Sign up | Log in



Home  >>  Daily News  >>  ASEAN ANALYSIS


Asean Affairs  13  February 2011


By  David Swartzentruber

AseanAffairs     13 February 2011

Related Stories

February 11,2011
Wildlife trafficking continues in Thailand

February 10,2011
Food, glorious food

February 9,2011
Another Thai-Cambodian dispute

February 8,2011
Fire on the border

February 7,2011
Asean offers mediation in Thai-Cambodia dispute

February 6,2011

February 4,2011
Obesity in Asia follows global pattern

These were the most important stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of February 5-February 11.

Bank Indonesia raises interest rate
After months of doing little, Bank Indonesia on Friday raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter percentage point to 6.75 percent, citing growing inflationary pressures.

Indonesia could be left out of regional link
Stock exchanges in Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand want to set up trading links between their markets and hope to have cross-border dealing in all listed shares by the end of 2011.

Thailand may have April election
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva began his re-election campaign early on Friday. It has been speculated the premier will dissolve the House in April after parliament passes important legislation.

Free trade challenges Vietnam
The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is a double-edged sword as it brings both opportunities and challenges to Vietnamese exports, according to Vietnamese economic experts.

Malaysia remains a top offshoring destination
Malaysia continues to occupy the third leading position, after India and China, in the list of the world's leading offshoring destinations, according to global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney's latest Global Services Location Index (GSLI).

Indonesian banks climb in global rankings
A global survey has found five Indonesian lenders among the world's 500 most valuable banking brands, according to consultancy company Brand Finance.

Ringgit Expected To Hit 3.00 Against US Dollar By Q1
The Malaysian ringgit, which touched a new 13-year high of 3.0345 in intra-day trade Monday, is expected to hit 3.00 against the dollar by the first quarter. There is speculation that Asian central banks may raise interest rates to curb inflationary pressure and the continued commercial demand for the local currency.

Joint expansion discussed
Two Thai energy firms, PTT Exploration and Production Plc and Petronas Carigali, are discussing increasing gas production from a joint development area.

Wal-Mart may enter Indonesia
Wal-Mart Stores may become a partner of retailer Matahari Putra Prima in developing its hypermarkets multiple sources said on Tuesday.

More poor Philippine families
The impact of the global financial crisis and the natural disasters that struck the Philippines have resulted in more poor Filipino families, the government reported Tuesday.

DTAC wants same deal as True Move
In the stormy field of Thai telecoms, equal opportunity for competing firms is the battleground as foreign firms feel they are not getting a fair deal.

Rushing to rubber
The upbeat rubber market has encouraged Thailand's CP Group to strengthen its rubber business with an investment infusion from Japan's Marubeni Corporation.

Malaysia's rapid transit takes shape
About 150 kilometers long and costing a whopping RM36.6 billion (US$12.2 billion), the Kuala Lumpur Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) without doubt is Malaysia's largest infrastructure project thus far. READ MORE:

Philippine FDI surges
Foreign direct investments (FDI) to the country surged in November on the back of improved risk appetite for emerging Asia's assets, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said Thursday.

New Vietnamese exchange rules may boost liquidity
The Vietnamese government plans to complete the legal framework governing the securities market, says Deputy Minister of Finance Tran Xuan Ha.

Paul A. Ebeling, Jnr

Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
  Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below




1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Today's  Stories    12  February 2011 Subsribe Now !
• Cambodian banking sector develops
Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
• Export curbs in Indonesia? Asean Affairs Premium
• A slippery slope in Indonesia
• Proton looking for a tenant  
Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

•Textiles and Garments Industry

•Coffee industry

•Leather and footwear industry

•Shrimp industry

• Philippines economic index rises
• Thai bank warns of AEC competition
• Foreign retailers avoid Vietnam
• Vietnam devalues currency
Asean Analysis    12   February 2011 Advertise Your Brand
• WEEKLY SUMMARY Sponsor Our Events
Asean Stock Watch    11  February 2011
• ASEAN Markets Under Pressure
Global News Impacting Asia    17 November 2010
• Bank of America sees Asian inflation
• Lloyd’s increases insurance push in Malaysia
• Wells Fargo analyst on euro
• Obama’s visit to Asia

ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

• Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent

• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore
• Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline
• Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan


This year in Thailand-what next?

04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

Our Products | Work with us | Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Shipping/Delivery Policy | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2007-2015 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand