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NEWS UPDATE     March 27, 2015

• Large local firms to invest in green agricultural growth

• Polytron aims for top 3 in local 4G smartphone market

• Manufacturing output down 3.6% on-year in February

• Agriculture, energy top agenda of talks with Thailand

• Chevron to drill for oil in Rakhine Basin



March 26, 2015
• Myanmar set for 8.3% growth spurt: ADB

• GTI sees its revenues drop in fourth quarter

• New Mitsubishi plant to cater to RI, ASEAN market

• Japan car makers expand in Indonesia on weak rupiah

• Viet Nam and Laos target huge increase in 2015 trade turnover



March 25, 2015
• Myanmar looks short term to gas

• Indomobil seeks Rp 500b from bonds issuance

• Indonesia to withdraw local language plan for foreign workers

• Travel fair aims to draw 120,000 visitors

• Lee Kuan Yew one of the greatest leaders Asia has ever produced: Japan PM Abe


March 24, 2015

• Made-in-Viet Nam oil rigs go overseas

• Japanese firms look to expand

• Aerospace industry in for big business in Malaysia

• Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew dies at 91

• Garuda sees clear skies despite booking $373m loss in 2014



March 23, 2015
• Singapore third largest investor in Viet Nam: FIA

• Banyuwangi, Pelindo to develop RI’s most integrated marine tourist attraction

• Lazada Group aims to double freight hubs in Indonesia


• Singapore, Malaysia working to agree on high-speed rail project by Q3

• Property start-ups soar as capital deadline looms



March 20, 2015
• Mobile devices drive e-commerce

• RI, Cuba team up to develop agriculture

• ASEAN airlines poised for rapid growth, says Liow

• Raw sugar imports restriction to continue

• New road at Poipet to boost trade ties



March 19, 2015
• U.S. Business Predicts Strong Future for Relations with Vietnam

• ASEAN and India Reaffirm Strategic Partnership

• Report revises 2014 FDI figures

• Rains melt Philippinessugar output forecast

• PM Dung calls for stronger ties with Australia in all areas



March 18, 2015
• Leading U.S. Food and Agriculture Companies Engage Thailand on the Potential of Biotech

• Singapore’s exports down 9.7% on-year in February 2015

• Southeast Asia attracts more FDI than China for 2nd year

• Viet Nam says US support welcome in Asia-Pacific

• Food safety needs tightening



March 17, 2015
• Advans SA increases holdings in local MFI

• Trade deficit with China on the rise

• Trade deal hurting local auto makers

• IP protection important for luring EU businesses to invest in ASEAN

• India trade volume with ASEAN to double by 2022



March 16, 2015
• Viet Nam's super wealthy likely to get richer

• RI still reluctant to join ASEAN Trading Link

• Philippine Muslim rebels warn trust in government eroded

• Malaysia’s external debt manageable, says Finance Ministry

•Thai firm latest to offer lease financing



March 13, 2015
• Yangon a city with a ‘bright future

• NUS is second best Asian university, 24th worldwide

• Con Dao to develop power projects

• TRC gives up revenue collection to ministry

• Thailand cuts rates to lift growth



March 12, 2015
• Direct selling company enters Myanmar

• PGN sets aside $35 million for gas filling stations in eight cities

• Govt may impose salt import ban to back farmers

• ADB head praises Kingdom’s economic progress

• Samsung tops list of 500 fastest growing firms



March 11, 2015
• VAMC special bonds may not decrease bad debt ratio in 2015

• Telkom may cut dividends by more than 40 percent

• Isuzu truck export debut at end of this year

• Private apartment resale prices flat in February: SRX Property

• Amal Alamuddin takes Philippine ex-president Gloria Arroyo's case to UN



March 10, 2015
• Sugar industry needs drastic reforms

• Brunei’s natural gas pulling factor for India’s fertiliser plant plans

• Malaysian firm cancels purchase of iconic Taipei 101

• Chandra Asri to build naphtha refinery in 2018

• VN-EU pact to deliver the goods



March 9, 2015
• Property sector hopes to heal in 2015

• RI, Singapore, Malaysia SME players to develop partnership

• Ferrari's RI sales top Asean market

• Thai steel company set for Thilawa


• Viet Nam draws attention from FDI firms



March 6, 2015
•Agro-forestry-fish exports decline 1.9%

• Fuel, utilities prices stoke February inflation to 2.5%

• Tiga Pilar to spend Rp 7 trillion on new rice-processing plants

• New gas supply mostly to go to power plants

• HDB resale prices dip 0.6% on-month in February: SRX Property



March 5, 2015
• Major Ha Noi projects to miss their deadlines

• BNI Life aims to join the big league in 2019

• Indonesia Vice-President Kalla shoots down complaints about haze

• Malaysia still top choice for Muslim travellers: Report

• Brunei urged to use East Malaysia’s attractions to boost local tourism



March 3, 2015
• India promotes investment in Myanmar, other ASEAN states

• Malaysian states beyond Johor woo Singapore investors

• Indonesia eyes 20 million tourists by 2019

• Ministry of Construction may increase size of social housing

• ASEAN economic integration moving on despite challenges



March 2, 2015
• Exports help lower trade deficit

• Govt to develop Banyuwangi a new tourist destination

• Govt focuses on Ayeyarwady dam plans

• Unilever commits to investment plan

• World Bank bars local firm



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