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Updated:  June 18,  2018

• Vehicle sales down 13.7% in May as buyers purchased ahead of TRAIN —industry report
Vehicle sales slowed for the fourth straight month year-on-year in May, a joint report by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. and the Truck Manufacturers Association showed.
Buyers made purchases ahead of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, according to an industry executive.

• An Giang seeks investment in over 50 projects
The Mekong Delta province of An Giang plans to launch more than 50 projects to attract domestic and foreign investment.
With the decrease, electricity consumption during the holiday would only reach 3,000 megawatts (MW), lower than 5,000 MW on normal days, said Haryanto WS, regional business director at PLN’s West Java Division.

• Jakarta to see lower electricity consumption during holiday
Electricity usage in Jakarta is projected to decrease by 40 percent during the long Idul Fitri holiday from June 11 to 21, a regional executive of state-owned electricity firm PLN has said.
With the decrease, electricity consumption during the holiday would only reach 3,000 megawatts (MW), lower than 5,000 MW on normal days, said Haryanto WS, regional business director at PLN’s West Java Division.

 • Da Nang seeks EU investment
The central city of Da Nang has been compiling simplified investment procedures to support European businesses with more transparency and a reduction in informal charges.

• Leader of GDP calls on nations to monitor poll
Earlier this week, the newly elected president of the Grassroots Democracy Party (GDP), Yang Saing Koma, appealed to several countries to take part in monitoring the upcoming elections. .

   Updated:  June 15,  2018
Singapore
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 www.sgx.com/research

Malaysia
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.
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     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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