State investment in infrastructure will be critical if Southeast Asia is to realize its full economic potential, according to leading analysts.
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21 Nov 2013
Japan’s trade surplus with the United States widened 38.8 percent in October from a year earlier to 577.2 billion yen ($5.77 billion) as exports surged at a much faster pace than imports, according to preliminary figures released by the Finance Ministry this week.
14 Nov 2013
Japan’s economic growth slowed sharply in the July-September quarter as the rate of increase in consumer spending tumbled and exports fell for the first time in three quarters, according to a preliminary report released by the Cabinet Office on Nov. 14.
06 Nov 2013
Major merger and acquisition activity in the global transportation and logistics industry was nothing spectacular in the third quarter, but a potential wave of privatization of ports, airports and roadways could energize the market in the coming year.
22 Oct 2013
Japan’s exports to the U.S. rose for the ninth straight month in September on a year-over-year basis, surging 18.8 percent to 1.109 trillion yen (about US$11.3 billion)...
18 Oct 2013
As Southeast Asia’s largest economy, Indonesia is one of the rising stars on a continent full of them. An archipelago consisting of more than 17,000 islands, it’s also one of Asia’s biggest logistics challenges. Now it’s facing another challenge, a slowing economy marked by rising inflation colliding with an urgent need of a transportation infrastructure upgrade.
17 Oct 2013
Thilawa is located some 20 miles down the coast south of Yangon, the commercial center and former capital of Myanmar in the days when it was more famously known as Burma. There, a gleaming new multipurpose port complete with 3,300 feet of berth — with a planned adjacent special economic zone likely to house a cluster of original equipment manufacturers — stands testament to the rapid transformation of Myanmar's economy.
16 Oct 2013
The value of India’s imports fell 18.1 percent year-over-year in September 2013, according to India’s Ministry of Commerce. Import value fell to its lowest level since March 2011. The trade deficit shrank more than 60 percent from last September to $6.8 billion, which was also the country’s lowest deficit since March 2011.
09 Oct 2013
The value of South Africa’s imports and exports continued to increase year-over-year in August 2013, although at a slower pace than in July, according to preliminary trade statistics from the South African Revenue Service.
07 Oct 2013
Falling imports in August helped ease the strain on Indonesia’s rupiah, which has lost 20 percent against the dollar so f