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ASEAN stands tall amid turmoil, has infrastructure spending worth $9.97 trillion

JAKARTA - A combination of sustained economic growth, young population and infrastructure spending estimated at US$7 trillion (S$9.97 trillion) over the next 15 years makes ASEAN an attractive investment destination amid the turmoil in emerging markets. Maybank group head of global banking Amirul Feisal Wan Zahir said that during his recent visit to New York, the conversation of global portfolio managers in ...

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Vietnam enters new playground after TPP negotiation ends

After five years of negotiations with countless disagreements and obstacles, trade ministers of 12 TPP member states reached the final consensus on the world’s largest free trade agreement on October 5 evening. Before the agreement is officially signed, TPP must be approved by the heads and parliaments of the 12 member states countries. VN economy to prosper According to many experts, the TPP will create mo ...

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Pacific nations reach TPP deal

KUALA LUMPUR: TRADE Ministers from 12 countries have reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, marking the conclusion of the trade pact. In a statement yesterday, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said negotiators reached an agreement on the TPP yesterday in Atlanta, the United States, after five years of discussions. “Malaysia has won sever ...

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Banking industry gears up for ASEAN

Under the ASEAN Banking Integration Framework (ABIF) agreement, which was signed earlier this year — by 2020 members are required to have banking arrangements in place with regional neighbours. Further, the agreement mandates the establishment of banking services within that neighbour’s borders operating on the same terms as domestic financial institutions opening the ASEAN region up to unrestricted free fl ...

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Asean regional stock market

THERE is no question that the Southeast Asian region, as embodied in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), is the bright spot of the global economy, and will remain so for years to come. The region is moving toward more economic integration not only to enhance the individual countries of Asean, but as a buffer and protection against other regions and, of course, China. No one knows exactly how ...

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Malaysia 18th Most Competitive

Malaysia is the world’s 18th most competitive economy, moving two notches up, according to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) 2015-2016. This is Malaysia’s highest ranking since 2005 in the highly influential and closely monitored report which ranks 140 economies. The upgrade is welcome news for Malaysia especially during the present challenging global environment and refle ...

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Japan Says China Wins Indonesia Rail Contract

TOKYO—Japan said Indonesia has chosen China’s bid over its own to build a $5 billion high-speed rail project on the island of Java, ending a drawn-out process that included two unexpected reversals by Jakarta in the past month. The decision would mark a victory for Beijing as it challenges Japan’s influence in Southeast Asia, where Tokyo has long had closer ties, partly by ramping up investment in infrastru ...

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Philippines remains attractive to Chinese investors

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines remains an attractive investment destination among companies from Hong Kong and China despite ongoing territorial disputes. “There’s tremendous interest in what’s going on in the Philippines. It is not only Hong Kong companies but also mainland Chinese companies that are in Hong Kong. I hope we’ll see more companies coming into the Philippines soon,” Invest Hong Kong Di ...

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Thailand’s SCI Electric files for IPO, to use funds for ASEAN expansion

SCI Electric PCL (SCI), one of Thailand-based electricity turnkeys, has submitted the first filing today to sell 187.5 million shares in an initial public offering (IPO), aiming at mobilising funds to invest in ASEAN countries. The IPO shares will be equivalent to 25 per cent of the company’s registered capital with a par value of 1 baht per share. It expects to launch the IPO and start trading in the fourt ...

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ABAC pushes for MSME inclusion in global trade and investments

Recognizing the increasing value of MSMEs, the APEC Business Advisory Council prioritizes MSME access to international markets and their participation in the global value chain. “The benefits of free and open trade and investments need to trickle down to micro-, small- and medium-enterprises (MSMEs) to ensure that the objectives of job creation, wealth generation with equity, and wider access to the opportu ...

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