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Looking East: Setting up a base in ASEAN

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With major shifts in Qatar’s LNG trade ongoing, the country better sooner than later needs a solid base in Southeast Asia to cash in on the thriving economy of the ten-member ASEAN bloc. Thailand could be a viable option.
Malaysia: Election delay daunts investors

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The current uncertainty about the date for Malaysia's general election is frightening off investors and businesses from executing projects, costing the country "billions of...
Catcha eyes ASEAN online startups

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Catcha Group, a Malaysian investment firm has announced it will invest up to $150 million in ASEAN-based online businesses over the next five years. The...
Philippines wins investment grade rating

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The Philippines on March 27 received, for the first time ever, an investment-grade credit rating from one of the world’s major ratings agencies. Fitch Ratings...
Top fund players charmed by Thailand

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Part of Southeast Asia’s combined economic might of $2.3 trillion, Thailand has curried favour with some of the world’s top fund investors as overseas...
Private equity in love with Vietnam

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Despite its strained economy, Vietnam has emerged as the new darling for private equity and venture capital firms in ASEAN as a primary investment...
Exclusive interview with new ASEAN Secretary General

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Le Luong Minh, who took over the five-year tenure as ASEAN Secretary-General on January 1, 2013, talked to Inside Investor about pressing issues to resolve.
Infrastructure investment in ASEAN: Doors are open

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Investing through infrastructure funds is possibly one of the most attractive ways to take part in the upswing of Southeast Asia’s economy, mainly for the predictable and reliable long-term cash flow streams.
Manila casino operator plans $400m IPO

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Melco Crown Philippines, a subsidiary of Macau-based Melco gaming group, plans to raise up to $400 million from a equity offering at the Philippine...
Financial hub

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The Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFC) plays a pivotal role for Qatar's financial sector. Inside Investor met CEO Shashank Srivastava to learn more.
Philippines mulls sovereign wealth fund

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The Philippines would consider deploying its first sovereign wealth fund taking into account the country’s sound fiscal position and deepening foreign exchange reserves, which...
Myanmar phases out dollar surrogate

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Myanmar abolished its secondary currency, the Foreign Exchange Certificates (FEC), on March 20, 2013 as per an official announcement by the Finance Ministry. FEC were...
Thailand clears $70b infrastructure loan

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Thailand's cabinet has approved a bill authorising the Ministry of Finance for a two-trillion-baht ($70 billion) borrowing to fund the government's new mega-infrastructure development...
For the Philippine bourse, the correction cometh

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The throbbing exuberance witnessed at the Philippine Stock Exchange over the years since the peak of the global financial crisis created a rally that may have finally been checked, and not a moment too soon.
US equity firm goes Myanmar

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New York-based private equity firm ACO Investment Group has said it will invest $700 million in Myanmar in a claim that the country would...
AirAsia X IPO lined up for June

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AirAsia X, the long-haul subsidiary of AirAsia Berhad, has readied its highly anticipated listing on Bursa Malaysia for June, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes...
SE Asia markets down on Cyprus turmoil

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Emerging-market stocks tumbled to a three-month low in Asia-Pacific and most currencies weakened on March 18 as Europe’s bailout of Cyprus sparked concern of...
ASEAN’s economic unity:  A role model for the GCC?

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To pay attention to the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community, or AEC, is especially interesting for GCC countries, where ideas of an economic union have been mulled for a number of years as well.