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Thailand, Qatar want to ‘bridge cultural divide’

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The Thai ambassador to Qatar at a cultural event on Thailand recently held in Doha said that both countries will seek "more cultural cooperation"...
‘Rubber City’ in Thailand’s south to drive development

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The planned "Rubber City" in Thailand's southern province of Songhkla, an industrial estate focused on rubber production and processing, is hoped to spur investment...
Ten reasons the Philippines won’t shrug off its laggard label

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It has been called the “new economic dragon,” a far cry from the hitherto ignominious reputation the country once commonly conjured up. Long one...
Foreign direct investment in Cambodia surges 73%

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A few weeks ahead of the general elections on July 28, Cambodia received applause from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development which...
Thailand expects 1 million MICE visitors in 2013

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The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau in a statement on July 1 said it expects the number of business visitors in the meeting, events,...
Indonesia’s role as regional heavyweight

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“We are blessed with every kind of energy that you can think of,” an Indonesian energy expert recently gushed during a forum at the...
Lao-Vietnam trade seen at $2b by 2015

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Bilateral trade between Vietnam and Laos is expected to rise to $2 billion by 2015 and to $5 billion by 2020, up from $900...
Worldwide concerns over Thailand’s overlooked slavery issue

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“I saw others beaten with different instruments, with things like a wooden rod or things like that… the senior crew attacked workers with knives....
Samsung steps up investment in Vietnam manufacturing

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South Korea's electronics giant Samsung Electronics said on June 28 that it has received approval from the Vietnam government to increase the investment in...
Myanmar, Hong Kong to negotiate investment pact

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During a visit of Hong Kong's financial secretary John Tsang in Myanmar on June 26, both governments agreed on negotiations about a bilateral investment...
Renewables: The green, clean job machine

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A potent weapon of persuasion has been floating about the Asian Development Bank (ADB) this past week during the Asia Clean Energy Forum, held...
Vietnam’s slowdown seen bottoming out

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Vietnam's GDP grew 4.9 per cent in the second quarter of 2013, the country's Ministry of Planning and Investment announced on June 25, a...
The tale of the sleepiest ASEAN bourses

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Discounting Myanmar, which has yet to create a stock exchange of its own, the Lao Securities Exchange (LSX) and Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) are...
Geothermal energy: Indonesia shows some latent steam

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One of the world’s most volcanically active countries, Indonesia has a daunting geography that, though at times self destructive, could be harnessed with modern...
Why do Japanese businesses love the Philippines?

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Electricity costs are unreasonably high. Infrastructure is apocalyptical. Severe weather seasons and the country’s archipelagic nature make successfully navigating supply chains a case study...
Thailand’s PTT readies massive Myanmar energy investment

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PTT, Thailand’s largest energy firm, is readying billions of US dollars to invest further into the rapidly opening Myanmar economy, President and CEO Pailin...
Thailand promotes investment in southern Muslim region

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Thailand's Board of Investment (BOI) has announced new investment promotion measures that are targeted at the southern border provinces which are predominantly Muslim. The new...
Indonesia 2014 growth forecast put at 6.8%

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The largest economy in ASEAN, Indonesia, is expected to grow between 6.4 per cent and 6.8 per cent in 2014, the country’s central bank...