Economy & Trade

Myanmar Establishes New Special Economic Zone

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Plans are currently underway to develop a new special economic zone in Myeik. Located in Myanmar’s southeastern Tanintharyi region, Myeik is home to one of Myanmar’s growing number of industrial zones.

New ASEAN-RCEP Talks Held in Singapore

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Leaders of 16 Asia-Pacific nations gathered in Singapore last week for the fifth round of negotiations for the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

July 2014 ASEAN Regional Meetings

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There are a number of important ASEAN regional meetings taking place in July, including the 5th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Meeting.

ASEAN and the Intellectual Property Ladder

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The less developed nature of business-related legislation in the ASEAN region means the dangers of intellectual property (IP) infringement are often great. In this article, we take a look at IP legislation across the ASEAN region and highlight important frameworks governing the protection of IP.

Thailand’s GDP Growth Forecast Raised to 2.3 Percent for 2014

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Thailand is expected to experience 2.3 percent economic growth in 2014, according to a revised forecast by Kasikorn Research Center.

Singapore Commits to Agreement on Trade Facilitation

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Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry has announced its commitment to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation (ATF).

Hong Kong Wants Quick ASEAN Agreement

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Hong Kong’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Gregory So, recently stressed the importance of a quick completion to the proposed Hong Kong-ASEAN free trade agreement.

Vietnam and Myanmar Sign MoU to Strengthen Mutual Cooperation in the Banking Sector

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Vietnam and Myanmar are building economic ties, primarily in the banking sector, after signing a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between a state-owned Vietnamese bank and a Myanmar industrial-related bank in Yangon earlier this month.

U.S. Companies Eye Investment Opportunities in the Philippines

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Due to its potential for growth and development, U.S. businesses are looking to increase commercial and economic ties with the Philippines. Last week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visited the Philippines to meet with President Aquino and other officials.

Cambodia-Malaysia Trade Grows Nearly 20 Percent in First Quarter of 2014

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Bilateral trade between Cambodia and Malaysia during the first quarter of 2014 was up by 17.6 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013, a Malaysian official announced this week.

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