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          Updated: August 26, 2016

• British Chamber of Commerce seeks to connect UK businesses to Myanmar
The British Chamber in Myanmar has launched a range of business services to assist UK companies with market entry in to Myanmar

• Investors want greater transparency, disclosure in financial reports
Statutory audits and high-quality financial reports are most valued by institutional and retail investors in Singapore, according to the findings 

• Govt eyes US$800m in transactions at Trade Expo Indonesia
The government aims to match 1,100 Indonesian traders with 14,700 potential international buyers and book US$800 million in transactions

• Local banks prepare for establishment of capital markets
BRUNEI has seen some new developments with regards to capital markets since the implementation of guidelines for the Securities Market
 

• Financial management crucial for all business
FINANCIAL management should be the top priority of all entrepreneurs seeking to sustain their businesses.


   Updated  August 26,  2016
Singapore
The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 19.28 points or 0.67% lower to 2857.65, taking the year-to-date performance to -0.87%.

Malaysia
The FBM KLCI index gained 2.79 points or 0.17% on Friday. The Finance Index increased 0.21% to 14446.27 points, the Properties Index up 0.16% to 1193.02 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.14% to 7806.67 points. The market traded within a range of 9.51 points between an intra-day high of 1683.38 and a low of 1673.87 during the session. More

      Updated: August 19,  2016
Malaysia's Najib Faces Latest Challenge from Newly Established Party
Former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin on August 9 officially registered Malaysia’s newest political party: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, or Bersatu for short. The party is the latest salvo in a slow mutiny against Prime Minister Najib Razak that has centered for more than a year around a scandal involving state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).   More

    Updated August 19,  2016
Biweekly Update
Thailand
Thais vote to approve new constitution; government says election will take place in 2017. Voters in an August 7 referendum voted to approve a draft constitution put forth by the military government, with 61 percent of votes in favor. The majority of “no” votes were in the southern border provinces, home to a long-running separatist insurgency, and in the north and northeast, where supporters of the opposition Pheu Thai party dominate. Critics warned that the constitution would grant inordinate power to the military. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha on August 9 confirmed that a general election will now take place around November 2017.
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