Operations could resume within 45 days in flooded industrial estates

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will explain the flooding situation in Thailand to leaders at the upcoming ASEAN summit, to be held in Bali, Indonesia, from November 17 to 19.

Thai Prime Minister cancels trip to APEC summit

Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Tuesday said she has cancelled her plan to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC Summit Nov 12-15, saying she is obliged to focus on the flood crisis response at home.

The Malaysia report

An ambitious government-led economic transformation programme seeks to triple gross national income and make the country part of the developed world by 2020. The private sector is expected to play a key role in providing financing and support for Malaysia’s aspirations.

Domestic politics and Indonesia’s international posture

Indonesia has taken consistent steps to rebuild its international image since emerging from the political turmoil of 1998–1999. The country has focussed on re-establishing its leadership role within ASEAN , and has demonstrated a desire to assume a global role by promoting itself as the world’s third largest democracy, largest moderate Muslim-majority country, and as a ‘bridge-builder’ and a ‘problem-solver’ in the wider global community. Whether or not Indonesia is able to maintain this momentum in its international relations will depend largely on the extent to which it can manage three key domestic issues: democratic consolidation, the impact of internal nationalism on foreign policy and the Islamic dimension. As a significant element of domestic political change since 1998, democracy inevitably figures as a central element of Indonesia’s foreign policy

Bali gears up for ASEAN Summits

Bali which hosted the first ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in February 1976, will be the venue of another ASEAN Summit on November 17, 2011.

Helping Myanmar – Burma Participate in the AEC

Many observers have become excited by recent moves by the Myanmar (aka Burma) government. The release of some political prisoners gives hope that the regime is genuine in its efforts to move beyond its junta past.

Malaysia: Taking Islamic finance further

Malaysia’s Islamic finance sector is further consolidating its position as a market leader, moving to broaden its product range and expand its reach, though it may need to keep an eye on rivals aspiring to emulate its success.

Malaysian government’s bank Postpones Yuan Bond

The Malaysian government’s investment holding arm Khazanah Nasional Bhd., which is looking…