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          Updated:  July 30, 2014

• Military top leader orders evacuation of Thai nationals in Libya
In response to violence in Libya, Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, chief of the Army and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), told the Foreign Ministry to

• No talk on the future Indonesia cabinet at Megawati's open house
Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) secretary-general Tjahjo Kumolo says the formation of the future cabinet was not discussed at the Eid

• China, Laos pledge to boost bilateral ties
Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with his Lao counterpart Choummaly Saygnasone here on Monday and the two pledged to

• Consumption of goods, services up
The General Statistics Office (GSO) yesterday reported that the total retail sale of goods and services in the first seven months achieved a year-on-year

• Myanmar to reduce red tape for business, says presidential advisor
Myanmar will endeavour to improve its rating in the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business Report’, presidential advisor on economic affairs Dr Zaw Oo said in Yangon

          Updated: July 30, 2014

Singapore
The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 2.43 points lower or -0.07% to 3353.65, taking the year-to-date performance to +5.96%.

Malaysia
The FBM KLCI index gained 1.00 points or 0.05% on Wednesday. The Finance Index increased 0.10% to 17371.45 points, the Properties Index up 1.19% to 1520.48 points and the Plantation Index down 0.33% to 9061.64 points. The market traded within a range of 8.83 points between an intra-day high of 1886.39 and a low of 1877.56 during the session.
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Updated: July 30, 2014

Laos: Investment Potential and Economic Challenges
The accession of Laos to the World Trade Organization last year was the latest in a series of milestones in the country’s global economic integration, stretching back to the launching of economic reforms by the ruling Lao People’s Revolutionary Party in 1986.


Since then, the Lao government has pursued a steady, albeit slow and conservative, path toward opening its economy, resulting in one of the highest rates of gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the world, averaging 7.6 percent over the past five years.

While the Lao economy remains the smallest in Southeast Asia, it has been drawing the attention of foreign investors for a  More

    Updated: July 25, 2014

Biweekly Update

Malaysia
Malaysia negotiates for remains, black boxes, site access to downed flight MH17. Prime Minister Najib Razak said July 21 that his government had successfully negotiated with the separatist administration in Donetsk, Ukraine, for the transfer of the remains of 282 of the people on board and the two flight recorders from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, along with access for investigators to the crash site. The flight was shot down by Ukrainian separatists on July 17 using equipment that U.S. and other leaders have   More













PR Today                           update July 24, 2014
A Biography  
HRH Princess Soamsawali to preside over OESA 80th Anniversary The Master of the Vijja Dhammakaya approach, the late         
Venerable Cho Khun Phra Mongkol-Thepmuni, is fondly known and
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