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Philippines aims to cut poverty by half

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The Philippines hopes to lift millions out of poverty and cut the rate of people living below the poverty threshold by half by 2016,...
Mindanao’s unstable nature: Infographic

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With the US and Australia issuing fresh travel warnings for the Philippine island of Mindanao earlier this week, Inside Investor looks at three events...
Vietnam gets increasingly privatised

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Vietnam, technically a communist country that in the past decades has made a shift from a highly centralised planned economy to a socialist-oriented market...
Emerging market growth slows to over four-year low: HSBC

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Emerging market economic activity grew at the slowest pace in over four years according to a monthly report published by HSBC Holdings PLC dated...
FDI into emerging markets beats developed markets

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Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into emerging market economies exceeded inflows into developed market economies for the first time last year, according to the...
South Korea grants $200m loan to Cambodia

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South Korea will provide Cambodia with $200 million as a loan for road and dam projects, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs,...
Thailand remodels tax incentives for investors

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Thailand's Board of Investment is changing its tax incentive structure for foreign investors as it shifts its investment focus away from cheap labour and...
Spotlight: Thailand’s next crucible – A sunshine scenario

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Thailand's center-populist government has received its fair share of public slapping over the past few weeks, for its "brilliant" handling of populist, but extraordinarily...
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...