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Japan wants slice of halal pie

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Shinto-dominated Japan has discovered the halal market and wants to tap the global trade of halal food and products through the Japan Halal Association,...
Brunei starts financial literacy initiative

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Brunei will launch a programme to improve financial literacy for people all over ASEAN, the Prime Minister’s Office announced at the 17th ASEAN Finance...
Cambodia wants its own car industry

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Cambodia is planning to manufacture a domestic car brand after state-owned ACICA Automotive signed a $2 billion joint venture investment with UK-based BIW Automotive. The...
The wide kaleidoscope of ASEAN politics

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Within the sometimes chaotic politics in ASEAN countries, there are patterns that good governance is emerging, with select members leading the bloc by example while others falter, writes Justin Calderon.
ASEAN+6 trade bloc in the making

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Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) together with the group’s six major trading partners - Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand...
TPP: Blessing for corporate US, drawback for others?

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement shrouded in mystery behind the closed doors of US Congress, could serve as a catalyst for the development of Southeast Asian countries. But don't count on China.
Leaders mull pan-ASEAN tourist visa

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Representatives of the 10-nation ASEAN bloc at a meeting on January 20 in Laos' capital Vientiane have announced the possibility of creating a pan-ASEAN...
Japan’s Abe pushes ASEAN relations

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Japan's newly elected prime minister Shinzo Abe has embarked on a visit to Southeast Asian nations on his first trip abroad after taking office...
High potential

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UK-based infrastructure firm Atkins is involved in the development linked to the World Cup 2022 to be hosted in Doha. Inside Investor met MD Rod Stewart.
Who is Le Luong Minh, ASEAN Secretary-General?

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Little is known about the new ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh who took over his five-year term on January 1, 2013. Inside Investor sheds light on the career diplomat's biography and education.
Making it happen in Doha

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The Crowne Plaza Doha, one of the Qatari capital's most upscale business hotels, benefits from Qatar's economic boom. Inside Investor wanted to know more from Savino Leone, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park.
Tatarstan keen to invest in Malaysia

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The Russian republic of Tatarstan is looking at investment opportunities in Malaysia and a broader cooperation in the higher education sector, it emerged during...
Cambodia in risk of overheating

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Cheap credit sloshing around Cambodia’s private sector could pose greater risks to development, the IMF has warned in their annual report on the country. Over...
Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand top spots

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Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand are among the five most popular investment destinations for multinational companies in Asia, a new survey on investment trends shows....
GCC and ASEAN extend cooperation pact

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Gulf countries and ASEAN have extended a memorandum of understanding on an action plan that commits both regions to enhanced cooperation in trade and...
New ASEAN Secretary-General takes office

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Vietnam's Deputy Foreign Minister Le Luong Minh took over the office as ASEAN Secretary-General at a hand-over ceremony on January 7 at the ASEAN...
KKR bullish on Southeast Asia in 2013

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US-based private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) sees economic growth and increased consumer spending in ASEAN as a good basis for...
ASEAN to drive world economy in 2013

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ASEAN high-growth countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines will underpin the world's economic growth in 2013, according to a report by...