Hot Topics on Regional Economy

Aug 2020

Singapore bank lending slides for 5th straight month in July

Bank lending in Singapore extended its slide for the fifth straight month in July, dipping 0.2 per cent from the previous month, preliminary data from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) showed on Monday (Aug 31).

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India's absence looms over 'progress' on RCEP Asian trade deal

Economic ministers from the 15 nations seeking to forge the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership met online on Thursday and reiterated that the door open for India to rejoin the nascent Asian free trade zone, as they look to revitalize economies ravaged by COVID-19.

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MAS expected to stand pat on Singapore dollar despite inflation slide

SINGAPORE'S central bank is still expected to leave its currency policy settings untouched at the next review in October, market watchers said on Monday - despite core inflation touching a decade low in July.

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Singapore seeks 'quality' labour in new foreign worker rules: Chan Chun Sing

Singapore will remain "open and connected" as a financial hub even as it tightens restrictions on foreign workers to protect local jobs amid the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said.

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