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 (9 Aug. 2019)

Cambodia Cambodia has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world, maintaining 7.7 per cent average growth over the past 20 years. However, the Kingdom remains a low skills economy with relatively low productivity rates – making it extremely difficult to achieve upper-middle [Read More]

ASEAN Region Weekly (2 Aug. 2019)

Lao PDR Investment by domestic and foreign enterprises has not grown as planned despite the government’s augmented measures to boost private sector growth and sustain the economy. (Vientiane Times) Thailand The Bank of Thailand has cut the amount of short-term bonds it will sell via [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 (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 (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 (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]