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Updated: October 11,  2018
• Bank Indonesia sees full-year inflation at 3.4 percent
Bank Indonesia (BI) expects inflation of 3.4 percent this year, lower than last year’s rate of 3.61 percent and comfortably within the central bank’s target range.
Speaking at a central banks forum in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Wednesday, BI Governor Perry Warjoyo said joint efforts by the central bank and the government to stabilize administered prices and the prices of main commodities had helped curb inflation.

• Philippine trade deficit widens to $3.51B in August
The Philippine trade deficit expanded further to $3.51 billion in August as the country continued to import more during the period, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported Wednesday.
Data released by the PSA showed the balance of trade in goods widened to a $3.51-billion deficit in August from $2.74 billion a year earlier.

• Indonesia must boost resilience with global risks on the rise: OECD
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has urged Indonesia to highlight the importance of policies that could boost resilience as global risks are on the rise.
“[Global risks] also underline the potential for tax reforms that increase government revenues to meet financing needs in a growth and equity-friendly manner, as well as how tourism can contribute to sustainable regional development,” OECD survey said.

• Banks required to meet capital demands of rice exporters
The State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV) has directed commercial banks to prepare funds in a move to timely meet capital demands of rice exporters as regulated in Decree 107/2018/NĐ-CP on rice export operations.

Under a document released this week, SBV required the banks to implement Decree 107, which has taken effect since October 1 this year, to lend to rice traders for constructing warehouses, milling and grinding establishments, rice and paddy processing establishments as well as farmers producing rice for export.

• Joint oil exploration not tackled during PHL-China loan talks —DOF
There were no discussions regarding joint oil exploration in the West Philippine Sea during loan negotiations between the Philippines and China, the Department of Finance (DOF) said Wednesday.

   Updated:  October 10,  2018
The FBM KLCI index lost 38.97 points or 2.20% on Wednesday. The Finance Index fell 1.08% to 17487.66 points, the Properties Index dropped 3.45% to 922.06 points and the Plantation Index down 0.61% to 7449.27 points. The market traded within a range of 49.29 points between an intra-day high of 1781.79 and a low of 1732.50 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include GAMUDA, SAPNRG, HIBISCS, HSI-C3T, BORNOIL, MYEG, ORION, GLOTEC, MRCB and NETX. Trading volume increased to 3024.92 mil shares worth RM2958.59 mil as compared to Tuesday’s 1804.83 mil shares worth RM1526.14 mil.
Most Southeast Asian stock markets fell on Wednesday after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said risks to the global financial system could increase if pressures in emerging markets escalate or global trade relations deteriorate further.

     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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