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NEWS UPDATE     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



July 10, 2014
• Thai agricultural production seen lower than targeted this year

• ASEAN media criticise China

• 2015 global growth depends on global conditions

• Vietnam aims to tap sea tourism potentials

• Italy millers slam ‘unfair’ EBA



July 9, 2014
• Bangkok vows to reclaim top tourist destination title

• Dollar credit growth safe: SBV

• Laos Preparing Charges Against Deported Hmong Resistance Leader

• Farmers, NGOs fear abandonment of NFA rice subsidy program

• VN set for $500m trade surplus



July 8, 2014
• NCPO helps rice farmers with cost cutting measures

• Samsung to build US$1b display factory in Vietnam

• Registration of garment factories up in first half

• Indonesians face stark choice in pivotal presidential vote

• EVN pulls out from property sector



July 7, 2014
• Peace talks in southern provinces will contunue: Prayuth

• Myanmar, Thai military pledge to strengthen ties

• Instant noodles market grows despite increased competition

• VN asks UN for East Sea support

• INDONESIA POLLS: Jokowi camp rides high on confidence


July 4, 2014
• Cambodia releases Veera without special condition: Sihasak

• Poll surveys indicate tight race in Indonesia`s presidential election

• OHC creates Lao tourism portal

• 60 foreign brands eager to do business in PHL – franchise officials

• Construction of undersea gas pipeline starts



July 3, 2014
• Russia seeks deeper ties with ASEAN

• Dollar loans surge 10 per cent in first half of 2014

• Direct flights to Japan coming

• Thailand, Cambodia discuss labour solutions, border development

• Viet Nam has second slowest Internet connection in Asia



July 2, 2014
• 13 Singapore firms win Best Companies to Work in Asia Awards

• Filipino farmers demand true agrarian reform

• Indopoly invests $20 million more in RI, China

• Thai gov’t insurance firm eyes Cambodia

• Progress in Myanmar continues despite setbacks, says US State Rep



July 1, 2014
• Thai rice exports in 2014 projected at 9 million tonnes

• Thailand seeks extradition of anti-coup activist Jakrapob Penkair

• Indomobil sets aside $60 million for new retail outlets

• Angkor Gold confirms $10m partnership deal

• Promotions help business growth



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