Southeast Asian countries rescue constituents in Wuhan

Southeast Asian (SEA) countries are now in touch with their constituents who were trapped in Wuhan, China amid the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak...

ASEAN-5 growth forecast trimmed as exports slow

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) trimmed its growth forecast for five members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members amid their continued...

Thailand’s cannabis clinic offers bright future 

Thailand is making rapid progress with its policy of legalising the medical use of cannabis with a pilot project in Bangkok seeing thousands of...

Bank of Thailand keeps rates steady but lowers growth forecast

Thailand’s central bank left its policy rates unchanged, to stay still at the lowest level on Wednesday, but lowered growth forecasts for the year...

Thailand opposition rallies in Bangkok

A weekend protest in central Bangkok in support of the Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit was the largest seen in Thailand’s capital since...

Tesco gets offer for Thai, Malaysian stores

Retail giant Tesco could gain around US$9 billion by selling off its Asean businesses, according to a former supermarket chief. Shares in the supermarket...

Masatsugu Asakawa is new ADB head

Masatsugu Asakawa is the new president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Asakawa, who is currently serving as a special advisor to Japan’s prime minister...

Thailand’s fragrant rice falls behind peers’

Failure to win the World’s Best Rice award for two consecutive years has jolted Thailand—the home of the Hom Mali (jasmine) rice—to overhaul its...

Thailand tightens visa requirements for Taiwanese nationals

Thailand is set to tighten this month the requirements in obtaining visas for Taiwanese nationals. Late last month, the Thailand Trade and Economic Office in...

Thailand, Hong Kong eye free-trade deal

Thailand is planning to seal a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Hong Kong, particularly in areas of services, cyber security, and green financing. Deputy secretary-general to...

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