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Updated:  June 21,  2018

• PM calls for study on fears of US-China trade conflict
Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed concern on Tuesday that an impending global trade war could impact the Cambodian economy, suggesting that economists and experts study what preparations should be made to avoid any negative effects.
Pointing out that such a trade war could threaten the global order, the prime minister warned that its impacts would be felt throughout the Kingdom.

• Trade chief Lopez: Creating more jobs through investments better than wage hike
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez on Wednesday expressed apprehension about giving workers significant increase in wages, saying this would exert inflationary pressure on the economy.
Lopez warned that approving a wage increase that is "more than necessary" would be "dangerous" as this may force businesses to raise prices on goods and services they are offering and lay off workers.

• Investment Commission reformed
Myanmar reformed its Investment Commission with 13 members and the Minister at the Office of the Government U Thaung Tun was appointed as chairman, Xinhua has reported.
Minister of Commerce Than Myint was assigned as vice chairman of the commission, while Director-General of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) U Aung Naing Oo is secretary of the commission.

 • Wing, City team up for cashless bus payment
Electronic payment service provider Wing and the Phnom Penh City Bus Authority (PPCBA) on Tuesday joined hands to offer a cashless payment option for the city’s buses, making travelling on public transport smarter and easier.

• Strong demand seen for Philippine Samurai bonds —DOF
Japanese banks expect the Philippine issuance of Samurai bonds to attract a strong demand, the Department of Finance (DOF) claimed Wednesday.

   Updated:  June 15,  2018
Singapore
The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 35.78 points or 1.05% lower to 3356.73, taking the year-to-date performance to -1.36%. For more details, go to www.sgx.com/research

Malaysia
The FBM KLCI index lost 1.79 points or 0.10% on Thursday. The Finance Index fell 0.24% to 17492.84 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.33% to 1043.49 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.58% to 7782.65 points. The market traded within a range of 16.77 points between an intra-day high of 1762.22 and a low of 1745.45 during the session.
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     Updated: June 11, 2018

Inflation may yet peak —Diokno
This report provides a summary of the discussion from a CSIS roundtable held on April 13, 2018, as part of the CSIS-Pertamina Energy Initiative. The discussion brought together government, industry, and policy experts to explore the outlook for the region’s energy mix out to 2040, the state of renewable energy in Southeast Asia, and its role in the region’s energy priorities. This was the first in a series of events that will be convened this year to examine the role of renewable energy in Southeast Asia and its security, economic, and political importance in the Indo-Pacific.
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