26th August 2019 – Good morning from ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in Bangkok. The conference kicked off with the AIPA song.

I woke up at 6 am, had an easy and light breakfast next to the Chao Phraya, reading the Bangkok Post. Thailand’s govt has rolled out 3 stimulus policies to avert a possible recession. The coverage is balanced and critical. They will roll out additional economic policies in November.

On meeting fellow ASEAN MPs, it has been a busy networking morning for me. I caught up with Lao and Myanmar MPs. Mostly exchanging views on economics. The overall feeling reflects what Barclay bankers told me 2 weeks ago. The trade war has had negative impacts on ASEAN overall.