Mekong Monitor

30 August, 2018

Photo Credit: AP   TRADE, ECONOMY, AND INVESTMENT   MYANMAR Myanmar’s Financial Inclusion Roadmap focuses on fintech (24 August 2018) The latest inclusion of forming a digital services working group that will be supervised

China-ASEAN Monitor

29 August, 2018

Photo credit: AP   Economy, Investment and Trade Singapore, Guangdong to tie up on high tech, smart cities (24 August 2018) Fourteen Singapore companies signed agreements to partner with Chinese companies from the South

Singapore: July 2018 industrial production

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

HIGHLIGHTS July 2018 industrial production The industrial production index (IPI) came in ahead of our forecast at 6.0% yoy in July due to resilient pharmaceutical and chemicals output growth. However the prognosis for the

Thailand: 2Q18 GDP

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

HIGHLIGHTS 2Q18 GDP Thailand’s economy expanded by 4.6% yoy in 2Q18 after an upwardly-revised GDP growth reading of 4.9% yoy in 1Q18. Domestic demand rebounded strongly, led by private consumption and investments. Subdued inflation,

Malaysia: 2Q18 GDP and current account

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

HIGHLIGHTS 2Q18 GDP and current account Malaysia’s economy expanded by 4.5% yoy in 2Q18, the weakest since 4Q16, partly due to supply shocks in agriculture (palm oil and rubber) and mining (natural gas). We

Mekong Monitor

23 August, 2018

Photo Credit: Myanmar Times   TRADE, ECONOMY, AND INVESTMENT   CAMBODIA Cambodia becomes the largest importer of Vietnam’s steel thanks to booming construction sector (23 August 2018) A boom in the construction sector has

China-ASEAN Monitor

22 August, 2018

Photo credit: Vietnamnet   Economy, Investment and Trade Vietnam’s Investment Ministry expresses wariness over China’s ODA loans (19 August 2018) Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has expressed concerns over Official Development Assistance

Indonesia: 2Q18 direct investments

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

HIGHLIGHTS 2Q18 direct investments Direct investments (DI) grew 0.6% yoy to US$12.9bn in 2Q18 as gains in DDI (+25.9% yoy to US$5.8bn) offset the decline in FDI (-13.5% yoy to US$7.1bn). The key growth

Indonesia: 2Q18 balance of payments

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

HIGHLIGHTS 2Q18 balance of payments The 2Q18 current account deficit (CAD) hit a four-year high of -US$8.0bn or -3.0% of GDP, led by the trade account slipping into deficit and higher dividend repatriations. The

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