Updated: May 22, 2015
• Japanese investment in Viet Nam tops $37.5 billion as of April's end
Japanese investors have injected US$37.5 billion into 2,619 valid projects in Viet Nam, as of the end of April.
• Transmission line to connect dam by 2017
A $92 million transmission line will be constructed at the Lower Sesan II hydro dam in Stung Treng by June 2017 to transfer power to
• 15 oil and gas operators on the run
The Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force (SKKMigas) is currently chasing 15 unreachable oil and gas companies that have failed
• Petral’s assets worth $2b, says Pertamina
State-owned oil and gas company Pertamina says the assets of its Singapore-based trading arm Pertamina Energy Trading Ltd. (Petral) are
• S’pore beats Tokyo as best city in Asia
SINGAPORE is Asia's top-ranked city across a broad range of indicators, beating Tokyo to take the third place worldwide
Updated May 22, 2015
The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 10.32 points or 0.30% higher to 3450.18, taking the year-to-date performance to +2.53%.
The FBM KLCI index lost 7.54 points or 0.42% on Friday. The Finance Index fell 0.33% to 15947.77 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.41% to 1287.98 points and the Plantation Index down 0.25% to 7491.74 points. The market traded within a range of 18.35 points between an intra-day high of 1798.46 and a low of 1780.11 during the session. More
Updated: May 15, 2015
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
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