Politics

Politics

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Taking mind of Sarawak’s human capital

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The upper echelons of influence in Sarawak’s government, educational institutions and private sector all unanimously declare this is the greatest challenge to the state’s targeted developmental trajectory – human capital.
Islamic finance and its ASEAN dynamics

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Islamic Finance has developed into a $1 trillion global business with the dynamics to reach far more. The epicenters of this industry are in the Middle East and ASEAN, with sizeable cash flow between the two regions.
Sabah: Safety zone to calm investors

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In an effort to restore investor and business confidence in Sabah after the Royal Army of Sulu intrusion, Malaysia has set up the so-called...
Thailand, Laos mull high-speed train link

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Thailand will go ahead with a cross-border project on the development of a new high speed train system linking with that of neighbouring Laos,...
Philippine Airlines lands deal in Cambodia

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Philippine Airlines (PAL), the Philippines' national carrier, is planning to take a 49 per cent stake in newly founded Cambodia Airlines, according to a...
Vodafone, China Mobile eye Myanmar

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Telecom giants Vodafone (UK) and China Mobile are among the 22 bidders for the license for Myanmar's first nationwide mobile phone network. The world's two...
Singapore remains open for business: PM

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Despite a challenging transition from rapid expansion to a period of slower growth as its economy matures, Singapore remains open for business and investments,...
Great Wall comes to Thailand

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Chinese car maker Great Wall Motors has announced plans to invest of up to $340 million to set up a factory in Thailand, according...
Philippine PPPs queue up investors

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The bidding deadline for the Mactan-Cebu International Airport’s new terminal, part of the Philippine government’s dense list of PPPs, has been extended to April...
Hilton to open first hotel in Myanmar

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The Hilton hotel group has announced that it will open its first hotel in Myanmar in 2014 through a partnership with local company LP...
Thai agro giant expands in Philippines

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Thai agribusiness giant Charoen Pokphand Group (CPF) is looking to ramp up its businesses in the Philippines with plans to invest 7 billion pesos,...
Vietnam to host Invest ASEAN roadshow

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The seven CEOs of ASEAN Exchanges have said that the next rollout phase of the regional investment roadshow Invest ASEAN 2013 will be held...
Cambodia wants its own car industry

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Cambodia is planning to manufacture a domestic car brand after state-owned ACICA Automotive signed a $2 billion joint venture investment with UK-based BIW Automotive. The...
Weighing Brunei’s market potential in defence industry

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With efforts to increase Brunei's manufacturing base in the defence industry as one step to economic diversification, some market opportunities could open up for domestic players as well as foreign investors.
Myanmar’s infrastructure deters investors

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The absence of reliable energy, transport and ICT infrastructure in Myanmar is deterring potential investors from entering the emergent ASEAN nation, the Japan External...
Obama to push TPP with Singapore PM

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US President Barack Obama will welcome Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to the White House on April 2, as he seeks to bolster...
Asia-Pacific: PNG, East Timor grew fastest

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Papua New Guinea (PNG) and East Timor were the fastest growing economies Asia-Pacific in 2012 due to high-volume resources exports and other factors, the...
Looking East: Setting up a base in ASEAN

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With major shifts in Qatar’s LNG trade ongoing, the country better sooner than later needs a solid base in Southeast Asia to cash in on the thriving economy of the ten-member ASEAN bloc. Thailand could be a viable option.