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          Updated: February 23, 2017

• Inflation to hit 3% in first half of 2017
Inflation is expected to settle in the middle of the central bank’s 2- to 4-percent target range in the first six months of the year

• Sembcorp Marine swings to profit in Q4, FY revenue lowest in decade
Singapore's Sembcorp Marine Ltd (SembMarine) swung to profit in the fourth quarter of 2016 after provisions pulled the rig builder

• Consumer confidence declines slightly in Q4
Indonesian consumer confidence declined slightly in the fourth quarter of 2016 to 120 points, according to the latest survey report from Nielsen.


• Japan ranks second in foreign investment in Binh Duong
As many as 246 projects worth US$5.19 billion invested by Japanese firms are operating in the southern province of Bình Dương


• Government signs guarantee agreement for Rp 37.2t toll road projects
The government on Wednesday signed a guarantee agreement for the development of four toll road projects worth Rp 37 trillion (US$2.77 billion).


   Updated: February 22, 2017
Singapore
The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 28.01 points or 0.91% higher to 3122.2, taking the year-to-date performance to +8.38%.

Malaysia
The FBM KLCI index gained 1.53 points or 0.09% on Wednesday. The Finance Index increased 0.00% to 15065.64 points, the Properties Index up 0.79% to 1225.71 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.33% to 8032.21 points. The market traded within a range of 4.68 points between an intra-day high of 1709.10 and a low of 1704.42 during the session. More

      Updated: February 15,  2017
Set the US-Thailand relationship right
The visit of US Adm. Harry B Harris Jr, head of US Pacific Command, to Thailand this week is an opportunity for Thailand and the United States to reset a stagnant, strained relationship. The visit will also be an important symbol of the Trump administration's commitment to the Asia-Pacific Region, and to Southeast Asia in particular. President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy team is taking shape, with the choice of ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson for secretary of state and retired Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense. The selection of Tillerson and Mattis—both well-respected individuals with  More

    Updated  January 19,  2017
Biweekly Update
Myanmar detains police after video of Rohingya beating surfaces online
An online video showing Burmese security forces beating Rohingya villagers during a security operation has provided evidence of violence against the Rohingya related to the ongoing crackdown in Rakhine State. Journalists and aid workers have been denied access to the area, making independent verification of human rights abuses difficult. Four police officers have been detained on suspicion of involvement in the beating, and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s 
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