Asean Morning News For December 29

Asean Morning News For December 29

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Asean tourism forum to promote single region
Tourism ministers and business leaders from Southeast Asia are ready to collaborate to accelerate sustainable tourism development in the region to promote Asean as a single destination.
— Bangkok Post

Reinventing the Asean-Sino relationship
The New Year is approaching and it’s been 50 years since the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (Asean) original member countries signed the Bangkok Declaration on Aug 16, 1967.
— Bangkok Post

Maritime security, digitisation to be in focus at upcoming ASEAN Summit in Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning the red-carpet treatment for the 10 heads of state of the ASEAN countries visiting India in January for the 25th Commemorative Summit to mark the relationship of India with the economically important grouping — an indication of the importance India attaches to ASEAN.
— Hindustan Times

Japan’s Hard And Soft Power In ASEAN – Analysis
Several significant firsts have been achieved by the Japan Self-Defence Forces (JSDF) which has become more visibly engaged in ASEAN. On the other hand, Japan’s soft power potential also now encompasses its ability to provide joint solutions to shared challenges such as health and ageing, urbanisation and access to clean water supplies.
— Euraasia Review

ASEAN Smart Education and Learning Market: Massive Open Online Courses By Renowned Foreign Institutions Driving Growth
The ASEAN smart education learning market is extremely fragmented on account of a large number of educational institutions offering very similar education. It is therefore not surprising the competition level runs high in the Asians modification and learning market.
— Sat PR News

China-ASEAN rally tour finishes in university of indonesia
As many as 70 four-wheel drive car racers of the China-ASEAN International Touring Assembly (CAITA Rally) finished their entire travel session at the Depok Campus of the University of Indonesia, West Java.
— Antara News

Myanmar and India’s Expressway to ASEAN
The first Global Investors Summit in Guwahati will be held in February. Assam has geostrategic advantage and now she is considered India’s expressway to ASEAN. The summit will explore vibrant business investment opportunities in Assam.
— Morung Express

Reorienting Hong Kong’s external relations
After more than six years of negotiations (including a failed attempt to become part of the ASEAN–China free trade agreement) Hong Kong has finally signed the long-awaited ASEAN–Hong Kong free trade agreement (AHKFTA).
— East Asia Forum

Hue recognised as ASEAN clean tourist city
According to the province’s tourism department deputy director, Nguyen Van Phuc, the former imperial capital city of Hue is among the three Vietnamese cities to be awarded the ASEAN Clean Tourist City title, together with the city of old towns, Hoi An, and the city of villas, Da Lat.
— Vietnam Net

Hue recognised as ASEAN clean tourist city
According to the province’s tourism department deputy director, Nguyen Van Phuc, the former imperial capital city of Hue is among the three Vietnamese cities to be awarded the ASEAN Clean Tourist City title, together with the city of old towns, Hoi An, and the city of villas, Da Lat.
— Vietnam Net

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China to Assist Cambodia With 2018 Elections After US, EU Withdraw Funding
China will donate equipment to assist in Cambodia’s elections next year, including computers and ballot boxes, according to Cambodia’s top electoral body, weeks after the U.S. and EU withdrew support amid a crackdown on the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).
— Radio Free Asia

Court date set for Tax Department’s defamation case against Cambodia Daily deputy publisher
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has set a March 22 trial date for a public defamation case filed by the Tax Department against Cambodia Daily deputy publisher Deborah Krisher-Steele, which was filed by the Tax Department.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Telecom regulator to steer clear of service providers’ price war
After a year of toothless warnings against below-cost mobile deals – which it previously called “suspicious” and “unfair” – the country’s telecommunications regulator yesterday capitulated, instead beseeching operators to steer clear of confusing marketing and maintain the quality of their services.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Indonesia’s Forest Fires: Limited Resources Hamper Fight
Forest fires sweeping across Sumatra and Kalimantan in recent months prompted six Indonesian provinces to declare a state of emergency.
— AEC News Today

Indonesia offers Rp 7.7t satellite project to investors
The investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) in collaboration with the Communications and Information Ministry has held a premarket sounding event for a public private partnership (PPP) project on the procurement of a multifunctional satellite, an official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Will Exceed Coal Production Cap Again Next Year
Indonesia’s coal production may keep increasing next year with new miners set to start operations, undermining the government’s energy security plan.
— JakartaGlobe

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Planned Vientiane expressway to handle up to 75,000 vehicles daily
The planned 15-km expressway linking the city to Xaythany district will be able to accommodate as many as 75,000 vehicles a day thereby significantly reducing Vientiane traffic congestion, a feasibility study has shown.
Vientiane Times 

