ASEAN WEEKLY: 29 Jan – 4 Feb 2018 – Charting Economy


ASEAN WEEKLY: 29 Jan – 4 Feb 2018


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

Highlights of the past week • ASEAN Smart Cities Network • Indonesia’s Underperforming Exports • Will Thailand build a 100km canal? •   Does federalism in the Philippines make sense? • Singapore’s Lawyers Go Global programme • Rise of Malaysia’s freelance economy • Vietnam enjoys fastest wealth growth in the world: report • Myanmar’s continued media crackdown • What Does Chinese Investment Mean for Cambodia? • Lao unemployment rate target • Brunei’s cabinet reshuffle


  • India moves to deepen engagement with ASEAN nations Read
  • ASEAN-India: Challenges in Economic Partnership Read
  • Singapore to facilitate business opportunities with the ASEAN Smart Cities Network Read
  • ASEAN manufacturing PMI inches up to 50.2 in January Read
  • India and ASEAN: The ‘masala bumbu’ effect Read
  • Southeast Asia’s new car sales up for second straight year Read
  • Japan’s Enduring Value to Southeast Asia Read
  • Southeast Asia is a ‘hotspot’ for antibiotic abuse Read
  • Meet the man trying to book your next cheap hotel room in Southeast Asia Read
  • Drug-resistant malaria spreading fast in Southeast Asia Read


  • US dollar should reflect fundamentals-Indonesia’s Indrawati Read
  • Indonesia records $4.8 billion investment in digital economy Read
  • Indonesia rate slasher seen as safe choice to stay as chief Read
  • Indonesia’s haphazard rules keep foreign investors away -investment chief Read
  • Bali eruptions fail to shake Indonesia tourism growth Read
  • Google announces investment in Indonesia’s Go-Jek Read
  • A Guide to Navigating the 2018 Risk Landscape in Indonesia Read
  • Jokowi Dissatisfied with Indonesia`s Underperforming Exports Read
  • Indonesian Consumer Confidence jumps most in Northern Sumatra Read
  • Indonesia’s fintech lending boom exploits shortfall in bank loans Read


  • Thai finance ministry raises 2018 GDP growth outlook to 4.2% Read
  • Thai Dec factory output rises 2.35 pct y/y, below forecast Read
  • State wants tourism to spread the wealth Read
  • Plan now for the digital era Read
  • Thailand’s MICE future bright in 2018: convention bureau Read
  • Education straitjacket is preventing Thailand developing Read
  • Centuries in the making: Will Thailand build a 100km canal? Read
  • Thailand, Laos ink digital agreement Read
  • TDRI warns over next-generation shift Read
  • Criticism Growing Over Delays to Next Thai Poll Read


  • External factors affecting the 2018 economy Read
  • Economists see Philippines growth easing Read
  • TRAIN law dampens Philippine factory output in January Read
  • Davos’ world elite and the Philippines Read
  • Palace: PH economy on a roll as PSEi hits all-time high Read
  • Time for Duterte to deliver on ‘golden age’ vow Read
  • British businessmen bet on Visayas economy Read
  • Poverty eradication topbills Duterte’s economic blueprint Read
  • A look back at Philippine e-commerce 2017 Read
  • Does federalism in the Philippines make sense? Read


  • Singapore factory activity up for 17th straight month Read
  • What the Budget tells us about Singapore’s economic transformations Read
  • Debt payment behaviour of Singapore SMEs worsened in 2017 Read
  • Singapore expected to attract S$8-10b in inbound investments in 2018: EDB Read
  • Singapore bank lending weakens in December: MAS Read
  • Older workers, migrants can benefit economy Read
  • Sri Lanka FTA a boon for firms Read
  • Social mobility, ageing are Singapore’s big challenges: Tharman Read
  • Lawyers Go Global programme to help Singapore law firms go abroad Read
  • Prime office rents to rise up to 12% by Q4 Read


  • Opportunities for Malaysia to develop maritime economy Read
  • Ali Baba and Malaysia Digital Economic Corporations collaborate to improve city management Read
  • Debt spiral signals death of fiscal Malaysia Read
  • Malaysia’s Mahathir claims ousting Najib is on the cards Read
  • Analyst: Not all Malaysians benefiting from economic growth Read
  • Rise of the freelance economy Read
  • Malaysia pushes infrastructure projects Read
  • Malaysia’s manufacturing PMI recovers to 50.5 in January Read
  • Malaysia elections – undecided? spoil your vote Read
  • Malaysia’s top 40 richest people Read


  • Vietnam’s shadow economy sparks debate Read
  • Vietnam productivity has improved but is still too low Read
  • Blockchain to change world real estate market Read
  • Vietnam PMI hits 9-month record high in January Read
  • Moody’s Cautions Vietnam Against Further Monetary Easing Read
  • Vietnam enjoys fastest wealth growth in the world: report Read
  • Interest rates fall in G-bond and inter-bank markets Read
  • Op-Ed: Hanoi on Two Wheels – The method in Motorbike Mayhem Read
  • Foreign visitors to Vietnam skyrocket 42 pct in January Read
  • In the Trump Era, Vietnam Is Less Sure of Its Bet on US Ties Read


  • Davos 2018: China’s economic shift and implications for Myanmar Read
  • UN calls for release of Reuters journalists in Myanmar Read
  • Infrastructure development critical for Myanmar to woo investors, forum hears Read
  • Myanmar to double electricity capacity with LNG-fueled plants Read
  • Technology key to green growth Read
  • For Myanmar’s Army, Ethnic Bloodletting Is Key to Power and Riches Read
  • Myanmar vows to improve company registry, cut red tape Read
  • Myanmar’s continued media crackdown Read
  • Interest rates to remain unchanged until 2020: Central Bank Read
  • Myanmar greenlights LNG-power plant plans Read


  • Cambodia’s path toward sustaining long-term growth Read
  • Indonesia, Cambodia pledge to boost cooperation Read
  • Commentary: Cambodia can no longer depend on old drivers of growth Read
  • Cambodia’s stable ratings reaffirmed — RAM Read
  • Cambodia to open more trade centres in China Read
  • Mega developments set to transform a tranquil Cambodian bay Read
  • Cambodia criminalises criticism of king Read
  • What Does Chinese Investment Mean for Cambodia? Read
  • Cambodian court rejects bail for opposition leader Read
  • Central banks of Malaysia, Cambodia plan link-up for ATMs Read


  • Laos-China Belt and Road Cooperation Forum kicks off Read
  • Lao prime minister meets Xinhua News Agency president Read
  • US hits notorious Laos casino with sanctions Read
  • Thailand, Laos ink digital agreement Read
  • India signs civil aviation co-operation pact with Lao PDR Read
  • Lao gov’t targets 2 pct unemployment rate in 2018 Read


  • Brunei ruler replaces top ministers in surprise Cabinet reshuffle Read
  • Brunei’s Sultan appoints new military commander after gov’t reshuffle Read
  • Brunei wins Asean Tourism Standards Awards Read
  • S-70i simulator takes Brunei air force to next level Read
  • SEB plans to sell power to Brunei and Sabah Read
  • Brunei reaffirms support to bolster Asean tourism development efforts Read
  • Monarchy System: Basis of Strengthening Malay Language Read


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