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25 May [Premium] Country Update: 11 May – 24 May 2019

Indonesia   KPU: Jokowi Wins the 2019 Presidential Election (21 May) The General Elections Commission (KPU) announced that incumbent President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” won the 2019 presidential election early on Tuesday morning, 21 May. The results were in line with unofficial counts conducted by reputable pollsters such...

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22 May [Premium] Digital Economy Update: 9 May – 22 May 2019

Tech Business & Policy   Singapore to roll out at least two 5G networks by 2020 (8 May, 13 May) Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) plans to roll out at least two 5G networks in Singapore by 2020, to enable 5G-enabled applications such as driverless cars.  The...

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16 May Why severe haze may return in 2019 and how to mitigate the risk

By Simon Tay, Wu Huijuan and Aaron Choo For TODAY A Haze Outlook developed by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) has assessed that there is a real, although moderate, risk that severe haze will return in 2019. The prognosis is “amber”; on a scale of red-amber-green....

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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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