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Philippines Tourism Interview – Best-kept secret

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The Philippine tourism industry is expected to become the ignition behind the country’s job machine in the years to come, Inside Investor learned..
The Philippines’ overdue make-over

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The Philippines does indeed come off as a gritty girl who rushed herself out of bed in the morning, especially to visitors who get their first impression when arriving at Manila airport, Justin Calderon feels.
Concern over strong Thai baht grows

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Thailand's currency, the baht, has risen to its highest level against the US dollar since being floated in July 1997, stirring market concerns over...
AirAsia X IPO lined up for June

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AirAsia X, the long-haul subsidiary of AirAsia Berhad, has readied its highly anticipated listing on Bursa Malaysia for June, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes...
Benefits and challenges of a Brunei TPP membership

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How can small Brunei benefit from the planned US-led global trade partnership? One of the challenges the TPP faces is preventing the dilution of its original economic goals for the sake of expansion.
The wide kaleidoscope of ASEAN politics

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Within the sometimes chaotic politics in ASEAN countries, there are patterns that good governance is emerging, with select members leading the bloc by example while others falter, writes Justin Calderon.
Obama, Sultan of Brunei discuss TPP

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On his visit to the US on March 12, Brunei's leader Hassanal Bolkiah and US President Barack Obama discussed ways to move forward on...
Philippines bullish on investment grade

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The Philippines expects to get the much-awaited investment grade status by international rating agencies Standard & Poor's, Moody's and Fitch in about 6 to...
Thai companies post record sales

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Thai companies were hitting record highs in sales of $339 billion in 2012 and showed a 15.67 per cent growth in net profits compared...
Manila bourse set for IPO spree

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The Philippine Stock Exchange expects 7 to 10 initial public offerings this year, its president Hans Sicat  said at a press conference at the...
UAE, Qatar step up Malaysia investment

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have finalised two investment deals worth $12.8 billion with Malaysia on March 12 on high-impact projects in Malaysia, while...
Property market in the Philippines: Too hot or not?

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With the economic boom being seen in the Philippines, nouveau wealth is appearing in the country, boosting the property market. Experts are at strife about the question whether a bubble is in formation.
Mindanao to face higher power prices

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Mindanao has warmed up to the reality of having to pay market prices for energy in order to solve the rolling brownouts that plague...
Aquino outlines development roadmap

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has outlined a three-pronged developmental approach to sustain the blindingly high economic momentum the country has achieved through heavy...
AirAsia buys into Philippine competitor

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The Philippine subsidiary of AirAsia, the region's largest low-cost airline, has signed a deal to buy 49 per cent of Manila-based Zest Airways and...
CVC to cash in on Indonesia investment

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UK-based investment firm CVC Capital Partners intends to sell a 40 per cent stake in Indonesia’s largest department store operator Matahari, according to a...
Dawei project slimmed down by developer

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The development of an industrial zone in Myanmar's southern town of Dawei has received new backing by master developer Italian-Thai Development (ITD), albeit at...
Thailand, Singapore seen as top expat locations

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Singapore has been ranked first and Thailand second in a newly released Expat Explorer survey by UK-based bank HSBC because of the growing interest of foreigners in the two countries' real estate market.