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New China-Laos joint project to power up electricity distribution in Laos' capital

The new 500 kV and 230 kV transmission lines to be installed in Laos’ capital Vientiane, a joint project between Lao and Chinese companies, will ensure more Lao people to have sufficient power, officials here have said. The new power lines will transmit electricity from hydropower ...

Southeast Asia Looks Likely to See More U.S. Investment

American business enthusiasm in Southeast Asia is bent but far from broken even as the region grapples with a new trade framework and less U.S. government involvement, according to a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. Keep reading ...

Michelle Jamrisko

Myanmar should renegotiate expensive loans from China

Myanmar must renegotiate the terms to its existing loans from China, as these loans have saddled the country with the burden of repaying the loans at high interest rates, economists say. Of the US$600 million in foreign debt repayments due from Myanmar this year, interest payments, ...

Investment down by $1B

Local and foreign investment in the Kingdom declined by nearly $1 billion last year, with the bulk of losses coming from fewer infrastructure and agriculture projects, while the manufacturing and tourism sectors continued to post massive gains, according to the Council for the Development of ...

Fast track gains seen in tax, customs procedures

The finance ministry will build on the successes it has recorded last year in implementing a Resolution on improving the business improvement, Ngô Hữu Lợi, head of its Legal Department, tells the Vietnam News Agency. What are general results of the Finance Ministry implementing Resolution 19/2016/NQ-CP ...

Struggling with free trade

As Thailand continues to negotiate more free trade agreements, local businesses often struggle to reap the rewards of lower or zero tariffs offered for shipments. The Commerce Ministry reported exporters took advantage of US$52.5 billion worth of FTA preferences and lower tariffs allowed by the Generalised ...

New housing projects for Yangon

In addition to the New Yangon city project, which is going to start at the end of February in the Kyeemyindaing township on the other side of the Yangon river, work to upgrade old houses and construct new housing for squatters and government employees will ...

Agriculture sector expects further investments with slashed policies

Local and foreign investors are welcoming the government’s landmark move to eliminate agricultural policy-related obstacles in a bid to attract more investment in the agricultural sector. Hong Sun, secretary general of the Korean Chamber of Business in Vietnam, told VIR that the Korean business community in ...

Media report of $10B debt incorrect: government

The government sought to set the record straight on December 22 after local media outlets erroneously reported that the Kingdom’s public debt had reached $10 billion at the end of 2015. Without naming which media outlets had published the skewed figure, which was shared widely on ...

Cambodia on alert for US taxpayers

With the Internal Revenue Service, the tax-collection arm of the United States government, stepping up its global sweep to catch American individuals and corporations hiding their overseas earnings, the American Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia on October 26 held a presentation for investors and financial institutions ...

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