–ASEAN summit light on outcomes Read
  • ASEAN to cooperate on cybermedia controls Read
  • Around the region: Options for ASEAN smart cities program Read
  • Success or failure: two experts debate the impact of Asean Read
  • How Can Japan-UK Cybersecurity Cooperation Help ASEAN Build Cybersecurity Capacity? Read
  • Belt and Road set to boost Asean trade: forum Read
  • Huawei wants to unlock ASEAN’s digital potential Read
  • How Malaysia is trying to lead the ASEAN data startup ecosystem Read
  • ASEAN’s contribution to realising the Paris Agreement Read


  • Indonesia’s Economy Shows Real Signs of Acceleration Read
  • Bogor not Bali shows Indonesia’s huge potential Read
  • Indonesia seeks to limit cash transactions to fight bribery Read
  • Indonesia to use Japan loans and private capital for $4.5bn railway Read
  • Indonesia’s booming tech startup scene Read
  • Indonesia gets Google’s help to fight illegal fishing Read
  • TPP unattractive without US, says Indonesian development minister Read
  • Indonesia is on path to joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, finance minister says Read
  • Indonesia expected to drop 264t rupiah worth of infrastructure projects Read
  • SOE Ministry to Create Indonesia Version of Facebook Read


  • Jack Ma pours billions in big boost to Thai economy Read
  • Thailand commits to ‘long-term partnership’ with Alibaba Read
  • Thailand approves tax incentive plan to encourage bank mergers Read
  • Thailand worries over oil price spike Read
  • Thai government snipping red tape from foreign business visas Read
  • Thailand’s top banks post faster quarterly profit growth, face fee income strains Read
  • ‘Happiness Index’ survey: Why Thai workers are more glum Read
  • Thai-Russian trade yet to surge despite long ties Read
  • Winner for high-speed rail project in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor expected in November Read
  • Anger at new junta law banning populist policy Read


  • BSP: Philippine economy likely grew within target in Q1 Read
  • Philippines looks beyond China for public works Read
  • ANALYSIS: Why many in the Philippines are poor Read
  • Philippine economy at risk of overheating, World Bank says Read
  • Talk of overheating economy ‘exaggerated’— NEDA chief Read
  • IMF: Philippine growth fastest in ASEAN, 2nd worldwide Read
  • PHL businesses ride the wave of digital transformation Read
  • China set to become Philippines’ top tourist source: Philippine lawmaker Read
  • Taiwan IT firm sees prospects in Philippines retail Read
  • CEO out to put Maybank in PH on Asean map Read


  • Singapore exports fall for 2nd consecutive month in March Read
  • Six industry clusters to drive economic transformation Read
  • Here are the 5 fastest-growing ‘green jobs’ in Singapore Read
  • Monetary Authority of Singapore begins to normalise policy: QNB Read
  • What expats like and are peeved about in Singapore Read
  • EU, Singapore closer to signing FTA Read
  • Position Singapore as a global Asia node in next phase of economic transformation: Heng Swee Keat Read
  • Singapore’s prime minister schools Trump on how trade actually works Read
  • Singapore looks to boost bilateral investments, trade with Shandong Read
  • The new epicentre of the data centre world? Read


  • Election and the economy Read
  • Malaysia’s strong economic fundamentals will sustain robust growth Read
  • GE14 will not impact Malaysia economy – Irwan Serigar Read
  • Malaysia’s economy to grow the fastest in the region after Philippine in Q1 Read
  • HSBC: Malaysia GST abolition a significant fiscal risk to economy Read
  • Robust economy spurred AirAsia to hit record numbers – Fernandes Read
  • Malaysia does not solely depend on China for FDIs Read
  • Concerns about Malaysia’s household debt: Moody’s poll Read
  • Funds Take Nothing for Granted as Malaysians Prepare to Vote Read
  • Op-Ed: Why Malaysia Is Leading The Way In Asean For Poverty Eradication Read


  • Vietnam’s ‘mini-China’ story fuels one of world’s top share markets Read
  • Vietnam Still Facing Structural Risks Read
  • Vietnam’s manufacturing miracle: Lessons for developing countries Read
  • Vietnam’s Hot. Don’t Get Burned Read
  • Property market remains attractive to investors Read
  • Banking sector to enjoy strong 2018: experts Read
  • Vietnam leads Southeast Asia in IPO market Read
  • Saigon Securities Inc targets 15% rise in profit Read
  • Alternative investment opportunities in Việt Nam Read
  • Vietnamese brands towards sustainable development Read


  • Continued Reforms Key to Myanmar’s Economic Growth Read
  • Myanmar: Time to focus on Economy Read
  • Myanmar needs ‘more liberalisation’ Read
  • Confident of long term growth, Serge Pun bets big on tourism, property Read
  • Sanctions Risk Casts Shadow Over Myanmar’s Opening to the West Read
  • Myanmar insurance industry poised for reform, awaits liberalisation Read
  • Trade unions open a centre for women Read
  • Migrants struggle to find jobs in Yangon’s outskirts Read
  • ‘Untouchable’ Myanmar army under fire over torture and murder claims Read
  • Myanmar police ‘set up’ Reuters reporters in sting-police witness Read


  • Cambodia’s challenges in regional integration Read
  • Opposition Says Cambodia is Near Bankruptcy Read
  • Cambodia: where saving the forests is a matter of life and death Read
  • Intellectual Property Protection in Cambodia Read
  • Cambodia telecom companies urged to pay overdue regulatory fees Read
  • Accor Set to Open First ibis Styles Hotel in Cambodia Read
  • Farming to be transformed by 2030 Read
  • New airlines drive passenger growth for Cambodia Read
  • Cambodia rice output forecast higher behind expansion in exports Read
  • Cambodia’s Nice New TV Channel from China Read


  • Laos highlights importance of ASEAN cooperation Read
  • Laos Set to Graduate From Least Developed Country Status by 2024 Read
  • Laos Football Federation fined by Fifa for illegal transfer of minors Read
  • Laos movie industry begins to flower after decades of neglect Read
  • China, Laos ink MoU on medicinal plants research cooperation Read


  • Brunei tuna set to cross the seas, rake in millions Read
  • Russia keen on expanding trade cooperation with Brunei: Envoy Read
  • Brunei welcomes investments in local fishery industry Read
  • Brunei climbs to 11th in Global Muslim Travel Index Read
  • Brunei holds great potential for electric vehicles Read
  • Researcher moots foresight approach to tackle unemployment Read


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