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THAILAND
Finance
Sept 3, 2007
Thailand suceptible to Global slowdown
Thailand is one of the most vulnerable Asian countries to a potential global economic slowdown due to its reliance on exports and sluggish domestic demand, Fitch Ratings said on Monday. more

MALAYSIA-THAILAND
Investment
Sept 3, 2007
Malaysian investment in Thailand rises to USD 324.9 million
Malaysian investment in Thailand amounted to US$324.9 million in the first half of this year, making it the third largest foreign investor in the kingdom after Japan and the United States. more

SINGAPORE
Investment
Sept 3, 2007
Qatar, Singapore Eyeing on NASDAQ
State-linked investment funds in Qatar and Singapore are interested in buying almost one third of the London Stock Exchange from the US Nasdaq market, media reported on Monday. more

THAILAND
Energy
Sept 3, 2007
Thailand vigorously seeks experts for Nuclear energy
Thailand is seeking some 200 nuclear experts as the kingdom aims to build its first atomic power plant over the next decade in a bid to cope with a looming power shortage, the prime minister said Monday. more


LAOS-VIETNAM
Ties
Sept 3, 2007
Laos welcomes Thailand youth
The Vietnamese and Lao national youth unions will meet in Laos this week to foster the political, economic and social ties between the countries. more


MYANMAR
Politics
Sept 3, 2007
Myanmar protests hit Junta leaders hard
Defiant activists held a protest over high fuel prices in the hometown of Myanmar's military leader Monday, as the British prime minister joined calls for the United Nations to take action against the regime's brutal crackdown on a rare wave of dissent. more


SINGAPORE
Investment
Sept 3, 2007
Singapore Airlines Seeks opportunity in China market
Singapore Airlines announced a deal yesterday that will sharpen substantially its focus on the Chinese market and that industry insiders say could prompt the sale of its 49 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic this year. more


CHINA-PHILIPPINES
Defence
Sept 3, 2007
China pledges Arms aid to Phillipines
China has pledged 15 million renminbi (roughly P90 million; $6.6 million) to the Philippine defense department as part of efforts to strengthen defense cooperation between the two countries, officials from the Department of National Defense (DND) said. more


CHINA
Defence
Sept 3, 2007
China to declare Arms Spending to UN
The Chinese government says it will declare its annual defense spending and arms sales to the United Nations to ease concerns about transparency in its military build-up. However, as Daniel Schearf reports from Beijing, analysts doubt China will declare all defense expenditures. more

MYANMAR
Politics
September 2, 2007
UN chooses to remain mute on Myanmar
Myanmar's pro-democracy activists, students, Buddhist monks and citizens who are fed up with the ruling
military junta in what used to be called Burma have been staging impromptu protests since Aug. 19, when
the cancellation of fuel subsidies sent prices soaring. The burden is unbearable for most of the 90 percent
of Myanmar's population living at or below the poverty line. more

PHILIPPINES
Defence
September 2, 2007
Lawmakers say US bases being built in South Pacific
Leftist Philippines lawmaker Crispin Beltran issued a dare to the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Sunday. He dared
it to allow the Philippines Congress to conduct a fact-finding mission in areas in southern Philippines where
U.S. military bases were reportedly being constructed. Beltran represents the Anakpawis (Urgan Poor) party list. more

PHILIPPINES
Industry
September 2, 2007
Foriegn minning firms interested in Philippines Minning sites
The Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau announced
on Sunday that several mining firms from Australia, Singapore and China have expressed interest to explore mining
sites in Negros Oriental in central Philippines. more    

SINGAPORE-CHINA
Investment
September 2, 2007
Singapore Airlines buys stake in China Eastern
China Eastern Airlines Corp., the nation's third-largest carrier, surged to a record after agreeing to sell a stake to
Singapore Airlines Ltd. and Temasek Holdings Pte. more

SINGAPORE
Politics 
September 2, 2007
Singapore bans Burma protests
Singapore police have issued a stern warning against any more demonstrations by Burmese nationals protesting
fuel prices in their homeland, officials said on Sunday. more

CAMBODIA
Heritage
September 2, 2007
Cambodia discovering lost heritage
It's close on sunset and the trail of tourists walking up the hill is getting longer and longer. more

VIETNAM
Politics
September 2, 2007
Stay out of Vietnam minefields
You just can't please some people. After the end of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, I remember a cartoon that lampooned
Democrats for their two-faced approach to the conflict. In the first panel, a donkey was scolding President George H.W.
Bush for invading Iraq. In the next, the donkey was scolding the president for leaving too soon. more

