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Malaysia’s IPI up 3.5 per cent in January

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Malaysia’s Industrial Production Index (IPI) grew moderately by 3.5 per cent in January 2017, compared to the same month of last year. In a statement yesterday, the Statistics Department said the expansion was supported by positive growth in all indices, namely manufacturing (4.6 per cent), mining (1.1 per cent) and electricity […]

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Laos: Govt toughens up on foreign worker registration

The labour and security sectors are gearing up to register and issue temporary work permits to foreign workers as part of government efforts to strictly regulate foreign nationals. According to a report from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, some 24,000 foreign workers were registered over the last year, mostly Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai […]

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Thailand: Business registrations up, value down

The number of startups rose 42% month-on-month in January, led by jewellery retail and construction, the Business Development Department announced on Tuesday There were 6,279 new businesses registered last month, up  9% year-on-year, department director-general Banjongjit Angsu-Singh said. The value of their registered capital was 16.49 billion baht, dropping by 26% month-on-month and 42% year-on-year. […]

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Hoi An wants Thai experts

As Vietnam plans to turn tourism into a key economic sector this year, the Unesco World Heritage-listed town of Hoi An needs more Thai investors and experts in hotel management to help provincial authorities develop its tourism sector, the town’s deputy governor said. “Our province wants Thailand to invest in hotels, resorts, homestays, spas, educational […]

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