Top Story: Yudhoyono Ratifies Asean Energy Assistance PactASEAN
+Yudhoyono Ratifies Asean Energy Assistance Pact
+Seabed a hotbed of controversy for Philippines, China
+Brunei to seek South China Sea code of conduct
+Brunei bids to boost Solar Energy use
Top Story of the Week: More Business Missions To Philippines
Indonesia Clippings 1/1 - 1/16/13: RI to Negotiate with U.S. Over WTO Complaint
January 24th is an Indonesian national holiday for the Prophet Mohammad's Birthday. All government offices will be closed. Indonesia Summit 2013 with Ministers of Trade, Finance, and Education, Feb 28, Jakarta. USINDO Jakarta Open Forum on the Outlook of U.S.-Asia Overseas Business in President Obama's Second Term (supported by USABC), Jan 23, Jakarta.The Council is currently in the final stages of preparing our White Paper on Indonesia's Law on Food. If you would like to submit input or view a copy, please contact Ira Sugita at email@example.com.IN THIS UPDATE:National Affairs
Top Story: Singapore Puts Two Corporate Tax Incentive Schemes To ParliamentIN THIS UPDATE:+ 2013 Index of Economic Freedom
+ Singapore's Budget Day on 25 Feb
+ 5-cornered fight shaping up in by-election
+ Singapore Puts Two Corporate Tax Incentive Schemes To Parliament
Top Story: Indonesia insurance industry calls for cap on foreign ownership
The General Insurance Association of Indonesia (AAUI) has asked lawmakers to limit foreign ownership of insurance business to boost participation of local investors, reports the Global Times, citing Mr Kornelius Simanjuntak, Chairman of the association. The Chairman adds local investors should be prioritised for their participation in the industry, adding that the limit of the foreign ownership by up to 80% was appropriate, according to a local online news portal.
Top Story: Malaysia showcases reforms, growth at WEF amid world economic gloom
The World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos next week will showcase Malaysia's growth story amid a sluggish global economy and highlight reforms by the Najib administration ahead of Election 2013. The Malaysian Insider understands that the government is confident that the positive news at the high-powered annual conference in Switzerland will be able to persuade voters, especially the fence-sitters, that Datuk Seri Najib Razak should be given a strong mandate in the 13th general election.
Top Story: Brunei gears up to host over 60 ASEAN meetings
Brunei Darussalam has taken over the Chairmanship of Asean, the second time since 2001. The two crucial events which the country will host this year are the 22nd Asean Summit on April 24 and 25, which focuses on Asean matters alone where heads of government of Asean member countries convene and the Asean Plus Dialogue Partners Summit on Oct 9-10 with China, Japan, Republic of Korea, India, Asean-US Leaders' meeting/First Asean-US Summit, Asean Plus 3 Summit and 8th East Asia Summit.
Top Story: Thai Ambassador Urges His Countrymen To Embrace U.S. Trade
Top Story: Bourses on road to pan-Asean exchange
Asean's capital market regulators recently agreed on a "road map" for integration of the region's capital markets by 2015. This would ultimately allow for the creation of Asean "as an investable asset class", according to SGX. Ito Warsito, chief executive of the IDX, and his counterparts say the creation of Asean Exchanges will itself force Asean regulators to address harmonization more urgently than if the exchanges had waited to build their regional market infrastructure. Magnus Böcker, chief executive of SGX said, "that's the fastest way to change the rules."
Highlights of MAS Consultation Papers:
Top Story: US Seeks Stronger Ties After Obama Visit
LOOKING AHEAD:For more information regarding the Council's Cambodia program, please contact Carr Slayton at firstname.lastname@example.org and Wanlapa "Fon" Komkai at email@example.com. IN THIS UPDATE:Customs
+ Cargos via Cambodia's city port up 17% in 2012