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Markets policy and regulation

On the lookout for the silver lining: supporting e-commerce in Laos

13 to 16 April was Pi Mai, the Lao national holiday that welcomes in the Buddhist new year. Usually characterised by festive gatherings, water fights and the consumption of large quantities of Beer Lao, this year it was quiet and subdued, as the country of seven million entered ...

Tamara Failor, Nicola Nixon

Technology and e-commerce companies respond to the crisis

Services that deliver food, groceries, medical supplies and packages are among the few businesses thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic after local authorities ordered the closure of bars, dine-in restaurants, and entertainment facilities throughout much of Myanmar. More and more Myanmar people are practising social distancing ...

Andrew King

Farmers in Thailand Welcoming New Law Allowing Cultivation of Marijuana for Medical Use

Farmers in Thailand are welcoming a new law allowing cultivation and use of marijuana for medical purposes Wednesday, in an Asian first that promises an economic bonanza but also fears that foreign companies could reap the rewards. Thailand’s National Assembly passed a bill Tuesday legalizing the use ...

Agence France-Presse

Ministry finds no proof of alleged pepper price scam

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has not discovered price manipulation from foreign traders in the pepper market following Việt Nam’s Pepper Association (VPA)’s blame.Keep reading ...

China may sell electricity to Myanmar amid warming ties

Energy-hungry Myanmar is in initial talks to buy electricity from China, according to officials and documents reviewed by Reuters, in the latest sign of warming ties with Beijing under leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Since taking office in April last year, Ms Suu Kyi has sought ...

Myanmar’s stakes in two Belt and Road economic corridors

Myanmar is involved in two of the six economic corridors under China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), according to a report from a multinational professional services firm.The country’s involvement in the two corridors underlines its geopolitical advantage in facilitating the connectivity between China and South ...

SE Asia stocks edgy as Russia sanctions unnerve investors

Most Southeast Asian stock markets were largely tepid on Thursday, as concerns over US President Donald Trump signing the Russia sanctions bill kept investors on edge.Keep reading ...

1.8 billion baht set aside to promote use of rubber

The cabinet on Tuesday (July 25) decided to allocate 1.8 billion baht from the Central Fund to promote the use of rubber by various government bodies. The fund is to be distributed among three ministries:1.5 billion baht for the Ministry of Defence164.4 million baht for ...

Appropriate policies needed to unlock $35b tourism industry

Việt Nam has great tourism potential but the country needs appropriate policies to create breakthroughs to develop tourism into a spearhead industry and affirm its position on the global tourism map, experts have said.Keep reading ...

Southern rubber farmers grow impatient

Discontent among southern rubber farmers against the government has grown even as the government explained it has done its best to ease their woes stemming from plummeting rubber prices.Read more ...

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