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          Updated:  February 26, 2015

• Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia offer low labour costs: report
A new global ranking says businesses with supply chains and operations in Myanmar, Bangladesh and Cambodia are benefiting from the world’s lowest

• Market value climbs in new lunar year
Vietnamese stocks continued to increase in value as the first trading session of the new lunar year closed the day before yesterday.

•Thailand puts bidding for oil, gas concessions on hold
THAILAND’S military government will delay bidding for new oil and gas concessions indefinitely, pending an amendment to a petroleum law, Prime Minister

• Central bank seeks to give riel a boost
Cambodia’s central bank will use its upcoming Second Macroeconomic Conference to discuss how best to promote the use of the riel and hasten

• Climate change costs growing
The economic impact of climate change in Cambodia could be highly damaging to rural areas and worker productivity, according

   Updated 25 February, 2015
The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +3.22 points higher or +0.09% to 3440.83, taking the year-to-date performance to +2.25%.

The FBM KLCI index lost 2.82 points or 0.16% on Wednesday. The Finance Index fell 0.19% to 15850.15 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.13% to 1331.01 points and the Plantation Index down 0.89% to 8046.63 points. The market traded within a range of 9.70 points between an intra-day high of 1818.35 and a low of 1808.65 during the session. More

      Updated: February 20, 2015

The Time is Right for President Obama to Visit Vietnam in 2015
The year 2015 marks an unparalleled opportunity for the United States and Vietnam to bolster their relations, culminating with a widely expected visit to Hanoi by President Barack Obama toward the end of the year.

The one-time battlefield foes this year are marking the 20th anniversary of their diplomatic ties. The strides the two countries have taken since then-president Bill Clinton announced the normalization of U.S.-Vietnam relations in 1995 have been nothing short of impressive. The United States and Vietnam now cooperate on a broad array of economic, political, security, and educational issues, and are working together to promote regional economic integration and stability.

    Updated February 20, 2015

Biweekly Update


Jokowi drops nomination of graft-tainted official for police chief. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on February 18 dropped the nomination of Budi Gunawan for National Police chief in the face of widespread public criticism. Budi has been tainted by graft allegations. Jokowi instead nominated acting chief Badrodin Haiti for the position. Jokowi’s decision came despite a Jakarta court ruling two days earlier that Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) erred in naming Budi a graft suspect in January. The court ruled that Budi’s position at the time of the alleged graft—head of police career development—did not qualify as the type of official or law enforcement position that the commission is  More

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