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    Philippines to Lead Economic Growth in ASEAN

    Jul. 31 – ASEAN will outperform other Asia-Pacific economies next year as China’s growth slows, according to a report issued by Standard & Poor’s (S&P) this week. In their report titled “Credit Conditions: Increased China Downside Risk Dampens Asia’s Growth,” S&P lowered their forecast for year-end growth in Asia-Pacific from 5.5 percent to 5.3 percent.[…..]

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    ASEAN Expected to Commence FTA Talks with Hong Kong

    Jul. 23 – According to Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So, the 10-nation ASEAN bloc and Hong Kong are expected to begin negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA). This agreement would rapidly expand the volume of trade and investment between the two sides. Currently in the preparatory stage, the agreement[…..]

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    Mongolia Attends ASEAN Regional Forum

    Jul. 12 – Mongolia was in attendance at last week’s 20th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) – entitled the “Asia Regional Forum” – which was held in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city of Brunei. Brunei is the current chair of the 10-state Southeast Asian trade bloc. The forum detailed not just ASEAN-related issues, but also held[…..]

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    Opportunity ASEAN: Australian Dairy Exports

    Jul. 11 – Growing demand in ASEAN for dairy products presents an immense opportunity for dairy product exporters, a void which many Australian dairy producers have been trying to fill. Notably, demand has grown fastest among the ASEAN-6 – which is comprised of Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Vietnam – thanks to their[…..]

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    New Issue of Asia Briefing: An Introduction to Tax Treaties Throughout Asia

    In this issue of Asia Briefing Magazine, we look at the various types of trade and tax treaties that exist between Asian nations. These include bilateral investment treaties and also the meatier double tax treaties and free trade agreements that directly affect businesses operating in Asia.

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    ASEAN-India Center to Boost Economic and Cultural Relations

    Jul. 5 – New Delhi is now home to the newly inaugurated ASEAN-India Center (AIC), a resource center designed to increase political and economic relations between India and the 10-nation ASEAN bloc. The center is sponsored by the Research and Information System for Developing Countries, a think tank managed by the Ministry of External Affairs[…..]

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    Philippines to Adopt ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard

    Jul. 2 – In preparation for the integration of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, the Philippines has begun to take additional measures to improve the corporate governance of its local companies by fully implementing the use of the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard (ACGS). The ACGS is an ASEAN-wide scorecard used to evaluate companies[…..]

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    July 2013 ASEAN Regional Meetings

    There are a number of important meetings being held in July, including a series of committee meetings that will address the trade of goods throughout ASEAN and the coordination of investment and services. The key meetings of note for our readers are as follows.

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    Special Economic Zones in Myanmar

    Following its rapid economic growth in the aftermath of democratic and economic reforms, Myanmar began to further facilitate the establishment of special economic zones (SEZs) to foster greater foreign investment.

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    Report: U.S. Should Prioritize Engagement with ASEAN

    Jun. 26 – With a GDP of $2.2 trillion, ASEAN is made up of over 620 million people spanning the 10 nations of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The region is host to the largest inflows of United States (U.S.) foreign direct investment (FDI) in Asia, and[…..]

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