Thailand Steps up Measures to Ensure EU Fishing Compliance

Thailand Steps up Measures to Ensure EU Fishing Compliance

The Thailand government has continued with steps to reign in its fishing industry with seven government agencies on Monday (August 17) formalising an agreement to exchange information and data on those working or employed in the Thailand fishing industry. The new Fishing Info system is the result of several months work involving the Royal Thai […]

Peers Vote Baker & McKenzie Asia-Pacific’s Top Law Firm

Peers Vote Baker & McKenzie Asia-Pacific’s Top Law Firm

UK-based market research firm Acritas has released its second annual Asia-Pacific Law Firm Brand Index detailing regions top performing law firms. The Acritas Asia Pacific Law Firm Brand Index 2015 is the result of input from 363 senior legal counsel with annual revenues over US$50 million in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as  315 buyers […]

2014 Myanmar Census – Everything You Need to Know About Myanmar

A nationwide population and housing census undertaken last year by the the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with the Myanmar government provides a comprehensive insight into the people of Myanmar – though at the exclusion of more than 1.2 million people. The first of its kind in more than three decade’s The 2014 […]

Rapes & Assaults Against Tourists Tarnish Sihanoukville’s Charm

Rapes & Assaults Against Tourists Tarnish Sihanoukville’s Charm

While Thailand garners the majority of news reports about violent crimes against foreigners locals in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville are warning of a disproportionately high number of violent crimes against foreign tourist. Sihanoukville, also known as Kompong Som, is a coastal city located on the south-west of Cambodia on the Gulf of Thailand with its capital on […]

Multiple-Entry Thailand Tourist Visa on The Way (Updated)

Multiple-Entry Thailand Tourist Visa on The Way (Updated)

In a much needed boost for its tourism industry, Thailand Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul has announced the creation of a multiple-entry Thailand tourist visa valid for all nationalities for stays of up to 60-days at a time. The move comes at a time of a continuing Immigration Department crack-down on foreigners using education visas and […]

EU-Vietnam FTA Boosts Manufacturing Investment Appeal

EU-Vietnam FTA Boosts Manufacturing Investment Appeal

In a boost to Vietnam’s increasing attraction as a Asean manufacturing centre, Vietnam and the European Union (EU) yesterday (August 4) agreed in principle to the signing of a EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade, Vu Huy Hoang, said in Hanoi that he and EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrӧm have […]

Cars Rolled Out to Boost Philippines Automotive Sector

Cars Rolled Out to Boost Philippines Automotive Sector

The Philippines government has wasted little time rolling out its new Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (Cars) programme with car-makers and auto parts manufacturers in the Philippines automotive sector last week briefed on the initiative. The Cars programme was signed by Philippines President Benigno Aquino on May 29 (Executive Order (EO) 182) and seeks to reinvigorate […]

Asean Foreign Ministers’ Gather in KL For AMM 48

Asean Foreign Ministers’ Gather in KL For AMM 48

The 48th annual Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 48) and a host of allied Asean meetings got underway today, August 4, 2015, in Kuala Lumpur following two days of intense talks between senior public servants from all ten Asean member nations. Among matters to be discussed at AMM 48 over the next two days is […]

July Thai Consumer Confidence Down 20% on 2014

July Thai Consumer Confidence Down 20% on 2014

Thailand consumer confidence continued to fall for a sixth conservative month in July, plummeting 12.5 pts to 98.3, well below its long-term average of 111.7 pts and a massive 25.1 pts or 20.34 per cent lower than one year ago when Thai consumer confidence stood at 123.4 pts, an ANZ-Roy Morgan survey has found. The […]

World Bank Provides $30 mil For Lao Power Grid

World Bank Provides $30 mil For Lao Power Grid

The World Bank board of executive directors has approved US$30 million in new financing for a Power Grid Improvement Project (PGIP) in Lao PDR aimed at improving the efficiency and reliability of the country’s electricity distribution network. Over the last two decades the percentage of the Lao population with access to electricity has increased from […]

Singapore Cancer-Fighting Drug Enters Human Testing

A cancer-fighting drug developed in a collaboration between Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) and Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS) has become the first publicly-funded drug candidate developed in Singapore to advance to Phase I clinical trials. Based on discovery work conducted by Professor David Virshup from Duke-NUS commencing in […]

TPP Fears Spur FDI in Vietnam Textile And Garment Sector

TPP Fears Spur FDI in Vietnam Textile And Garment Sector

In anticipation that the drawn out negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) might reach a conclusion in the not to distant future the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas) is calling for more investment in the burgeoning Vietnam textile and garment sector. According to figures released by VITAS the quantity and value of cotton […]

War Ships & Aircraft to Return to Subic Bay

War Ships & Aircraft to Return to Subic Bay

The former US naval facility at Subic Bay at Olongapo City, Zambales Province, Philippines is to get a new lease of military life more than 23-years after former president Corazon Aquino evicted the US Navy. Located on the western side of the main Philippine island of Luzon opposite the South China Sea, the former US […]