Top Story: National Assembly session closes with laws, national issues approved
LOOKING AHEAD:For more information on the Council's Laos program, please contact Carr Slayton at firstname.lastname@example.org and Wanlapa "Fon" Komkai at email@example.com. IN THIS UPDATE:Defense & Security
+ Deputy PM calls for faster UXO clearance
+ More people seek work with government agencies
Top Story: Malaysia funds subway with first exchange bonds
Malaysia, Southeast Asia's biggest local-currency bond market, will let retail investors fund Kuala Lumpur's new subway when it starts marketing its first exchange- traded notes to individuals. Prime Minister Najib Razak will unveil details of the issuance today during a presentation at Bursa. DanaInfra Nasional Bhd., a state-owned company that's financing the rail network, will kick off the offerings. The country joins Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines in tapping the general public for funds and providing an alternative investment to bank deposits and equities.
Top Story: Thein Sein calls for further governmental reform
LOOKING AHEAD: Briefing with Michael McGee, Commercial Counselor for Burma, U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, 9:00 - 10:00AM, January 17th, USABC Office, Washington D.C. To register please contact Anthony Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Council's Myanmar program, please contact Anthony Nelson at email@example.com and Wanlapa "Fon" Komkai at firstname.lastname@example.org. IN THIS UPDATE:Defense & Security
Top Story: Top CEOs bullish on PhilippinesIN THIS UPDATE:National Affairs
+Get PPP going this year
+DB M shortens period for budget utilization
+2012 inflation at 3.2%, a 5-yr low
+UN extends $10-M for Typhoon Pablo victims
Top Story: Exxon Mobil Starts Up Singapore UnitIN THIS UPDATE:National Affairs
+Singapore Comes Up Trumps for Wealthy Expats
+Gus O'Donnell: lessons from Singapore
+Singapore Dodges and Expected Recession
+Singapore PMI shrinks for 6th month, orders fall
Top Story: Vietnam strives for higher growth rate, lower inflation rate
LOOKING AHEAD:The Lower Mekong Initiative Infrastructure Best Practices Exchange (LMI Infrastructure BPE) will take place in Hanoi January 13-15. For more information, please contact Marc Mealy at email@example.com.For more information regarding the Council's Vietnam program, please contact Carr Slayton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Wanlapa "Fon" Komkai at email@example.com.IN THIS UPDATE:Economics
Top Story: Aquino signs into law AFP Modernization Act
LOOKING AHEADThe Defense & Security Working Group plans to hold its next meeting on Thursday 31st, January from 4:00PM-6:00PM. Please expect further information shortly. IN THIS UPDATE:Regional Spotlight
+ASEAN Countries Invited To Send Participants To MAFDC
+The Commons: Beijing's "Blue National Soil"
(Washington, DC) The US-ASEAN Business Council is pleased to welcome Evan G. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of ACE Limited, as the Chairman of the Council's Board of Directors starting January 1, 2013. Mr. Greenberg succeeds George Kirkland, Executive Vice President, Upstream and Gas, and Vice Chairman of the Board for the Chevron Corporation. Mr. Greenberg will serve a two-year term as Chairman.
Top Story: Why is it in China's Interest to Promote Health Security in Southeast Asia?
Being the epicenter of major endemic and epidemic diseases, Southeast Asia has often been perceived as a major threat to global health security. Today, China's partnership with countries in this region and other stakeholders (e.g. the United States) around health security has never been so important. Council on Foreign Relations (12/20)
Top Story of the Week: Thai people unite to celebrate King Bhumibol's 85th birthday
LOOKING AHEAD:For more information on the Council's Thailand program, please contact Carr Slayton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Fon Wanlapa Komkai at email@example.com. IN THIS UPDATE:President's visit:
+ Obama to begin visit with tour of Wat Pho
+ Monks prepare to meet Obama