ASEAN WEEKLY: 20-26 Aug 2018 – Charting Economy


ASEAN WEEKLY: 20-26 Aug 2018


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

Highlights of the past week • What Is the Prescription for ASEAN’s Crisis? • Fintech Industry in Indonesia • Ballooning household debt will slow Thailand’s growth • Inequality in Singapore • Malaysia Incorporated – renewed vigour • Duterte turns off foreign fund managers • Vietnam: a 20 year growth story • Myanmar’s Suu Kyi says relations with military • Cambodia’s foreign policy, the basics • Laos announces adoption of new Asean tariff code • Brunei salutes US but banks on China


  • ASEAN Faces Test in Handling China: Ex-Indonesian FM Read
  • What Is the Prescription for ASEAN’s Crisis? Read
  • China-Asean trade set to soar Read
  • ASEAN Security ‘Centrality’ and the South China Sea Read
  • ASEAN is Indonesia’s past, not its future Read
  • What drives payment innovations in ASEAN Read
  • Laos announces adoption of new Asean tariff code Read
  • EU firms in Asean see region as having greatest potential Read
  • Can ASEAN Netizens Guarantee Greater Freedom of Expression? Read
  • Monetary policy via Facebook is Southeast Asia tool in turmoil Read


  • Indonesia is right to put stability before economic growth Read
  • Jokowi and Subianto Set to Duel Over the Economy Read
  • Widodo’s VP choice signals Indonesia’s rising religious intolerance Read
  • Indonesia`s Population to Hit 318.9mn in 2045 Read
  • Indonesia aims to raise import tariffs on 900 consumer items Read
  • Indonesia revises palm crop fund rules to back biodiesel drive Read
  • Indonesia Banks on Back-to-Back Rate Hikes: ETFs in Focus Read
  • Rapid Development of Fintech Industry in Indonesia Read
  • Indonesia welcomes its first Blockchain Hub Read
  • Indonesian Streetwear Is on the Up — We Talk to Some of the Key … Read


  • Thailand: Economy Isn’t Screaming Out For Tighter Policy, Yet Read
  • Thailand’s economy grows more than forecast in second quarter Read
  • Bank of Thailand Governor Strikes Hawkish Tone as GDP Gains 4.6% Read
  • Thailand can learn from China’s development model:Thai deputy PM Read
  • EEC dubbed new driver of Thai economy Read
  • Ballooning household debt will slow Thailand’s growth Read
  • Finnish Economic Minister arrives to Thailand Read
  • Pearson signs MoU with Thailand’s EEC Read
  • Thai property giant Sansiri to offer its products in Việt Nam Read
  • Tesco Lotus bulks up retail portfolio Read


  • Singapore real estate will endure as popular asset class Read
  • Gig economy taking off but observers flag risks Read
  • Growth in Singapore manufacturing eases to 6% as expected Read
  • India, Singapore sign Second Protocol amending bilateral trade pact Read
  • Singapore’s Q2 wholesale trade rises 10.3% Read
  • In a Singapore full of crazy rich foreigners, inequality is becoming ingrained Read
  • Singapore remains oil-fuelled economy despite renewables push Read
  • Singapore continues to rank highly in liveability polls Read
  • China, Singapore eye closer links in tech, logistics sector Read
  • Home ownership helps Singaporeans build up assets: PM Lee Read


  • Back in Power, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Moves Away From China Read
  • Malaysia Incorporated – renewed vigour Read
  • Malaysia’s July inflation rate at 0.9%, meets forecast Read
  • Mahathir advisers propose review of Malay privileges to spur economy Read
  • FedEx research shows more Malaysian SMEs adopting new technologies Read
  • Pivoting Malaysia for the digital age Read
  • How World Bank is helping Malaysia build a digital economy Read
  • Education, our perennial concern Read
  • Singapore firms seen ramping up investment in Malaysia Read
  • Malaysia’s labour productivity and employment rises in Q2 2018 Read


  • ‘Build, Build, Build’ seen cushioning growth slowdown Read
  • S&P says Q2 slack a mere ‘setback’ Read
  • Cross-border trade boosts Philippine SMEs Read
  • To Ease Traffic Gridlock, Philippine Subway Builder Eyes Ferries Read
  • ANZ: Peso still likely to hit P54:$1 by yearend Read
  • Duterte turns off foreign fund managers Read
  • PH’s strong economy, not incentives, led to rise in FDIs Read
  • ‘Smart consumers can help cut food waste in Philippines’ Read
  • Philippines could offer Qatar expertise in farming: official Read
  • Online Groceries Taking Off In The Philippines Read


  • Vietnam Controls Inflation, Avoids Broader Economic Fallout Read
  • Vietnam: a 20 year growth story Read
  • Global firms explore investment in City Read
  • VN’s trade with India sees strong growth Read
  • VN stocks rally on global developments Read
  • HKTDC “In Style, Hong Kong” Going to Ho Chi Minh City Read
  • Ride-hailing app Grab faces roadblocks to growth in Vietnam Read
  • Vietnam telecom firm Viettel eyes Philippine market Read
  • President to boost friendships on Africa trip Read
  • Mekong Delta urged to apply hi-tech in fish farming Read


  • Myanmar opening its doors wider Read
  • Myanmar’s Print Media Struggles to Survive Read
  • Rohingyas threat to economy, security: ICCB Read
  • Operators unfazed as Myanmar slows Read
  • Myanmar Rail Loop Gets an Upgrade Read
  • Myanmar casinos a step closer Read
  • Myanmar court to deliver verdicts on jailed Reuters reporters Read
  • Myanmar’s Suu Kyi says relations with military ‘not that bad’ Read
  • Next Code set to digitally reshape Myanmar’s healthcare sector Read
  • Myanmar president to visit Nepal Read


  • Central Bank asks lenders to help flood-stricken farmers Read
  • Hun Sen Blvd: Favourite among developers Read
  • Cambodian politics: Art of the unexpected and yet predictable Read
  • Ooctane: A business set up by Cambodians for Cambodia Read
  • Cambodia’s first rum maker looks to expand overseas market Read
  • Steel exports up 56% in seven months Read
  • Cambodia king pardons jailed opposition lawmaker Read
  • Cambodia’s foreign policy, the basics Read
  • HKL to issue Cambodia’s first bond Read
  • ‘Farfetched dream,’ Cambodia to Harvard, comes true Read


  • Laos announces adoption of new Asean tariff code Read
  • Chinese vice president meets Lao foreign minister Read
  • Russian Emergencies Ministry delivers humanitarian supplies to Laos Read
  • Laos and Myanmar agree 12th map of border Read
  • Korea to support reconstruction of flood-hit Laos Read
  • Laos Dam Collapse: The Regional Response – Analysis Read


  • Brunei records 5690 car sales for first half of 2018 Read
  • Brunei salutes US but banks on China Read
  • Brunei has 8th fastest 4G network in Asia-Pacific Read
  • Brunei’s Military Gets a New Air Force Chief Read
  • Lack of data may hinder Brunei’s eco-initiatives Read
  • Japanese students get feel of Brunei life Read


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