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ASEAN ANALYSIS  7  August 2010

Weekly Summary
These were the most significant articles that were reported by AseanAffairs during the week of August 1-7.

By David Swartzentruber
AseanAffairs   7 August 2010

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Thailand tries to curb foreign telecom role

Nationalism is no stranger to Thai politics and it has again raised its not too attractive head in the much delayed start to get Thai mobile phones into the 3G world.
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Malaysia is in local energy drive
Malaysia's oil and gas service providers are expected to secure at least RM10 billion-RM15 billion worth of jobs in the next 18 months, ECMLibra Investment Research said.
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Solar cell plant in Thailand

More than 5 billion baht stands to be invested in the start-up of a 38-megawatt solar-cell powered electricity plant in Bang Pa district, north of Thailand, according to Bang Chak Petroleum Plc.
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AEC needs sub-regional units

Asia needs to consolidate and strengthen its sub-regional institutions to accelerate the realization of the Asian economic community, Asian Development Bank (ADB) senior director Srinivasa Madhur has recommended. The region should strengthen potential sub-regional institutions and phase out overlapping ones.
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Palm oil price set to rise

The price of palm oil must rise by as much as 24 percent to cool export demand as output declines in Malaysia, the second-biggest grower, and dry weather damages canola crops in Europe and Canada, according to Dorab Mistry, a director at Godrej International Ltd.
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Wind farm initiative in Thailand

Thailand is the site for a cross-Atlantic combo to initiate a series of wind farms across Asia.
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Indonesia to privatize three state enterprises

The government said Tuesday it would privatize state enterprises: Kertas Padalarang, Primissima, and Sarana Karya this year.
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Third Lao-Thai bridge on track

Recent rainfalls have not disrupted construction of the third Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge because the most important part of the structure has already been completed, the project’s coordinator said.
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Malaysia stops visas on arrival

The Malaysian government on Monday decided not to revive the issuance of visas on arrival (VOA) to foreign tourists at the entry points into the country. The Deputy Prime Minister said the move to revoke the implementation of the VOA was due to the fact that the visas were being abused .
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Vietnamese foreign investment down

Vietnam’s foreign direct investment (FDI) has declined by 32 percent over the same period as last year but disbursement of foreign investment in the first seven months was marginally up over the same period last year, reaching US$6.4 billion, according to the Foreign Investment Agency.
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