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          Updated: March 23, 2017

• Hydropower plant’s second turbine starts generating power
The Trung Son hydropower plant’s second turbine, in the central province of Thanh Hóa, began generating electricity for the national

• Indonesia eyes Rp 863t investment
The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) hopes to attract Rp 863 trillion (US$64.6 billion) in foreign direct investment (FDI) in

• USNS Fall River makes goodwill visit to Myanmar
The United States Navy expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4) will make a goodwill port visit to Yangon


• Ministry targets entrepreneurship rate to hit 4% this year
Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Anak Agung Gede Ngurah Puspayoga has set a target of a 4 percent


• IFC gives US$80 million credit package to VPBank
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private equity arm of World Bank group, has sanctioned an additional US$80 million


   Updated: March 22, 2017
Singapore
The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 40.38 points or 1.28% lower to 3118.19, taking the year-to-date performance to +8.24%.

Malaysia
The FBM KLCI index lost 6.37 points or 0.36% on Wednesday. The Finance Index fell 0.40% to 15765.4 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.05% to 1284.36 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.37% to 8230.38 points. The market traded within a range of 9.90 points between an intra-day high of 1748.30 and a low of 1738.40 during the session. More

      Updated: February 28,  2017
U.S.-ASEAN Relations: Charting Next Steps During the 40th Anniversary
The year 2017 is a milestone for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). During this 50th anniversary of the 10-nation bloc, ASEAN finds itself representing a region that is prospering and peaceful overall, having successfully both limited its ambitions and included disparate political, economic, and cultural systems. But the group suffers from persistent criticism of its consensus approach, which can result in a least-common-denominator 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  February 28,  2017
Biweekly Update
Half-brother of North Korean leader killed in Malaysia
Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, died after an attack at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13. Malaysian police have arrested four people in connection with the suspected poison attack and are seeking four North Korean men who fled Malaysia the day of the attack. North Korea's ambassador to Kuala Lumpur has questioned the integrity of the investigation, claiming it was politically motivated 
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