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The 10 least visited countries in the world

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Investvine has compiled a list of least visited countries worldwide by tourism numbers, and, guess what, ASEAN nations are not among them. Here is the...
ASEAN e-reader boom led by 2 companies

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The e-reader market in Southeast Asia is booming. ASEAN people have proven themselves eager consumers of the latest “smart” gadgets, like tablets and iPhones,...
ADB trims Asia growth outlook

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on July 16 trimmed its growth outlook for developing Asia for 2013-2014 due to an ongoing slowdown in China,...
Top 5 transactions leading ASEAN’s M&A trend

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The World Bank has long underscored the economic importance of Southeast Asia, a top global growth engine, because of its burgeoning middle classes and...
Strange ASEAN laws: Black magic ban in Indonesia

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The Indonesian government is currently considering adding a law to the country’s Criminal Code that would outlaw witchcraft.  Here is the proposed law: (1). Any...
Getting the ASEAN Economic Community train back on track

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A recent report by the CIMB ASEAN Research Institute published on June 20 and titled The ASEAN Economic Community: The Status of Implementation shed...
Message to Bruneian banks: Shape up your customer service

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As years pass, many new banking services have been rolled out to enhance consumer experience in Brunei. Internet banking, ATM debit cards, branches cropping...
ASEAN’s growing population: Many new mouths to feed

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ASEAN's overall population is exploding. Whether this is good or bad is dependent on the country. While large populations can be viewed as adding...
Myanmar to export household workforce to Singapore

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The term Overseas Myanmar Workers, or OMW, has still to be coined, but the government in the former pariah state has recognised that legal...
Russia beefs up anti-spy measures – and buys typewriters

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In the wake of the NSA surveillance scandal brought to light by whistleblower Edward Snowden, Russia has decided to take radical measures to avoid...
Malaysia: An ASEAN tech hub?

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Listen up Malaysians: If you find yourself hankering for the latest Apple gadget, it turns out you don’t have to look far for a...
Cambodia, next powerhouse for ASEAN investors

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The success Qatar’s Ooredoo had with being issued a mobile phone license in Myanmar is an encouraging development for Middle East investors who are...
Detailled Cambodia garment factory map shows everything

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The Cambodian Center for Human Rights has put a map of garment factories operating in Cambodia and their supply chains on the Internet. The map...
Five coolest SMS applications in ASEAN

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While the use of smartphones is on a rapid rise throughout ASEAN, many people are still heavy SMS users, with industry experts estimating hundreds...
Japan yakuza: How about your mafia magazines, ASEAN?

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Every business needs to have a handle on communication with their employees, even organized crime syndicates, it now appears. Japanese media has reported that...
3D printed fashion becoming popular in ASEAN

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Kuala Lumpur recently was the stage of Asia's very first 3D printed fashion show - a new trend that combines 3D printing with fashion...
Cambodia calms investors ahead of elections

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Despite some observers feel that Cambodia's general elections on July 28 will be a test for the country's democratic credentials and political stability, Commerce...
Brunei to sell Jordan mining investment over row

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The Jordan government has said it will purchase Brunei's shares in Jordan Phosphate Mines, the largest mining and chemical company in the country. Brunei...