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Alfamart to Open 200 New Stores in the Philippines

Indonesian mini-mart chain company, Alfamart, is planning to open 200 new stores in the Philippines in 2019, according to a report by Fitch Ratings. Alfamart has partnered ...

US-Incubated Solar Technology Launches at Hanwha Factory in Malaysia

Massachusetts-based silicon wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies with its strategic partner Hanhwa Q CELLS Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of South Korean module manufacturer ...

TNB, PWD to Collaborate on Renewable Energy

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), the national utility company of Malaysia, is set to work with the Public Works Department (PWD) following the signing of a memorandum of ...

Study on Use of Plastic Waste to Pave Roads Under Way

The Public Works Department (PWD) of Malaysia, through its Centre of Excellence for Engineering and Technology (CREATE), is studying road pavement technology utilizing ...

Selangor Unveils Action Plan to Develop Aerospace Industry in the State

The Selangor state through its investment promotion agency, Invest Selangor Berhad (Invest Selangor) has outlined about 30 action plans under a Selangor Aerospace Action ...

Maxis and Huawei Collaborating on 5G Trial in Malaysia

Malaysian telco, Maxis, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Huawei on 25 February to accelerate 5G technology in Malaysia. The MoU is about the two companies ...

Malaysian Health Data Warehouse Completes Phase 2 of Patient Data Collection

A digital initiative by the Malaysian Ministry of Health, Malaysian Health Data Warehouse (MyHDW) system has completed its second phase of gathering information on ...

Malaysia Targets MYR 200 Billion in Approved Investments for 2019

The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) is targeting total approved investments worth MYR 200 billion (USD 49.2 billion) for 2019 with a continued focus on high ...

Malaysia Discussing Possible Port Klang Expansion with China

Malaysia and China are discussing the possibility of port expansion plans according to the Transport Minister of Malaysia. The government had identified Port Klang as its ...

First Korean Themed Retail Zone Launched in Malaysia

The largest shopping mall in Malaysia, 1 Utama Shopping Centre has soft-launched the first Korean themed retail zone in the country. The venture is driven by the popularity ...

Two Special Economic Zones Planned for Indonesian Island Batam

Batam island plans to develop two special economic zones (SEZs), on top of its free trade zone (FTZ) status. The proposed zones may be approved as early as June this year, ...

Repsol Makes Largest Gas Discovery in Indonesia in 18 Years

Repsol, the Spanish Energy company, has made the largest gas find in Indonesia in 18 years. The discovery was made in the Sakakemang block in South Sumatra. The KDB-2X well ...

PT Royal Express Indonesia and Weyland Tech Inc. Launch Pilot Program

Weyland Tech Inc. and ‘Last-Mile’ Delivery Partner, PT Royal Express Indonesia (“REX”) announces update on its strategic partnership. The companies are implementing a pilot ...

Chinese Fintech Company Commences Operations in Indonesia

OneConnect, a subsidiary of China-based Ping An insurance group commenced operations in Indonesia on 20 February. OneConnect is a Fintech SaaS provider of advanced ...

iPhone Manufacturer Commencing Operation in Batam, Indonesia

Pegatron Corporation, an Apple’s iPhones manufacturer, is looking to start production in April this year after it confirmed the rental of a 2-hectare factory in Riau Islands ...

Indonesia opens up Universities and Hospitals to Foreign Investment

The Investment Coordination Board (BKPM) of Indonesia revealed that government is considering revising its Negative List (Daftar Negatif Investasi) to allow foreigners to ...

Indonesia and UK Sign Low Carbon Energy MoU

On 20 February 2019, the United Kingdom and Indonesia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on low carbon Energy development. Under the MoU, the UK will provide a USD ...

Indonesia and Australia Sign Economic Partnership Agreement

On 4 March 2019, Indonesia and Australia signed the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). Indonesia, which is expected to be the world’s ...

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