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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.
Siam Cement to invest $1.5b

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Thailand's Siam Cement Group (SCG) plans to invest $1.5 billion in cement and power plants and logistics facilities in the region, especially Indonesia, Myanmar...
Cambodia exports up 21% in first quarter

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Cambodian export values increased more than 21 per cent in the first quarter 2013 compared to the same period last year, a report in...
Laos expects $5b loan for rail project

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A $5 billion dollar loan, worth more than half of Laos’ total GDP, for construction of a rail link across southern Laos between Thailand and...
Philippine bourse breaks record mark

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The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) index pierced the 7,000-mark on April 22 for first time, a surge built on optimism that lower bank deposit...
Indonesia tops FDI record

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Indonesia drew in a record 65.5 trillion rupiah (about $6.744 billion) in foreign direct investment (FDI) from January to March 2013, marking a 27.7...
Thai BTS fund off for a dazzling start

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The newly listed infrastructure fund of Bangkok's Skytrain operator BTS received an overwhelming response when it listed on April 19 at the Stock Exchange...
Unearthed gem: Mindanao, Philippines

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Romeo Montenegro of the Mindanao Development Authority spoke with Inside Investor about the huge potential the Philippines' southern region has.
Southeast Asia’s hunger for LNG gives Qatar a boost

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Not unimportant to the Qatari economy is the fact that future streams of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, will flow heavily in the direction of Southeast Asia, with Thailand and Indonesia being the biggest absorbers.
Brunei: Adjusting to new economic requirements

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Economic growth in the Sultanate of Brunei slowed to an estimated one per cent in 2012, owing to weakness in production and exports of crude oil, which is way below all other ASEAN peers except Singapore.
Vietnam seeks funds for airport upgrades

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Vietnam is calling for domestic and foreign private investment in its airports in line with its airport development programme, which aims to increase the...
Tunisia invites Malaysian investors

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Malaysian property developers have been asked to grab investment opportunities in Tunisia, which is undertaking the development of a new $20 billion city in...
EU set to lift most Myanmar sanctions

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The European Union is expected to lift all sanctions on Myanmar shortly, except for an arms embargo, in recognition of the "remarkable process of...