Malaysia by-election losses raise risk of reactive fiscal policy

There is a rising risk of more reactive fiscal policy in the run-up to the Sandakan by-election in Sabah, Malaysia, resulting in more subsidy spending said Barclays analyst Brian Tan in a report on Monday.

More needed to create businesses that promote the 'human experience'

Even as business leaders recognise the increasing importance of building a company that brings meaning back to the workplace and human identity back to the worker, only 15 per cent of leaders in South-east Asia said they are up for the task.   

Latest figures support expectations of Malaysia slowdown

Economists see the possibility of a rate cut ahead

Small firms in Vietnam, Indonesia most optimistic about 2019: survey

Out of 10 Asia-Pacific markets surveyed, five Asean countries also performed the best in 2018

Mid-sized firms must go digital, regional: StanChart

Standard Chartered report identifies key strategies for Asean mid-corporates

CLMV region not immune to China slowdown: Maybank

China plays a significant role in the bloc's exports, infrastructure, and tourism

South-east Asian consumer growth could spark joy for companies

While the hard-travelling, free-spending Chinese are expected to drive a hefty chunk of growth, the South-east Asian consumer market is not to be sneezed at.

Time for an Asean urban infrastructure network?

Such a network - modelled on an existing plan for smart cities - has been touted as an aid to public sector leaders working with the private sector.

Mobile devices drive Pinoy shoppers

Some 90.8 per cent of consumers in the Philippines look up products on their phones while in store, according to a recent global consumer report. This figure, along with the 88.8 per cent in neighbouring Indonesia, beats the worldwide average of 86.3 per cent.

Malaysian SMEs to get more private support in Industry 4.0

SMALL and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia could get more American private-sector support for a national “Industry 4.0” drive.

Indonesia must invest billions in infocomm tech: Report

While schemes such as “Making Indonesia 4.0” and an e-commerce road map are already under way, “the government’s digital initiatives are split across a number of different national road maps, and as such, lack a clear overall focus”, a recent report argued.

Indonesia's external debt rising steadily, remains healthy: Economist

INDONESIA’S external debt is still at healthy levels, according to one economist.

Vietnam factories are winning the trade war: S&P Panjiva analyst

VIETNAM could be scooping up factory and trade opportunities from the US-China trade war, one supply chain research analyst believes.

Solar power gets more cost-competitive in Asean

RENEWABLE energy sources can be just as or even more cost-competitive than conventional power in South-east Asia, a study by the Asean-German Energy Programme has found.

Real estate opportunities in Asean: Colliers white paper

In its white paper Decoding South East Asia Real Estate: Insights for Owners, it was found that Asean governments are focusing on policy change and infrastructure to attract foreign investors.

Asian business sentiment lingers near 3-year low as trade war drags: survey

Confidence among Asian companies held near three-year lows, hastened along its downward path by the US-China trade dispute, according to the latest Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Asian Business Sentiment Index. 

Situational analysis if Pheu Thai-led coalition government emerges: Control Risks

The violent and highly disruptive repercussions of political conflict in Thailand since 2008 should convince even the most sanguine that the implications of the elections for businesses will be anything but academic said Harrison Cheng, associate director and Control Risks' lead analyst for...

Malaysia investment approvals up with manufacturing boost

The country has benefited from US-China trade tensions, says UOB economist

Asean has gained from US Asia policy: researchers

Trump's focus on North-east Asia has spared Asean markets from trade action...

Singapore and Vietnam to explore tie-ups in energy, Industry 4.0

Ministers discussed collaboration opportunities at annual meeting

China demand for palm oil to pick up: analysts

Stockpile stayed stagnant in February but may lessen in coming months

Policy continuity assured as Thailand goes to polls: UOB

Successful elections on March 24 will boost investor confidence and growth prospects, said economist

Myanmar garment workers caught in global tug-of-war

THE garment sector in Myanmar faces challenges to its commercial survival, with the possibility of losing tariff-free status in the European Union just the latest blow.

Call for public-private tie-ups to spur Indonesian growth

Flagging how increased investment spending has not translated to the same level of gross domestic product (GDP) growth since the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, United Overseas Bank economist Enrico Tanuwidjaja has suggested PPPs in high-potential, under-invested sectors.

ANZ trims Thai GDP hopes, on soft exports

A broad-based weakness, including falls in agriculture and manufacturing volumes, has led Thailand’s exports to under-perform the rest of the region the past three months, noted economists Krystal Tan and Sanjay Mathur in a recent report.