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Aroca Consulting Group will support your business grow by providing services in public, govermental, economic, business, and industrial policy across Asia Pacific Region.

The ACG team has extensive experience in business, government and the community sector across the Asia Pacific region. We provide strategic advice to clients in domestic and international markets.

Our comprehensive approach consists of using a range of public affairs tools such as direct government advocacy, opinion research, media management, coalition building and driving community as well as consumer support. We also specialize in market entry strategies to support clients to expand their business across the Asia Pacific region.

We strive to build the public policy, social, economic and sustainability case for our clients to achieve the best outcome whether it be regulatory, reputational or commercial.

We have a wide business, government and industry network across the Asia Pacific region, coupled with our extensive experience in highly regulated and complex industries, we are well placed to offer solutions for our clients.



We specialise in developing and implementing comprehensive strategies that focus on building public policy, social, sustainability and economic cases for clients. Harnessing our team’s expertise who have vast experience in highly regulated and competitive industries, we are able to provide our clients with solid advice, insights and definitive outcomes for their business.


Communications is a critical element of our comprehensive and integrated approach. ACG has extensive expertise in managing complex issues in both conventional and digital media platforms.

We provide expert advice to clients in navigating short term crisis as well as their long term positioning in various aspects of their organisation and industries.

We specialise in utilising a wide range of online tools and software systems for our advocacy campaigns, setting the direction, strategy and providing the technical support required for a successful implementation.


ACG offers a broad range of services for pre and post commercialization of products and services within the Asia Pacific region.

We support clients who are looking to enter into markets or those who are aiming to expand their existing business footprint.


Thai economy's Covid-19 recovery shaken as protests pose new risks

Protests sweeping across Thailand threaten to snuff out chances of a consumption-led recovery from the nation's worst-ever economic slump.

Australia's COVID-19 epicentre reports zero daily cases for first time in four months

Victoria state said that it had gone 24 hours without detecting any new COVID-19 cases for the first time in four months. Raising hopes that a stringent lockdown of Melbourne will be eased.

IMF says Asia’s economy will shrink more in 2020 than it previously thought

The International Monetary Fund said Asia is forecast to shrink by 2.2% this year — worse than its previous forecast in June for a 1.6% contraction.

Stakeholders seek ‘travel bubble’ between Johor, Singapore for economy’s sake

Stakeholders in Johor say the government must look for new ways to safely free up border travel with Singapore as current regulations are harmful to the state’s economy.

Japan offers Indonesia ¥50 billion loan to fight COVID-19

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged low-interest loans of ¥50 billion to Indonesia to help the Southeast Asian nation cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Australian Recession 2020: Everything you need to know

Here is everything you need to know about the Australian coronavirus recession, what it will look like and how long it’ll last.

Protests in Thailand are a ‘double whammy’ for the economy, which is reeling from Covid-19

Recent protests in Thailand will be a “double whammy” for growth in the country, which has already suffered a blow from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Southeast Asia teeters on deeper GDP downturn as lockdowns return

Southeast Asia is at risk of a sharper economic contraction this year as coronavirus cases flare-up in some countries.

IMF: PH economy to shrink 8%

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) downgraded its 2020 Philippine economic growth forecast on the back of the expected slowdown in private investment and consumption due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Australia to escape worst of recession but faces debt mountain: IMF

IMF forecasted that the coronavirus recession will not be as deep as feared for Australia. However, it will take years to recover with ongoing high levels of unemployment and government debt.

Indonesia creates essential business, diplomatic travel corridor with Singapore

Singapore and Indonesia will establish a reciprocal green lane for travel between both countries amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Johor to present case to federal government on reopening border with Singapore

Johor will present its case to Putrajaya to fully reopen Malaysia's border with Singapore as many sectors and businesses in Johor were badly affected due to the border closure.

PH economic contraction seen slower in Q3

Economic contraction in the Philippines is seen slower in the third quarter even as the full-year decline in gross domestic product (GDP) was expected to be the biggest in record.

Asia Pacific leading in economic recovery

The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is leading the world in terms of economic recovery, however, the pace of recovery is by no means uniform due to several factors.

Malaysia’s debt is set to rise as it grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic

Malaysia’s debt levels are set to go up as the country embarks on measures to support businesses and citizens to deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus.

Indonesian workers stage rallies over passage of controversial jobs bill

Indonesian workers launched protests in several cities to oppose the passage of a controversial "omnibus" Job Creation Bill which the government says is vital to attract investment.

