Saturday, January 25, 2020
Easing export headwinds, policy support, Southeast Asia outperformance and consumption the main positives Excessive stimulus, volatile US policy and financial risks, particularly from quantitative easing, the most prominent threats Autos, aviation and electronics look well placed for a recovery Taiwan and Vietnam expected to outperform other regional economies The...
We have entered a new decade and things are not looking bright for businesses. ADA (part of the Axiata Group) spoke to decision makers and the consensus is grim – over 76% of marketers say they will struggle with sluggish consumer growth. ADA has released a thought leadership piece...
Thailand’s government plans to launch a new package of small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) support measures, of which soft loans and Board of Investment (BoI) incentives could be integral parts. The BoI is considering investment privilege for SMEs, while the Bank of Thailand and Government Savings Bank are mulling...
Business sentiment among Malaysia companies has increased for the fourth consecutive quarter in Q1 2020. According to Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Malaysia’s Business Optimism Index (BOI) study, BOI inched up by 0.64 percentage points from +9.58 percentage points in Q4 2019 to +10.22 percentage points in Q1 2020. On a...
Zen research shows SME productivity impacted by poor broadband UK SMEs are facing a productivity slump due to poor internet connectivity, according to new research by business ISP Zen Internet. A survey of more than 1,000 SME employees across the UK found that 83 percent find unreliable internet connections annoying. Of...
Vietnam’s government has announced a decision to establish the Danang IT Park in the fast developing city of Danang in the country’s central coast. The Danang IT Park will focus on high-tech sectors and hopes to attract both foreign and local investors who want to take advantage of the region’s...
Entrepreneur Development Ministry to minimise bureaucracy to propel SME growth The Ministry of Entrepreneur Development will minimise bureaucracy involving the development of Small and Medium Enterprises to enable them to contribute 41 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) this year. Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof said...
After years of reconnaissance, China’s retail king Alibaba is finally making its move on Europe. It is undercutting Amazon sellers’ fees to attract vendors but has had mixed results, six sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. A flood of small businesses have joined its European platform, AliExpress, in...
World Bank: Global economy faces tenuous recovery beset by risks The World Bank has cautioned that recovery in a handful of countries will boost global growth slightly this year but the outlook is riddled with potential pitfalls that could derail this tepid upswing. A renewal of trade tensions, which eased...

Minister to meet SMEs

Ministry of Entrepreneur Development to host dialogue session with SMEs Minister of Entrepreneur Development, Datuk Seri Mohd. Redzuan Yusof will meet small and medium enterprises in 21 January, The meeting, to be organised by the SME Corporation Malaysia, will serve as a platform to gather feedback and comments on the...
RAM Business Confidence Index suggests negative sentiment bottoming out The latest RAM Business Confidence Index (RAM BCI) suggests a possible bottoming out of negative sentiment among Malaysian businesses. The Corporate Index finally bucked the downtrend of the last few quarters to rise 3.2 points to 56.4 while the SME Index...
Economic Action Council to give focus on several aspects this year The Economic Action Council (EAC) aims to boost investment and strengthen productivity and innovation to spur economic growth. A statement from the EAC secretariat said the Council would also address unemployment through improving the quality of graduate with upskilling...

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