RoK President Moon Jae-in (right) and his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo (Source: Yonhap)

RoK to speed up CEPA talks with Indonesia

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea (RoK) said on February 19 that it has decided to resume talks on the signing of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with Indonesia after a hiatus of five years. 
Presidential candidates Joko Widodo (left) and Prabowo Subianto shake hands during a debate among candidates in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Feb 17, 2019. (Source: EPA-EFE)

Indonesian presidential candidates hold second debate

Indonesian presidential candidates Joko Widodo and his challenger Prabowo Subianto on February 17 spared over the issues of energy, environment, infrastructure, food, and natural resources in their second debate held two months ahead of the presidential polls.
Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha (Photo: AP)

Thailand: Incumbent PM most favoured candidate for upcoming election

The incumbent Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha has been the most popular choice for the post of prime minister in the next general election, according to a recent poll conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA).
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Thai junta rejects proposal to cut defence budget, end conscription

 Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on February 18 raised his voice to defend the junta’s US$7 billion defence budget and annual call-up after political opponents proposed slashing military spending by 10 percent and ending conscription after the next election. 
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Remittances to Philippines hit new record in 2018

Personal remittances from overseas Philippine people reached US$3.2 billion in December 2018, up 3.6 percent year-on-year, the Philippine central bank said on February 15. 
Maybank maintains Malaysia’s economic growth forecast

Maybank maintains Malaysia’s economic growth forecast

Malaysia’s leading bank Maybank still maintained its 2019 growth forecast of 4.9 percent for the Southeast Asian country as the mining and agriculture sectors are expected to recover this year.