ASEAN Region Weekly (12 Jul. 2019)

ASEAN Connectivity will enable ASEAN to achieve competitive economic growth, increase greater opportunities for investment, trade, employment and narrow development gaps. Rapid urbanization and migration of people from rural areas to cities increase demands for ASEAN to plan and develop infrastructure for connectivity, housing and [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (5 Jul. 2019)

ASEAN Leaders from the members of ASEAN on Saturday adopted Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in ASEAN Region here during the 34th ASEAN Summit. (Xinhua) The ASEAN has offered its own version of the Indo-Pacific Strategy, including the bloc’s own vision for cooperation in [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (28 Jun. 2019)

ASEAN Southeast Asian nations have agreed to exercise “maximum flexibility” and step up efforts to complete a “high quality and mutually beneficial” free trade agreement with six Asia-Pacific countries before the end of the year. The trade deal, which has been under negotiations for the [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (21 Jun. 2019)

Lao PDR The government has projected that the country’s budget deficit for the first six months of this year could increase to as much as 1.16 trillion kip, intensifying budgetary tension against the backdrop of continuing revenue shortfalls. (Vientiane Times) Myanmar Despite the ongoing Rakhine [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (14 Jun. 2019)

ASEAN Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will commit to tackle the growing problem of marine debris, in particular plastics, during their summit later this month, an ASEAN sources said. (Kyodo) Myanmar A new directive from the Ministry of Planning and Finance has [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (7 Jun. 2019)

ASEAN The rapid conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement is vital for the next stage of regional transformation and reform in the Asia Pacific. RCEP is a proposed free trade agreement between the ASEAN nations and six other regional states. It will [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (31 May 2019)

Cambodia Cambodia is currently among the fastest electrifying countries in the world, with coverage reaching 89.1 per cent as of the end of 2017, a newly published World Bank report says.  Viet Nam Vietnam’s economy could be bigger than Singapore’s by 2029, says DBS Bank [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (24 May 2019)

Cambodia About 14.1 million, or 86.7 percent, out of Cambodia’s 16.2 million people have now access to the internet, according to a report issued by the country’s Telecommunication Regulator on Saturday. (Xinhua) Myanmar Myanmar’ growth potential depends mainly on four key areas: energy, mining, agriculture, [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (26 Apr. 2019)

ASEAN ASEAN Chair Thailand has lined up 13 ambitious goals to achieve regional integration as the 25th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Retreat kicks off today in Phuket, where two pacts are set to be signed to enhance services trade and investment within the group. (The Nation) [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (19 Apr. 2019)

ASEAN South-east Asia’s major economies are facing an unprecedented rise in healthcare cost in the coming decade that will pose a major challenge to strained public health budgets. But this challenge also offers prospects for plugging gaps in the healthcare sector, according to a report [Read More]