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Business 26 Jul 2004 | 12:00 AM

Events challenging investment scene

MALAYSIA is in the midst of an interesting flux of events that has culminated in such a manner as to challenge our policy makers.

Business 09 Jan 2006 | 12:00 AM

Rethinking the planning process

Shankaran Nambiar writes about the planning process in Malaysia and what could be done to improve it.

Business 05 Feb 2006 | 12:00 AM

New president of Bolivia's state energy company envisions continental partnership

The new president of Bolivia's state energy company said Saturday he wants to help create a continentwide energy alliance that would compete with powerful multinationals and eventually control the price and production of oil and gas in Latin America.

Business 18 Jan 2008 | 12:00 AM

China: Price controls won’t distort economy

China said yesterday that its newly introduced price controls will not distort the economy but analysts warned that sustained interference could result in shortages and a black market.

Business 20 Jan 2008 | 12:00 AM

Chavez threatens to seize Venezuelan banks that don't finance agriculture

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP): President Hugo Chavez threatened on Saturday to take control of banks that fail to meet state-imposed lending requirements designed to benefit Venezuela's farmers.

Business 07 Jul 2008 | 12:00 AM

New era of windfall profits tax

THE announcement by the government of a tax on 'windfall profits' of oil palm plantation operators and independent power producers (IPPs) represents a trend among economies where there are specific sectors benefiting from the bonanza in terms of high prices of certain commodities.

Business 14 Jul 2008 | 12:00 AM

FTAs are more than just an economic pact

IN RECENT years there has been a tremendous increase in the number of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), in which two or more nations agree to reduce trade barriers substantially.

Business 15 Jul 2008 | 12:00 AM

Venezuela's Petrocaribe oil-supply pact expands to include Guatemala

MARACAIBO, Venezuela (AP) - President Hugo Chavez said Saturday that he is expanding his Venezuela's Petrocaribe oil-supply pact to include Guatemala.

Business 19 Aug 2008 | 12:00 AM

No deal between Venezuela, Cemex on takeover

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela's government said it was poised to seize a cement company owned by Mexico's Cemex SAB at midnight Monday after failing to reach a deal on terms for its nationalization.

Business 24 Sep 2008 | 12:00 AM

Dire warnings fail to sway US senators on US$700b bailout

Refusing to be pushed, Republicans and Democrats alike rebuffed dire warnings Tuesday from the government's top economic officials of recession, layoffs and foreclosed homes if Congress doesn't quickly approve the administration's emergency $700 billion financial bailout plan.