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          Updated:  December 19, 2014

• VN halts Australia fruit imports
Viet Nam plans to cease the import of 38 kinds of fruits from Australia from 2015, the agriculture and rural development ministry's plant protection

• LPEI to see higher export financing with weakening rupiah
The Indonesian Export Financing Agency (LPEI), also known as Indonesia Eximbank, expects to channel higher financing in 2015 as the weakening rupiah is

• Brunei,US in talks for possible joint energy ventures
BRUNEI and the United States are looking to strike up a partnership on regional energy ventures, utilising a US$6 billion US-government fund for sustainable

• Indonesia to benefit from foreign investment, trade
Indonesia is predicted to enjoy higher foreign direct investment (FDI) and trade volume when the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is implemented at the

• Maximum allowed public transport fare increase in 2015 is 2.8%: Lui Tuck Yew
SINGAPORE: Any increase in public transport fares next year will be lower than the original roll-over figure of 3.4 per cent. In an exclusive interview with

          Updated 19 December, 2014

Singapore
The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +35.88 points higher or +1.11% to 3279.53, taking the year-to-date performance to +3.62%.

Malaysia
The FBM KLCI index gained 16.04 points or 0.94% on Friday. The Finance Index increased 0.95% to 15273.77 points, the Properties Index up 2.06% to 1284.23 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.66% to 7477.66 points. The market traded within a range of 14.31 points between an intra-day high of 1720.78 and a low of 1706.47 during the session. More

      Updated: December 18, 2014

Analysis: The virtue of strengthening domestic palm-oil market
As crude palm oil (CPO) becomes Indonesia’s main export commodity, it is not sinful to have the idea of switching the focus of our CPO market from export oriented to domestic oriented. By having that approach, what this article means is balancing the market between export and domestic demand. The most obvious benefit to having more depth in the CPO market domestically is anticipating the impact of global economic fluctuations.

One example can be seen in the slowdown of palm-oil consumption growth in the Chinese market recently. That missing portion should have been allocated to Indonesia’s domestic market. Therefore, in terms of volume, the industry could maintain sales for stabilizing revenue. The second-round effect from stable sales volume is less fluctuation in CPO prices. This is really helpful for exporting countries like Indonesia in this gloomy period. More

    Updated: November 28, 2014

Biweekly Update

Myanmar

Obama ends Myanmar visit with call for more reforms. President Barack Obama on November 14 ended his three-day visit to Myanmar with a call for the government to hasten its political reform process. Obama held a joint press conference with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon in which he warned that reforms are not “complete or irreversible,” alluding to possible repercussions from the United States should Myanmar backslide. The message was more pointed than that delivered to President Thein Sein a day earlier in Naypyidaw, in which Obama praised Myanmar’s reform progress. More













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