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February 20, 2018

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s FY2018 budget has focussed on addressing long-term challenges for the country and maintaining fiscal sustainability at the same time. It addresses four key issues: (1) meeting the challenges of an ageing society; (2) growing Singapore’s stature as a smart city; (3) enhancing competitiveness; and (4) ensuring a sound fiscal position.

February 19, 2018

BANGKOK - Thailand’s Q4 GDP for 2017 increased by 0.5% q/q in seasonally adjusted terms, translating into annual growth of 4.0% y/y. For full year 2017, growth came in at 3.9%. Growth remained predominantly supported by exports, with private investment unable to gain traction through the year.

February 16, 2018

SINGAPORE - Thailand's headline problem-loan ratio is stabilising, thanks to brisker economic growth. However, a recovery in its long credit down-cycle will depend on whether asset quality in the SME sector can catch up with that of larger companies, according to a report from S&P Global Ratings.

February 16, 2018

SINGAPORE - The number of announced M&A deals in Asia Pacific in the first half of 2018 is predicted to increase by around 14% on-year, based on data from the latest Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor, an indicator of future M&A announcements.


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Thailand offering opportunity in higher education, SMART farming, biotechnology

May 21, 2018 to May 25, 2018

The Thailand Board of Investment will host seminars in Brisbane (May 21-23) and Sydney (May 23-25) detailing opportunities in Thailand for export of higher education services and transfer of higher technology, including SMART farming in the agriculture sector.

The Thai Government is fostering collaboration between Thai and foreign higher education institutions, which can now establish learning facilities along the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and qualify for assistance under investment promotion laws.

Belt and Road International Food Expo – Hong Kong

June 27, 2018 to June 29, 2018

HONG KONG is to host the First Belt and Road International Food Expo (BRIFE 2018) at AsiaWorldExpo from June 27- 29 to facilitate trade and provide an international platform for buyers, sellers and service providers of food industry to explore opportunities.

Five halls of separate specialised sectors will offer new opportunities and ideas in procurement, business matching and professional business solutions from 73 Belt and Road countries and regions.