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THE Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is convening a roundtable of high-level regulators, experts and business leaders in Kuala Lumpur for three days beginning today to complete a white paper on corporate governance in Asia, according to a statement.
THE Securities Commission (SC) proposes to introduce a set of best practices and standards for institutional investors to help them vet investee companies for corporate governance.
Economic fallout in Asia from the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) crisis mounted yesterday as the World Bank cut its regional growth forecast, Hong Kong received a credit rating blow, and investors dumped shares in Asian retailers and exporters to China.
THE noose is tightening on companies that use price or cost manipulations in transactions with related parties to #147;adjust#148; their tax bills following the introduction by the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) of sweeping new guidelines that could paralyse this practice.
DESPITE the downward trend in global prices, a global deflation crisis is still a low probability event, Public Bank said in the August 2003 issue of I>Public Bank Economic Review/I>.
Diverging agendas between the developed and developing nations resulted in the failure of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Cancun, Mexico, two months ago. But, writes International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz, the outcome of the meeting should not be cause for despair. She explains why the trade talks collapsed and calls on the WTO to focus on areas where convergance of views exists.
HIGH liquidity, stronger currencies and robust domestic growth will keep Asian stock markets buoyant next year notwithstanding anticipated interest rate hikes and political concerns in certain parts of the region. Investor interest will also be shifting from cyclical I>beta/Istocks to those with long-term growth potential.