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          Updated: May 27, 2015

•Thai business slows, auto sales continue to slump
A SLUMP in car sales in Thailand reached two years in April, while business sentiment hit a seven-month low, the Federation of Thai Industries said on 

• Mandiri reaps Rp 2.6 trillion from issuance of NCDs
State lender Bank Mandiri has reaped Rp 2.6 trillion (US$197.18 million) worth of fresh funds from the issuance of negotiable certificates of deposit

• Construction firm PP eyes Rp 21t power plant projects
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• Trade sees $1.87b deficit in first half of May
Viet Nam exported US$6.32 billion worth of commodities in the first half of May, a decrease of 9.5 per cent compared over the previous fortnight,

• South Africa hopes to bridge VN trade gap
South Africa wants to expand investment and trade ties but narrow its trade deficit with Viet Nam, a visiting business delegation from

   Updated  May 27, 2015
The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 35.04 points or 1.01% lower to 3424.94, taking the year-to-date performance to +1.78%.

The FBM KLCI index lost 9.02 points or 0.51% on Wednesday. The Finance Index fell 0.19% to 15698.71 points. The Properties Index dropped 0.88% to 1260.11 points and the Plantation Index down 1.64% to 7285.35 points. The market traded within a range of 8.57 points between an intra-day high of 1758.35 and a low of 1749.78 during the session. More

      Updated: May 15, 2015

Washington Needs a More Holistic View of Myanmar’s Elections
Myanmar’s upcoming national elections, expected in early November, will be an important test for its reform process. Many in Washington, in particular U.S. lawmakers and human rights activists, will be looking at the outcome of the voting as one of the factors determining future U.S. policy toward Myanmar. As such, knowing what to expect will help set the tone for the U.S. perception of and response to the elections.

The phrase “free and fair elections” has often been held up as the yardstick by which to measure the elections. However, a more holistic view, which places the poll in the context of Myanmar’s political trajectory, should instead look at whether the elections will meet the criteria of being inclusive, transparent, and credible. More

    Updated May 15, 2015

Biweekly Update


Parliament speaker Shwe Mann visits U.S. Speaker of Myanmar’s parliament Shwe Mann met with senior U.S. government officials, lawmakers, and private-sector representatives during a visit to Washington from April 30 to May 4 to discuss Myanmar’s reform process and upcoming elections in November. Shwe Mann said during a speech at a Washington think tank that he will run for president if nominated by his Union Solidarity and Development Party. Shwe Mann on May 4 met with Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who expressed concern about the proposed impact of the race and religion protection bills on Myanmar’s minority groups.More

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