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Indonesia, Cambodia outlook most “positive” for US businesses

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One may employ a woeful amount of red tape and have poor political stability, while a strongman has helmed the other since 1985, eroding...
Spotlight: The TPP’s ASEAN impact

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Exclusionary trade treaties are the weapon de jour of geopolitics. In the race to form the most comprehensive, tightly knit world order, the US...
Mandalay to become “logistics hub” for China, India

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Chinese businessmen in Mandalay, often found cradling a cup of tea on a restaurant veranda during hot afternoons, have been doing so for years....
World Bank cuts financing for coal

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On July 16, the World Bank held a closed-door meeting that marked a crucial moment for climate change. Led by World Bank President Dr Jim...
Decker & Co: ASEAN’s New Boutique Broker

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Last week the first US-based broker dedicated solely to Southeast Asia opened its doors for business. Decker & Co intends to bring US capital...
Five implications of appreciating ASEAN currencies for the GCC

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Forecast from Steve Troop, CEO of Barwa Bank, Qatar Heading one of the fastest growing Islamic banks in Qatar, Steve Troop, CEO of Barwa Bank,...
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...