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NEWS UPDATE     October 31, 2014   

• Thai PM on official Cambodian visit

• Survey shows strong support for nuclear energy

• Cambodia rice yields lowest

• Bangkok, Chiang Mai prepare for Loy Krathong festival

• VN economy improving: CBRE



October 30, 2014   
• PM assures transparency in 29-block petroleum concessions


• No more 2nd term for Philippine president

• Intra-Asean trade grew faster than extra-Asean trade in 1993-2013

• Trade surplus hits $1.87b as high-value exports rise


• ICT White Book details export growth


October 29, 2014   

• Prime minister worried by economic slowdown


• ASEAN, partners gather to speed up RCEP talks

• Cambodia rice industry fears, cheers Thai policy

• Lao PDR Advances its ASEAN Trade Repository

• VN to abide by WTO rules on vehicle tariff reductions


October 28, 2014   
• Tourists pack popular destinations in North, Northeast Follow on Google+


• Changi Airport's passenger traffic, flight movements down in September

• TiPhone to speed up acquisition prep

• Green growth vital for Viet Nam

• M'sian group fast expanding its oil palm plantation in PNG



October 27, 2014  
• Thailand to host ASEAN-China meeting on applying DOC in South China Sea


• European business confidence rising

• Indonesia’s largest state bank posts 12.9% net profit growth in first nine months

• Indonesia’s exports at risk due to Chinese growth slowdown

• Vietnam ranks 2nd fastest-growing smartphone market in SE Asia: survey



October 24, 2014   
• Thai Industries Sentiment Index drops


• BSD records strong sales despite property slowdown

• Russian firm set to build $1.5b mineral facilities

• Ha Noi growth slows as purchases decline

• Tourism Bank Public Company to help develop tourism sector



October 22, 2014   
• Malaysia and Indonesia to join forces to make Asean car a reality


• Thai Deputy PM visits ASEAN Secretariat; meets with ASEAN SecGen

• Cambodia bond a possibility

• Sales of government retail bonds surpass Rp 21 trillion

• Taiwan’s Foxconn optimistic about investing in RI



October 21, 2014   
• Loei seeing more tourists, especially on weekends


• VN fruit reaches int'l markets

• News Flash: Good turnout for global insurance gathering

• Selling by foreign investors prompts caution

• First US Hotel chain arrives in Myanmar



October 20, 2014   
• ASEAN Commits to Biodiversity Conservation


• Commodities slump hurts RI’s export performance

• FDI grows on investors’ hopes for new govt

• China, Thailand pledge closer cooperation in agriculture, infrastructure

• Ha Noi hosts annual investment meeting



October 17, 2014   
• “G Land” Flies High with ‘The Super Tower’ as the Worlds Mega Project


• Infrastructure projects need to adopt green principles

• Thai bourse market report for September 2014

• Indonesia needs Rp278 trillion infrastructure investment to boost Internet connectivity

• Local firms adopt sustainable practices



October 16, 2014   
• PM to focus on trade barriers at ASEM


• VIP to be next hotspot for office investment

• Malaysian halal exporters have capacity to meet global needs - Hasan Malek

• Thailand to regain world’s top rice exporter title

• Deal with Cuba targets new highs in economic relations



October 16, 2014   

• ASEM 2014 in Milan to come up with more FTA's between EU-ASEAN


• Chevron postpones $12b deep water drilling project

• AEC will bring in more investments: exec

• Malaysian firms form mega-bank

• Myanmar’s Tourism Ministry to retender four hotels



October 14, 2014   
• Penang among the top investment destinations for foreign investors: Mustapa


• Govt to build 165 airports next year

• RNI invests Rp 400b in Cawang budget hotel

• VN joins European seafood trade web

• Thai rubber farmers seek bailout



October 13, 2014   
• Poll: Majority of respondents worried over rising commodities prices


• Factories up but new jobs on the decline

• Chinese phone makers aim at lucrative markets in RI

• Indonesia coffee exports surge as drought hits Brazil

• Ha Noi plans 13 more industrial parks



October 10, 2014   
• PetroVietnam surpasses goal for 9-month revenue


• IFC boosts investments to over $1b until June 2015

• Telenor Myanmar SIMs will work in five neighbouring countries


• Thai PM to meet several leaders during ASEM

• HDB resale prices down for 8th consecutive month: SRX


October 9, 2014   
• SBV seeks to deter virtual gold traders


• Malaysia Airlines hires foreigner as CEO

• Philippines pushes rice self-sufficiency target to 2016

• IBC: Kingdom’s economy is lagging

• Tourism, farming need attention: World Bank



October 8, 2014   
• China, ASEAN sign MoU on disaster management


• Investment in tourism may stagnate on political concerns

• Brunei group to attend trade expo in Jakartal

• Government needs to promote ASEAN certification: Observers

• Viet Nam offer support to Laos



October 7, 2014   
• Credit to hit $30B by ’20: MSP


• Discourse: Plenty to do to attract high-potential Korean investments

• Construction to start on giant sea wall

• Thailand eyes top rice exporter spot

• Investments in ASEAN slowed in Q2:WB



  October 6, 2014   
• Baht is expected to remain weakened next week


• Palm oil certification gets int’l support

• Philippines among biggest technology devices markets

• KrisEnergy, Chevron deal given green light

• Local firms in need of support



October 3, 2014   
• Fitch Ratings maintains Thailand's credit rating at BBB+


• Viet Nam, Israel trade set to increase

• RI needs Rp 200t a year to meet rising power demand

• Credit card issuance to slow because of limitation

• Summit discusses ASEAN Community insurance industry blueprint



October 2, 2014   
• Hong Kong protests not affecting Thai workers

• Auto show spurs new sales hopes

• Despite weak peso, full year inflation will remain within 3-5% target – BSP chief

• Seminar looks at future of local cocoa industry

• Be patient, deputy minister advises prospective insurance companies



October 1, 2014  
• ASEAN and Australia to Strengthen Comprehensive Partnership

• Thai exports shrink 7.4% in August

• Property tax revenue for this year tops $1M

• Vietnam’s growth accelerates despite anti-China riots

• Foreign visitor arrivals up



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