THAILAND
Aviation
August 31, 2007
Airbus super jumbo arrives in Bangkok on Asian tour
The world's largest passenger jet, the Airbus A380, arrived Friday in Bangkok, the first leg of its four-city Asian tour,
as the European aero giant aimed to expand growth against competitor Boeing. more

MALAYSIA
Independence Day
August 31, 2007
Malaysia celebrates 50th birthday, prays for unity
Malaysia celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence on Friday with fireworks, flag-waving and a prayer
for unity among its races and religions. more

THAILAND
Tourism                                 
  August 31, 2007
Hat Yai busy again on Malaysian holiday
The tourism business in Hat Yai district, Thailand's southern business and tourism hub in Songkhla province, is expected to be back
to business as usual for this year's celebration of Malaysia's independence, with more south of the border tourists anticipated to come
back, according to a local hotelier. more

THAILAND-CAMBODIA
Border Trade
August 31, 2007
Traders on Khmer border ask for reduced red tape
Dozens of Thai traders in Chanthaburi's Soi Dao district who trade in fresh Cambodian-grown agricultural produce have called on the
provincial authorities for help with a recurring problem on the Thai-Cambodian border. more

THAILAND-LAOS
Ties
August 31, 2007
Neighbours sign provincial accord
Thailand and Laos have reached a provincial-level agreement to jointly combat crossborder crime, ranging from drug trafficking and
the hiring of illegal immigrants to the flesh trade. more

THAILAND
Media
August 31, 2007
YouTube rides the cyberwaves again
After a five-month absence, popular YouTube is riding the cyberwaves back into the realm of Thailand. more

SINGAPORE
Tourism
August 31, 2007
Arrivals rise to record in July
Singapore attracted a record number of tourists in July, with visitors rising 4 percent from a year ago to 951,000,
the government said on Friday. more

INDONESIA
Oil
August 31, 2007
Pertamina discovers new reserve
Indonesia's state-run oil and gas firm Pertamina claimed that it had found a new oil reserve in the West Java town
of Cirebon, local press said Friday. more

VIETNAM
Aviation
August 31, 2007
AirAsia to set up J-V low-cost airline
AirAsia Bhd will sign a letter of intent with Shipbuilding Industry Group (Vinashin) today as a first step towards business cooperation
between both parties for the setting up of a joint venture low-cost airline in Vietnam based on the successful AirAsia business model. more

VIETNAM
Capital Markets
August 31, 2007
LSE, Vietnam strengthen ties to help UK listings
The London Stock Exchange said on Friday it had signed an agreement with the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange to help Vietnamese firms
list in the United Kingdom. more

MALAYSIA-THAILAND
Ties
August 30, 2007
Malaysia-Thai relationship at all time high: Syed Hamid
Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said Wednesday bilaterial ties between Malaysia and Thailand are at an all time high as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties. more


MALAYSIA-SINGAPORE
Ties
August 30, 2007
Ties have seen healthy growth, set to improve: analysts
As Malaysia marks 50 years of independence on August 31, political observers say ties between Singapore and Malaysia have improved tremendously and are set to grow further. more


THAILAND
Trade
August 30, 2007-08-30
Thai entrepreneurs not yet affected by Myanmar fuel price unrest
Thai entrepreneurs in Myanmar have not yet been affected by disturbances arisen from the military regime's decision to double local oil prices, according to Thailand's Foreign Trade Department (FTD). more


THAILAND
Exports
August 30, 2007
Customs to revise export growth estimate
Thailand's Customs Department is poised to revise its export growth estimate after July data showed the country's exports expanding by only 5.9 per cent. more


CAMBODIA
Industry/Textile-Garment
August 30, 2007
Nationwide competition to promote value of garment workers
A nationwide competition titled "I am precious" was launched in Phnom Penh Thursday in order to honor Cambodian garment workers, value the work they do, and enable them for the first time to show their talents and expression through a dress design and song lyrics competition. more


VIETNAM
Food Industry
August 30, 2007
Foreign fast-food firms expand operation
Big foreign fast-food companies are opening more restaurants in Vietnam, while some others are planning to penetrate into the 85-million people market, local newspaper Youth reported Thursday. more


PHILIPPINES
Tariffs
August 30, 2007
Inquiry on excise tax of cigarette brands
The Philippine House of Representatives will look into the excise tax classification of all cigarette brands in an effort to enhance revenue collection that will ease the country's budget deficit. more


