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President’s Duterte’s recent instruction for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to assist the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the implementation of his “War on Drugs” campaign does not violate the constitution or any legal statute in the Philippines. Unlike in the US, the Philippines does not have a Posse Comitatus Act. Although…

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Close followers of Indonesia are tuning in to the final days of the Jakarta governor’s race, most recently in last week’s second televised debate. The topic was bureaucratic reform which is certainly of interest to most foreign companies with a presence in the capital city. The Governor of Jakarta holds the keys to a myriad of sorely needed improvements,…

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Following oil price volatility in the late 1970s and 1980s, then oil-rich Indonesia diversified its economy away from agriculture and commodities and towards manufacturing. Manufacturing remained a key driver of Indonesia’s economy through the early and mid-1990s when non-oil and gas manufacturing growth reached 12% per year and contributed to one-third of overall GDP growth….

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As Vietnam increasingly becomes a hub for foreign businesses, the government is streamlining the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) process to encourage investment in new sectors of the economy. While establishing a business in Vietnam may prove too cumbersome for some hopeful entrants, the M&A route provides a unique solution to many of these obstacles. With this path,…

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I was recently interviewed by Risk Assistance Network & Exchange (RANE) as part of an expert advisory panel on investor risks specific to the Indonesian market. The truncated version can be found here: http://bit.ly/2a9dYJ6  Any interested in the full interview, can continue reading below. What makes Indonesia attractive for investment? There are a few big draws to Indonesia from…

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On Monday May 9, some 55 million Filipinos will vote to elect their new president, vice-president, senators, and some 18,000 local officials. With a double digit lead over his closest rival, the anti-establishment and defiantly unrefined mayor of Davao City, Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte’s election as the 16th President of the Philippines appears imminent. The business…

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The list of proposed cabinet ministers submitted to parliament by President-elect Htin Kyaw and seen by Cascade Asia will be vetted on March 24 in the next joint sitting of parliament. We would expect to see the entire list of nominees approved as parliamentarians are only able to block cabinet nominees if they fail to meet…

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The Myanmar parliament is about to debate President-elect U Htin Kyaw’s proposal to cut 15 ministries from the previous administration, as part of his party’s goal to streamline government bureaucracy and reduce expenditure. Htin Kyaw had been elected on 14 March as Myanmar’s first civilian president in over 50 years. National League for Democracy (NLD)…

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