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          Updated: January 20, 2017

• Gas industry targets doubling output by year 2035
The Vietnamese gas industry aims to double its exploitation output to reach as much as 21 billion cubic metres by 2035, according

• NEDA to deliver 2017-2022 PHL Dev't Plan in Feb.
Philippines:The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) intends to submit to the President Duterte the comprehensive

• Out with the old as Myanmar restricts used car imports
Myanmar has restricted imports of right-hand drive used cars in a bid to boost local production, draw foreign investment -- and phase


• Tougher rule on market research to maintain investors' confidence: Sri Mulyani
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati insists that a new regulation affecting market research by banks and securities firms is


• Property agency fined for failing to warn investor of risks in buying foreign property
A Singapore property agency that marketed a US hotel project to an investor has been fined S$7,500, for failing to inform him in


   Updated:  January 19, 2017
Singapore
The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 8 points or 0.27% higher to 3008.22, taking the year-to-date performance to +4.35%.

Malaysia
The FBM KLCI index gained 1.49 points or 0.09% on Thursday. The Finance Index increased 0.03% to 14738.68 points, the Properties Index up 0.13% to 1157.73 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.08% to 7913.22 points. The market traded within a range of 8.87 points between an intra-day high of 1667.23 and a low of 1658.36 during the session. More

      Updated: January 19,  2017
Engaging Southeast Asia: Economic Recommendations for the New Administration
The incoming Trump administration will encounter a Southeast Asia region significantly transformed from the one that the previous administration began to work with eight years ago. The region today is an integral part of the larger Asia Pacific that has the opportunity to play a key role in propelling U.S. trade and jobs in the decades ahead. For the United States to snare the full benefits of this region and maintain leadership in broader regional  President-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  January 19,  2017
Biweekly Update
Myanmar detains police after video of Rohingya beating surfaces online
An online video showing Burmese security forces beating Rohingya villagers during a security operation has provided evidence of violence against the Rohingya related to the ongoing crackdown in Rakhine State. Journalists and aid workers have been denied access to the area, making independent verification of human rights abuses difficult. Four police officers have been detained on suspicion of involvement in the beating, and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s 
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