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          Updated: July  24,  2017

• Inflation eases to 3.1% in Q2
Inflation or the rate of upward adjustments in the prices of goods and services eased slightly in the second quarter of the year amid

• VN, India seek closer textile industry ties
India, which supplies about 1 per cent of all textile machinery to the Vietnamese textile and garment industry, wants to increase

Indonesia sticks with 4.75% reference rate

Bank Indonesia (BI) has decided to maintain its "Seven-Day Reverse Repo Rate" at 4.75 percent for the ninth time in a row to


• Government clarifies exemptions for minimum tax
Nearly a year after the government announced that it would consider scrapping the controversial and burdensome 1 percent


• VN, Bangladesh vow to boost legislative ties
Viet Nam and Bangladesh will continue to boost legislative co-operation through exchanges of high-ranking delegations, share legal


   Updated : July 25, 2017
Singapore
The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 17.03 points or 0.51% higher to 3327.83, taking the year-to-date performance to +15.52%.

Malaysia
The FBM KLCI index gained 1.35 points or 0.08% on Tuesday. The Finance Index fell 0.05% to 16695.13 points, the Properties Index dropped 1.08% to 1264.46 points and the Plantation Index down 0.19% to 7838.46 points. The market traded within a range of 5.31 points between an intra-day high of 1766.47 and a low of 1761.16 during the session. More

      Updated:July 15,  2017
Financial Regulations Hobble U.S. Companies in Myanmar Even after U.S. Sanctions Lifted
Last September 14, while Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was visiting Washington, President Barack Obama announced with considerable hoopla that the United States was lifting its remaining sanctions on Myanmar. Today, nearly nine months later, American companies  resident-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy team is taking shape, with the choice of ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson for secretary of state and retired Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense. The selection of Tillerson and Mattis—both well-respected individuals with  More

    Updated: July 15,  2017
Biweekly Update
Philippine Supreme Court upholds martial law in Mindanao
The Philippine Supreme Court on July 4 upheld President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law for the southern island of Mindanao. Eleven of 15 justices ruled to dismiss challenges to the martial law declaration, which Duterte made for 60 days beginning on May 23.  
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