ASEAN banks face challenges to decarbonize finance

Across the ASEAN region, 15%-30% of banking system loans are to carbon-intensive industries that have high carbon-transition risks such as coal-fired power generation; coal mining; oil and gas

Thai Cabinet Approves Crypto-Friendly Tax Rules

The new rules will offer traders several benefits, including exemption from value-added taxes, settlement of losses and higher crypto trading activity in Thailand.

Singapore Signs Digital Trade Deal With the UK

Singapore and the UK will promote and facilitate rules that develop a safe and secure e-payment system. This includes encouraging businesses to use Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and adopting internationally accepted standards.

SEC tightens regulations on digital assets to enhance investor protection

In case of a withdrawal or transfer of fiat money at an amount from 2 million baht to not exceeding 50 million baht, digital asset business operators shall seek approval from two authorized persons.

Fintech: the natural response to a quarantined economy

During the global lockdown, MSMEs needed Financial Technology (fintech) to keep business operations going. FinTech companies also provided an intrinsic relief to business owners that were at risk of getting sick by continuing to operate manually.

Thai SMEs Exporting to RCEP Countries to receive special loans

Under the campaign, the Export-Import Bank of Thailand (EXIM Bank) has allocated 3 billion baht to issue loans to SMEs, micro SMEs and community enterprises. To be eligible, a business must be looking to export products to the RCEP market.

UOB Thailand outlook changed to negative after acquisition of Citi

United Overseas Bank (Thai) Public Co Ltd, headquartered in Bangkok, reported total assets of THB725 billion as of 31 December 2021. The outlook was changed to negative from stable because the acquisition will result in a significant decrease in UOBT’s core capital ratio.

Credit trend for APAC corporates will remain stable in 2022 (Moody’s)

Moody’s estimates that the GDP growth of G-20 advanced and G-20 emerging economies will grow at 4.2% and 4.8%, respectively, in 2022. Fiscal policies across countries will shift from accommodative to strengthening long-term growth potential and debt sustainability.