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NEWS UPDATE            August  29, 2014

• U.S. Business and Government Unite to Support Small Business in Myanmar

• Vietnam exports fall as Thai trust rises

• Future bright for VN air travel sector

• Malaysian and Japanese companies team up to produce animation series

• Chinese smartphone makers strengthen foothold in RI market



August  28, 2014
• Thailand Focus 2014 attracts 60 foreign fund firms worldwide


• Malaysia has no economic ties with Israel - Mustapa

• Agricultural exports increase by 12 per cent in first eight months

• Telecom regulator warns fee dodgers

• Mekong Delta urged to control flooding amid climate change



August  27, 2014
• 119 listed companies pay THB 97.38 bln in combined interim dividends for H1/2014


• ASEAN-China trade expected to grow ahead of regional integration

• PM wants NCPO to use its power only when necessary

• US firms eye $900M projects

• Trade surplus hits $1.7b as exports see growth



August  26, 2014
• Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha royally appointed 29th Thai PM


• Telkom to enter E. Timor market

• MH17 investigation will take time - Hishamuddin

• Activists, churchmen gather in Philippine protest

• August CPI growth hits 9-year low



August  25, 2014
• Strategy for four agricultural products to be completed within two weeks

• Govt regrets Supreme Court’s tax ruling on strategic commodities

• Cultural exchange deepens ASEAN-China mutual understandinga

• Agriculture census unveiled, to the delight of the industry

• Dong Nai supports local businesses



August  22, 2014
• Thai alternative bourse's companies post 5.6 pct sales growth in Q2

• ASEAN Business Club to convene leaders for AEC

• Malaysians should not fear AEC 2015, says Mustapa

• Thai economic growth may be lower

• VN property market worth $21b



August  21, 2014
• Hacker targets info on MH370 probe


• BPDs lack access to new capital

• Cambodia looks to be winner for growth for AEC: ILO

• Tourist data show slow rise

• Japanese experts advise VN firms to conduct overseas promotions



August  20, 2014
• Delegate AEC mart supervision


• Petrolimex cuts petrol price by VND600

• BSD aims to develop estate in Surabaya

• Decline in prompt payments by local firms in Q2

• SMBC buys IFC Acleda shares



August  19, 2014
• Delegate AEC mart supervision


• Fruit, vegetable exports grow as practices improve

• Singapore’s exports decline further in July

• Malaysia Q2 GDP expands 6.4 %

• Trade between Myanmar and Yunnan at record-breaking levels, say trade officials



August  18, 2014
• SOEs slash costs by $638.5 million under gov't plan


• Malaysian opposition averts rift as Islamic party toes line

• Indonesian stock market not ready to join ASEAN Economic Community

• Indonesia enterprises growing more concerned about IT security

• Govt confirms Samsung to open factory in Indonesia



August  15, 2014
• Petronas pre-tax profit surges to RM28.1 billion in Q2 2014


• Java, Bali facing power supply crisis

• Duty-free plans to lure tourists

• Agri chief Alcala to lawmakers: PHL needs to import rice to keep price spikes at bay

• VN, South Korea move towards free trade pact



August  14, 2014
• Viet Nam to prioritise developing the ASEAN Economic Community


• Govt to develop 5 economic zones in eastern Indonesia

• VN, Laos armies plan co-operation

• China signs 100,000-tonne rice import agreement

• Cambodia, US trade up in first half of year



August  13, 2014
• US$29 Million investment in Philippines solar projects


• Gov’t seeks a greener tourism industry

• Companies search for offices in Ha Noi

• Taiwan to boost investment in RI

• Victims' remains handled with care, respect - Dr Muhammad Akmal



August  11, 2014
• Surin urges NCPO to make decisions quickly


• Medco redirects gas delivery to Arun-Belawan pipeline

• New visions proposed at 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

• Cambodia economy bucks regional trend

• Ha Noi supports enterprises with loan interest assistance



August  8, 2014
• Thai bourse welcomes property developer Richy Place


• Philippines' Jollibee Foods plans to enter Indonesia, Malaysia

• 48 Thais arrive in Tunisia, awaiting next plane to Thailand


• Singapore Red Cross commits S$62,400 to relief operations for Yunnan earthquake

• Loans across banking industry jump to $9.5 billion


August  7, 2014
• Cambodia ready for rice bid


• Coffee exports show big potential

• Airasia X flew 1.02 million passengers in 2Q14

• Indonesia's Prabowo to start election court challenge

• ASEAN should spend more on R&D to boost growth: ADB report



August  6, 2014
• U.S. Companies Engage Leaders, Business, Civil Society in Myanmar