Debt ceiling to be lifted to $1.1 trillion in Tuesday’s Federal Budget

Australians are being warned the figures in Tuesday’s Federal budget will be “bad” as the response to coronavirus comes at a cost.

Indonesian govt spends 44% of recovery budget up to September, health spending lags

The Indonesian government has disbursed 44 percent of the national economic recovery budget as the healthcare spending in the country still lagging.

One major Asian economy besides China is set for growth this year—and its GDP just rose 2.6%

Vietnam's Gross Domestic Product rise 2.62% year over year in the third quarter amid the coronavirus pandemic. Making it the only major Asian economy besides China to register positive growth in 2020.

Thailand to slowly restart tourism with flight from China

Thailand will receive its first foreign vacationers when a flight from China arrives next week, marking the gradual restart of a vital tourism sector battered by coronavirus travel curbs.

Johor assemblyman calls for reopening of Johor-Singapore land border

Johor assemblyman urged the state government to review the opening Johor-Singapore land border as the current unemployment rate in Malaysia was already at a record high.

Coronavirus: Federal Government looks to kickstart local tourism with $150 million campaign

The Federal Government is looking to sell Australia to boost local tourism with $150 million campaign as the international borders are still closed due to the pandemic.

ADB approves $500m disaster resilience loan for Indonesia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$500 million loan to support Indonesia’s disaster resilience and as part of its commitments to the country under a newly endorsed partnership strategy

Malaysia poised for more turmoil as Anwar makes bid for power

Malaysia poised for a political turmoil after opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim claimed to have enough support to form a government. While the Prime Minister denounced the move.

Vietnam Sets 2021 Economic Growth Target Of 6.5%, A Pre-Covid Normal

Vietnam has targeted economic growth of 6.5% for 2021, the same growth pattern experienced before Covid-19, as the manufacturing-led economy emerges.

Strong peso foreshadows bad economic news, says ING economist

The strong peso may be a portent of bad economic news because it is being caused primarily by a steep drop in imports, ING Bank Manila economist said.

Government to unveil Australia's worst-ever budget deficit amid jobs and spending concern

Australia's financial deficit is nearing $200 billion as the Federal Government prepares to tackle the surging unemployment with newly-funded projects and fast-tracked tax cuts.

Business confidence in Thailand rises for third straight month

Business sentiment in Thailand rose for the third straight month, boosted by the lockdown relaxation, higher farm product prices, and recovery of sales for several commodities.

Pompeo urges Southeast Asia to shun South China Sea firms

Washington urged Southeast Asia to cut ties with Chinese companies helping build islands in the South China Sea as the US blacklisted 24 Chinese state-owned companies last month.

RPT-Investors give once-loved 'darling' Southeast Asia a wide berth

Southeast Asia is slipping to the bottom of global investors’ shopping lists as COVID-19 rages across the region and wrecks the economies of the Southeast Asian nations.

Lower-wage workers in Singapore hit hard by fallout of pandemic

Non-PMETs make up 49% of locals laid off in Q2; more workers below 40 also retrenched.

Chinese investment to Australia halved in 2019, report finds

Souring economic and diplomatic ties halved flows to A$2.5 billion in 2019 from year before.

Indonesian stocks dive 5% as capital city Jakarta plans to reinstate partial coronavirus lockdown

Indonesian stocks fell by more than 5% on Thursday following an announcement that its capital city Jakarta will reinstate partial lockdown measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Thai economy to shrink 7%-9% this yr, protests a worry: business groups

Thailand’s economy is expected to contract between 7% and 9% this year amid the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing anti-government protests.

Stimulus programs will need to continue into 2023 if economy remains weak: Experts

Economists warned that the fiscal stimulus programs may need to continue into 2023 if the Indonesian economy and domestic consumption remain weak next year.

Johor urges Malaysia authorities to speed up full reopening of Singapore border

Johor urges Putrajaya to speed up the full reopening of Malaysia's border with Singapore due to its importance in contributing 50 per cent of the Customs revenue to Malaysia.

Australia Warns of Economic Pain as Lockdown Extended

As Victoria state announced only a gradual easing of lockdown, Australia’s government warned of mounting economic hardship.

Philippines' jobless rate eases as economy reopens from lockdown

The Philippines’ unemployment rate dropped in July as the economy gradually reopened after strict coronavirus lockdowns.

