ASEAN WEEKLY: 22-28 Jan 2018 – Charting Economy


ASEAN WEEKLY: 22-28 Jan 2018


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

Highlights of the past week • India-ASEAN summit • Indonesia’s Nation-Building Plan • Thai election faces delay • Philippines GDP growth slows • Singdollar hits 3-year high • Malaysia raises key interest rate for first time since 2014 • Domestic demand to fuel Việt Nam economy • Hopes for revival of Dawei SEZ • Will it be the end of Hun Sen era • Russia-Laos Military Ties • Modi meets Sultan of Brunei Darussalam


  • India-ASEAN summit adopts ‘Delhi Declaration’ Read
  • The Future of India’s Ties With ASEAN Read
  • Trump could do more for ASEAN allies Read
  • Tharman: Innovation at the heart of Asean’s next phase Read
  • Visa-free travel to EU urged by Asean Read
  • India-ASEAN ties can benefit region: China Read
  • Private Equity in Southeast Asia and China: The Trends to Watch Read
  • Grab may acquire Uber’s Southeast Asia operations Read
  • Southeast Asia is hugely at risk of cyberattacks Read
  • Mobile payments sideswipe credit cards in Southeast Asia Read


  • Indonesia Seeks to Plug $157 Billion Gap in Nation-Building Plan Read
  • Indonesian Economy Set to Maintain Positive Outlook in 2018 Read
  • Indonesia Set to Deepen Trade Relations With Africa Read
  • Indonesia Ranks Higher in 2018 Global Talent Competitiveness Index Read
  • Bank Indonesia Says Limited Room to Cut Interest Rates Read
  • Bank Indonesia launches joint initiative as rice prices bite Read
  • Jakarta among top 10 in digital environment business confidence: EIU report Read
  • Semen Indonesia: Rising Cement Sales, Sliding Market Share Read
  • Eveready to form JV with Indonesia’s Universal Wellbeing Read
  • Indonesia delays LNG import commitments Read


  • Thailand’s exports up for 10th straight month Read
  • Prayuth Chan-ocha maneuvering to retain Thailand’s premiership Read
  • Thai election faces delay after law change Read
  • EEC to spearhead Thailand 4.0 Read
  • Thailand’s auto production rises for third year Read
  • All eyes on baht amid capital inflows Read
  • Toyota sales in Thailand seen bottoming out in 2018 Read
  • TAT to focus on Asean visits Read
  • Thailand’s big four banks see profits dip for first time in two years Read
  • Thai Dec car sales jump 20.1 pct y/y – federation Read


  • Philippine economy returns crown to China Read
  • Philippines GDP growth slows in Q4 Read
  • Nomura, Moody’s see Philippine growth pick-up in 2018 Read
  • DOF sees faster economic expansion in 2018 Read
  • Duterte bans Philippine nationals from working in Kuwait Read
  • ‘Build, build, build’ and the working poor Read
  • Manila still lags behind Asean-5 peers in inclusive economic growth rate Read
  • Biz groups: Con-con for federalism shift Read
  • Philippine treasurer maps out plan to face higher debt costs Read
  • Philippines should spend $22.8 billion on cybersecurity — study Read


  • Singapore must accept slower rate of labour growth: MAS’ Menon Read
  • War on washing machines may have early casualty in Singapore Read
  • Do taxes in Singapore really need to go up? Read
  • Cruise industry added $706m to Singapore’s economy in 2016 Read
  • Singdollar hits 3-year high against US dollar Read
  • Singapore Dec factory output falls 3.9 pct y/y Read
  • Singapore firms fall behind in sustainability journey Read
  • Advantages Of Investing In Singapore Stocks Read
  • Singapore to sign free trade agreement with Sri Lanka Read
  • Khaled: JB-Singapore RTS project will boost cross-border economy Read


  • Malaysia raises key interest rate for first time since 2014 Read
  • Malaysia-India economic ties to elevate to strategic level Read
  • Malaysia will never again peg ringgit against US$: Najib Read
  • Malaysia ready to take on gold industry Read
  • Malaysia needs political stability to grow, says Rahman Dahlan Read
  • Malaysia December retail inflation up on costlier food, fuel Read
  • Will there be surprises from Invest Malaysia? Read
  • Wahid: Malaysia can’t risk a sovereign rating downgrade Read
  • Malaysia decries EU ban on Palm Oil as unacceptable ‘Crop Apartheid’ Read
  • Can exporters hold their ground in 2018? Read


  • Vietnam Wants Foreign Money to Overhaul Its Economy Read
  • Domestic demand to fuel Việt Nam economy in 2018 Read
  • Vietnam gears up to develop a digital economy Read
  • Ministry clarifies decree on imported autos Read
  • Export-Dependant Vietnam to Seek Global Economic Unity at Davos Read
  • SBV aids access to financial services Read
  • Vietnam’s $2400 income per capita disappoints economists Read
  • VN’s FTAs: Boon or Bane? Read
  • IPOs needed to improve market Read
  • Vietnam orders banks to tighten lending in stock, real estate markets Read


  • Myanmar, Denmark launch new SME fund Read
  • View: China bounces back in Myanmar as West retreats Read
  • South Korea to build $98 million logistics hub in Yangon Read
  • Myanmar businesses urge closer ties with Kanchanaburi Read
  • Cars, railways and cattle: China’s economic interests in Myanmar Read
  • 2 armed ethnic groups agree to join Myanmar ceasefire pact Read
  • Myanmar’s rush to resolve Rohingya crisis backfires Read
  • Access to credit and skills gaps major concerns, survey reveals Read
  • Hopes for revival of Dawei SEZ Read
  • Myanmar deliberates bed tax Read


  • Chinese investment in Cambodian province pushes up crime rate, says governor Read
  • France grants $50 million in aid and loans to Cambodia Read
  • 2 mln Chinese tourists visit Cambodia last year, up 45.9 pct Read
  • GDP to focus on government efficiency Read
  • Clean water and sanitation for rural people by 2025 Read
  • Cambodia urged to focus on good corporate governance Read
  • EBA with EU safe: GMAC Read
  • Cambodia’s Special Relationship With India Read
  • Cambodia’s low rate of unemployment doesn’t tell whole story, report finds Read
  • Will it be the end of Hun Sen era Read


  • Where Are Russia-Laos Military Ties? Read
  • China rail through Laos underway Read
  • What Did the Laos-Cambodia Security Meeting Achieve? Read
  • Laos pushes for greater Asean-India cooperation Read
  • Drug production in Laos and Myanmar still a major threat Read
  • Laos pushes ahead with Mekong dams despite environmental risks Read
  • Laos calls for investments in Savan Seno special economic zone Read


  • India, Brunei discuss defence, security, energy cooperation Read
  • Brunei sultan reports social media account to Jakarta Police Read
  • Brunei’s Kampong Ayer: World’s largest settlement on stilts Read
  • Exploring Brunei by kayak: An eco-tourism solution waiting to happen Read
  • Modi meets Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, holds bilateral parleys Read
  • Social investment key priority: BSP Read


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