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          Updated: April 26, 2017

• National Bank of Canada acquires 22% stake in Myanmar mobile money outfit
 The National Bank of Canada (NBC) has acquired a 22% stake in Ongo, a mobile money service with big plans for expansion in Myanmar

• Jakarta LRT fare set at Rp 12,000
The fare for the Greater Jakarta’s light rail transit (LRT Jabodetabek) has been set at Rp 12,000 (90 US cents), a transportation official has

• Hun Sen touts relationship with Vietnam
Prime Minister Hun Sen the day before yesterday accused “some people” of trying to instigate conflict, and even war, between the country 


• Ministry preps programs to boost cross-border tourism in Atambua
The Tourism Ministry conducted on Monday a coordination meeting in Atambua, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), to discuss upcoming tourism


• Tra Vinh can become new trading centre: PM
TRA VINH –With its fertile soil and development potential, Tra Vinh Province is expected to become a new centre for trading, aquatic product


   Updated: April 25, 2017
Singapore
The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 19.9 points or 0.63% higher to 3163.93, taking the year-to-date performance to +9.83%.

Asean
The FBM KLCI index gained 9.75 points or 0.56% on Tuesday. The Finance Index increased 0.76% to 16129.48 points, the Properties Index up 0.63% to 1310.49 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.57% to 8073.23 points. The market traded within a range of 7.47 points between an intra-day high of 1765.94 and a low of 1758.47 during the session. More

      Updated: April 22,  2017
ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Washington Visit Provides Opportunity to Address Key Policy Concerns
The foreign ministers of all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will travel to Washington for a joint May 4 meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Coordinating the travel of all the ASEAN foreign ministers (or their proxies) to visit Tillerson so quickly is a minor miracle, and probably reflects both the importance ASEAN places on its relationship with the United States and anxiety over the future of U.S. engagement with the region. 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: April 22,  2017
Biweekly Update
Anies Baswedan wins Jakarta gubernatorial election
Anies Baswedan, a Muslim intellectual, on April 19 defeated incumbent Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic Chinese Christian, 58 percent to 42 percent based on unofficial “quick count” results of a gubernatorial election marked by religious tensions and charges of blasphemy against Ahok. The General Election Commission will not be releasing official results until early May, but Ahok has congratulated his rival on his victory.
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