Economy & Trade

ASEAN Media Organizations Unite to Launch ePaper

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ASEAN’s four leading English-language newspapers have united to launch a joint ePaper subscription that will seek to unite their readership on a single news platform.

Positive Economic Outlook for the Philippines as Exports and Imports See Strong Growth

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The Philippines’ exports grew by 9.3 percent year-on-year to US$4.38 billion in January 2014, according to the latest figures released by the National Economic and Development Authority.

Growth in Indonesia’s Tourism Sector Outpaces Other G20 Members

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Indonesia’s tourism industry is the fastest growing among the G20 nations, contributing nearly 10 percent to the country’s GDP last year.

The New U.S.-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs

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The newly created U.S.-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive Small and Medium Sized Enterprises will foster the development of SMEs and increase their competitiveness in the markets of the ASEAN region and beyond.

Indonesians Prepare to Vote in National Elections

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On April 9, Indonesians will vote in the fourth round of national legislative elections since the fall of Suharto’s New Order in 1998.

New Issue of Asia Briefing: The Gateway to ASEAN: Singapore Holding Companies

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In the newest issue of Asia Briefing Magazine, we highlight and explore Singapore’s position as a holding company location for outbound investment, most notably for companies seeking to enter ASEAN and other emerging markets in Asia.

Singapore Trade Confidence Reaches a Two-Year High

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A twice-yearly survey conducted by HSBC showed that exporters in Singapore were optimistic about trading conditions in the coming months, with its Trade Confidence Index reaching a two-year high of 115. This is up 10 points from the previous survey covering the first half of 2013.

Singapore Announces Initiatives to Encourage Tech Startups

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Last week, Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) announced it would invest in three new measures to support technology startups: a startup accelerator, an accreditation program and a fabrication lab.

Singapore To Be Asia’s Ultra-Wealthy City Of Choice

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Singapore is set to become the world’s second wealthiest city by 2023, behind London, according to property advisory company Knight Frank LLP’s 2014 Wealth Report.

Thailand’s Political Crisis Makes Indonesia and the Philippines More Attractive for Foreign Investors

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The protracted political crisis in Thailand has understandably unnerved foreign investors, who see no end in sight for the political stalemate. Meanwhile, Indonesia and the Philippines have become very attractive alternatives for investors considering pulling their investments out of Thailand.

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