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Asean Affairs    2  October  2011

WEEKLY SUMMARY

By  David Swartzemtruber

 
AseanAffairs     2  October 2011

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WEEKLY SUMMARY

 

These were the most newsworthy stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of September 24-30.

Philippines may ditch public-private plan
The Aquino administration may ditch its stalled public-private partnership (PPP) scheme and instead go it alone in pursuing key infrastructure projects, according to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
READ MORE: http://www.aseanaffairs.com/philippines_news/infrastructure/philippines_may_ditch_public_private_plan

Indonesia cancels Thai rice deal
Indonesia will scrap its plan to buy 70,000 tonnes of rice worth 1.37 billion baht from Thai exporters as a protest against the cancellation of a sale by the Thai government, say rice exporters.
READ MORE: http://www.aseanaffairs.com/indonesia_news/commodities/indonesia_cancels_thai_rice_deal

First-car program upsets Ford
Ford Motor Co is objecting to the Thai government's first-time car buyer program, which caps engine sizes of 1,500cc for qualifying passenger sedans, could cost it as much as 6.1 billion baht in lost revenue.
READ MORE:http://www.aseanaffairs.com/thailand_news/automotive/first_car_program_upsets_ford

Indonesian oil production takes a hit
Following a fire that last week gutted the Lentera Bangsa floating storage and offloading vessel in southeastern Sumatra, Indonesia may not meet its oil production target for this year, a government official said.
READ MORE: http://www.aseanaffairs.com/indonesia_news/energy/indonesian_oil_production_takes_a_hit

Japanese companies expand in Philippines
Phillipine President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday reported from Tokyo that four big Japanese business firms have committed to expand their presence in the Philippines.
READ MORE: http://www.aseanaffairs.com/philippines_news/economy/japanese_companies_expand_in_philippines

Critical flood situation in Thailand
Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has instructed cabinet ministers and Pheu Thai MPs to visit and stay overnight in flood affected areas because the flooding is now at critical levels, reports said.

READ MORE:
http://www.aseanaffairs.com/thailand_news/environment/critical_flood_situation_in_thailand

US miners blocking renegotiations
Efforts by the Indonesian government to review the so-called contract of work with miners operating in the country have not yielded positive results, as two US companies are impeding the process, a government official said.
READ MORE: http://www.aseanaffairs.com/indonesia_news/commodities/us_miners_blocking_renegotiations

Malaysia looks to split up power supplier
The Malaysian government is looking into the proposal to split Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) into the three units of power distribution, generation and transmission.
READ MORE: http://www.aseanaffairs.com/malaysia_news/energy/malaysia_looks_to_split_up_power_supplier

Singapore developers pursue Chinese
Ever since Jacky Zhang visited a few Singapore booths at an international property fair two weeks ago, his iPhone has been ringing with invitations to join special property-viewing group tours in the city-state.
READ MORE: http://www.aseanaffairs.com/singapore_news/property/singapore_developers_pursue_chinese

Foreigners bought Vietnamese bonds
Foreign investors bought Vietnamese Government bonds worth VND20 trillion (US$961.5 million) and unloaded VND14 trillion ($673.1 million) from September 2010 to August 2011, accounting for 17 percent and 24 percent, respectively, of total market transactions.
READ MORE: http://www.aseanaffairs.com/thailand_news/investment/foreigners_bought_vietnamese_bonds

Church bombing paves way for intelligence bill
Sunday’s suicide bombing at a church in Solo, Indonesia has galvanized lawmakers and the government to set their differences aside and agree on long-disputed clauses in a draft bill on intelligence.
READ MORE: http://www.aseanaffairs.com/indonesia_news/security/church_bombing_paves_way_for_intelligence_bill

Singapore: “most competitive IT market”
Singapore has risen six places to become the most competitive IT market in Asia Pacific.
READ MORE: http://www.aseanaffairs.com/singapore_news/it_&_electronics/singapore_most_competitive_it_market

Call for Thai economic reset
The government should review its economic policies and reset their priority in order to catch up with the current global economic situation, Paiboon Narintarangkul, chairman of the Federation of Thai Capital Market Organisations, said on Tuesday.
READ MORE: http://www.aseanaffairs.com/thailand_news/economy/call_for_thai_economic_reset

Militant role in Sunday church bombing
Sunday’s suicide bombing at a Protestant church, the first major terror attack in Solo, has exposed the city to scrutiny for its role as a militant stronghold as police sources say they are searching for a man linked to the bombing of a mosque in Cirebon in April.
READ MORE: http://www.aseanaffairs.com/indonesia_news/security/militant_role_in_sunday_church_bombing

New Thai rice program causing global instability
A populist policy aimed at boosting the incomes of Thai farmers has raised fears of global rice price turbulence, and experts say Thailand could just be hurting itself.
READ MORE: http://www.aseanaffairs.com/thailand_news/commodities/new_thai_rice_program_causing_global_instability


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