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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...
Robust outlook for Cambodian banks

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The banking system in Cambodia is expected to remain robust in 2013 despite the economic crisis in Europe and the economic slowdown in the...
Malaysia investors urged to look at Qatar

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The rapidly developing Gulf nation of Qatar is inviting Malaysian investors, contractors and businessmen to invest in the country, Malaysia's Chief Secretary to the...
East Timor aims to join ASEAN

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The tiny nation of East Timor has reaffirmed that it is keen to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to accelerate its economic...

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Bilateral trade volume between Cambodia and Vietnam jumped to $3.3 billion in 2012, a 18 per cent rise from $2.8 billion in 2011, according...
Merry Christmas in the East: The gift of Asian spending

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Despite having relatively small Christian population, Asian nations have come to represent the epitome of contemporary Christmas commercialism, offsetting lower spending in crisis-rocked Europe, writes Justin Calderon.
India beats Thailand as top rice exporter

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India has emerged as the world’s largest rice exporter in 2012 beating its Asian counterpart Thailand with shipment of 9.75 million tonnes, according to...