ASEAN WEEKLY: 7-13 Aug 2017 – Charting Economy


ASEAN WEEKLY: 7-13 Aug 2017

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

Highlights of the past week • Japan: Have we lost ASEAN to China? • Indonesia Economy Grows Less Than Expected • Thailand’s Return to Democracy May Raise Tension • Peso touches 51 to $1 • Singapore’s economy healthier than expected in Q2 • Malaysia : Cash is costly for the economy • Vietnam to increase minimum salary • Suu Kyi’s dilemma over Myanmar energy mix • Japan bankrolls Sihanoukville Port expansion • Want to Invest in Laos? This is Why You Shouldn’t • Brunei embarks on pioneering hydrogen project


  • ASEAN’s mid-life crisis? Read
  • Beijing’s Asean diplomatic coup Read
  • Asean to give infrastructure a big push Read
  • Asean: Due credit and formidable challenges Read
  • EU no role model, but holds lessons for Asean Read
  • Asean offers US a rare chance to meet N Korea Read
  • Japan: Have we lost ASEAN to China? Read
  • Asean needs Thailand Read
  • AirAsia boss hopes Asean will move to be single market Read
  • FDI Into ASEAN to Hit $100b pa Read


  • Indonesia Economy Grows Less Than Expected on Spending Curbs Read
  • Indonesia economy grows 5.01% in Q2, less than expected Read
  • Indonesia, Eurasia to Sign Trade Deal Read
  • Unleashing Indonesia’s digital economy potential Read
  • Indonesia-S’pore business ties face complex challenges Read
  • Indonesia’s June retail sales rise 6.3% yoy: survey Read
  • Economy of Indonesia: Shifting from Consumption to Investment? Read
  • Indonesia: ‘Twin deficits’ still a brake on high growth ambitions Read
  • Bank Indonesia signals another rate cut could be on the table Read
  • Caution When Investigating Indonesia ETFs Read


  • Thailand ranked 10th in Asian digital rankings Read
  • Thailand steadily slipping behind its neighbours Read
  • Thailand’s Return to Democracy May Raise Tension Read
  • Thai banks’ loans can grow 4-6 pct this year – Read
  • Thailand Is Finally Cozying Up to China — Why Now? Read
  • India builds highway to Thailand to counter China’s silk road Read
  • PTT poised to gain from Myanmar deal Read
  • Influential Thais in push for Kra Canal project Read
  • Thai Billionaire Leads Four Firms With Top-20 Return Potential Read
  • Thailand travel: The dark side of touring this country Read


  • Economy not in danger of overheating — Pernia Read
  • Philippines declares first ever H5 bird flu outbreak Read
  • Duterte’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ plans hit Philippine peso Read
  • IMF cuts 2017, 2018 Philippine GDP forecasts Read
  • Philippine keeps rates steady as inflation within target Read
  • China still building South China Sea islands: think-tank Read
  • Japan investments plunge 57% Read
  • Peso touches 51 to $1 Read
  • Energy 4.0: opportunities, risks for PH Read
  • Web-based recruitment in PHL grew 6% in June Read


  • Singapore’s economy healthier than expected in Q2 Read
  • Economy looking up but labour market labours on Read
  • Singapore retail sales up 1.9% in June compared with a year ago Read
  • Management concept ‘ambidexterity’ offers lessons for Singapore firms Read
  • Future Economy Council sets out 3 key areas of focus Read
  • Non-oil exports rise 2.7% in second quarter Read
  • Singapore is world leader in e-government penetration: survey Read
  • The eagle, the lion and the dragon: Singapore’s future in the age of Trump Read
  • Singaporeans need a revitalized social contract Read
  • Signs of new vigour in the property market Read


  • Malaysia June factory output up 4% yoy, above forecast Read
  • Book shows how much government controls the economy Read
  • Bank Negara Malaysia : Cash is costly for the economy Read
  • China offers rocket launchers, radar system to Malaysia: reports Read
  • Why Malaysians aren’t benefiting from country’s high growth Read
  • Report: No ‘high-income’ hope if Malaysia stays on current track Read
  • Malaysia’s rubber glove exports set for record year Read
  • Malaysia’s central bank criticises SGX’s trading of ringgit futures Read
  • Disgruntled $16-a-Day Earners Could Decide Malaysian PM’s Fate Read
  • MITI: Msia remains keen on free trade talks with the US Read


  • Vietnam’s economy may grow 6.5 pct this year: official Read
  • Vietnam Learns Becoming a Tiger Economy Comes With a Cost Read
  • Vietnam export revenue forecast to hit US$200 billion Read
  • HCM City trials scrapping construction licence Read
  • Insurance premiums surge 21% in Jan-July period Read
  • VN must launch 2nd export wave: experts Read
  • VN shares tumble on global tension Read
  • Taxi firms slam ‘impossible’ restrictions Read
  • Higher credit growth could increase listed banks’ profits Read
  • Vietnam to increase minimum salary by 6.5 pct next year Read


  • Suu Kyi’s dilemma over Myanmar energy mix Read
  • All Quiet on Myanmar Exchange Read
  • Sri Lanka model not fit for Myanmar Read
  • Myanmar told to move now for OBOR benefits Read
  • US investment in Myanmar may double by 2020 Read
  • Myanmar approves $3.7 bn foreign investment Read
  • Why agriculture is ailing and how best to revive the sector Read
  • The Myth Myanmar Can Afford to Ditch Read
  • Suu Kyi touts peace efforts in visit to Myanmar heartland Read
  • Snapshots of Myanmar’s flourishing microfinance market Read


  • Cambodia’s garment exports grow at slower pace in first half Read
  • Japan bankrolls Sihanoukville Port expansion Read
  • Thai vending machines for Cambodia Read
  • In Japan, Hun Sen Guarantees ‘Peace, Security’ for Investors Read
  • Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, says mobilising … Read
  • Banking sector firms up its foundations Read
  • Study shows the cost of deforestation in Cambodia Read
  • $5 million horticulture project Read
  • Cambodia to ask Japan to invest $800 million in skytrain Read
  • AirAsia adds Sihanoukville to it’s Cambodia routes Read


  • Laos to withdraw troops after Cambodia threat Read
  • MandaLao: Is this Laos’ most responsible elephant retreat? Read
  • What is China’s PLA doing in Laos? Read
  • Lao tourists worry about visiting Cambodia Read
  • Laos-China railway brings changes to Laos Read
  • Want to Invest in Laos? This is Why You Shouldn’t Read


  • Brunei embarks on pioneering hydrogen project Read
  • PH to sign tax pact with Brunei Read
  • Electric cars threaten Brunei plan for oil bonanza Read
  • Brunei’s Islamic financial hub vision earns kudos Read
  • Japan Military Aircraft in Brunei Spotlights Defense Ties Read
  • Brunei has ‘rich ecosystem’ of motivated young entrepreneurs Read


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