Economy & Trade

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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.

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 […]

China-ASEAN Expo To Strengthen Economic Ties


Jun. 21 – The upcoming China-ASEAN Expo will boost trade and investment relations between China and the 10-nation ASEAN bloc. Cambodian Minister of Commerce Cham Prasidh specifically highlighted the importance of the expo for regional economic growth. “The expo is an international significant event to boost the development of ASEAN-China Free Trade Area,” Prasidh said […]

ASEAN’s Rising Minimum Wage Levels: Indonesia


Investors have complained that the somewhat drastic minimum wage hikes amongst ASEAN nations have hurt the market in terms of global competitiveness. In this article we will discuss the impact of recent minimum wage changes in Indonesia on conducting business in the country.

ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard


Jun. 11 – The ASEAN Capital Markets Forum (ACMF) and the Asian Development Bank recently established a joint initiative called the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard. Corporate governance refers to the system of governance which controls and directs corporations, and monitors their actions and policies. The stated objective of the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard is to: […]

Speculation that China May Join TPP Talks


Jun. 7 – With Chinese President Xi Jinping visiting the United States over this upcoming weekend, speculation is growing that as an olive branch to be offered to develop trust between the two countries, China might be invited to join talks over joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership. China has been highly critical of the TPP bloc, […]

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