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Understanding ASEAN’s Free Trade Agreements


As Free Trade Agreements continue to take center stage in economic development across ASEAN and Asia, understanding the benefits of these agreements and how to avail them is becoming ever more important.

Competition Set to Take Off in ASEAN as Open Skies Policy Looms


As the biggest airshow in the Asia-Pacific region kicks off this week in Singapore, progress towards implementing an ASEAN-wide open skies regime by 2015 appears to be slow but steady.

ASEAN Public Holiday Schedule for 2014


ASEAN Holiday Schedule for: Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand.

Myanmar Steps onto the World Stage


Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been closed to the world for much of its recent history. However, the country is now going through a process of opening up and liberalization.

Since President Thein Sein was elected in 2011, Myanmar has implemented a plethora of political and economic reforms. This new political outlook has resulted in the lifting of the long-existing international sanctions regime that had been imposed upon the country.

Report: ASEAN Should Facilitate Visa Procedures


A joint report from the UN World Tourism Organization and World Travel & Tourism Council suggests that facilitating ASEAN visa procedures could attract between 6 and 10 million additional international tourist arrivals by 2016.

February 2014 ASEAN Regional Meetings


There are a number of important ASEAN regional forums being held in February, including the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement Joint Cooperation meeting and the ASEAN Finance and Central Bank Working Group meeting.

ASEAN 5 Prepares for Integrated Payment System


The five largest members of ASEAN – Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand have agreed to implement an integrated payment system to enable real time gross settlement (RTGS) systems to be in effect by next year.

ASEAN Tax Comparator


In this article, we outline the key corporate and individual income tax rates for the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

ASEAN Tourism Forum Conference Concludes on Positive Note


SINGAPORE – At the 33rd ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Sarawak, Malaysia last week, ASEAN nations reported a 12 percent increase in tourist visits since 2012. Adopting the theme ‘ASEAN – Advancing Tourism Together,’ Malaysian Minister of Tourism and Culture Nazri Abdul Aziz declared the ATF a resounding success by highlighting the ASEAN community’s rapid […]

IMF Boosts Philippines Expected Growth to 6.3 Percent


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised this year’s growth forecast for the Philippines to 6.3 percent, up from a previous estimate of 6 percent. The upgrade is based partly on a slightly more optimistic outlook of advanced economies, and partly on the on-going reconstruction work that will be required as a result of the […]

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