ASIA-PACIFIC
APEC
August 30, 2007
India unlikely to be admitted as APEC member yet
India's growing political and economic clout make it a favourite for admission to the Asia-Pacific club of nations, but it will likely remain out in the cold at next week's APEC summit in Sydney. more

MALAYSIA
Independence Day
August 29, 2007
Tourists flock to Malaysia for its 50th birthday
Rehearsals are underway, flags are flying and traffic is jammed as Kuala Lumpur prepares to mark Malaysia's independence day. But at hotel desks nationwide, frustrated tourists are being turned away. more


MALAYSIA
Investment
August 29, 2007
Mideast group to pump $1.2 bln into Malaysia zone
A Middle East group agreed on Wednesday to invest about $1.2 billion in Malaysia's Iskandar development zone, the first big foreign investment in an ambitious government plan to transform the country's south. more


MYANMAR
Politics
August 29, 2007
Burma writing final constitution draft
The Burmese (Myanmar) constitution-drafting process will be concluded next week, supposedly paving the way for an eventual election in the military-run state, delegates said Wednesday. more


THAILAND
Capital Markets
August 29, 2007
Monetary Policy Committee keeps lid on rates
Despite market pressure to the contrary, Thailand's Monetary Policy Committee decided to keep the benchmark interest rate at 3.25. more


VIETNAM
Investment
August 29, 2007
Govt hails plan for $5bln recreational complex
Vietnam's President Nguyen Minh Triet has applauded a plan by the Gillmann Group, Fidelity Ventures and partners from the US to invest in a US$5 billion recreational complex in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province. more

AUSTRALIA
Security
August 29, 2007
Australia launches biggest security op for APEC
Australian security officials said on Wednesday they had received no intelligence of a terrorist threat to the Asia-Pacific leaders summit in Sydney next week, but had launched the country's biggest ever security operation. more

THAILAND
Politics
August 28, 2007
Election campaigns seen stimulating economy
The general election scheduled to be held late this year will help stimulate the country's economic growth since up to 30 to 40 billion baht will be injected into the economy in the leadup to the poll, according to the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC). more

INDONESIA
Imports
August 28, 2007
Indonesia may buy LNG from Iran to meet surging demand
Indonesia's state-run electricity firm PLN mulls buying liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Iran to meet the surge in gas demand from its power plants, local press said Tuesday. more


MALAYSIA
Natural Resources
August 28, 2007
Malaysia discovers 'Singapore-size' water reservoir
Malaysia has discovered water caverns roughly the size of Singapore, a government official said on Tuesday, dispelling fears that Selangor, its most developed state, could run dry in three years. more

PHILIPPINES
Agriculture
August 28, 2007
Seaweed industry opposed to tax
MANILA, Aug 28 Asia Pulse - Still reeling from the unstable exchange rate of peso against the US dollar and low supply of raw materials due to the effect of climate change, Philippine seaweed exporters have reiterated their call on the government to cancel the one per cent agricultural tax. more

PHILIPPINES
Air Travel
August 28, 2007
Passenger numbers increase nearly a quarter in H1
The number of domestic passengers traveling by air rose nearly a quarter in the first half of the year owing to airlines’ aggressive promo offering, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said. more

SINGAPORE
Investment
August 28, 2007
Prince Andrew in Singapore to find out more on UK investments
His Royal Highness of the United Kingdom, the Duke of York – second son of Queen Elizabeth – is in Singapore. more

CHINA-SINGAPORE
Capital Markets
August 28, 2007
China to launch private equity fund with Singapore
Chinese-Singaporean private equity fund that would provide easy financing for hi-tech companies is close to winning approval from China's top economic planner, state media reported Tuesday. more

VIETNAM
Trade
August 28, 2007
Trade centre set up in Germany
A trade promotion centre that showcases Vietnamese businesses was set up by overseas Vietnamese in Dreieich, near Frankfurt, Germany on August 24. more

MALAYSIA
Energy
August 28, 2007
Govt to rely on hydropower for 30% of electricity needs
The Malaysian government plans to rely on hydropower to produce 30 percent of the country's electricity needs over the next decade to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, Minister of Energy, Water and Communications, Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik, said Tuesday. more

ASEAN
Rail Link
August 27, 2007
Group to seek $2 bln for transnational railway
Southeast Asian nations will seek to raise $2 billion later this year to complete a railway system that will eventually stretch from China to Singapore and link eight countries in the region. more

