JAKARTA (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - The new Secretary-General of Asean Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi urged all member countries to stay united as different challenges lie ahead, saying the grouping must ensure it advances towards inclusive growth and sustainable development.
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - The economy was once again led by robust manufacturing growth and supported by the service sector.
The Singapore economy expanded 3.1 per cent in the last three months of 2017, lifted once again by robust manufacturing growth.
This was higher than economist expectations of 2.6 per cent growth but moderated from the 5.4 per cent expansion in the preceding quarter, according to Trade and Industry Ministry (MTI) advance estimates out on Tuesday (Jan 2).
BOKEO, Laos (Vientiane Times/ANN) -- Almost 10 years after completion, the Greater Mekong Sub-region Northern Economic Corridor Route (R3) has changed people’s living standards for the better along the road thanks to increased trade, transport and tourism.
The sounds of heavy trucks can be heard every morning at the Boten border crossing where drivers wait in long queues to haul their freight from China to Thailand via Laos.
CHAMPASSAK, Laos (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The status of three major towns in Laos - Luang Prabang, Kaysone Phomvihane and Pakxe - will be upgraded and they will be declared cities in 2018, officials in charge have confirmed.
The government is keen to upgrade these towns into cities so as to fast track socio-economic development in their provinces and enhance relations with other cities in the region.