ASEAN WEEKLY: 7-13 May 2018 – Charting Economy


ASEAN WEEKLY: 7-13 May 2018


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

Highlights of the past week • Is ASEAN ready for physical cryptocurrencies? • Indonesia’s economic growth slower than forecast • Thailand a future hub for auto software • Top 4 Threats To Duterte’s Strong Economy • Why Singapore for the Trump-Kim summit? • What Mahathir Mohamad’s shock win means for Malaysia • Vietnam’s SOE equitisation faces strong headwinds • Myanmar businesses join hands for FDI • Mourning Cambodia’s press freedom • ‘Visit Laos Year 2018’• Brunei Grapples With New Oil Realities


  • Why ASEAN Needs to Invest More in Cybersecurity Read
  • Should Australia join ASEAN? Lessons from Vietnam Read
  • ASEAN Lawmakers Decry Indonesia’s ‘Rising Tide of Intolerance’ Read
  • Asean’s active role in the greening of growth Read
  • The digital economy challenge for Asean Read
  • Is ASEAN ready for physical cryptocurrencies? Read
  • ASEAN and EU: determined to bolster together deeper connectivity Read
  • Boosting infrastructure in Asean with ‘patient capital’ Read
  • Strong ties between ASEAN and New Zealand Read
  • London School launches ASEAN creativepreneurship center Read


  • Indonesia’s economic growth slower than forecast Read
  • Foreign Workers in Indonesia: a Threat or Tactic to Gain Votes? Read
  • Why an Emerging Market Rout Has Hit Indonesia So Hard Read
  • Indonesia’s Election May Only Have One Candidate Read
  • ABB to strengthen Indonesia’s power grid, support economic growth Read
  • Commentary: Indonesia needs China more than China needs Indonesia Read
  • Trump Indonesia project latest stop on China’s Belt and Road Read
  • Indonesia’s digital disruption will be short-lived: Morgan Stanley Read
  • Bank Indonesia Says Intervening to Support Rupiah, Preparing to Adjust Rates Read
  • Export more, or suffer more Read


  • Somkid: GDP growth to be 4% this year Read
  • Thailand cuts 500000 tons of raw sugar exports amid plunging prices Read
  • China’s Macao, Thailand’s Phuket ink MoU on trade, tourism cooperation Read
  • Record Stock Slide Clouds $63 Billion Thai Infrastructure Plan Read
  • Thailand Investment Applications More Than Triple in Q1 Read
  • Thailand a future hub for auto software Read
  • Thailand’s Stock Exchange Launched Platform with Blockchain Tech to Boost Economy Read
  • Japanese developers flock to Thai property market Read
  • Remote-Controlled Terminal to Open in Thailand Read
  • People in the Thai Deep South call for transparent peace dialogue Read


  • Philippines GDP grows 6.8% as forecast, inflation ‘a spoiler’ Read
  • What The Philippine Economy Stands To Gain From Its Kuwait Fallout Read
  • Philippines’ govt sees popularity dip on inflation worries Read
  • Philippines Ready to Take More Action After Raising Rate Read
  • Top 4 Threats To Duterte’s Strong Economy Read
  • Philippines leads way on Asia-Pacific female economic participation Read
  • UN agency sees 6.8% growth rate for Philippines in 2018 Read
  • VN to supply rice to the Philippines Read
  • Exclusive: Blockchain to Save Philippines From AI Onslaught Read
  • Ayala group on the hunt for disruptive offshore acquisitions Read


  • Singapore, Brunei ink pacts to boost cooperation in finance Read
  • Why Singapore for the Trump-Kim summit? Read
  • Here’s what dented Singapore’s economic power in Asia Read
  • Singapore businesses unfazed; await new KL government’s plans Read
  • Singapore to remain ‘nation of opportunities’, says President Read
  • Singapore March retail sales fall 1.5 pct from year earlier Read
  • A new pace for Singapore’s manufacturing sector Read
  • Singapore seeks ASEAN digital growth, ways to fight fake news Read
  • How will Malaysia’s elections shocker affect bilateral ties with neighbour Singapore? Read
  • Singapore’s big lenders post their highest quarterly profits Read


  • New Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir: Former Rival to Get a Pardon Read
  • What Mahathir’s shock Malaysia win means for economy and markets Read
  • ANALYSIS: What Mahathir Mohamad’s shock win means for Malaysia Read
  • Bank Negara expects economy to remain strong post-election environment Read
  • 4 Ways Mahathir Shaped Our Economy The First Time He Was PM Read
  • Mahathir’s win a good news for Pakistan’s economy: LCCI Read
  • Short-term pain but long-term gain for Malaysia stock market: analysts Read
  • Malaysia ETF Rebounds From the Initial Shock of Election Upset Read
  • Malaysia targets China’s 2nd-tier cities to boost exports Read
  • Interest Rates: Malaysian bank keeps benchmark unchanged Read


  • VN firms urged to tap Arab market Read
  • Votes of confidence for Việt Nam’s economy Read
  • Changing face of VN hospitality Read
  • Kim Jong-un believes North Korea should follow Vietnam’s economic reforms: report Read
  • First Singaporean bank to debut in Việt Nam Read
  • Vietnam should rethink locations of proposed special economic zones Read
  • Derivatives market records surge in transaction value Read
  • Vietnam’s labour productivity among lowest in region Read
  • Vietnamese economy projected to grow 6.83% in 2018: think tank Read
  • Vietnam’s SOE equitisation faces strong headwinds Read


  • British expertise key to making Myanmar an economic powerhouse Read
  • The fishing port that may become a $10 billion Chinese debt bomb Read
  • Myanmar businesses join hands for FDI Read
  • Development could hurt Ayeyarwady River: environmentalists Read
  • ADB not worried about impact of technology on Myanmar jobs Read
  • Yangon workforce capacity enough for businesses: union minister Read
  • India, Myanmar sign seven agreements as MEA Sushma Swaraj meets Aung San Suu Kyi Read
  • Myanmar rebel group launches attacks; at least 15 dead Read
  • Myanmar sends over 14000 migrant workers abroad in April Read
  • Myanmar has changed, but China’s dominance remains Read


  • Cambodia economy to grow 6.9 pct this year, driven by exports – World Bank Read
  • Cambodia seeks advice on going digital Read
  • Cambodia mulls Kampot deep-sea port Read
  • Cambodia slams US legislator’s bid to impose sanctions Read
  • The Sale of Cambodia’s Last Independent Newspaper Pushes Press Freedom Into Peril Read
  • Thai–Cambodian fugitive deal won’t mend relations Read
  • Belarus, Cambodia to arrange high-level visits Read
  • Cambodia’s first contemporary dance company pushes boundaries Read
  • Mourning Cambodia’s press freedom Read
  • Cambodian Villagers Return From Hospital, Worry Over Water Source Read


  • Laos, S’pore ink MOUs on education, environment Read
  • ‘Visit Laos Year 2018’: A Real Boost for the Tourism Industry? Read
  • Laos: Mining sector’s contribution to economy declines Read
  • Laos on alert for possible Zika virus outbreak Read
  • Lao Government Launches New Push Against Corruption Read
  • Feature: Chinese youths doing handsome work on China-Laos railway Read
  • Laos looks to hydropower to boost economy Read


  • Singapore, Brunei ink pacts to boost cooperation in finance Read
  • President Halimah in Brunei on first state visit Read
  • Brunei digital govt strategy in spotlight at AMRI conference Read
  • Brunei calls for legal framework to protect user data online Read
  • BIBD to capture Brunei’s $6 billion digital market transactions with NEXGEN Read
  • Brunei Grapples With New Oil Realities Read


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