Asean’s Poorest Performing – Singapore 2015 GDP Plummets 39.39%

Asean’s Poorest Performing – Singapore 2015 GDP Plummets 39.39%

A eight month record industrial output slump of 6.7 per cent in December has seen Singapore record its slowest annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth in six years. Figures released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) today (Wednesday, February 24) show Singapore 2015 GDP grew by just 2.0 per cent – a 39.39 […]

Thailand Weakest Asean Economy in 2016 – World Bank

Thailand Weakest Asean Economy in 2016 – World Bank

The World Bank has forecast modest economic growth in 2016 with global gross domestic product (GDP) forecast to increase by 20.83 per cent from 2.4 per cent in 2015 to 2.9 per cent this year. However, “anaemic recovery in emerging markets” will “weigh heavily on global growth” while “simultaneous weakness in most major emerging markets […]

Thailand Government Riled by AP Claim It Ignored Human Trafficking

Thailand Government Riled by AP Claim It Ignored Human Trafficking

It’s not very often that governments anywhere hold press conferences in response to media stories and it’s especially the case in Thailand where the international media is largely regarded as little more than annoying foreigners who don’t understand the “Thai way” of doing things. In fact since seizing power in a bloodless coup in May […]

2015 Kuala Lumpur Declaration Formalises Asean Community Start

The Asean Economic Community (AEC) will officially commence at 00:01 on January 1, 2016 after the heads of Asean member states today, Sunday November 22, 2015, signed the 2015 Kuala Lumpur Declaration on the Establishment of the Asean Community. In a brief, but grand ceremony before world leaders and dignitaries Asean Chair and current Malaysia […]

Asean Media #GoThailandGoAsean

Asean Media #GoThailandGoAsean

The idea seems simple enough. Gather a small group of social-media savvy journalists from across Asean and get them to illustrate the letters of the association’s acronym through pictures and words in accordance with what the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have deemed them to mean – Adventure; Spa & Health; Elegant Culture; Amazing Food; […]

Asean Supports Thai Police Wildlife & Timber Trafficking Bid

Asean Supports Thai Police Wildlife & Timber Trafficking Bid

A proposal by the Royal Thai Police (RTP) to add wildlife and timber trafficking to the Asean Senior Officials on Transnational Crime (ASOTC) agenda has seen the ten-member nations adopt the proposal and resolve to protect biodiversity in the region. Asean Ministers at the 10th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) in Kuala Lumpur, […]

ADB cuts Asean 2015 GDP growth forecast by 10.2%

ADB cuts Asean 2015 GDP growth forecast by 10.2%

  The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has revised down its Asean 2015 GDP growth forecast to 4.4 per cent, a 10.20 per cent reduction to the 4.9 per cent Asean 2015 GDP growth forecast it made in March. For 2016 the ADB now forecasts a Southeast Asia 2015 GDP growth rate of 4.9 per cent, […]

Bomber Blame Game Sees Thailand Immigration Abruptly Change Visa Rules (Update #5)

Update #5 Reports from Thailand-Cambodia border crossings at Ban Laem/Daun Lem, Ban Pakard/Phsa Prum and Aranyaprathet/Poipet indicate that out-in stamps are again being issued for... (See full details below)

Bomber Blame Game Sees Thailand Immigration Abruptly Change Visa Rules (Update #5)

Foreign workers and tourists who use the country’s visa exempt entry provisions are the unwitting victims in a high-stakes blame game being played out in the wake of the Erawan shrine bombing on August 17. On Saturday morning Thailand border crossings along the Cambodia border, along with the Phu Nam Ron/ Htee Khee border crossing […]

16% Boost Sees PAP Convincingly Win 2015 Singapore General Election (Updated)

Singapore’s People’s Action Party (PAP) has convincingly won the 2015 Singapore General Election securing at least 70 of the 89 seats up for grabs and throwing the political aspirations of opposition parties into disarray. More than two million Singaporeans turned-out Friday to cast their vote in the country’s 12th general election, which saw nine political […]

Thailand Launches Air & Sea Hunt For Rogue Fishing Ship Taishan (Kunlun)

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Thailand Launches Air & Sea Hunt For Rogue Fishing Ship Taishan (Kunlun)

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has commenced an air and sea search for the rogue fishing ship the Taishan (also known as the Kunlun) which abruptly weighed anchor and fled the Port of Phuket on Wednesday. Contacted late on Wednesday evening a RTN Command Center to Combat Illegal Fishing (CCCIF) officer who cannot be named […]

Bangkok Celebrates Vietnam National Day in Style

Bangkok Celebrates Vietnam National Day in Style

Vietnamese nationals around the world yesterday celebrated their 70th National Day anniversary commencing with an inspiring and colourful parade in the capital, Hanoi, with embassies, consulates and Vietnamese communities globally joining in the celebrations. In Bangkok the Vietnam Ambassador to Bangkok Nguyen Tat Thành and wife Nguyen Tu Huyen hosted a lavish reception for the […]

Bangkok Bomber Arrested (Updated)

Thai authorities Tuesday announced the arrest of a man on the Thai-Cambodian border who they say is the prime suspect in the August 17 bombing of the Erawan shrine in Bangkok which killed 20 people and injured more than 130 others. According to Thai media reports the man was in possession of a Peoples Republic […]