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ASEAN’s Sharing Economy: Understanding Opportunities and Navigating Regulations

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As internet penetration rates continue to rise in Southeast Asia, ASEAN grows more interconnected by the day.

Home to over 663 million inhabitants, the region is projected by many to be among the world’s most promising markets for a variety of internet based services.

Chief among these are services involved in what has been coined the “sharing economy” – a loose collection of peer-to-peer services known to substantially lower costs for key necessities such as transport and accommodation.

In a 2014 study conducted by Nielsen, Indonesia and the Philippines ranked as two of the top five populations worldwide primed to participate in the sharing economy. While Indonesia ranked second in the study, with 87 percent of respondents reporting a willingness to utilize products within a sharing economy, the Philippines only trailed by two percentage points, earning fourth placeVietnam

Thailand: New KYC Guidelines Issued

Thailand’s central Bank of Thailand (BOT) has introduced new regulations to ease the Know Your Customer (KYC) process using the electronic process (e-KYC) to open accounts on deposit acceptance of funds accepted from the public. Financial institutions globally are increasingly being required to comply with KYC guidelines under the anti-money laundering law (AML). As per the BOT Notification No. SorNOrSor. 7/2559 the following guidelines have been issued.

  • E-KYC procedures must have the same standards as KYC procedures and available only for individual customers using electronic means such as computers, mobile phones, other electronic devices etc. Financial institutions however, must get prior approval from the BOT.
  • Electronic signatures are acceptable.
  • Verification of customers must be done using ID cards or a smart card reader
  • Financial institutions must retain all information including KYC documents or their copies as per the AML law.

The regulation went into effect in August.

Vietnam

As Vietnam increasingly becomes a hub for foreign businesses, the government is streamlining the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) process to encourage investment in new sectors of the economy. While establishing a business in Vietnam may prove too cumbersome for some hopeful entrants, the M&A route provides a unique solution to many of these obstacles. With this path, investors will enjoy preexisting access to consumers, locations, and distribution channels. This local knowledge can prove critical to successful operations within Vietnam’s vibrant but rapidly changing investment environment .

To successfully carry out M&As within Vietnam, it is important to recognize the legal foundation of current policies, and to understand the procedures and limitations associated with acquisitions in Vietnam..


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ASEAN bucks record 155 billion USD FDI in 2018

The flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the 10 ASEAN countries has gone up for the third consecutive year, breaking a record 155 billion USD set in 2018.

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Last year inflows to the ten-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) were up 11.5%, from US$147 billion in 2017 to $155 billion in 2018, according to new UNCTAD research.

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Thailand to renegotiate GSP with US delegation at ASEAN Summit

The United States recently announced the cancellation of Generalized System of Preferences benefits, which used to allow 573 items exported from Thailand to the US to be exempt of import duties.

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Apart from resolutions to be made by ASEAN leaders at the ASEAN Summit in November, the Thai government will seek this opportunity to hold a talk with the U.S. regarding the decision to revoke the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) treatment previously given to 573 Thai products.

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