THAILAND
Politics
August 27, 2007
Govt sets Dec 23 for post-coup general election
Thailand's Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont announced Monday that a general election will be held Dec. 23 to restore democracy following last September's military coup. more

THAILAND
Automotive Industry
August 27, 2007
New master plan to lure new wave of investment
Thailand's Industry Ministry is set to come up with a 2007-2011 master plan for the auto industry in preparation for a new wave of investment focused on productivity and production efficiency. more

SINGAPORE
Funds
August 27, 2007
GE aviation arm aims to raise $400mln in S'pore trust
GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS), a unit of General Electric Co, plans to raise $400 million by listing a business trust in Singapore, the first in the city-state backed by airplanes, sources said on Monday. more

PHILIPPINES
Economy
August 27, 2007
Deficit target likely to improve
The Philippines' budget deficit for the full year may come in at just over 50 billion pesos ($1.07 billion), better than a target of 63 billion pesos, according to the latest assessment by the Department of Finance. more

INDONESIA
Exports
August 27, 2007
Olam to ship 50,000 tons of cocoa bean this year
PT Olam Indonesia, one of several exporter companies in Central Sulawesi province, is targeted to export some 50,000 tons of cocoa beans this year, the company's manager Ferry Rumangkang said here on Saturday. more

ASIA
Trade
August 27, 2007
Apec urged to pave way for Pacific free trade zone
It may be a distant goal at the moment but Asia-Pacific leaders are likely to give a nudge to plans for a vast free-trade zone stretching from China to Chile when they meet in two weeks' time. more
 

CHINA
Trade
August 27, 2007
China defends quality of exports
China strongly defended the quality of its exports Monday, saying some problems were a result of varying global product standards and that a mass recall of toys was largely a result of faulty U.S. designs not Chinese workmanship. more

SINGAPORE
Capital Markets
August 26, 2007
Temasek approaches Nasdaq to buy LSE stake
Temasek Holdings, the Singapore government-owned investment agency, has approached Nasdaq to buy its 30 percent stake, worth 800 million pounds ($1.6 billion), in the London Stock Exchange , a newspaper reported on Sunday. more

MALAYSIA
Run-up to Independence Day
August 26, 2007
Cracks show in Malaysia unity
As festivities start building up in conjunction with Malaysia's planned celebrations of its 50th year of independence, a growing insecurity and sense of uncertainty among its minority races seems to be looming over the outward show of revelry. more

ASEAN
Economic Community
August 26, 2007
Members urged to speed up FTA with trade partners
President Arroyo yesterday cited economic ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for approving the blueprint for the ASEAN’s economic integration and called on ASEAN countries to speed up free trade agreements being negotiated with key partners like China, South Korea, and Japan. more

ASEAN
Energy Security
August 26, 2007
Nuclear plans require close scrutiny
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations ended this week’s energy security dialogue in Singapore facing some stark realities: they need to set aside years of lofty rhetoric and act to cushion the economic blow of high oil prices, and they will have to look hard at introducing nuclear energy to the region. more

THAILAND
Investment
August 26, 2007
US businesses wary of amended act
US business interests in Thailand remain concerned about Thailand's possible tougher provisions of its amended Foreign Business Act (FBA), Thai Commerce Minister Krirkkrai Jirapaet said Sunday. more

THAILAND
Tourism
August 26, 2007
TAT plans roadshows to boost earnings
As part of a campaign to generate more earnings from tourism, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has just conducted a roadshow in Indonesia and plans to hold another one in India next month, a senior TAT official said Sunday. more

INDONESIA
Tourism
August 26, 2007
Arrivals up 12% in H1
The number of foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia in the first semester 2007 was up 12.2 percent compared to the figure for a corresponding period in 2006, a tourism ministry official said. more

ASEAN-CHINA
Economic Ministers Meeting
August 26, 2007
Product safety on agenda
Southeast Asian countries and China agreed to strengthen product standards and safety, economic ministers said Sunday. The move follows recalls of several tainted Chinese products from international markets. more

VIETNAM
Investment
August 24, 2007
Foreign investment to rise 9.8%
Vietnam has forecast that actual foreign investment this year would rise 9.8 percent from last year to $4.5 billion, a government official was quoted on Friday as saying. more

VIETNAM
Trans-Asia Highway
August 24, 2007
Second highway to link with Laos, Thailand
A proposal to develop another trans-Asia highway linking central Vietnam with Laos and Thailand, officially called the Second East-West Economic Corridor (or EWEC-2), has been put forward by the central city of Da Nang. more

