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Laos misses out on its five-million tourists target this year

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Laos will close its “Visit Laos Year 2018” promotion well short of the five million tourist arrivals target, the Vientiane Times quoted officials. According to...
Vietnam keen to host next Trump-Kim summit

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Vietnam has expressed interest in hosting the second US-North Korea summit, while high-level officials of the two countries were confirmed to have visited Vietnam...
Thailand lifts political campaign ban and sets election date for February 24

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Thailand's military government has said political parties are free to start campaigning ahead of a long-awaited election scheduled for 24 February, 2019. The announcement...
Cambodia seeks to double tourism arrivals by 2025

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Cambodian has ambitious plans to increase the number of tourism arrivals from six million in 2018 to 12 million by 2025 as it builds...
Reports says Thailand has worst wealth distribution globally

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Thailand has overtaken Russia and India as the most unequal country in the latest survey by Credit Suisse. Two years ago, Thailand ranked third...
Vietnam’s Vingroup to launch its own smartphone brand

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Vingroup, Vietnam’ biggest listed firm by market value and a conglomerate with businesses that range from real estate to retail to tourism to automotive,...
Malaysia government sets 20% annual growth target for e-commerce sector

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The Malaysian government has set an annual growth rate target of 20 per cent for the e-commerce sector in the country, from 14.3 per...
Vietnam to advise North Korea on economic development

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Vietnam is set to teach secluded North Korea lessons of how to open its economy during a visit of North Korea's foreign minister Ri...
Foreign direct investment into Malaysia increased 350% in past three quarters

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Malaysia’s foreign direct investments (FDI) volume increased to 49 billion ringgit ($11.72 billion) for the first nine months of this year compared with the...
On-demand bus trial starts in Singapore

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Singapore is launching a six-month trial of an on-demand public bus service on December 1, using technology to reduce congestion and costs in what...
Indonesia’s digital economy to become largest in ASEAN by 2025

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The annual “e-Conomy Southeast Asia” study conducted by Google and Singapore's state holding company Temasek found that Indonesia’s digital economy is poised to become the...
Chinese firm to create 50,000 jobs in Mindanao

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Panhua Group, a Chinese steel company, will set up a steel factory  for $3.5 billion in investment at the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate of the...
Works on Thai-Chinese high-speed rail to commence in 2019

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The Thai government will begin construction of the first phase of the remaining three sections of the Thai-Chinese high-speed rail between Bangkok and Nakhon...
Thailand’s tourism hit hard as Chinese visitor numbers drop almost 20%

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Thailand's Ministry of Tourism and Sport has admitted that the number Chinese tourists to Thailand fell by 19.8 per cent in October compared to...
First hints on who could become next Singapore prime minister

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Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) will likely name finance minister Heng Swee Keat as its first assistant secretary general, media said on November...
Thailand’s economy slows, foreign investors on the sidelines

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Thailand's economy slowed in the third quarter this year as the trade war and a slowdown in tourism started to bite, prompting the government...
Chinese to invest $2 billion to build industrial park in Clark, Philippines

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Chinese construction and engineering company China Gezhouba Group will invest $2 billion to establish an industrial park in New Clark City in Pampanga province...
Singapore invests in “smart urban estates”

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Singapore is driving the development of smart districts and smart urban estates which will be enabled to operate and consume energy more efficiently. To...