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Sixteen nations kick off trade talks

Sixteen economies in Asia Pacific began their first meeting on May 9  in Brunei on the establishment of a regional free-trade agreement, the Regional...
Sumitomo pays $1.52b for Indonesia bank

Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. said on May 8 it has reached an agreement to pay around $1.52 billion to acquire a...
Philippines gets third investment rating

The Philippines on May 7 received its third investment grade credit rating, this time from the Japan Credit Rating Agency Ltd, or JCRA. The Japanese...
Election bodes well for Philippine bourse

The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) will remain on a steady positive trajectory no matter the results of midterm elections scheduled for Monday, May 13,...
Upcoming Philippine elections a personal affair

In the May 13 midterm elections in the Philippines, involving congressional, local and provincial candidates, 12 of the top 20 senatorial candidates are part of political dynasties, Justin Calderon found out.
Philippines imposes surprise money ban

The Philippines is coming close to virtual lockdown ahead of elections scheduled for next Monday, May 13, adding restrictions on large bank withdrawals to...
Indonesian growth in decelerating trend

Indonesia’s economy posted its lowest growth rate during the first quarter of 2013 in over the past two years despite having topped FDI records,...
ADB: Basics of growth in the Philippines

The Asian Development Bank's Philippine country director, Neeraj Jain, explains how governance reforms have improved the nation's economy.
Malaysian election aftermath could bring unrest

After Malaysia's general elections, an air of uncertainty now permeates the country. Concerns arose that with the iteration of status quo civil unrest could follow the polls that, nonetheless, saw major voter shifts.
Malaysia PM could step down by November

Despite Malaysia's government-controlled media, such as The New Straits Times, lauding Prime Minister Najib Razak's election result as a "good performance," there are reports that...
AEC: Will it just remain a vision?

The 22nd ASEAN Summit in Brunei has made a very clear statement with regards to the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community. It turned out that ten-member bloc will most likely not be able to meet its target.
Malaysian stocks strong after elections

The Malaysian stock market experienced one of its strongest openings in many years after the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional extended its 56-year rule in...
Malaysia polls: BN gets simple majority

Crucial elections have closed today in Malaysia, where voters had to decide between the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition and opposition party coalition Pakatan...
Elections: Malaysia stock market set to dive

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Cambodia considers sovereign bond issue

Cambodia has reiterated that it is mulling the issuance of sovereign bonds, it emerged at the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s annual summit in India...
FDI in Vietnam surges 17%

Vietnam has successfully placed itself on the radar of international investors and attracted more than $8.2 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the...

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi may be able to run for presidential office in the 2015 election following an announcement made by...
Philippines gets second investment rating

Global rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) has raised its investment rating for the Philippines one level to BBB- from BB+, with a stable...