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Updated: September 18,  2018

• Indonesia books US$1.02 billion trade deficit in August
Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Monday that Indonesia recorded a trade deficit of US$1.02 billion in August, mostly as a result of oil and gas imports.
The August trade deficit is half of the $2.03 billion deficit in July, Indonesia's highest in five years.

• August car imports up
Vietnamese businesses imported nearly 10,000 completely built cars in August, up 50 per cent compared with the previous month, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.
This is a good sign for many domestic customers as auto importers have met requirements of Government Decree 116 on the conditions for production, assembly, import and business of automobile warranty and maintenance services, which came into effect on January 1 this year.

• Accelerating economic activity pushes up energy imports
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has blamed accelerating economic activity for an increase in energy imports, the largest contributor to the country’s trade deficit in August.
Statistics Indonesia announced on Monday that the country’s trade deficit had risen to US$1.02 billion in August, mostly as a result of oil and gas imports, which had increased by 14.5 percent from the previous month to $3.05 billion.

• ASEAN Clean Tourist Awards presented to Hoi An, Hue, Da Lat
Hoi An Town in Quang Nam Province, Hue City in Thừa Thien-Hue Province and Da Lat City in Lam Dong Province have been presented with ASEAN Clean Tourist Awards, and the titles will be valid for 2018-20.

• Trade with China totalled US$4 billion (April to July)
The value of Myanmar’s trade with China from April to July of the current mini-budget period totalled US$4 billion, including export worth $1.89 billion and import valued $2.14 billion, according to figures released by the Ministry of Commerce, state media reported.

   Updated:  June 15,  2018
The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 35.78 points or 1.05% lower to 3356.73, taking the year-to-date performance to -1.36%. For more details, go to

The FBM KLCI index lost 1.79 points or 0.10% on Thursday. The Finance Index fell 0.24% to 17492.84 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.33% to 1043.49 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.58% to 7782.65 points. The market traded within a range of 16.77 points between an intra-day high of 1762.22 and a low of 1745.45 during the session.

     Updated: June 11, 2018

Inflation may yet peak —Diokno
This report provides a summary of the discussion from a CSIS roundtable held on April 13, 2018, as part of the CSIS-Pertamina Energy Initiative. The discussion brought together government, industry, and policy experts to explore the outlook for the region’s energy mix out to 2040, the state of renewable energy in Southeast Asia, and its role in the region’s energy priorities. This was the first in a series of events that will be convened this year to examine the role of renewable energy in Southeast Asia and its security, economic, and political importance in the Indo-Pacific.
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