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  • 2y
    asena asena
    I nd commnts for Dax, could you??
  • Editor’s Picks / 18 December 2015 at 0:27 GMT

    Falling oil no silver bullet for Asia but a nice cushion

    Bloomberg
    The slump in crude prices is hardly a silver bullet for Asian economies bracing for the fallout from rising US interest rates. But it’s a welcome cushion. Sandrine Rastello writes one of the top beneficiaries is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who’s struggling to meet his deficit target. Cheaper oil will slash subsidies and keep inflation in check, leaving him with more cash to offset a revenue shortage. Lower import bills would also benefit Thailand and the Philippines as sluggish global demand hurts exports.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 08 April 2015 at 6:02 GMT

    Why Indonesia needs a viable fuel subsidy policy

    The Jakarta Globe
    As a developing country, Indonesia needs an oil fuel subsidy policy. But if the retail price of subsidized fuel is too low, it imposes a heavy burden on the government, and reduces spending on infrastructure and poverty reduction. Subsidized fuel has other disadvantages. First, it encourage people to consume more than they need to. Such overconsumption can deplete this non-renewable and strategic commodity. Second, subsidized prices discourage businesses from adopting fuel-saving technology. Third, overconsumption of oil produces air pollution, and causes disease and higher health costs. And fourth, wide disparities between subsidized and market prices spur illegal activities, including smuggling.
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    3y
    Lucas Hainsworth Lucas Hainsworth
    It's more complicated than that. Tapis in IDR shows (chart) you that now is the best time in years to normalize policy and float it with market...
  • Editor’s Picks / 06 January 2015 at 0:07 GMT

    Indonesia top choice in ASEAN for foreign investors

    Nikkei Asian Review
    Indonesia ranks in top spot among the ASEAN nations as a foreign investment destination, according to a recent Nikkei Veritas investor survey. It's not hard to see why the resources-rich southeast Asian nation appeals to investors, given its large, working age population. About 250 million people call Indonesia home, and their median age is just 20 something. Another attraction is Indonesia's popular new president, Joko Widodo. Jokowi, as he is known locally, is determined to defy vested interests and carry out important reforms, such as reducing the crushing fuel subsidy burden to allow for spending on the vital updating of infrastructure. Other nations that appeal to foreign investors include Myanmar, which is due to open up its first world-class industrial zone shortly. The Yangon stock exchange is due to start up later this year as well.
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