THAILAND
Drug Licensing
August 24, 2007
Compulsory licensing of life-saving medicine to proceed
The Thai government has been advised to inform the US government that it will stand firm on breaking patent provisions to produce cheaper generic versions of life-saving medicines. more

THAILAND
Capital Markets
August 24, 2007
Baht fluctuation due partly to sub-prime lending woes
The baht has fluctuated rather heavily due in part to impacts of the sub-prime lending woes in the United States, according to the Bank of Thailand. more

THAILAND-MYANMAR
Gas-Pipeline
August 24, 2007
Marine gas pipeline investment
Thailand and Myanmar have discussed a possibility of a joint venture for an investment in a marine pipeline construction to supply more natural gas from the M-9 field located in Myanmar. more

MYANMAR
Fuel Price Hike
August 24, 2007
Protest spreads as junta strong-arm demonstrators
Anti-government demonstrators marched through an oil-producing town in Myanmar to protest fuel price hikes as the military junta clamped down on peaceful protesters elsewhere in the impoverished country, residents said Friday. more

ASEAN
Integration/Ministerial Meeting
August 24, 2007
Economic community high on agenda
The annual meeting of the ASEAN economic ministers convened in Manila on Friday with a blueprint for an integrated economic community put high on the agenda so that it could be signed at a summit to be held late this year. more

PHILIPPINES
Economy
August 24, 2007
Manila sees Q2 GDP growth at 6.1-6.7%
The Philippines expects economic growth to have slowed to between 6.1 percent and 6.7 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier against 6.9 percent in the first quarter, a senior government official said on Friday. more

INDONESIA
Energy
August 24, 2007
LNG supplies for Japan to continue after 2010
Indonesia plans annual shipments of up to 5 million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Japan after their current contracts end in 2010, despite the country's plan to sell more of its gas domestically, local press said Friday. more

VIETNAM
Investment
August 22, 2007
S Korea tops sources of Fdi
South Korea has become the biggest foreign investor in Vietnam, overtaking Singapore in early August. VNA Reports

INDONESIA
Free Trade
Deal with Japan expected to bring many benefits
Indonesia will tap many benefits from the newly-signed free trade pact with Japan, Indonesian Trade Minister Mari Elka Pengestu said Wednesday. Xinhua reports

THAILAND
Economy
August 22, 2007
Finance secretary downplays export slump concerns
Permanent Secretary for Finance Suparat Kawatkul on Wednesday brushed aside concerns over the export slump in July, saying it had not worsened when compared with the same month last year. TNA reports

THAILAND
Capital Markets
August 22, 2007
SET rebounds on dismissal of counter-coup rumours
The Stock Exchange of Thailand’s composite index surged by more than 11 points within five minutes of the opening bell after rumours of a possible counter-coup were totally dismissed by a coup leader. TNA reports

MYANMAR
Natural Resources
August 22, 2007
Myanmar fields hold max 8 trln cf of gas
South Korea's Daewoo International Corp on Wednesday trimmed figures of its maximum recoverable reserves in its Myanmar gas fields. Reuters reports

MYANMAR
Protests
August 22, 2007
Junta arrest student leaders
Burma's (Myanmar’s) junta has detained at least nine leaders of the 88 Generation Students dissident group in a major crackdown on civil unrest in Yangon in the wake of last week's fuel price hikes, sources said Wednesday. DPA reports

See also:
Junta breaks up rare rally

SINGAPORE
Capital Markets
August 22, 2007
Singapore bourse faces IT antitrust complaint
A Singapore law firm has filed an antitrust complaint against the Singapore Exchange (SGX) in a bid to loosen the bourse's grip on the provision of IT services to stockbrokers, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Reuters reports

PHILIPPINES
Auction
August 22, 2007
Power grid license goes on the block again
Nine groups have expressed interest in bidding for a multi-billion dollar 25-year licence to run the Philippines' national grid, a top official said on Wednesday. Reuters reports

MALAYSIA-THAILAND
Islamic Banking
August 22, 2007
Malaysia to provide technical assistance
Malaysia is ready to provide technical assistance in setting up an Islamic bank in Thailand, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Wednesday. Bernama reports

ASIA
Capital Markets
August 21, 2007
Stocks, banks drag Singapore down, Manila surges
Most Southeast Asian stock markets fell on Tuesday as investors cashed in on steep gains in the previous session, but the Philippines posted its biggest single-day rise in over six years in a post-holiday catch-up. Reuters reports

