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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...
Thailand’s English proficiency deteriorates

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The new edition of EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), a ranking compiled annually by Swedish education company EF Education First, revealed that English...
Malaysian passport classified as fifth-best worldwide

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The Malaysian passport has been ranked fifth among the best passports in the world in terms of visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to other countries...
Expat life in the Philippines a double-edged sword, says survey

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The Philippines is more popular for expats within Southeast Asia for those seeking a partner and finding a place to raise their children, but...
Japan pledges support to Laos for Vietnam War bomb removal

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Japan on October 8 pledged to give 900 million yen ($8 million) towards removing unexploded bombs in Laos that were scattered there during the...
Malaysia hopes to welcome 30 million tourists by 2020

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Malaysia's Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is targeting 30 million tourist arrivals in Malaysia by 2020, state news agency Bernama reported. Deputy tourism minister...
Amazon’s cloud service unit to invest almost $1 billion in Indonesia

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American IT giant Amazon is planning a 14 trillion-rupiah ($945 million) investment in Indonesia, according to The Straits Times, which referred to local news...
Chinese poured $32.9 billion into Asia property last year, Thailand top destination

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Mainland Chinese property buyers acquired real estate across Asia for $32.9 billion in 2017, up 352.4 per cent from $7.28 billion in 2016, a...
Malaysia raises minimum wage to 1,050 ringgit per month

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The Malaysian government will raise and standardise the minimum wage for the private sector across the country as of January 1, 2019, fulfilling one...
Taiwan considers cutting visa-free travel to twice a year for Thailand, Philippines, Brunei visitors

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Taiwan mulls reducing the number of visa-free entries for citizens of Thailand, the Philippines and Brunei to two times year, down from currently six...
Grab to stoke up ride-hailing competition in Indonesia with $250m investment

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Singapore ride-hailing company Grab, which claims it holds 65 per cent of Indonesia's ride-hailing market, will invest $250 million through its newly launched unit...
Thai central bank to issue state-backed digital money

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The central Bank of Thailand (BoT) revealed on August 22 plans to introduce a state-issued cryptocurrency on R3’s Corda blockchain. The move signifies the...
Indonesia proposes palm oil to be used as jet fuel

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Indonesia, the world’s top producer of palm oil, has suggested to use palm oil as biofuel in jet fuel and asked Boeing and Airbus...
Foreign arrivals to the Philippines at all-time high

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Foreign visitor arrivals in the Philippines reached an all-time high of 3.7 million in the first half of 2018, the country’s Department of Tourism...
Water colours: Experiencing ASEAN’s largest ornamental fish market

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Aficionados of ornamental fish in Asia don't need to look further than Thailand: Here, in Ratchaburi province some 100 kilometers west of Bangkok, the...
Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam with highest consumer confidence in Southeast Asia

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The Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam, just behind India, rank within the top four in the latest international consumer confidence survey compiled by US-based research...
Traffic-choked Jakarta to launch MRT operations by next March

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Indonesia's first mass rapid transit (MRT) rail system is on track to start operations in March next year, giving around 170,000 commuters a day...
Cambodia restores  rail connection to Thailand after 45 years

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Cambodia on July 4 reopened the final stretch of a railway running from the capital Phnom Penh to the border with neighbouring Thailand in...