ASEAN WEEKLY: 27 Aug – 2 Sep 2018 – Charting Economy


ASEAN WEEKLY: 27 Aug – 2 Sep 2018


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

Highlights of the past week • Asean ICT master plan • Go-Jek sparks an Indonesian banking revolution • Khaki Capital • Singapore can be African firms’ launchpad to SE Asia • Economic optimism rides Malaysia’s winds of change • A creative economy in the Philippines • Japan to lift investment in VN IT sector • Ten Reasons Behind Myanmar’s Economic Slump • Credit Bureau Cambodia • Trade talks planned for Laos • A look at Brunei in global rankings


  • Why ASEAN and China need each other Read
  • An alternative option for engagement between China and ASEAN Read
  • ASEAN to receive Japan’s aid in creating rules for the digital era Read
  • ASEAN’s nature and ‘endless’ RCEP negotiations Read
  • Asean ICT master plan in the works Read
  • ASEAN SMEs yield big business for PayPal Read
  • Talent important in winning the ASEAN game Read
  • Construction activity in ASEAN to grow rapidly Read
  • Canada explores free trade with ASEAN Read
  • KinderWorld readies for push into Asean Read


  • Indonesia-Australia push economic ties, trade deal soon Read
  • UNCTAD, Indonesia collaborate on first global creative economy … Read
  • Why Pain in Argentina And Turkey Is Hurting Indonesia Read
  • Indonesia rupiah nears 1998 crisis levels, central bank intervenes in … Read
  • Go-Jek sparks an Indonesian banking revolution Read
  • Grab puts startups in Indonesia on the fast lane with US$250 million … Read
  • Indonesia offers a fresh battleground for fintech Read
  • Jokowi Invites Entrepreneurs to State Palace Read
  • McKinsey: In Indonesia, ecommerce is the modern-day Industrial Revolution Read
  • Indonesia to tap tourism, biodiesel to tackle current account deficit … Read


  • ‘Very Few’ Cases of Cryptocurrency Crime in Thailand, Watchdog … Read
  • Khaki Capital: The Political Economy of the Military in Southeast Asia—A Review Read
  • Thai central bank in no rush to raise rates Read
  • Thai policy rate rise would not hurt economy — deputy PM Read
  • Somkid talks up economic growth Read
  • Fund inflows trouble BOT chief Read
  • Event promotes Thailand as medical equipment hub Read
  • Thai Exchange Chief Confident Foreigners Will Return to Stocks Read
  • Cyber threats strain firms with Thailand a key target Read
  • Thailand again delays launch of infrastructure fund, until October Read


  • Decision on Singapore and Malaysia rail projects out soon Read
  • Singapore can be African firms’ launchpad to SE Asia Read
  • Bloomberg moves business forum from Beijing to Singapore Read
  • Outlook for online hiring in Singapore ‘extremely positive’: report Read
  • Singapore debt market deepens with Asian Bond Grant Scheme Read
  • Singapore aims to build up AI skills for digital economy Read
  • Singapore, Japan sign agreement to bolster support for start-ups … Read
  • Stubbornly strong Singapore dollar signals new inflation battle Read
  • China Taiping to boost Singapore-China business links Read
  • Singapore’s economic growth likely to moderate in H2 2018, MAS to … Read


  • Economic optimism rides Malaysia’s winds of change Read
  • Decision on Singapore and Malaysia rail projects out soon Read
  • Malaysia’s property market buoyed by steady economic growth Read
  • Be a productive Malaysian Read
  • Malaysia’s consumption tax revenue to be half previous level Read
  • Malaysia has opened a bookstore that never shuts Read
  • Understanding the roots of Malaysia Read
  • Malaysian SMEs beat out SG and HK in new technology adoption Read
  • Mahathir bans foreigners from buying Forest City project Read
  • Malaysian SMEs have a role in accelerating digital economy Read


  • Philippines’ economic planner dashes Duterte’s quick federalism hopes Read
  • A creative economy in the Philippines Read
  • Philippines gets another credit rating upgrade Read
  • Philippines finance minister: No serious impact on GDP from rate hikes Read
  • Philippines, China want to enhance trade Read
  • Philippines hollow victory over China Read
  • Economic zone developers buck 2nd set of tax reforms Read
  • NEDA pitches roadmap for federalism shift Read
  • Economic managers and businessmen vs. Duterte Read
  • Podcast: Strongman leadership and the rule of law in the Philippines Read


  • Vietnam set to surpass socio-economic targets: PM Read
  • Vietnam Business Summit 2018 to take place in Hanoi Read
  • Vietnam’s special administrative and economic zones, a close look Read
  • How Vietnam has reacted to the death of John McCain Read
  • Japan to lift investment in VN IT sector Read
  • Vietnam to let traders use yuan along China border Read
  • Can Vietnam Avoid Getting Hurt in the Crossfire When the Tariffs Are Flying? Read
  • SBV needs to speed up bad debt resolution Read
  • VinaCapital launches $100m tech venture Read
  • Uniqlo to enter Vietnam in 2019 Read


  • Ten Reasons Behind Myanmar’s Economic Slump Read
  • Economy increasingly disappointing as govt approaches half-term Read
  • Myanmar dam overflow displaces thousands Read
  • Myanmar rejects UN probe on Rohingya abuses Read
  • Facebook move on Myanmar raises thorny political questions Read
  • Can Myanmar Afford China’s Belt and Road? Read
  • Western Officials Ignored Myanmar’s Warning Signs of Genocide Read
  • Sri Lanka and Myanmar hope to boost trade with 1999 deal Read
  • Myanmar-focused PE firm Anthem Asia hits $34.5m first close on SME venture fund Read
  • FDI Drops $900M in 2017-18 Fiscal Year Read


  • How tariffs affect a country like Cambodia Read
  • Are China’s gifts a blessing or a curse for Cambodia? Read
  • Oxfam utilizes blockchain to help Cambodian farmers Read
  • Chinese entrepreneurs seek investments in Cambodia Read
  • Credit Bureau Cambodia: The power of data Read
  • Cambodia eases pressure by releasing political prisoners Read
  • Clearing Cambodia’s leftover landmines: A dangerous job Read
  • Court extends detention of Cambodian opposition leader Read
  • Cambodia’s Foreign Minister in Singapore Read
  • Ruckus Networks enters Cambodia through Asia Wiring Systems … Read


  • Trade talks planned for Laos Read
  • Flood kills 6 in northern Laos Read
  • Lao dam burst lessons for Thai firms Read
  • ‘Battery of Asia’: Laos’s controversial hydro ambitions Read
  • China Tower invests in Laos Read
  • Vietnam-Laos court cooperation increasingly substantive: chief justices Read


  • Chechen Republic, Brunei to begin cooperation in various sectors Read
  • Brunei has leading role in fight against drug menace Read
  • Defense Visit Highlights Singapore-Brunei Military Ties Read
  • A look at Brunei in global rankings Read
  • Brunei records 5690 car sales for first half of 2018 Read


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