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Indonesia to impose ‘maids ban’ earlier than expected

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Indonesia will prevent its female citizens from working as housemaids and domestic helpers in foreign countries earlier than widely expected, it emerged after a...
Philippine indigenous tribe approves solar power project

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The Philippines’ indigenous Ayta community has signed an agreement that paves the way for the construction of a pioneering renewable energy facility on their...
Malaysia mulling ‘30 per cent club’ to increase female boardroom presence

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Malaysia is studying a proposal to set up a “30 per cent club” to boost the number of women holding top decision-making posts in...
Laos announces population census

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Laos is to carry out a countrywide census, state-run media said on October 21. "People will be interviewed in regards to their profession, marital status,...
Cambodia’s GDP per capita to hit $1,130 in 2014, says prime minister

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Cambodia's GDP per capita is expected to reach $1,130 this year, an estimated increase of 8 per cent from $1,043 last year, Prime Minister...
Philippines ‘must improve food production standards’

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With increasing demand, both global and regional, for agricultural products, safety in food production is one of the most urgent issues that the Philippines...
Indonesia pushes Central Java as Asian low-cost manufacturing hub

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The sleepy province of Central Java, which has long been the heartland of a Javanese culture that frowned on aggressive profit-seeking, is trying to...
Promised 6-7%-growth in Indonesia looks distant

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Investors should be careful assessing the GDP growth rates in Southeast Asia's largest economy, analysts say, as it is likely to underperform for some...
Singapore’s new labour laws come into effect

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New labour laws have come into effect in Singapore on August 1, making it harder for foreigners to get jobs. The government says the...
Philippines to spend nearly $4 billion on rebuilding after typhoon Haiyan

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The Philippine government plans to spend nearly $4 billion to rehabilitate areas devastated by super typhoon Haiyan last year, a senior adviser to President...
Thai economy struggles as manufacturing output declines

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Thailand's economy continued to struggle in the second quarter of 2014 amid declining growth and manufacturing activity - underscoring concerns over the junta's ability...
Moody’s upgrades Vietnam to B1; outlook stable

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Rating agency Moody's Investors Service raised Vietnam's credit rating for the first time in nearly two years on July 29 to B1 with a...
Thailand car sales seen plunging 31% in 2014

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Auto sales in Thailand are expected to fall 31 per cent in 2014 after months of political unrest, but sales could recover in 2015...
Indonesia’s Widodo faces huge reform challenge

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After his resounding victory in Indonesia's presidential race, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo now faces the daunting task of taking the world's third-biggest democracy forward as...
Philippine population to hit 100 million

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By the reckoning of a population expert, the Philippine population will hit 100 million this Sunday, July 27. The figure was based on population...
New Indonesian president targets growth ‘unseen since Asia crisis’

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Indonesia's President-elect Joko Widodo said he’s aiming for a growth pace Indonesia hasn’t seen since before the 1990s Asian financial crisis, a shift that...
ADB cuts Southeast Asia 2014 growth forecast to 4.7%

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has cut its growth forecast for Southeast Asia this year, as the Thai coup, Indonesia's mineral export ban and...
World Bank, IFC commit $4.2 billion to Philippines

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The World Bank said on July 15 that it and its private sector arm have committed concessional loans of up to $4.2 billion to...