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  September- October 2009

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• BEYOND ASEAN ASEAN TRAVELLER
• ASEAN MARKETING • FEATURED COMPANIES
ASEAN MANOEUVRE ASEAN MONEY
• ASEAN AUTO ASEAN TECH

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INSIDE OUT

22 Asean
Optimism Returns to Asean, Cautiously

24 Brunei
Oil-rich Sultanate Takes to Halal Branding

24 Cambodia
Telcos Keep the
Regulators Busy

26 Indonesia
The Big Leap

26 Laos
Spotlight on Investment

28 Malaysia
Bragging Rights

28 Myanmar
Of Sanctions and the Pipeline

30 Philippines
Wanted: Clean Candidates

30 Singapore
No Chance for Opposition in the Next 10 Years

32 Thailand
Phuket in Foreign Hands?

32 Vietnam
As Attractive As Ever

 

12   Subscription Form / Index of Advertisers
36 Asean Telecoms
ASEAN NEEDS OPEN AND CLEAR POLICIES
Takanobu Maeda, President & CEO, NTT Com Asia talks about his company’s
drive into ICT market in China and Southeast Asia in an interview with ASEANAFFAIRS, suggests the ten-nation trade bloc should be fostering innovation and advancement, which requires open and clear policies.
40 Asean Manoeuvre
MAKING THE MOST OF ‘MICE’
Economies in export-reliant Southeast Asia are increasingly banking on the
MICE - meetings, incentive travel, conventions and exhibitions – industry, as
they climb out of the recession.
44 Biography
IN SEARCH OF TRUTH
A biography of The Venerable Chao Khun Phra Mongkol-Thepmuni (Sodh
Candasaro), the Late Abbot of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen, Thailand
56 Asean Traveller
CRUISING THE MEKONG IN STYLE
Reinhard Hohler, a long-time ‘foreign’ resident of Chiang Mai in Thailand’s North,
recounts his journey, from Luang Prabang, former royal town in Laos in the heart
of Mekong to Chiang Kong in Thailand, on the riverine cruise Mekong Sun.
59 Book Review
60 Medical Tourism
MEDICAL HUBS APLENTY
The race to draw medical and health travelers is heating up in Southeast Asia on expectations that there will emerge a captive market of at least 100 million people from Europe and the United States as costs of healthcare keep going up in the west.
70 Featured Companies 82 Asean Aviation
- Best Western
- Turkish Airlines
FLYING OUT OF
THE RECESSION
74 Asean Education

There are tentative signs that a severe industry recession is bottoming out. Industry watchers remain cautious, though, saying it will take some
time for the industry to get out of the recession.

EMBAs IN ASEAN
Demand for executive MBAs remains relatively high and continues to expand in Southeast Asia, the competition among these programmes has become intense, as more institutions are entering the marketplace. Choosing the best one is a challenge.
76 Asean Money
84 Asean in Figures
85 Asean Events
86 Asean Bazaar
Asean Integration
REAPING BENEFITS … AT A PRICE

Asean governments would need to be willing to accept the benefits
as well as the dilution of control, said Ray Ferguson Regional Chief
Executive, Singapore & South East Asia, Standard Chartered Bank,
in his recent interview with ASEANAFFAIRS.
80 Asean Tech
DATA CENTRE TRENDS AND OUTLOOK FOR ASEAN
Domestic companies in Asean operating on different cost levels do not feel the commercial need to off-load their data and applications due to security concerns. But these concerns will go away as trustworthy entities begin to enter the market.

 

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