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Updated: February 18,  2019
• Indonesia posts $1.16b trade deficit in January
Despite seeing a significant decrease in oil and gas and consumer goods imports, Indonesia posted a US$1.16 billion trade deficit in January 2019 because of slower exports and low commodity prices.
Exports decreased 3.24 percent month-to-month (mtm) and 4.7 percent year-on-year (yoy) to $13.87 billion because of a 29.3 percent mtm decrease in oil and gas exports to $1.24 billion.

• PHL to use $202-M ODA from Japan for roads in Mindanao conflict areas
The government of Japan is set to lend the Philippines $202 million to develop a road network in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said Friday.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. signed and exchanged notes on February 10 in Davao City, to pave the way for the $202-million ODA.

• Foreigners allowed house ownership in Da Nang
The central city’s construction department has listed 17 commercial housing projects that allow foreigners to own homes, including eight in Son Tra peninsula and six in the downtown Hải Châu district.
The department made an official announcement on Thursday, stating that these projects were built as trading centres, condotel complexes and apartments.

• Indonesia to cooperate with five Eurasian countries in trade
The government has announced it will sign a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) on trade with five countries grouped in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).

Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita signed on Thursday a joint ministerial statement with the Integration and Macroeconomics Minister of the EEU, Tatyana Valovaya, to reaffirm their commitment to sign the MoC.

• Firm to invest $200m in VSIP Nghe An

A Singaporean company will invest in a textile project in the Viet Nam-Singapore Industrial Park in Nghe An Province (VSIP Nghe An).

   Updated:  November 1,  2018
Malaysia
The FBM KLCI index lost 2.35 points or 0.14% on Thursday. The Finance Index fell 0.27% to 17202.44 points, the Properties Index up 0.29% to 879.72 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.02% to 7360.5 points. The market traded within a range of 10.11 points between an intra-day high of 1711.39 and a low of 1701.28 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include SEACERA, DSONIC, PRESBHD, ORION, HIBISCS, MYEG, HSI-H4V, NGGB-WA, SEACERA-WC and HSI-C3X. Trading volume decreased to 2180.55 mil shares worth RM1660.32 mil as compared to Wednesday’s 2332.86 mil shares worth RM2377.33 mil.
Asean
Singapore shares climbed to a one-week high on Thursday as lenders rallied after Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp posted a record quarterly profit, while other markets in the region were subdued.
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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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