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


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


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.

ASEAN Signs Memorandum of Cooperation on Industrial Property


The European Patent Office (EPO) has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on Industrial Property with the ASEAN Member States’ Intellectual Property Offices.

March 2014 ASEAN Regional Meetings


There are a number of important ASEAN regional meetings taking place in March, including the Senior Economic Officials Meeting and the ASEAN – Australia – New Zealand FTA Economic Committee meeting.

Toyota Doubles Its Indonesian Engine Manufacturing Capacity


Toyota has begun construction of a new US$198 million automotive engine manufacturing plant in Karawang, West Java, which, when completed in 2016, will more than double the company’s current production in Indonesia.

Indonesia & Philippines Settle Maritime Boundaries, Look To Increase Trade


The Philippines and Indonesia are to sign a maritime boundary treaty after agreements to do so were reached at a meeting of the two countries’ Foreign Ministers in Jakarta yesterday.

Singapore’s 2014 Budget: Takeaways for Foreign Investors


Last Friday, Singapore’s Minister for Finance and Deputy Prime Minister presented the 2014 Budget to Parliament for the financial year April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015. In this article, we present the key tax initiatives from the 2014 Budget.

Indonesia Pushes South Korea for CEPA Investment Commitments


Trade officials from Indonesia and South Korea will meet in Seoul this week, in critical negotiations surrounding the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). The CEPA, which will be a bilateral deal between Indonesia and South Korea, is similar to an FTA but wider in its scope.

Why ASEAN is Appealing for Manufacturing as Costs in China Keep Rising


In his interview on Channel News Asia, Chris Devonshire-Ellis discusses ASEAN’s appeal as a new manufacturing hub in Asia as China’s production costs continue to rise.

Philippines Poised for Foreign Investment Sweet Spot


The Philippines is set to be the new darling of emerging Asia as its national demographics, partnered with a liberal government reform policy, is beginning to attract a new wave of foreign investors.

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