ASEAN Region Weekly (5 Apr. 2019)

ASEAN Ministers from the 10 ASEAN countries released a statement last week outlining the region’s commitment to strengthen efforts to address illegal wildlife trade and tackle wildlife crime. The ASEAN statement also commits member states to improving international co-operation as part of their combined efforts [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (29 Mar. 2019)

ASEAN ASEAN countries need to strengthen co-operation and share their experiences to ensure they can lead the way on next-generation 5G wireless technology. So said Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam at the conference on 5G & Development of Digital ASEAN in Ha Noi. (Viet [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (22 Mar. 2019)

ASEAN A working group to study new issues related to intellectual property, labour, environment, and e-commerce is being set up by ASSEAN, as the bloc is revving up new free trade agreement negotiations with non-ASEAN partners. (Bangkok Post) Indonesia Bank Indonesia revealed that Indonesia’s foreign [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (15 Mar. 2019)

Cambodia Cambodia’s digital economy remains at a nascent stage and will need at least 10 years to grow and aim for a technology-driven economy, said Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth. (Phnom Penh Post) Myanmar Myanmar has released its official strategy for developing its [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (8 Mar. 2019)

ASEAN ASEAN integration is “not going anywhere” if trade regulations between ASEAN countries are not reformed, a recent forum heard.  “ASEAN has done very little beyond lowering tariffs between countries,” argued Deunden Nikomborirak, research director in economic governance at the Thailand Development Research Institute. (The [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (1 Mar. 2019)

ASEAN Three main producers of natural rubber in Southeast Asia — Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia — agreed to cut down rubber exports by some 200 thousand-300 thousand metric tons to tackle the commodity`s decreasing price. (Antara) Indonesia The Indonesian government paid Rp 22.99 trillion (US$1.64 [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (22 Feb. 2019)

Cambodia Cambodia has a good chance of achieving its social protection agenda under the Sustainable Development Goals but will need to balance different social protection investments, according to a report published on Wednesday by the Asian Development Bank. (Khmer Times) Myanmar In an attempt to [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (15 Feb. 2019)

ASEAN Concluding the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will be the biggest challenge during Thailand’s Asean chairmanship this year, as failing to do so will gravely damage the credibility of the Southeast Asian grouping, international relations experts cautioned on Tuesday. (The Nation) Indonesia Bank Indonesia has [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (8 Feb. 2019)

Cambodia The Kingdom’s renewable energy supply is expected to grow as more solar power plants are being built and new investors express interest in the sector, according to the Ministry of Mines and Energy. (Phnom Penh Post) Indonesia Indonesia intends to challenge an EU directive [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (1 Feb. 2019)

ASEAN European firms want the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to hasten its economic integration to improve trade facilitation within the region, an international business leader said. (Business Mirror) Whether Southeast Asia has become one of the beneficiaries of the trade frictions between China and [Read More]