Philippines package aids Covid-19 fight, but limited growth impact: economists

The most recent stimulus package follows an earlier 275 billion peso (S$7.72 billion) one

Indonesia imports likely to stay weak: economists

Their comments came after the release of official trade figures for August

South-east Asia conglomerates now underperform pure plays: report

This is the first time conglomerates have underperformed since Bain & Company began tracking their performance 16 years ago

Most Asean workers not keen to return to workplaces: Poll

Across the board, the majority of workers in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam reported that they have actively avoided working outside their homes.

Malaysia's 5G delay can let telcos build up mobile market: Report

The country will lag its regional peers in the roll-out of 5G wireless services, but telecom operators will benefit in the meantime.

CMLV garment industry expected to be a coronavirus casualty

Key producer Cambodia is expected to bear the brunt of the slowdown in the Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) economies.

Indonesia's giant video game market gets extra pandemic boost

Game and app development has been identified as a growth segment for the Indonesian digital economy.

Vietnam's over-reliance on FDIs makes it vulnerable to global crises

Foreign invested companies account for 67.8 per cent of Vietnam’s total export turnover

Recycling value chains in South-east Asia shut down by Covid-19 risk closures

More than 80 per cent of the recycling value chain was not operating during the height of the pandemic in Vietnam and The Philippines

Supply chain shifts and reshoring to have mixed impact on Asean: Moody's

SHIFTING supply chains as countries reconfigure trade relationships following the coronavirus pandemic will result in mixed credit implications for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), said Moody's Investors Service in a report this week.

Windfall tax likely considered in Malaysia Budget 2021, but unlikely to be sufficient: Citi Research

Discussion of a windfall profit tax for glove makers has come under the spotlight, as attention has shifted not just on the extent of further monetary easing, but also on fiscal revenue diversification in Malaysia's upcoming Budget 2021. 

Philippines construction to bounce back in 2021: report

The industry's output is expected to reach US$75.1b in 2024, according to GlobalData

Indonesia's rate cuts on pause for now: economists

The central bank is instead relying on quantitative easing to support the country's economic recovery

Thailand's 12.2% fall in Q2 GDP marks trough: economists

But recovery will be slow for the tourism-dependent country, they add

Malaysia may see greatest domestic tourism offset in Asean-5

With outbound tourism spending more than double inbound receipts, there is significant potential for diversion, says an OCBC economist

Structural features underpin Malaysian Islamic banks' resilience against coronavirus fallout: Moody's

A concentration on retail financing and other structural features will help Malaysian Islamic banks withstand economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak, said Moody's Investors Service in a new report. 

Sukuk issuance set for 5% decline after 4 years of growth: report

Regardless, Moody's is expecting rapid growth in sukuk issuance over the the longer term

Indonesia's Q2 GDP contraction draws mixed views from economists

A 1 to 1.3 per cent contraction for the full year appears likely, according to economists

Asean PMIs show normalisation but far from sustained recovery: Barclays

Confidence about the business environment in the near-term remains low, Barclays said.

Reforms urged to keep Asean connected and competitive

Suggested practices include a better payment connectivity, and a removal of investment restrictions in sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture and mining.

Vietnam banks buck the trend as regional lenders struggle with profit risks

Vietnam has been lifted by a mix of a favourable demographic structure and income growth.

Business group urges Asean-level effort to curb plastic waste

A circular approach to waste could lower costs, create jobs, and boost trade and investment, the group suggested in a statement.