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DARK POOLS INVADE ASIA
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AseanAffairs Magazine January - February 2011
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DARK POOLS INVADE ASIA
With the growth of the Asean economies, David Swartzentruber reports on the entry of Dark Pool electronic trading platforms into the region.



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NEW PARLIAMENT OPENS

 

Myanmar


         
Myanmar’s new parliament opened under heavy
security with no photographers allowed inside
the meeting.
Myanmar is “very concerned” about its fledgling parliament, ramping up security around the building as part of preparations for a grand opening January 31, an official said.

Cameras, bags and explosives are banned and uninvited visitors risk prison under rules spelled out to lawmakers, while the Myanmar official said even senior military officers will not be able to enter without special clearance.

‘The security inside and outside of the new parliament compound in (the capital) Naypyidaw is very tight as the authorities are very much concerned for it,’ the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

‘No candidate will be allowed to take their mobile or any electronic devices. Even senior officers who are not responsible for parliament security cannot go inside,’ he said.

The official said even security patrols will not be able to use walkie-talkies in the area.

Lawmakers, who won seats in the country’s controversial first election in 20 years in November, converged on the capital from across the country for the opening of parliament.

 

BRUNEI TO INVEST IN MALAYSIA

 

Brunei

Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, right, talks with
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Brunei Darussalam has expressed interest in upgrading bilateral trade with the focus on expanding and exploring the scope of investment in Malaysia. Brunei Darussalam had identified Iskandar Malaysia in Johor, Sabah and Sarawak as the three territories with great potential for investment. The Iskandar Region Development Authority (IRDA) welcomed Brunei’s investment in Iskandar Malaysia.

Chief Executive Officer of IRDA, Ismail Ibrahim, said the Sultanate’s participation would serve as a catalyst to propel further economic growth in the Iskandar Malaysia corridor.

“IRDA views the Brunei government’s intention in Iskandar Malaysia very positively. We welcome their participation in sectors such as tourism, education, health and creative industries,” Ismail said.

Brunei granted citizenship to 294 individuals at the end of January. The new citizens were longtime residents and their citizenship would enhance their ability to contribute to the economy of Brunei, the government said.


 

 


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