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FEATURES       April 24, 2017

• Philippines targets 20,000 MW of additional capacity from renewable energy

• Remittances to developing countries fall in 2016, Indonesia worse

• Viet Nam, India to forge stronger investment ties

• Ministry pledges rice support

• US crit­i­cizes RI’s busi­ness bar­ri­ers
• US crit­i­cizes RI’s busi­ness bar­ri­ers



April 21, 2017
• Ha Nam receives $29 million FDI in Q1

• Ministry to promote Pontianak for cross-border tourism

• Vietnamese firm to invest in massive casino


• 14 primary schools, 6 secondary schools to merge in 2019

• VN, Cambodia tie up to fight drugs



April 20, 2017
• AJI Jakarta warns journalists to maintain independence in election

• Over $830 million invested in Myanmar by UOB clients

• NEC shrugs off database hack

• Turkish ambassador meets tourism minster to discuss investment

• Singapore tops talent competitiveness index in Asia Pacific for the 4th year running



April 19, 2017
• BPK report reveals potential rise in state losses

• Gatchalian urges NIA to stop collecting irrigation fees from farmers

• PV Gas lowers 2017 business targets by 15-27%

• RCEP takes center stage in ASEAN Bohol meeting


• President hails GE plans for VN


April 18, 2017
• YBS inks deal with Yutong to purchase 1,000 city buses

• Qatar gov’t, businessmen keen on investing in PH


• Panasonic Gobel aims to triple sales growth by 2020

• Woodlands to have six 'star attractions' under HDB renewal plan

• Indonesia shall not be dictated by Europe over CPO: Agriculture minister



April 17, 2017
• SCIC plans to sell State capital in 137 firms

• Asian Development Bank Upbeat on Lao Economic Growth

• I held up umbrella for King Salman, yet China gets the investment: Jokowi

• Banks’ litany of woes in recovering bad debts

• World Bank revises Indonesia's economic growth estimates down to 5.2 percent



April 12, 2017
• SET market report for March 2017

• World Bank says PHL growth became more inclusive 5


• CPP offers chance to ‘debate’

• Governor promotes Bali tourism to IDB members


• China, Myanmar ink oil pipeline deal


April 11, 2017
• Promoting industrial development

• Electricity capacity to reach 125 GW in 2025

• China’s support crucial to NLD governance

• Mitsubishi announces sales increase of 23 percent in Q1

• New NTUC scheme helps expand welfare benefits for SME employees



April 10, 2017
• Economy to face new challenges

• China’s trans-Myanmar pipeline to start pumping oil in May

• Minister Susi to visit Japan to offer investment opportunities

• VN growth deficient in quality

• State revenue could rise by $1 billion through increased air traffic



April 7, 2017
• Vietnamese bakery, confectionery sector attracted to foreign partners

• Smooth trade to put $2B exports in reach

• Security concerns scaring off Indonesian investors in Afghanistan: VP Kalla

• Credit growth reaches 3.14% till March 23

• MNC Bank to disburse loans of Rp9t in 2017



April 5, 2017
• Creditors adjust growth forecasts

• Singapore consumer watchdog to monitor water price profiteering

• FCDU loans up slightly in Q4 2016


• Indonesia experiences 0.02 percent deflation in March

• Tourism as usual at Angkor Wat despite steeper fees



April 4, 2017
• Australia, VN cooperation focuses on economic partnership

• PH to EU Parliament: Let’s be partners in nation-building

• Clinics lack wastewater treatment


• ASEAN finance ministers, CB governors to meet in Cebu

• Logistics group, OZ’s RMIT University join hands to enhance Indonesian manpower



April 3, 2017
• FPT looks to sell trading and retail units in 2017

• PT Tower Bersama Infrastructure closes $500 million debt

• City a growing base for Japanese investment

• Apple makes a comeback in Indonesia with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

• Myanmar goes to polls for by-elections, in first vote since Suu Kyi swept to power



