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Southeast Asia as key driver of the global Islamic Economy

Highlights for the Islamic Economy include 100 pct foreign ownership allowed in restaurants, cinemas, film distribution; majority foreign stake in low-end hotels, catering, MICE businesses; and e-commerce which is 100 pct open to foreign ownership for investments over 100 bln rupiah.

With both Indonesia and Malaysia key members of the ASEAN Economic Community, there is significant potential for accelerated growth of Islamic Economy sectors for the region. 10-member ASEAN has a combined GDP of $2.6 tln, and is a market of 622 mln people, 50 pct of whom are under the age of 30. Around 40 pct of the region's population are Muslim. 

Last year GDP growth was 5 pct for Malaysia and 4.79 pct for Indonesia. Estimates for 2016 growth is weaker for Malaysia than Indonesia. 

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