Ministry urges Mittaphab Hospital to improve standards
The Ministry of Health is working with Mittaphab Hospital to improve its services, with the aim of attracting more patients and inspiring confidence among the general public.
Vientiane Times

President Urges Tapping Stable Sources of Revenues
President Bounnhang Vorachit has urged the Ministry of Finance to seek stable and sustainable sources of revenues as today the sales of mineral resources and law materials, royalties from long term investment projects and foreign aid are the country’s main sources of revenues.
Lao News Agency

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Customs fraud cost Malaysia $823m
Malaysia has lost over RM2.5 billion (S$823 million) in revenue to customs fraud over the last three years.
— The Straits Times

Myanmar to release jailed Singaporean, Malaysian journalists
A Singaporean and a Malaysian journalist who were jailed in Myanmar last month for filming with a drone will be released today after charges against them were withdrawn, their lawyer Khin Maung Zaw told The Straits Times.
— The Straits Times (paywall)

Malaysia seeking terror suspect’s extradition from Pakistan
Malaysia will request for the extradition of the terror suspect caught with firearms and ammunition in Pakistan so that he can be investigated and charged here, said Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
— The New Paper

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UN pressures China, Russia over Myanmar
The United Nations’ independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar has called for international pressure on China and Russia to try to get them to oppose human rights abuses in Myanmar.
— News

Australia hand in hand with Myanmar’s military
Amid frequent reports of continuing attacks on Rohingya by the murdering butchers of Myanmar’s tatmadaw (military) comes news that my own country, Australia, not only refuses to condemn these unspeakable acts but is actually training 22 tatmadaw officers in Australia.
— The Nation

Nearly half a million Myanmar refugees, church voices concern
Church officials have expressed concern over the rising numbers of refugees from Myanmar and internally displaced people within the country itself as highlighted in a recent UN report.
— UCA News

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Faceless P100 bills blamed on printing machine glitch
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) yesterday confirmed the existence of “faceless” banknotes and assured the public that such are legal tender.

Philippines Business Data Bank launched by DOF, DICT and DILG to streamline application and renewal of business permits
Earlier this month, the Philippines Department of Finance (DOF), along with the Departments of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and of Interior and Local Government (DILG) launched a digital platform that aims to streamline the application and renewal of business permits through online sharing of information by government agencies involved in the process.
Open Gov Asia

Urduja, Vinta damage estimated at P2.5B
CYCLONES “Urduja” and “Vinta” left a trail of damage estimated at nearly P2.5 billion, mostly in the Visayas and Mindanao, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Thursday.
The Manila Times

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New study finds clear divide among social classes in Singapore
The sharpest social divisions in Singapore may now be based on class, instead of race or religion, a study released on Thursday (Dec 28) suggests.
The Straits Times (paywall)

After an outperforming year, how will Singapore’s economy fare in 2018?
As the economy staged a remarkable recovery in 2017, local electronics manufacturer AEM Holdings enjoyed a busy year.
Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore moves ahead on smart mobility – Autonomous scheduled and on-demand public transport by 2022; first AV test centre opened
The Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) announced today that autonomous scheduled buses and autonomous on-demand shuttles will serve commuters in Punggol, Tengah and the Jurong Innovation District (JID) in Singapore from 2022.
Open Gov Asia 

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Work is under way with the UNHCR to help stranded Zimbabwean family
The Thai Foreign Ministry has coordinated with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ regional office in Thailand to find a solution to a Zimbabwean family of eight who have been stuck at Suvarnabhumi international airport for about three months.
— Thai PBS

Wave of rail links to slash logistics costs
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has announced the government plans to shift the country’s main transport mode from road and air links to trains following the signing of contracts for five double-track railways.
— Bangkok Post

Technical snag delays wage hike decision
A proposed increase in the daily minimum wage will not materialise this year due to “technical” issues, labour sources said Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

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Russian truck manufacturers to open joint ventures to drive business in Vietnam
The joint ventures will have a tariff-free import quota of 2,550 heavy vehicles to test the market.
— VnExpress

​Over 7,000 digital coin mining machines imported into Ho Chi Minh City in 2017
Over 7,000 cryptocurrency mining modules have been imported into Ho Chi Minh City this year, according to the municipal customs department.
— Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Catholic blogger sentenced to 10 years in jail
A Vietnamese court has sentenced a Catholic blogger to 10 years in prison for propaganda against the communist government, a sentence that activists describe as “heavy.”
— UCA News

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