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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.
93% of roads in Philippines still unpaved

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The Philippines have been ranked low in the 2012-2013 Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum (WEF) that assesses the competitiveness landscape of...
ASEAN+6 trade bloc in the making

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Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) together with the group’s six major trading partners - Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand...
Latest FDI in Myanmar close to $800m

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Myanmar received $794 million in foreign investment over nine months of the 2012-2013 fiscal year, according to an announcement from the Myanmar Investment Commission...
Philippines: Investment destination of choice

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The Philippines is expected to be among the top performers in Southeast Asia for the years to come. Inside Investor talked to Cristino L. Panlilio, outgoing Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary.
TPP: Blessing for corporate US, drawback for others?

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement shrouded in mystery behind the closed doors of US Congress, could serve as a catalyst for the development of Southeast Asian countries. But don't count on China.
Brunei eyes investment in the Philippines

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Brunei is showing interest in investing in the Philippines, namely in Iloilo, a province located in the Western Visayas region, it emerged after a...
Indonesia aims to boost FDI by 23%

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Indonesia is aiming to increase foreign direct investment by 23 per cent in 2013, after inflows already hit a record high in the previous...
Qatar’s QNB eyes Indonesia takeover

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Qatar National Bank (QNB) is reportedly among at least three bidders for the Indonesian unit of Dutch Rabobank. The deal is expected to have...
Myanmar opens bids for 18 oil blocks

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A much-anticipated initiation to bid on oil exploration licenses for 18 of Myanmar’s onshore oil blocks has been released, the country’s Ministry of Energy...
Tune founder to swallow insurance firms

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Tune Group, a company conglomerate co-owned by AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes and his partner Kamaruddin Meranun, is looking to expand its insurance business by...
Singapore to build top hotels in Myanmar

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Investors from Singapore have shown interest in building a number of top hotels in Myanmar, namely in the business capital Yangon and the tourist...
Jollibee launches burger offensive

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Philippine’s fast-food giant Jollibee Foods Corp will allocate $135 million of its 2013 capital expenditure to expand its brand through the establishment of 300...
Sabah seeks Romanian investments

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The Malaysian state of Sabah wants more Romanian businessmen to explore investment opportunities especially in the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC), it turned out during...
Philippine Business Bank sets IPO date

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Philippine Business Bank (PBB), one of the largest savings banks in the Philippines, is set to launch an IPO in February 2013 amid an...
US seeks more investments in Cambodia

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US companies are seeking to win large-scale infrastructure projects in Cambodia in an effort to compete with Chi­nese influence in the country, US officials...
Thailand moves 2013 growth to 4.9%

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Thailand’s economy is expected to expand by 4.9 per cent in 2013, according to the Bank of Thailand (BOT), surpassing earlier estimates. The BOT has...