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Updated: November 2,  2018
• Internet freedom rating drops in Myanmar: FEM
Myanmar’s nascent internet freedom has declined in 2018 for the second year in a row under the NLD according to US-based Freedom House’s annual report launched today. Myanmar’s score deteriorated from 61 to 63 in 2017 and worsened again to 64 in 2018. Myanmar is now almost as bad as Thailand’s military government, and significantly worse than the authoritarian regime in Cambodia.
The report gives credit to the NLD government for facilitating impressive 29% year-on-year growth in internet access including via new 4G networks. Private telecoms companies, notably mobile phone operators but also newer MiFi suppliers and infrastructure builders,

• Government mulls over imposing gas DMO to curb electricity rates
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has proposed the issuance of a regulation to impose a price ceiling for natural gas, particularly for electricity plants, to help state-owned electricity company PLN provide affordable rates to its customers.
He explained that such a rule may be imposed through a domestic market obligation (DMO) policy.

• PHL strong enough to ‘weather’ economic storms, Dominguez claims
The government is not being “complacent” amid issues looming over the economy, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said Thursday, noting he is confident that the country will be able to “weather” these storms.

• Purchasing power rises quickly
The people’s purchasing power soared 9.31 per cent in the first 10 months of this year according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

“Once inflation is excluded, this increase still represents the highest rate of purchasing power growth seen in the first 10 months of any year.

• More investors to return to stock market if inflation slows down
The Philippine equities market is likely to stage a recovery in the coming months as expectations of slower inflation may encourage investors to trade, according to a research report by First Metro Investment Corp. (FMIC) and the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P).

   Updated:  November 1,  2018
The FBM KLCI index lost 2.35 points or 0.14% on Thursday. The Finance Index fell 0.27% to 17202.44 points, the Properties Index up 0.29% to 879.72 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.02% to 7360.5 points. The market traded within a range of 10.11 points between an intra-day high of 1711.39 and a low of 1701.28 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include SEACERA, DSONIC, PRESBHD, ORION, HIBISCS, MYEG, HSI-H4V, NGGB-WA, SEACERA-WC and HSI-C3X. Trading volume decreased to 2180.55 mil shares worth RM1660.32 mil as compared to Wednesday’s 2332.86 mil shares worth RM2377.33 mil.
Singapore shares climbed to a one-week high on Thursday as lenders rallied after Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp posted a record quarterly profit, while other markets in the region were subdued.

     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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