ASEAN Region Weekly (6 Sep. 2019)

ASEAN The world’s most widely recognised sustainability reporting standard, Global Reporting Initiative, has launched in Southeast Asia, with Singapore as the regional base. The Amsterdam-headquartered non-profit, whose standard is used by three quarters of the world’s biggest companies, aims to help Southeast Asian companies identify [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (30 Aug. 2019)

ASEAN Telecom regulators in ASEAN have agreed in principle on revenue collection from over-the-top (OTT) service providers operating in the region, though the approaches will have to be figured out by the countries themselves. The regulators met this week in Bangkok at the 25th ASEAN [Read More]

Inclusive Business Policies in ASEAN

ASEAN The leaders of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) acknowledged the strong support for inclusive business by its member states and called for greater emphasis on creating an enabling environment for inclusive business in ASEAN, among others through conducive rules and regulations. [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (23 Aug. 2019)

Lao PDR Laos’ public debt to Gross Domestic Product ratio is expected to decline slightly if the government continues its fiscal consolidation, the World Bank reported recently. (Vientiane Times) Laos’ public debt to Gross Domestic Product ratio is expected to decline slightly if the government [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (26 Jul. 2019)

Indonesia Analysts and businesspeople have said that Bank Indonesia will need to further slash its reference interest rate in order to stimulate the economy. (Jakarta Post) Philippines Foreign banks said they expect the Philippines to achieve gross domestic product growth of about 6% this year, [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (19 Jul. 2019)

ASEAN The 34th Asean Summit in Bangkok emphasized the importance of advancing partnerships for sustainability to achieve a people-centred, people-oriented and forward-looking Asean community that leaves no one behind in the rapidly changing regional and global environment. (The Star) Indonesia The latest trade data suggest [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 (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 (4 Jan. 2019)

Myanmar The banking sector is expected to make strides forward this year as fiercer competition forces banks in Myanmar to level up.  (Myanmar Times) Singapore Singapore’s economy grew more slowly than forecast in the fourth quarter after the manufacturing sector shrank, adding to concerns that [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (14 Dec. 2018)

Indonesia FinanceMinister Sri Mulyani has revealed that funds amounting to Rp400 trillion will be allocated in the State Budget for the development of infrastructure across Indonesia in 2019. (Antara) The Philippines The Philippine central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged for the first time [Read More]