THAILAND
Politics/New Charter
August 21, 2007
Legislators consider organic laws
The National Legislative Assembly is scheduled to deliberate several organic laws under Thailand's recently drafted constitution on Wednesday, now that the charter has received public approval in Sunday's referendum. TNA reports

VIETNAM
Trade
August 21, 2007
Vietnam’s rice prices rise on world market
Prices of Vietnamese rice are on the continued rise in the world market in spite of the fact that the Asian market witnessed a slight reduction in the opener of the week due to impact of the Thai baht devaluation against US dollar. VNA reports

MALAYSIA
Airlines
August 21, 2007
AirAsia in talks for more A320
Malaysian budget airline AirAsia is in talks to buy more Airbus A320 planes due to increasing demand, AirAsia Deputy Chief Executive Kamarudin Meranum said on Monday. India Times reports

ASEAN
Myanmar Issue
August 21, 2007
Lawmakers urge China, India not to support junta
Myanmar's military rulers will ignore demands for restoring democracy as long as China, India and Southeast Asian countries keep supporting them, regional lawmakers said Monday. Associated Press reports

PHILIPPINES-AUSTRALIA
Ties
August 21, 2007
Govt to set up labor office in Sydney
Following the projected influx of Filipinos seeking work in Australia, the labor department is preparing to set up a Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Sydney in two or three months’ time, said an official who has been tasked to head the office as labor attaché. The Inquirer reports

JAPAN-INDIA
Ties
August 21, 2007
Partnerships and new business initiatives in the pipeline
India and Japan, scrambling to build closer economic ties as China's might grows, are expected to announce a spate of partnerships and new business initiatives as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan visits India this week. International Herald Tribune reports

ASEAN
Economic Community
August 21, 2007
Blueprint ready for approval
The Asean economic mi¬nisters are set to approve this week the Asean Economic Community blueprint, which will include the logistics sector as a priority integration sector. Manila Times reports

INDONESIA
Motorcycle Market
August 21, 2007
Yamaha adds pressure on Honda
Japanese motorcycle-maker Yamaha surpassed Honda to lead in the Indonesian market in July, threatening to end all-time domination by its fellow Japanese manufacturer. Xinhua reports

MALAYSIA
Transport/Tourism
August 21, 2007
School buses no longer allowed to carry tourists
School bus operators are no longer allowed to apply for temporary permits to carry tourists from the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB). Xinhua reports
 

VIETNAM
Capital Markets
August 20, 2007
 New securities firms affected by stagnant bourse
Nearly 20 securities companies established since April in Vietnam are operating sickly as the country's stock market has cooled down in recent months, local newspaper Pioneer reported Monday. Xinhua reports

CAMBODIA
Infrastructure Development
August 20, 2007
Mixed reactions over planned sky train in Phnom Penh
A Phnom Penh Municipal official has expressed doubt in the viability of plans announced by the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) to build electric sky train networks over the city's increasingly car-jammed boulevards, while others have welcomed the proposal, local media reported on Monday. Xinhua reports

THAILAND
Capital Markets
August 20, 2007
Shares up 4.4% on Fed rate cut, referendum news
Positive investment sentiment was seen in Thai shares Monday as the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) closed 4.43 per cent higher in response both to the good news from the upbeat Constitutional referendum vote on the political landscape, and upward movement throughout  regional markets in the wake of an unexpected US interest rate cut to ease tight credit. TNA reports

Also see
Thailand: Hefty "No" vote points to messy election

THAILAND
Ties
August 20, 2007
PM leaves for talks with Malaysian counterpart
Thai Prime Minister Gen. Surayud Chulanont left Monday for two-day official talks with his Malaysian counterpart Abdullah Badawi, with a brief stopover in the troubled southern province of Narathiwat for an audience with Her Majesty the Queen. TNA reports

MYANMAR
Oil Pipeline
August 20, 2007
China studies Myanmar island for oil terminal
China is conducting a survey on the feasibility of using Myanmar's Yanbyai island as an oil terminal to supply a planned 1,440-kilometre pipeline from the Bay of Bengal to Yunnan province in southern China, news reports said Sunday. EarthTimes reports

MYANMAR
Economy
August 20, 2007
Petrol hike in Burma causes crisis
Yangon (dpa) - Burma's opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) Party on Monday warned that demonstrations were "imminent" unless the military reverses last week's decision to double fuel prices. DPA reports

