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Panama to talk double taxation avoidance with VN

Panama will soon negotiate a double taxation avoidance agreement and boost the exchange of customs information with Vietnam, the Panama Ministry of Economy and Finance has said. The move is part of Panama’s efforts to build its legal system of international standards and improve its economy’s competitiveness. Panama is currently carrying out 11 double taxation ... Read More »

Cambodia to launch new airline

Cambodia Airlines, a new national private airline, will operate its domestic and regional flights soon after a joint venture agreement was signed recently between Royal Group of Cambodia and San Miguel Corp. According to Cambodia’s news agency AKP, the agreement was inked by Oknha Kith Meng, CEO of Royal Group and Ramon S. Ang, President of the national flag carrier ... Read More »

Boao Forum for Asia kicks off

The Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2013 opened on April 7 in China’s southern province of Hainan. Themed “Asia Seeking Development for All: Restructuring, Responsibility and Cooperation”, this year’s event attracted the participation of nine heads of state and government leaders as well as 2,000 delegates from Asia and the world. Addressing the opening ceremony, Chinese President Xi ... Read More »

Thai Princess awarded honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine

Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has been conferred an honorary doctoral degree in veterinary medicine at a recent ceremony hosted by Khon Kaen University in Khon Kaen province. The university presented the Princess the degree in recognition of her great contribution to animal caring and protection, academic development of the knowledge in this field, as well as her assistance to ... Read More »

Singapore seeks UNESCO recognition for first world heritage

Singapore has sent its initial application to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to recognise the 154-year-old Botanic Gardens as a world heritage site. Local media says that the campaign for the gardens to be considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site was initiated in December 2012. If selected by UNESCO, the 74-hectare park will be the first ... Read More »

Thai Premier assures Japanese investor of 2-trillion-THB project

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has assured Japanese investors of Thailand’s 2-trillion-THB infrastructure project, saying the project will facilitate investment in the country. Yingluck made the affirmation while meeting with Yoshihisa Kainuma, Chief Executive Officer of Minebea Co. Ltd., the company which has been investing in Thailand for over 30 years; with approximately 18 billion THB worth of registered capital. ... Read More »

Thailand launches new tourist attraction

Thailand’s Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province has unveiled its new tourist attraction called “Thungbuachom Floating Market” on the occasion of the province’s founding anniversary. After the opening ceremony presided by Permanent-Secretary for Transport Wichien Pojphosri, the market’s committee chairman expressed confidence that this new floating market will be the pride of Ayutthaya. He said the market offers a wide range ... Read More »

Facebook unveils Android software suite

Facebook on Thursday unveiled a new mobile software suite which makes the social network the “home” of Android smartphones. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the new software would make Facebook the home screen of Android phones, and allow the devices to be “designed around people and not apps.” “We’re not building a phone and we’re not building an operating system, ... Read More »

ASEAN, US promote people-to-people exchange

With the aim of boosting people-to-people links between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the US, the 5th US- ASE AN Joint Cooperation Committee Meeting on April 5 announced the first seven recipients of the Fulbright US-ASEAN programme. US Ambassador to ASE AN David Carden said the first seven Fulbright scholars selected from the bloc’s member states will ... Read More »

Regional legislators work to end alcohol abuse

Law makers from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam gathered at a workshop in Hanoi on April 6 to discuss policies and laws to battle alcohol abuse. The two day event is being jointly organised by the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA)’s Committee for Social Affairs, the International Organisation of Good Templars and the World Health Organisation. Head of the NA’s Committee ... Read More »