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ADB: Basics of growth in the Philippines

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The Asian Development Bank's Philippine country director, Neeraj Jain, explains how governance reforms have improved the nation's economy.
Manufacturing key to more Philippine jobs

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In order to rid the inglorious reputation of ASEAN’s most economically unequal economy, the Philippines will need to address infrastructure, policy and skills bottlenecks...
AEC: Will it just remain a vision?

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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.
Asia hotels in investor spotlight

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Hotel receipts nearly tripled in Asia the first quarter of 2013, supported by a tourism boom in the emerging countries of Southeast Asia’s Mekong...
Malaysian stocks strong after elections

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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...
Election result shows ethnic divide

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Malaysia's governing coalition extended its half-century rule despite its worst-ever performance in a general election at a result that exposes growing racial polarisation in...
Speedy Samalaju embarks on a greener shade

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If the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) was a pole-vaulting competition, Samalaju would be the one pushing the benchmark ever higher, writes Justin Calderon after his trip to Sarawak.
Indonesia seeks Iraq refinery investment

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Indonesia, a main importer of crude oil and its refined products in Southeast Asia, is likely to partner with Iraq, one of the world’s...
Thai rice industry under heavy pressure

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The steadily appreciating baht, a farmer subsidy scheme that is distorting competition and a build-up of the biggest-ever stockpiles have put Thailand's formerly flourishing...
Textiles sector strengthens in Vietnam

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  Garment and textiles could become Vietnam’s top export items this year if the sector manages to maintain the 19 per cent growth rate attained...
Philippines gets second investment rating

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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...
Singapore economy in structural change

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The economy of the small city state of Singapore, which in the first quarter of 2013 faced another contraction of 0.6 per cent on a...
Sarawak saw $1b investment in Jan, Feb

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Sarawak attracted around $1 billion in investment in the first two months of 2013, the highest among the states in Malaysia, according to the...
ASEAN Infrastructure Fund kicks off

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB)-supported ASEAN Infrastructure Fund (AIF) has readied $1 billion to begin operations for lending projects by the second half of...
Philippine rating upgrade ‘in 3 months’

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The Philippines is expecting at least one more credit rating upgrade in the next three months, according to a research note by First Metro...
BAT doubles tobacco sourcing from Phils

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British American Tobacco (BAT) has announced that it will step up its sourcing of tobacco leaves from the Philippines by doubling purchases to 3.6...
Abraaj cashes in on Thai IT investment

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Dubai-based emerging market investor Abraaj Group has sold its stake in Thailand's IT company Unitrio to Japan's telecom major NTT, the company said in...
Vietnam, an underestimated investment destination

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Of the Southeast Asian nations on the radar for Middle East investment, Vietnam so far has played an underestimated role. Despite some prevailing risks, the country has a rewarding investment profile.