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March 2, 2009

• 14th Asean Summit:
Expanded forex swap may be launched earlier

• Cambodia tourism sector looks to US for help
• Japanese firm upbeat over Philippine expansion
• Vietnam’s East-West highway opens to trucks from Laos, Thailand
• Indonesia’s new mining law fails to clear doubts - survey

March 3, 2009

• Malaysian PM: 'Unbridled greed' key cause of economic woes
• Indonesia: Export plunge may force govt to raise spending
• Biofuel dreams evaporate as oil price falls
• Vietnam to set up mega rice storage
• Philippine budget deficit seen at 1.5% of GDP in 2010

March 4, 2009

• Indonesia: Debt buyback could be a boost for bond market
Philippine bourse mulls Islamic stock index
Thailand: Ex-governor appointed central bank chief
Vietnam: Banks asked to buy govt dollar bonds
Laos to receives $13m from global lender

March 6, 2009

• Thailand Economy:
GDP to contract 1% in 2009

• Malaysia Politics:
Opposition accuses election body of bias

• Indonesia:
Infrastructure projects ready to roll

• Philippines:
S&P cuts San Miguel rating

• Singapore:
Marina Bay Sands starts hiring 4,500 to run casino operations

March 7, 2009

• Thai PM sees need to review lese majeste law
• Vietnam: Growth seen falling to 4.5% in Q1
• Myanmar junta: US reports on human rights ‘politically motivated’
• Malaysia: Exports decline deepest in 15 years
• Japanese firm offers to buy remaining shares of Philippine brewer

March 9, 2009

• Indonesia Economy:
$6bn stimulus package to prop up growth

• China in dispute with Malaysia, Philippines over Nansha Island
• Global Crisis Impact:
Thailand lacks safety net, says think tank

• Foreign Direct Investment:
Vietnam tops the list of foreign investors in Laos

• Malaysia Politics:
Opposition leader calls for change in key by-elections

March 10, 2009

• Thailand names 2009 ‘Year of Investment’
• Singapore national icon to re-open in 2 weeks
• Indonesia Elections:
Golkar, PPP ‘to cooperate’ for votes
• Philippines: Rice output to rise to 17.5 metric tons in 2009
• Philippines: San Miguel to acquire telecom firm

March 11, 2009

• Canada’s Methanex seen pouring $1bn into Vietnam plant
• Indonesia, Korea sign deals worth $6bn
• Lao-Thailand energy projects to be revised
• Malaysia announces ‘unprecedented’ $16bn package
• Philippines: Foreign investment drops by almost 50% in 2008

March 12, 2009

• Indonesian exports to fall 6% in 2009
Thai opposition moves to impeach prime minister
Malaysia: Political woes overshadow budget boost
Survey: Singapore tops best expat location list, Bangkok slips
Philippines telecom giant takes 10% stake in top power firm

March 13, 2009

• Malaysia: No reforms expected on race-based system
Asean+3 and +6 to be held in Pattaya, Thailand
Indonesia eyes $580m from global Islamic bond issue
Vietnam grants Japanese firm retail license
Singapore firm bids for key India arms contract

March 14, 2009

• Singapore to host ‘orchid-naming ceremony’ for Myanmar PM
Thai PM: Economy may not recover until Q4
Korea-Asean Center opens in Seoul
Malaysia: No-frills terminal planned for 2011
Philippines president signs $29bn anti-recession budget

March 16, 2009

• Indonesia's President sees economy expanding in 2009
Thai PM to talk trade, investment with during China visit late March
Philippine bourse to allow anonymous trading
Malaysia reduces number of foreign workers
G20 agree to raise IMF funds

March 17, 2009

• Indonesia: General election campaign kicks off
Canadian firm, Indian power plant in talks on Indonesian coal
Malaysia’s lender to form insurance jv with Canada’s Sun Life
Philippine brewery confirms peso bond pricing
Thai govt to face censure debate Thursday
Singapore’s economy seen shrinking by 8.5%
HSBC eyes bigger stake in Vietnamese insurer

March 18, 2009

• IMF revises Vietnam’s growth down to 4.75%
Corruption probe hits Malaysia's ruling party
Myanmar defies UN calls for release of political prisoners
Indonesian state oil firm to pick gas block partners in a month or two
Acergy-SapuraCrest J-V in $825m offshore job in Malaysia

March 19, 2009

• Singapore urges Myanmar to look West
Thai refiner quits two overseas projects
Malaysia’s telecom firm pours $10bn into Indian unit
Thai companies plan more bonds ahead of govt launch
Singapore: RBS’ retail, commercial banking units up for sale

March 20, 2009

• Censure Motion:Thai PM brushes aside opposition claims

Malaysian firm sees rise in palm oil price
Vietnam to raise import tax on fresh and frozen meat
Singapore: WSJ editor fined $6,600 for contempt
Crisis impact on Indonesian exports getting worse
Thai industrial estate firm sees 50% drop in revenue

March 21, 2009

• Trade body to rule on Thai-US plastic bag dispute
Tight credit hits Vietnam coffee farmers
Songs, dances add colour to Indonesia’s election campaigns
Singapore’s top leader warns of long recession
Corruption may block fresh aid for Philippines – World Bank

March 23, 2009

• Indonesia, Australia sign maritime MoU
Thai PM warns of rising unemployment
Japan extends funds to Khmer Rouge trial
Myanmar reports $11bn in foreign trade in 2008
Philippines: Weak peso slows foreign debt prepayment 

March 24, 2009

• Indonesia's Bakrie to build offshore gas pipeline
Thai energy giant eyes acquisitions in the region
Malaysia: Govt suspends opposition dailies ahead of crucial polls
Singapore relaxes political film law
Thai economy seen shrinking 3% in 2009
Vietnam upbeat over trade surplus in Q1

March 27, 2009

• Hard Rock eyes hotels in Asia’s ‘gateway’ cities
GM unit may get Thai govt aid if parent ‘survives’
Chinese firm axes Indonesian nickel project
Malaysian deputy premier voted ruling party chief
Singapore to toughen public law ahead of Apec meet
Pro-Thaksin supporters stage anti-govt protest
Asean finance chiefs to meet on reserves, FX swap scheme
March 28, 2009

• Thaksin adds to calls for govt resignation
Indian firm makes inroads into Philippine pharma market
Singapore monetary chief asks China to supervise S-chip firms
Vietnam posts lowest Q1 growth in decade
Indonesia may delay Tangguh LNG project again
Thailand to issue first Islamic bonds

March 30, 2009

• Opposition mounts pressure on Malaysia PM as by-election nears
Thai govt attempts to block Thaksin’s phone-ins
• Indonesia’s state firms join geothermal plant construction
Philippine ICT readiness declines - report
GM CEO forced to quit as auto restructuring plan starts

March 31, 2009

• Indonesia's coal firm reports  ten-fold rise in profit
Vietnam gets UN help in monitoring population, housing census
Malaysia’s Proton in electric car tie-up with Dutch firm
Tata Motors enters Myanmar to set up heavy trucks unit
WB forecasts 4% decline in remittances to Philippines

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