SINGAPORE
Economy
August 20, 2007
Medium-term growth view lifted to 4-6%
Singapore's government has raised its medium-term annual economic growth potential to 4-6 percent for the next 5 to 10 years from the 3-5 percent estimate set in 2003. Reuters reports

PHILIPPINES
Survey
August 20, 2007
Women executives on top in Philippines: survey
Women are now outnumbering men at the top of the corporate ladder in the Philippines and the trend is set to increase over the coming years, the country's labour minister said Monday. AFP reports

INDONESIA
Exports
August 20, 2007
Textile shipments fall below target
Indonesia's exports of textiles fell below target in the first half of this year although exceeding exports in the same period last year. Antara reports

THAILAND
Politics
August 19, 2007
First reports: constitution passes referendum
An exit poll conducted by two popular institutions in Bangkok showed that Thailand's draft constitution sailed comfortably through its first national referendum. TNA reports

Also see: Thai voters 'approve new charter' - BBC

THAILAND
Business Environment
August 19, 2007
Foreign investment to rise after election
More foreign investment is expected in Thailand after the general election, tentatively to be held late this year, while Thai investors need to focus more on using advanced technology in their industrial ventures, Finance Minister Chalongphob Sussangkarn said Sunday. TNA reports

ASEAN
Japanese Premier’s Visit
August 19, 2007
Abe on a weeklong tour of Indonesia, India, Malaysia
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to leave Tokyo for Indonesia on Sunday on the first leg of a weeklong tour that will also take him to India and Malaysia, prior to reshuffling his Cabinet and party leadership on his return. Kyodo news reports

MALAYSIA
Investment
August 19, 2007
Kuwait Finance says RHB talks still need approval
Kuwait Finance House (KFH) said on Sunday Malaysia's central bank had not yet given its Malaysian unit permission to start talks to buy RHB Bank. Reuters reports

MYANMAR
Tourism Development
August 19, 2007
Myanmar to build gem museum in new capital
Myanmar has projected to build a gem museum in the new administrative capital of Nay Pyi Taw in 2008 to develop tourism through displaying of the country's world famous gems, jade, pearl and jewelry, the local Voice journal reported Sunday. Xinhua reports

MYANMAR
Fuel Price
August 19, 2007
Pro-democracy activists march against price hike
More than 400 people led by prominent pro-democracy activists staged a rare protest in Myanmar's biggest city Sunday, marching against a massive recent fuel price hike. Associated Press reports

PHILIPPINES
Anti-Smuggling Drive
August 19, 2007
File charges against vehicle smugglers
Philippines President Arroyo yesterday ordered the Bureau of Customs (BoC) to pursue charges against the importers of the 18 seized vehicles destroyed last week to demonstrate the government’s new policy of condemning smuggled goods to prevent smugglers from legally acquiring these goods through auction. Manila Bulletin reports

VIETNAM
Property Law
August 19, 2007
Foreigners can’t buy houses yet
The pilot scheme allowing foreigners to buy houses in Vietnam will need more time before it is implemented because the Land and Housing Law doesn’t permit foreigners to own land and houses in Vietnam. VietNamNet Bridge reports

VIETNAM
Tourism
August 19, 2007
Hotel Survey 2007 reports record growth
Record growth in visitor arrivals, hotel occupancy and room rates and an increase in interest from major hotel groups all occurred in 2006, according to a new survey conducted by financial and accounting firm Grant Thornton Vietnam. VietNamNet Bridge reports

THAILAND
Economy
August 18, 2007
Kosit sees 4% growth in 2007
Thailand's economy will sustain growth of 4 and 5 per cent in 2007 and 2008 respectively if the draft constitution is approved during the national referendum on Sunday, paving the way for a general election, Kosit Panpiemras, deputy prime minister and industry minister said Saturday. TNA reports.

THAILAND
Politics/Referendum
August 18, 2007
Preliminary  result expected at 9 pm Sunday
The unofficial preliminary result of the August 19 referendum for the draft constitution -- Thailand's first referendum -- to be held Sunday, will be known before 9pm, according to Election Commission (EC) chairman Apichart Sukhagganond. TNA reports

CHINA
Trade
August 18, 2007
China seen becoming world's 2nd largest exporter
China may overtake the United States to become the world's second largest exporter this year if its current export growth speed continues, said a senior government official on Saturday. Xinhua reports.

INDONESIA
Energy
August 18, 2007
Fuel prices won’t be raised
Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro has said the government would not raise fuel prices next year, despite a hefty cut in fuel subsidy spending in the 2008 state budget. Xinhua reports.

