Mekong Monitor

16 August, 2018

Photo Credit: Myanmar Times   TRADE, ECONOMY, AND INVESTMENT   MYANMAR Myanmar to liberalise its gold market after five decades (15 August 2018) Myanmar’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC) aims to remove gold from its

Singapore: 2Q18 GDP (revised)

16 August, 2018
By Michelle Chia, Economist, CIMB Research and Economic and Sofea Azahar, Economist, CIMB Research and Economics |

HIGHLIGHTS 2Q18 GDP (revised) The revised 2Q18 GDP data was marginally higher at 3.9% yoy on improved growth in the export-oriented manufacturing sector. Domestic demand strengthened on account of higher capex in transport equipment

China-ASEAN Monitor

15 August, 2018

File Photo   Economy, Investment and Trade Thailand’s economy minimally impacted by US-China Trade War (13 August 2018) The present trade tensions between the US and China are not expected to have a significant

Thailand: August MPC meeting

14 August, 2018
By Michelle Chia, Economist, CIMB Research and Economic and Sofea Azahar, Economist, CIMB Research and Economics |

HIGHLIGHTS August MPC meeting The BOT left the benchmark interest rate intact at 1.50% by a vote of six to one. Official GDP forecasts continue to rise amid strong data in 1H18, with the

Indonesia: Consumers to reap the benefits of a (likely) people centric budget

13 August, 2018
By Lim Yee Ping, Economist, CIMB Research and Economics and Michelle Chia, Economist, CIMB Research and Economic |

HIGHLIGHTS Consumers to reap the benefits of a (likely) people centric budget Consumers stand to gain the most from the shift in budget focus to favour boosting household purchasing power during an election year.

Mekong Monitor

9 August, 2018

Photo Credit: Myanmar Times   TRADE, ECONOMY, AND INVESTMENT   MYANMAR Illegal trade on the rise across Myanmar due to corruption (2 August 2018) Illegal trade has been on the rise although Myanmar government

Indonesia: 2Q18 GDP growth: Better-than-expected

9 August, 2018
By Lim Yee Ping, Economist, CIMB Research and Economics and Michelle Chia, Economist, CIMB Research and Economic |

HIGHLIGHTS 2Q18 GDP growth: Better-than-expected 2Q18 GDP came in above expectations at 5.3% yoy, the strongest pace since 4Q13. Seasonal factors i.e. delay in harvest season to 2Q18 and the Eid al-Fitr celebrations, as

China-ASEAN Monitor

8 August, 2018

File Photo   Economy, Investment and Trade Indonesia remains committed to anti-dumping measures with China, amid accusations from Chinese steel manufacturers (5 August 2018) Indonesian Ambassador to China, Djauhari Oratmangun claimed Indonesia abides by

Malaysia: June 2018 trade

8 August, 2018
By Michelle Chia, Economist, CIMB Research and Economic and Lim Yee Ping, Economist, CIMB Research |

HIGHLIGHTS June 2018 trade Trade surplus surprised on the downside on strong acceleration in gross import growth, and weaker-than-expected expansion in gross exports. Taxable goods and services shrink from 60% of CPI basket under