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10 May [Premium] Country Update: 27 April – 10 May 2019

Indonesia   Indonesia Aims to Relocate Capital Out of Jakarta Over 5-10 Years (30 Apr) The cabinet of President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” announced that it intends to begin moving the government out of Jakarta on 30 April, Tuesday. The shift, motivated by increasing traffic congestion in Jakarta and...

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08 May [Premium] Digital Economy Update: 27 April – 8 May 2019

Tech Business   Grab Adds New Services to App Ecosystem; Takes Strategic Stake in Ninja Van (23, 26 Apr) Grab has added hotel reservation services Agoda and Booking.com; entertainment ticketing platform BookMyShow; and on-demand video streaming service HOOQ to its app ecosystem in Singapore. It also invested in...

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02 May 6th Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources

Global attention to climate change and sustainability are driving dramatic and new challenges for ASEAN’s agroforestry sector. Despite greater attention and improved management of fires and haze over the past few years, there continues to be growing demands for producers, major buyers and financial institutions...

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27 Apr [Premium] Country Update: 13 April – 26 April 2019

Indonesia   Absenteeism Fears Unfounded Amid Record Election Turnout (17 Apr) Over 154 million registered voters were estimated to have voted in the election on 17 April, putting turnout at roughly 80%. This is much higher than the turnout of 70.6% in 2014. There had been fears in...

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26 Apr Malaysia’s Investment Climate in 2019

Nearly a year has passed since Pakatan Harapan (PH) took office in May 2018. The new government has undertaken efforts to address Malaysia’s fiscal weakness and reform its institutions. But how are investors reacting to the first year of PH’s governance, and what challenges lie...

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25 Apr Malaysia’s Investment Climate in 2019

It is almost a year since Pakatan Harapan (PH) took office. The macroeconomic implications of their decisions are becoming clearer – certain infrastructure projects remain suspended and are pending review, with the US$20 billion East Coast Rail Link capturing headlines due to conflicting reports about...

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24 Apr [Premium] Digital Economy Update: 6 April – 26 April 2019

Tech Business   Go-Jek Hits US$10 Billion Market-Valuation (5 Apr) According to CB Insights, a US market intelligence company, Go-Jek, a ride-hailing app based in Indonesia, has become the country’s first “decacorn” – a privately held start-up with a valuation of ten billion dollars or more. Go-Jek received...

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24 Apr The Belt and Road in China’s Northwest

The Belt and Road Initiative is typically associated with China’s efforts to engage foreign partners. The initiative’s effects on China’s domestic situation are thus sometimes overlooked. An example of the BRI’s domestic implications can be seen in China’s northwest, where limited access to sea routes...

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