• European business concerned over WTO Members opening Pandora’s Box over Bali

• Foreign tourist arrivals in H1 surpass annual target

• Industry plans get green light

• Yangon calling: Ooredoo SIMS launch across Myanmar



August  5, 2014
• Indonesia's president-elect prepares for transition


• Newly-named Legislative Assembly inaugural meet this week

• 60 more Filipinos repatriated from Libya

• Thailand happy for Malaysia to facilitate peace talks for South

• Banks hold more risk funds



August 4, 2014
• Indonesia’s New President Tops August “ASEAN Today”


• Thailand to waive visa fees for Chinese, Taiwanese tourists

• Slow growth despite greater investment

• Malaysia likely the only country in the region to see faster growth this year

• Singapore implements stock market reforms



August 1, 2014
• Najib to meet with Dutch PM over MH17 crash


• Moody's upgrades VN credit rating

• Singapore companies expand presence in Tianjin

• Trade surplus tops $1.3b in first 7 months

• Consumer confidence up in July



July 31 2014
• Thai officials leaving for Tunisia for Libya evacuation arrangements


• Cambodia understands situation in Thailand

• Japan gives aid to Hue climate change project

• SECC plans same-day settlement on trading

• International visitor numbers up in July



July 30 2014
• Military top leader orders evacuation of Thai nationals in Libya

• No talk on the future Indonesia cabinet at Megawati's open house

• China, Laos pledge to boost bilateral ties

• Consumption of goods, services up

• Myanmar to reduce red tape for business, says presidential advisor



July 29 2014
• Sihasak leaves for Mekong River CLMV meeting in Seoul

• Insurance firms see healthy H1 growth

• Government to cut refined sugar distribution chain

• High stakes for Brunei Darussalam diversification

• Software companies eye business demand



July 28 2014
• Car bomb attack in Betong condemned

• Malaysian investigators submit reports on MH17 crash to dutch

• Govt to start construction of Cilamaya Port early

• Unilever remains flat, Indofood surges in H1

• Foreign investors vital for economy



July 25 2014
• Thailand explains domestic political situation at ASEAN-EU meeting


• Palm oil producers’ net profits skyrocket on higherselling prices

• Singapore defense chief understands Thai political situation

• Singapore’s inflation eases in June on slowing car prices

• WB pledges loans to Viet Nam


July 24 2014
• Thailand confident tourist arrivals will hit 2014 target


• Govt to import rice from Vietnam

• BRI posts 17% growth in loans, net profits in Q2

• Changi Airport June passenger traffic: Highest in 2014, but down from a year ago

• Price woes fuel corn farmers’ fears of lackluster sales



July 23 2014
• ASEAN and ROK Prepare for Commemorative Summit in Busan

• Trade surplus tops $1.46b in first half of this year

• The MDA wants to make Malaysia a market to watch


• PM's pledge to bring back bodies of MH17 crash victims almost a reality

• Gov't greenlights auto industry plan


July 22 2014
• Indian ambassador meets NCPO leader

• Malaysia demands unrestricted access To MH17 crash site

• Government considers support for Proton

• Property sector FDI rises in 2014

• Japan's KDDI, Sumitomo eye $2b Myanmar telecom deal



July 21 2014
• Five border areas to be developed as special economic zones

• Honda airs plans to produce new HR-V in Indonesia

• MH17 CRASH: 'Everything exploded and fell in pieces'

• Vietnam, Thailand hold fourth political consultation

• Taiwan set to open trade office


July 18, 2014
• Retail investors in Singapore cautiously confident for H2: JP Morgan

• New centre to supervise Thailand’s preparations for ASEAN Community

• Typhoon forecast to hit northeastern Vietnam on July 19

• Typhoon Rammasun leaves at least 27 dead in Philippines

• Japanese firms interested in PPP projects



July 17, 2014
• ASEAN Calls for Support to Recovery of Typhoon Haiyan-affected Communities in the Philippines

• Toyota records 23% business growth in June

• S’pore GDP contracts for first time in 7 quarters

• AirAsia is World’s Best Low Cost Airline for 6 years straight!

• IPs, EPZs lure large FDI garment projects



July 16, 2014
• JICA Commits to Promote Cooperation with ASEAN


• Park to host summit with Southeast Asian leaders in Dec.

• Remittances dip on exodus

• Trec will be new attraction for tourists to visit Malaysia

• Bangko Sentral lowers 2014 surplus projections on payments position, current account



July 15, 2014
• Vietnam among world’s 20 most beautiful countries

• Indosat to issue $455m bonds, refinance its debts next year

• RI economic growth likely slowed in Q2: BI

• Police to arrest more suspects in war weapons-related cases this week

• Truck market sees steady growth



July 14, 2014
• Tourism business in Thailand is improving: TAT

• Muamalat upbeat after reaching growth target

• New oil, gas deliveries to boost 2015 output

• ASEAN labour force to expand by 16 per cent

• Bac Ninh funds Samsung training, infrastructure



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