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

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

6th Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources
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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...

[Premium] Country Update: 13 April – 26 April 2019
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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...

Malaysia’s Investment Climate in 2019
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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...

Malaysia’s Investment Climate in 2019
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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...