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Mekong Monitor

23 May, 2019

Photo credit: VNA   TRADE, ECONOMY, AND INVESTMENT   THAILAND, LAOS Thailand may build two more bridges linking with Laos worth US$125 million (21 May 2019) Two more bridges over the Mekong river worth

Great Expectations and the Belt-Road Backlash

23 May, 2019
By Pauline Loong | 23 May 2019 |

Originally published in TheEdge Malaysia, 20th – 26th February 2019 edition. Countries do not have perpetual friends or perpetual enemies – only perpetual interests. That was as true in Lord Palmerston’s time as it

China-ASEAN Monitor

23 May, 2019

Photo Credit: China Daily   Economy, Investment and Trade   HK-ASEAN Investment Agreement to take effect for five ASEAN countries in June (16 May 2019) The Hong Kong-ASEAN Investment Agreement (IA) will come into

Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports weakens 10% in April

21 May, 2019
By Michelle Chia, Economist, CIMB Research and Economic and Sofea Azahar, Economist, CIMB Research and Economics |

HIGHLIGHTS April 2019 trade NODX plunged 10% in April, on weakness in electronics and non-electronics. Downside risks to Singapore’s GDP growth and inflation outlook have intensified as protracted US-China talks weigh on trade recovery

Mekong Monitor

17 May, 2019

Photo credit: VNA   TRADE, ECONOMY, AND INVESTMENT   VIETNAM, MYANMAR Vietnam and Myanmar strive to reach US$1 billion in trade turnover (12 May 2019) Myanmar President Win Myint’s visit to Hanoi on May

China-ASEAN Monitor

15 May, 2019

Photo credit: Getty Images   Economy, Investment and Trade   FTA between Hong Kong and three ASEAN countries to take effect in June (9 May 2019) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government

Weaker than expected improvement in Indonesia’s 1Q19 current account deficit

15 May, 2019
By Lim Yee Ping, Economist, CIMB Research and Economics and Michelle Chia, Economist, CIMB Research and Economic |

HIGHLIGHTS 1Q19 balance of payments The 1Q19 current account deficit (CAD) improved to US$7.0bn/2.6% of GDP, the smallest since 2Q18, though it fell short of our expectation. We raise our CAD forecast to US$29.6bn/2.7%

Indonesia’s 1Q19 GDP growth of 5.1% slightly disappoints

10 May, 2019
By Lim Yee Ping, Economist, CIMB Research and Economics and Michelle Chia, Economist, CIMB Research and Economic |

HIGHLIGHTS 1Q19 GDP growth 1Q19 real GDP growth came in slightly below expectation at 5.1% yoy on slowing investment activity and the drag from inventory contribution. We raise our 2019 GDP growth forecast by

Malaysia cuts OPR rate to 3.00% against expectations

9 May, 2019

HIGHLIGHTS May Monetary Policy Committee – Overnight Policy Rate cut by 25bp OPR cut by 25bp to 3.00% against our expectations of a hold in May. Tightening domestic financial conditions and concerns over downside