ILN Today Post
December 11, 2017
ASEAN Investment Report 2017
The ASEAN Secretariat and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released the “ASEAN Investment Report 2017: Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Zones in ASEAN” at the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila this month. The report states that even with the drop in global foreign direct investment (FDI) into developing economies, FDI flows into ASEAN in 2016 remained high. However, inflows into ASEAN did decline to US$97 billion in 2016 due to divestment,. This was due to ASEAN companies acquiring foreign assets in their home countries, and repayment of intracompany loans. Intra-ASEAN investment made up 25% of the total FDI inflows, an all-time high.
ASEAN Fintech Network
The ASEAN Fintech Network (AFN) launched this month and will be a platform to promote cross-border collaboration amongst members and help boost the region’s position as a Fintech hub. The AFN’s founding members are non-profit Fintech industry organizations from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Fintech is an innovativeon and new technology, and is used to deliver financial services as an alternative to traditional financial methods. ASEAN has great potential for Fintech companies as it has a rapidly growing online population together with low banking penetration.
ILN Today Post
November 3, 2017
01 NOV ASEAN TODAY – REGIONAL LEGAL AND BUSINESS NEWS – OCTOBER 2017
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In Memoriam – H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej
December 5, 1927 – October 13, 2016
The cremation and ceremonies for our beloved departed King have now concluded. We sincerely thank everyone for all the kind words of support and thoughtful sharing with us during our difficult times.
ILN Today Post
September 12, 2017
50 Years of ASEAN
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) turned 50 this month. In the last half century, the region has become the world’s sixth-largest economy with intra-regional trade totaling US$550 billion in 2015. To date, ASEAN’s greatest economic achievement is tariff reduction. The average percentage of tariff elimination for all ASEAN member countries was 96% in 2016 and is expected to be 98.7% in 2017. However, the growth of non-tariff measures has tripled in the last 15 years. To address the challenges in completing the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), ASEAN will pursue trade liberalization and behind-the-border reforms, policy harmonization, and integration of national single windows for cargo clearance into the ASEAN Single Window.
June 7, 2016
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has published a Fee-for-service proposal (the Proposal), seeking public input by July 5, 2016. As previously reported on this blog, the Canadian government significantly amended the Trade-marks Act (the Act) in 2014, in order for Canada to accede to the Singapore Treaty, the Nice Agreement and the Madrid Protocol. Those amendments have not yet come into force, however, pending the adoption of new Regulations on various matters, including fees. The Proposal is the first step in adopting new Regulations on the fees that will be applicable.
ILN Today Post
February 5, 2016
ASEAN Economic Community News
The ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO), a Southeast Asian version of the International Monetary Fund, is expected to be upgraded to an official international organization in mid-2016. AMRO was formed by the 10 ASEAN member states together with Japan, China, and South Korea in 2011 as an independent regional surveillance unit to monitor and analyze regional economies and support Chiang Mai Initiative (CMI) decision-making. One of its main tasks will be to issue recommendations to invoke the CMI for members to jointly supply hard currency in the event of a currency crisis.
External Risks Slow Growth
A major global bank believes that external risks will continue to slow economic growth in ASEAN. The bank says that negative growth factors for the region include the commodity price plunge, global demand slowdown, currency fluctuations, poor implementation of investment plans, and restructuring and macro-prudential measures. However, the bank says that GDP growth in the Philippines and Vietnam should remain high in 2016.