March 31, 2017
• PHL secures P340-M energy grant from JICA

• Myanmar state counsellor calls on non-ceasefire signatory armed groups to join signing

• ASEAN talks South China Sea in Siem Reap

• Citibank Indonesia records 46.2 percent increase in net profit


• Philippine lawmaker pushes for Duterte impeachment over 'defeatist' China stance


March 30, 2017
• PHL gov’t debt up 4.5% at P6.2T in February

• Exports of logs double in 2016


• Central bank, police to crack down on illegal money changers after April 7

• Beijing and Phnom Penh think about becoming sister cities


• Vale Indonesia to build $2 billion ferronickel smelter in Southeast Sulawesi


March 29, 2017
• Return of political parties to elections commission a setback to democracy

• Philippines Tourism Board Seeks Airline Partner to Sponsor their Web Site, ThePhilippines.com


• Sino-Myanmar oil pipeline launch a good signal

• Coastal economy rises on tourist tide

• Indonesia to be world's 4th largest economy by 2045



March 28, 2017
• Trade between Myanmar, Middle East reaches over 300 million USD in past 10 months to January

• Lao garment exports decline by 5 per cent

• Viet Nam rice exports drop in Q1

• Over 10,000 jobs available online — DOLE


• PM oks to develop infrastructure for Song Cong IZ in Thai Nguyen


March 27, 2017
• Philippine consumer confidence index slips to 8.7% in Q1 – BSP survey

• Myanmar prepares to switch off the lights for Earth Hour

• New biodiesel dumping claim weighs on RI’s shoulders

• Sustainability Index to launch in July

• Private sector expected to contribute 27% of road construction



March 24, 2017
• Media Development in Myanmar – Planning for the Future

• Air cargo volume soars again

• Obstacles hinder automated petrol stations

• Sanitary business aims for higher growth through ecotourism

• PV Power to launch IPO this year



March 23, 2017
• Hydropower plant’s second turbine starts generating power

• Indonesia eyes Rp 863t investment

• USNS Fall River makes goodwill visit to Myanmar

• Ministry targets entrepreneurship rate to hit 4% this year

• IFC gives US$80 million credit package to VPBank



March 22, 2017
• International trade swells to $22B

• Bank Indonesia appoints bourse-clearing house to handle government bond transactions


• Myanmar, Philippines sign MoU on food security and agricultural cooperation

• Semen Indonesia postpones Rembang factory opening due to protests

• Viet Nam trade promotion needs improvement



March 21, 2017
• Price up for high-end property

• Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi urges artists to support national unity, peace

• Latest iPhone series to enter Indonesian market

• Gov’t mobile campaign to end amid grumbling

• External debt up 3.4% yoy in January



March 20, 2017
• PM orders transport sector to boost infrastructure

• PLN signs 16 contracts worth Rp 21.1 trillion

• Singaporeans planning to travel to North Korea advised to reconsider

• Financial services industry vulnerable to cyber-attacks: Fortinet

• Malaysia, Laos keen on expanding bilateral ties



March 17, 2017
• Business expo to boost ASEAN-Africa trade

• Ministry, Singapore investors to discuss investment in Toba

• Denmark sanctions entire Myanmar teak industry

• Indosat Ooredoo net income soars 184.4 percent


• NBC to make 40B riel available to bidders


March 16, 2017
• VN’s veg imports up 55%

• Indonesia expects jump in creative economy by 2019

• VN home-stay tourism aims to tap huge potential

• New ro-ro route expected to boost Indonesia, Philippines trade


• Singapore's 2016 average resident unemployment rate highest since 2010


March 15, 2017
• Ministry revises circular to simplify auto imports

• Robust factory growth charted

• Huawei takes over 16% shares in Bakrie Telecom through bond conversion


• Singapore ranked best place to live in Asia for expats: Mercer's survey

• CIMB Niaga Syariah eyes 40 percent growth in 2017

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