Iraq is back in the debt markets with its first unsupported bond in more than a decade. The country is offering US$1 billion of bonds due in 2023 sold at 6.75 per cent, Bloomberg reports. In January this year, Iraq announced the sale of US$1 billion in bonds guaranteed by the United States. The recent... View Article

“The importance that Hong Kong attaches to the ASEAN region and co-operation between Hong Kong and ASEAN can be reflected in my decision to make the ASEAN region the destination of my first official overseas visit in my capacity as the Chief Executive,” said Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam at the Hong Kong Summit... View Article

China has become the third largest global issuer of green bonds behind France and the US shortly after hosting the G20 Summit in 2016. China’s President Xi Jinping signaled at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou in September 2016 his aspiration to take a leading role on climate issues and green finance, reflecting China’s environmental strategy... View Article

Indonesian President Jokowi’s approval rating has improved in the last nine months, according to a report by FT Confidential Research published in the Nikkei Asian Review. According to the report, the President’s approval rating climbed from 39.7 per cent in the third quarter of 2016 to 53.7 per cent in Q3 2017 despite the rise... View Article

Second Minister for International Trade and Industry, Ong Ka Chuan, has said Malaysia is expecting to sign FTA’s with both Hong Kong (as a member of ASEAN) and Iran by the end of 2017. The FTA between ASEAN and Hong Kong will be signed at the 31st ASEAN Summit in November in the Philippines, after... View Article

Iran’s President Rouhani will be officially inaugurated for another four years this Friday after being re-elected back in May. Federica Mogherini will attend in her role as chair of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA). As there have been growing signs from the US that Trump is looking to subvert... View Article

Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) recorded a net reduction on global trade restriction, according to the latest WTO Monitoring Report, which reviews trade and trade-related measures implemented by WTO Members during the period from mid-October 2016 to mid-May 2017. Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the WTO, said: “It shows that WTO members recognize the... View Article

The Myanmar government submitted a draft of the new Myanmar Companies Law to the Upper House on Thursday, reports The Irrawaddy. If approved, the new law will replace the Myanmar Companies Act from 1914. It aims to make regulatory framework more compatible with international practices and develop a functioning capital market in Myanmar with sufficient... View Article

 Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn has announced a US$10bn investment in a new factory in Wisconsin US creating 3000 jobs. The announcement by Foxconn founder Terry Gou, has been hailed as an ‘incredible investment’ by US President Donald Trump, reports the BBC “To make such an incredible investment, Chairman Gou put his faith and confidence in... View Article

US President Donald Trump tweeted today: “Working on major Trade Deal with the United Kingdom. Could be very big & exciting. JOBS! The E.U. is very protectionist with the U.S. STOP!” UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, was in the US earlier this week and met US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. In... View Article