ASEAN WEEKLY: 6-12 Aug 2018 – Charting Economy


ASEAN WEEKLY: 6-12 Aug 2018


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

Highlights of the past week • American Strategy for Southeast Asia • Indonesia Q2 growth • The selling of ‘Thailand 4.0’ • Singapore turns 53 • Young and jobless in Malaysia • Philippines GDP misses expectations • Vietnam’s New Cybersecurity Law • Democracy’s false dawn in Myanmar • Cambodia’s condo-ridden housing crisis • Rethink plans to dam Mekong after Laos disaster • Brunei seeks regional Halal industry hub status


  • What is Asean’s best bet to deal with a global trade war? Read
  • Can the Mahathir principle help the Asean in the ongoing trade war? Read
  • Singapore seeks ASEAN cybersecurity standards as digital shift grows Read
  • Preparing Asean for the next phase Read
  • Asean agrees to step up efforts on world’s largest free-trade pact Read
  • Southeast Asia is betting on hydropower, but there are risks of … Read
  • Uber pullout eases strain on Southeast Asia’s top taxi operator Read
  • US looks to loosen China’s grip on SE Asia Read
  • Southeast Asia isn’t ready for China’s ‘new retail’ Read
  • An American Strategy for Southeast Asia Read


  • Indonesia’s Jokowi to partner with cleric in bid for second term Read
  • Indonesia’s Booming Gig Economy Means Big Tradeoffs for Workers Read
  • Indonesia Q2 growth fastest in 4 1/2years; beats expectations Read
  • Aftershock brings fresh trauma to Indonesia’s quake-hit Lombok Read
  • US seeks US$350m annual sanctions in Indonesia trade dispute Read
  • Indonesia jumps on strong economic growth data Read
  • Asia week ahead: Bank Indonesia pauses tightening Read
  • The Engine of Indonesia’s Trillion-Dollar Economy Is Purring Again Read
  • Funds turn bullish on Indonesia bonds Read
  • Indonesia Household Consumption Falls Read


  • Thailand Decision Guide: Laying the Groundwork for a Rate Hike Read
  • The selling of ‘Thailand 4.0’ Read
  • Private sector fears trade war hit on exports next year Read
  • Thai businesses to revitalize Pattaya tourism via economic zone Read
  • Will US-China Trade War Boost Thai Tuna Business? Read
  • Police crack Bt800m bitcoin fraud Read
  • Fifty ICO Projects Already Seeking Licenses from Thai SEC Read
  • Thailand’s Khon Kaen and Phuket recognised for their smart-city projects Read
  • Thai investor sentiment index slightly up Read
  • PM orders formation of R&D ministry Read


  • Singapore retail takings up 2% in June, boosted by vehicle sales Read
  • Singapore skyline glitters as nation turns 53 Read
  • Future economy depends on tech experimentation Read
  • The trouble with tariffs: Singapore needs diversified economy to … Read
  • We can reimagine Singapore with bold and creative planning: PM Lee Read
  • Singapore’s Golden Gate Ventures launches $10 million crypto fund Read
  • The Crazy Rich Asians Guide to Singapore Read
  • Enterprise Singapore’s Cooperation with Cambodia Read
  • Singapore Curbs May Make Property a Buy, Says CapitaLand CEO Read
  • Singapore banks brace for chill from mortgage slowdown Read


  • Malaysia Says Slowdown Temporary Read
  • Malaysia finds champion for ‘invisible’ women in deputy premier Read
  • Malaysia repeals consumption tax, reinstates old tax regime Read
  • Malaysia’s June factory output up 1.1 pct y/y, below forecast Read
  • Najib’s corruption trial to start in February Read
  • Malaysia is expected to reverse FDI fall in 2019 — ADB Read
  • Dr Mahathir woos Japanese university to set up Malaysia campus Read
  • Young and jobless in Malaysia Read
  • Malaysian market up on strong support, foreign funds return Read
  • Malaysia braces for trade war fallout, cuts 2018 growth projection to 5% Read


  • Philippines GDP misses expectations as inflation bites Read
  • Philippine economy slows down to 6% in Q2 2018 Read
  • Despite economic slowdown, Philippines increases rates Read
  • FDIs Supporting Philippines Economy Read
  • Philippines sheds early gains on lacklustre GDP data Read
  • Philippine Central Bank Chief Ready to Act Again If Needed Read
  • The Philippines Building Crypto Valley of Asia Read
  • Philippines’ FX reserves slip in July Read
  • ‘GDP growth doesn’t mean much to ordinary Filipinos’ Read
  • Lower GDP drags peso despite BSP rate hike Read


  • Vietnam’s New Cybersecurity Law Will Hurt Economic Growth Read
  • A tropical metropolis poses a puzzle for Vietnamese planners Read
  • Investment opportunities in Vietnam’s economic zones Read
  • Economy shows signs of losing momentum: expert Read
  • Exclusive Interview: Inside Vietnam’s 2050 Vision Read
  • Vietnam Feels the Ripples of the Yuan Rout Read
  • How Vietnam is coping with disruption Read
  • Vietnam to limit or stop issuing new licenses for foreign banks Read
  • World Economic Forum on ASEAN in VietNam Read
  • M&A to grow on after record 2017 Read


  • Myanmar takes steps towards reform Read
  • Many are ready to move on from cash Read
  • Action urged to shore up Myanmar exporters Read
  • How a Failed Democracy Uprising Set the Stage for Myanmar’s Future Read
  • Democracy’s false dawn in Myanmar Read
  • Budget deficit reaches record high, yet SOE money remains untouched Read
  • Myanmar pushes financial inclusion to reduce poverty Read
  • Myanmar clarifies foreign ownership rules for retail sector Read
  • The 8888 Uprising: An unfinished revolution Read
  • Danish company seeks long-term role in Myanmar’s water security Read


  • Cambodia’s Elections Highlight Growing Marginalization Read
  • Gender inequality stifling Cambodian women in finance sector Read
  • Hun Sen: SME Bank to boost agroprocessing industry Read
  • Cambodia’s condo-ridden housing crisis Read
  • Work on 1st int’l tourism seaport begins in SW Cambodia Read
  • Enterprise Singapore’s Cooperation with Cambodia Read
  • China may be the real winner in Cambodian election Read
  • Elections threaten foreign financial support: Moody’s Read
  • Cambodia, China team up to boost local silk sector Read
  • Cambodians Speak of Threats, Intimidation During Election Read


  • Rethink plans to dam Mekong after Laos disaster Read
  • Laos airport can now handle 820% more foreign travelers Read
  • Laos committing over $1 million to Asian Games campaign Read
  • Laos hosts summit on blockchain technology Read
  • Forum launched to boost Vietnam-Laos cooperation and technology … Read
  • Employment Issues for Thai Companies Doing Business in Laos … Read


  • Brunei seeks regional Halal industry hub status Read
  • Brunei urges travel agencies to bring in more tourists for boat race Read
  • Brunei has a significant role in Commonwealth Read
  • Brunei’s first air separation plant Read
  • Brunei urged to raise minimum age of marriage Read
  • Good business opportunities for Brunei firms at 15th CAEXPO Read


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