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Updated:  June 26,  2018

• Japanese FM's visit highlights ASEAN's industrial hub, Indo-Pacific, and South China Sea
A discussion on developing Indonesia as a Japanese industrial hub, as well as on both countries' view toward the Indo-Pacific concept and South China Sea, is slated for Monday during the visit of Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.
Pointing out that such a trade war could threaten the global order, the prime minister warned that its impacts would be felt throughout the Kingdom.

• PHL bags over P621M worth of Japan grants
The Philippines and Japan on Monday signed two grant agreements cumulatively valued at over P621 million for flood forecasting and human resource development.
Signed by officials of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Pasig City, the grants covered the P621-million improvement of Flood Forecasting and Warning System for the Cagayan de Oro River Basin, and the Human Resource Development Scholarship.

• Bank Indonesia to help boost property business
Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo has said the central bank will introduce loan to value (LTV) relaxation and other policies to help boost the property business during BI's board of governors meeting on Wednesday and Thursday.
Perry has not elaborated on the financing policy for the property sector, but has said the policy aims to help millennials purchase homes and to lure investors.

 • Philippines to rely on Japan’s help in fueling the economy
The Philippines will continue to rely on Japan as a “true and reliable friend” on the path of economic emergence and prosperity, the Department of Finance said Friday.

• Trade fair in South Africa introduces Vietnamese goods
Vietnamese enterprises are displaying their products at the 25th South African International Trade Exhibition (SAITEX), which began in Johannesburg on June 24.

   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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