Investors shun Thailand as growth weakens, political protests heat up

Thailand suffered its deepest economic contraction in two decades last quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic has hammered its economy. While at the same time the government is facing a protest movement.

Malaysia's economic momentum seen on the uptrend

Malaysia’s economic momentum is set to pick up on a steady note in the second half of 2020 after beating market consensus to record among its best trade figures last month.

Parliament: 4 ways S'pore can emerge stronger as an economy in post-Covid-19 world, says DPM Heng

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said Singapore needs to adapt to change brought on by Covid-19, while staying true to the nation’s values.

Virus hits the nation's economic powerhouses - Sydney and Melbourne

The economic recession is hurting Sydney and Melbourne as the nation's economic powerhouses are still struggling with a large numbers of COVID-19 cases.

Weak state revenue reflects ‘fragile’ economic recovery: Sri Mulyani

Indonesian Finance Minister warned that the country may enter recession in the third quarter as state revenue weakened in July.

Malaysia's parliament approves raising govt debt ceiling to 60%

Malaysia's parliament approved the government's plan to raise its debt ceiling as the country grapples with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Opportunity for Asean in supply chain shifts due to trade war, virus: Tharman

Singaporean Senior Minister stated that the Covid-19 crisis and the US-China trade conflict present an opportunity for Asean to build a more resilient and more integrated Asian supply chain.

Recovery in employment during pandemic but warning of more job losses ahead

Close to half of Australians who lost their jobs during the pandemic have now regained employment, but the Federal Government has warned unemployment will rise again.

Filipinos brace for debt avalanche

Filipinos are bracing themselves for increasing government debt as the coronavirus unleashes an unprecedented havoc on Philippine society.

Southeast Asian economies battered by pandemic

Governments of the major economies in Southeast Asia released their Gross Domestic Product data for the April-to-June quarter. The data showed the shrinking economic growth in the region.

Australia central bank rules out need for further policy easing for now

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) does not see a need to further ease policy for now as its package of measures were working “broadly as expected”. with an economic recovery underway.

Malaysia’s Covid-19 hit private sector had 236,000 fewer jobs in Q2 2020

The latest official data showed that the total year-on-year jobs in the private sector plunged by nearly a quarter of a million as Covid-19 hit Malaysia's economy hard.

The Commonwealth Bank reports amount of 'impaired' home loans has more than doubled in Australia

The Commonwealth Bank has revealed a doubling of impaired loans in a year. Bad mortgages expected to tally $2.5billion in 2019-20, up from $1.2billion.

Virus-hit Singapore's Q2 recession deeper than estimated

Singapore's economy shrank almost 43 per cent in the second quarter. Largely dependent on global trade and tourism, the city-state's economy is heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Virus-hit Philippine economy plunges into recession

The Philippines plunged into recession as the economy reels from coronavirus lockdowns that have wrecked businesses and thrown millions out of work.

Political uncertainty puts Southeast Asia’s economic recovery from coronavirus at risk, expert says

Political uncertainties in several Southeast Asian countries could threaten their recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, said Simon Tay from Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

Coronavirus Australia: Victoria’s economic crash will hit country hard

The borders to Victoria have closed to halt the spread of COVID-19 but an economic contagion is about to hit Australia.

Indonesia's economy shrinks after over 20 years

GDP of Southeast Asia's largest economy contracts by 5.32% in 2nd quarter of 2020

Victoria's Covid industry shutdown to throw one in seven of its workers out of employment

Businesses already weakened by the first coronavirus face further setbacks as new cuts announced to retail, construction and abattoirs.

Manila returning to lockdown as coronavirus cases surge

The Philippine president has agreed to place the capital and outlying provinces back under a lockdown. The move is opposed by finance and economic officials.

‘Dire’: Stage four Vic lockdown ‘the end’ for thousands

As the state government imposes tougher lockdown restrictions, Victoria faces another problem. Victorians must endure a rising unemployment rate caused by the pandemic.

Australia extends jobs support as new COVID-19 outbreaks threaten economy

Australia extends its wage subsidies for businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic. However, subsidies will be reduced under the new programme and is expected to cover about 1 million workers.

Singapore aims to keep intact the capabilities of sectors like transport amid Covid-19

This year, Singapore is likely to see negative economic growth of minus three or four per cent, or more. But the government's focus is not on the exact growth figure.

New COVID commission board to focus on creating jobs, PM says

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the COVID Coordination Commission will be re-geared into an advisory board for the JobMaker plan in order to battle a recession.

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