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Brunei’s growth will depend on diversification

The United Nation's recently published Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013 shed an interesting light on GDP growth expectations of...
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Steve Troop, CEO of Barwa Bank, about GCC investors' response
Cambodia’s GDP per capita to cross $1,000

Cambodia's GDP per capita was projected to hit $1,036 in 2013, up from nearly $1,000 in 2012, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on September...
Lessons learnt: The end of a volatile summer for ASEAN

The surprise announcement by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke on September 19 that the Fed will not taper its money stimulus programme yet came...
The business of MMA in Asia should not go unnoticed

To many people, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a US phenomenon characterised by large, tattooed, aggressive men who brawl with each other inside a...
Lee: ASEAN economic integration ‘economically difficult’

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a statement in September 17 said that achieving the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will "depend on the...
Stolen Nigerian oil lands in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore

Significant amounts of crude oil stolen from Nigerian oil pipelines and terminal are reportedly partly sold to Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore in by organised...
Apple’s ‘cheap’ iPhones launched globally

Apple started the rollout for its new "cheap" iPhones 5C and 5s on September 20. The double debut will see around-the-world sales of the...
GDP per capita in ASEAN doubled since 2000

Real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita in purchasing power parity in ASEAN has almost doubled from $2,882 in 2000 to $5,581 in 2011,...
ASEAN markets jump after surprise Fed decision

Southeast Asian stocks and currencies saw robust gains as investors returned to emerging markets after the US Federal Reserve surprisingly announced that there will...
ASEAN markets await crucial Fed decision

ASEAN stocks and currencies were down on September 18 as countries eagerly awaited the decision of the US Federal Reserve to reduce its quantitative...
Asia’s worst currency: The rupiah

Indonesia's currency, the rupiah, has topped India's rupee in being the worst-performing currency in Asia since June, Japanese investment house Nomura said. The currency has...
Cambodia reports $1.41b trade deficit

Cambodia has accumulated a trade deficit of $1.41 billion in the first eight months of 2013, according to figures from the Ministry of Commerce...
Solar power, a viable alternative for Brunei

Brunei has made the energy sector in Southeast Asia sit up and take notice with its announcement that the oil-rich state will introduce a...
Dogs off the menu in Southeast Asia

Westerners cringe at the thought of eating a man’s best friend, a taboo cuisine that has been dined upon throughout parts of Asia. An...
Mass protests in Cambodia rekindling

Cambodia's main opposition party has launched another mass demonstration in the capital on September 15 to step up pressure against Prime Minister Hun Sen...
Southeast Asia’s energy hunger needs to be stilled

The Asian energy ministers’ meeting, the Fifth Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable held on September 12 in Seoul and co-hosted by South Korea and Qatar,...
Brunei family buys entire London street

A family from Brunei has reportedly bought 75 per cent of property along Queensway, the west London thoroughfare, in a series of deals worth...