SINGAPORE
Politics
August 18, 2007
Singapore opposition figure declared bankrupt-paper
Singapore's High Court has declared an opposition politician bankrupt, the Straits Times newspaper reported on Saturday, a ruling that could cripple the tiny Singapore Democratic Party (SDP). Reuters reports.

PHILIPPINES
Economy
August 18, 2007
Govt registers budget surplus after asset sale
The Philippines gained a brief respite from mounting fiscal concerns, after proceeds from the sale of state assets allowed it to post a budget surplus in July, cutting its funding shortfall in the first seven months of the year. Manila Times reports.

MEKONG SUB-REGION
Economic Cooperation
August 18, 2007
A model for ASEAN integration
A senior Asian Development Bank (ADB) official said on Saturday that the economic cooperation being carried out by the countries in the Mekong River region could serve as a model for cooperation and integration of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. Xinhua reports.

SPORTS
Bangkok Universiade
August 18, 2007
China tops medal standings
Thailand, world renowned land of smile, lowered the curtain of 24th Universiade in Bangkok on Saturday with China topping the medal standings with 33 gold, 30 silver and 27 bronze medals. Xinhua reports.

MYANMAR-N KOREA
Ties
August 18, 2007
North Korea to open embassy in Myanmar
North Korean diplomats arrived in Myanmar recently to open an embassy for the first time since being ousted from the country in the aftermath of a bloody attack more than 20 years ago, officials said Saturday. Associated Press reports.

INDONESIA
Corruption
August 18, 2007
Siemens probe widens
The cash-for-contracts probe at German concern Siemens has widened to include investigations into illicit payments in Indonesia and China. Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reports.

ASEAN
Ministerial Meeting
July 30, 2007

ASEAN approves former Thai FM as secretary general
The foreign ministers of the Association Southeast Asian Nations endorsed on July 30 former Thai Foreign Minister Surin Pitsuwan as the new ASEAN secretary general, Kyodo news reported. more

ASEAN
Ministerial Meeting
July 30, 2007

Charter likely to be signed at Singapore meeting
Foreign Minister George Yeo says he is optimistic that the final ASEAN Charter will be signed when the group meets in Singapore later this year. more

ASEAN
Ministerial Meeting
July 30, 2007

ASEAN to Set Up Human Rights Commission
Southeast Asian foreign ministers agreed Monday to set up a regional human rights commission, overcoming fierce resistance from military-ruled Myanmar, the Associated Press reported. more

ASEAN-DIALOGUE PARTNERS
Regional Security/Climate Change
July 30, 2007

Japanese FM heads to Philippines for ASEAN, ARF meetings
Foreign Minister Taro Aso left for Manila on July 30 to attend a series of talks involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their dialogue partners, including Japan and North Korea, over regional security, climate change and other issues, Kyodo News reported. more

PHILIPPINES
Development Aid
July 30, 2007

World Bank urges Philippines to make better use of aid funds
The World Bank said on July 30 it has asked the Philippines to make better use of hundreds of millions of dollars lent by the multilateral agency every year, AFP reported. more

INDONESIA-SAUDI ARABIA
Aviation Safety
July 30, 2007

Saudi sends aviation watchdog to Indonesia
Officials of Saudi Arabia's aviation watchdog arrived in Indonesia July 30 to begin inspections of local airlines concerning their safety record after the European Union recently denied entry of all Indonesian airlines. more

MYANMAR-SAUDI ARABIA
Diplomatic Ties
July 30, 2007

Myanmar to open embassy in Saudi capital
Myanmar is making arrangement to open soon an embassy in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia in the Middle East to start carrying out its diplomatic undertakings, the local Weekly Eleven News reported July 30. more

VIETNAM
Trade
July 30, 2007

Electronics export surges in first 7 months
Vietnam reaped nearly US$1.1 billion from exporting electronics goods, including computers in the first seven months of this year, a year-on-year rise of 24. 6%, according to the Vietnam Electronic Industries Association. more

CAMBODIA
Tourism
July 30, 2007

Companies given green light to build resorts on islands
Cambodia's government has given its permission for six local and foreign companies to develop tourist resorts worth up to US$627 million (€460 million) on islands off the country's coast, officials said on July 30. more

MALAYSIA
Investment
July 30, 2007

Malaysia expects $51bln of investments in North
Malaysia's government expects to generate 177 billion ringgit ($51 billion) of investments including agriculture, manufacturing and tourism projects in the northern states till 2025 to spur economic growth, Bloomberg news reported. more

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