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          Updated:  August 27, 2014

• 119 listed companies pay THB 97.38 bln in combined interim dividends for H1/2014
A total of 119 companies listed on The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) and Market for Alternative Investment (mai) have announced interim dividend

• ASEAN-China trade expected to grow ahead of regional integration
China's Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng and his fellow economic ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have praised the

• PM wants NCPO to use its power only when necessary
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), today told the council's 12th meeting at Army headquarters

• US firms eye $900M projects
Cambodia: A handful of US-based energy firms have met with the government over the past week to discuss plans for two large-scale power-generation

• Trade surplus hits $1.7b as exports see growth
Viet Nam has gained a trade surplus of US$1.7 billion for the first eight months of 2014, figures from the General Statistics Office (GSO) show.

          Updated: August 26, 2014

Singapore
The Straits Times Index (STI) ended -7.26 points lower or -0.22% to 3323.02, taking the year-to-date performance to +5.00%.

Malaysia
The FBM KLCI index lost 0.49 points or 0.03% on Tuesday. The Finance Index fell 0.02% to 17378.13 points, the Properties Index up 0.56% to 1512.16 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.34% to 8499.47 points. The market traded within a range of 6.82 points between an intra-day high of 1866.57 and a low of 1859.75 during the session. More

 
    Updated:August 22, 2014

Myanmar’s Peace Process Carries High Stakes Ahead of 2015 Elections
The Myanmar government has pursued more than a dozen rounds of cease-fire talks with the country’s major armed ethnic groups over the past three years, but has missed the timetable for achieving a nationwide cease-fire agreement several times. The government’s chief negotiator, Aung Min, recently said he hopes to conclude such an agreement in September and begin political dialogue with ethnic groups in early 2015.

Ethnic leaders on August 15 announced the government had agreed to include in the draft agreement a pledge to adopt a federal system—one of their key and longstanding demands—moving the two sides one step closer to a much-anticipated cease-fire deal. This time, however, the stakes are much higher, as the 2015 general elections and the uncertainty that a new government may bring begin to loom large.
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    Updated: August 22, 2014

Biweekly Update

Asean

Kerry attends ASEAN Regional Forum, meetings in Myanmar. Secretary of State John Kerry on August 9–10 led a U.S. delegation to attend the August 10 ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, and Lower Mekong Ministerial Meeting in Naypyidaw. Tensions in the South China Sea took center stage during the ARF, which includes 26 nations and the European Union as well as the meeting of the 10 ASEAN foreign ministers. Kerry voiced support for preventive diplomacy and peaceful resolution of maritime disputes according to international law.More












PR Today                           update August 22, 2014
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