Thais eye luxury tourist market 

Impoverished Tanintharyi Region remains a potential tourist goldmine for Myanmar. Source: Wikimedia Thailand's Andaman coastal provinces are keen to expand maritime tourism to Myanmar's vast,...

Vietnam set for Asean’s fastest growth: report 

Vietnam’s economy has been forecast to grow at around 6.7 per cent this year, the fastest rate in Asean, according to the UK Institute...

Singapore businesses rue lost custom due to haze

Singapore's Marine Parade is shrouded in haze in this photo from June, 2013. Every year the region is hit by haze cause by agricultural...

Philippines told to open up to investors

Manila could make more of its charms. Source: Pixabay The Philippines remains a relatively unattractive prospect for foreign investors, meaning it lags behind its Asean...

Indonesia eyes banking boom

Indonesian banks will enjoy “more than 12 per cent” loan growth this year due to a recovering global economy and rising commodity prices, according...

IMF chief tells Vietnam to reform

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde. Source: Flickr Vietnam could be vulnerable to external financial shocks if it does not introduce banking reforms and restructure state-controlled enterprises,...

Vietnam 11-month FDI up 3% to $31.8B

Foreign direct investments (FDI) in Vietnam inched up by 3 percent during the first 11 months of the year to $31.8 billion, according to...

India to test road to Thailand

Mandalay Palace. The highway will pass through the historic city of Mandalay in Upper Burma. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. The trial run for the India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT)...

GIC reveals sluggish 20-year growth 

Singapore’s GIC has produced its worst performance since the global financial crisis, as the sovereign wealth fund warned of years of low returns.  The Singapore...

Bangkok smog forces school closures

Thailand's Ministry of Education has ordered all state schools in Greater Bangkok today (Thursday) and tomorrow to close amid concerns over air pollution. Exhaust from...

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