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  • April 12, 2014

    Becoming Asean (four steps at a time)

    ... time. The Inquirer, the Star and The Nation are available at around five in the morning. That means a subscriber can read these English-language papers from four of the five original members of Asean even before breakfast. For anyone increasingly conscious of Asean's economic integration in 2015, it's a great way to start the day. If I may cite my own (admittedly very early) experience, a reader can gain...

    Opinion
  • April 12, 2014

    PM Lee: S'pore will not take sides in tussle over South China Sea

    ... Janviroj, The Nation: When we met you about eight years ago, Singapore was a regional city. Now, Singapore is a world city. You are pulling away, perhaps from the different economic standards of Asean, in a league of your own. Are there any things you have done that have exceeded your expectations Well, first of all, I don't think we are pulling away from the rest of the region. Because we have...

    Opinion
  • April 12, 2014

    Krungsri to be turned into major first-tier bank

    ... the market leader in consumer finance. Even though the retail-loan proportion will be 40 per cent, the mix should be balanced to keep the bank competitive. Krungsri is expanding its footprint in Asean by using BTMU's strong franchises overseas, including in the Greater Mekong Subregion. However, it is not known yet whether this expansion will be in the form of new banks, subsidiaries or joint ventures...

    Business
  • April 12, 2014

    Ford underscores long-term confidence

    Matt Bradley, president of Ford Asean, yesterday called a press conference with international media representatives in Thailand to reaffirm the automaker's commitment to the Kingdom's eco-car Phase 2 project, for which it submitted an application to the Board of Investment (BOI) last August 31. "The first-car policy and the current political situation certainly curtailed consumer spending in the short...

    Business
  • April 11, 2014

    Lee: Thai crisis is weakening Asean ahead of integration

    Suthichai Yoon, The Nation: In the Asean context, how worried are you or other Asean countries about the political turmoil in Thailand. Is there anything Asean can do Well, we are concerned about it because Thailand is a very important member of Asean, and if Thailand is preoccupied with domestic difficulties, you will not be able to contribute your full weight to Asean endeavours and deliberations. And we see this as...

    Opinion
  • April 11, 2014

    SCB to increase 'First' customers

    .... Most First customers are business owners who have a passion for growing their operations. According to a bank survey on the SME segment, such customers are interested in reaching out to the Asean market, especially Myanmar. The bank will launch a "Myanmar 360 First Talk" seminar series to deal with customer requirements. The programme will provide exclusive business knowledge and information...

    Business
  • April 11, 2014

    Department to set standards for property

    The move is part of the preparations for the seamless market under the Asean Economic Community (AEC), which is expected to see more foreigners coming to live and work in Bangkok. Also, the plan will ensure good living standards for Thais, as many of them live in condominiums. Pongpun Gearaviriyapun, director-general of the department, said he would soon call a meeting with involved enterprises such...

    Business
  • April 11, 2014

    Developers stick to 2014 growth targets

    ... during the 1997 financial crisis, he said. He cited the main factors influencing property prices as infrastructure, including new mass-transit routes; the expanding economy; and the upcoming Asean Economic Community, which is helping to push up land prices. For example, the price of land on Sukhumvit Road near the BTS Skytrain route more than tripled from 1994 to 2012, versus an increase of only...

    Business
  • April 11, 2014

    MBF's first meeting scheduled for July

    ... Finance Cooperation (IFC) would provide technical support to the chambers of commerce in forming the MBF. It has been successful in supporting the similar forums in 13 countries, including those in ASEAN such as Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

    Aec
  • April 11, 2014

    Asean leaders to meet civic reps on major issues in May

    Aung Myo Min, member of Asean People's Forum Steering Committee, said that on on April 8, Aung Lin, Director General, Department of Asean Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, discussed with members of Asean People's Forum Steering Committee. It was agreed that the face-to-face meeting between Asean governments and civic representatives would be organised. "We have won the permission to hold the meeting of Asean Leaders...

    Aec