Asean Morning News For June 15

Asean Morning News For June 15

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu    @stmarisewudolu

 

Video: A Look at What Makes Singapore Airlines the Best Airline in the World
According to a recent ranking by AirHelp, a company that helps passengers receive compensation from airlines, Singapore Airlines is the best airline in the world. Hardly much news in that. Not taking anything away from the coveted title, but there is rarely a list these days, especially in Southeast Asia, that Singapore does not top.
— AEC News Today

ASEAN adapts to a less-engaged US
The 23rd International Conference on The Future of Asia focused on the region’s new landscape, one in which U.S. influence is on the wane. The anxiety was palpable, as political leaders and economic experts discussed the struggle to adapt.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Mekong subregion shapes up for tourism influx
Hundreds of cars from Yunnan, southern China, packed Luang Prabang’s streets during China’s “Golden Week” holiday earlier this year, as tourists flooded the city’s 5,000 hotel and guesthouse rooms. Yet, there is not a single traffic light in Luang Prabang, the laid-back former royal capital of Laos, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Asean cold chain network on the cards
Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism is set to sign an agreement with Asean members in October to help develop a refrigerated-distribution network across South East Asia.
— Fruitnet

TOP-5 SIMPLE SECRETS THAT MAKE SINGAPORE CHANGI THE WORLD’S BEST AIRPORT
For the fifth year running, Singapore’s Changi Airport has emerged as the world’s best airport. The Changi has been so good in winning the crown that none of its neighbours in the Southeast Asian (ASEAN) region could give the Singapore airport a run for its money. The nearest competitor – Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) – was merely at 34th place.
— Malaysia Chronicle

What the US Can Learn from Southeast Asia
Fifty years ago, five nations in Southeast Asia formed an alliance to prevent the spread of communism and spur economic growth.
— Chicago Tonight | WTTW

65% OF ASEAN CEOS CONFIDENT AMIDST UNCERTAIN GLOBAL ECONOMY
Many CEOs are still broadly confident about global economic prospects. However, this optimism has dipped from 80 percent last year to 65 percent this year, according to KPMG International’s 2017 Global CEO Outlook.
— CFO innovation ASIA

Internet of Things to drive digital transformation in Asean
THE Asia IoT Business Platform series will be returning to Southeast Asia for the fourth consecutive year.
— Digital News Asia

Mobile data traffic in ASEAN, Oceania to grow 11-fold by 2022
Fuelled by growing adoption of 4G services and the internet of things (IoT) in Southeast Asia and Oceania, mobile data traffic in the region is expected to surge 11-fold by 2022, a report by Ericsson has found.
— ComputerWeekly.com

The Asean economic community-hood: Still a work in progress
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is celebrating its 50th year, with the Philippines serving as chairman of the organization this year.
— Business Mirror

PRO 7, agencies map out measures for Asean meeting
POLICE, military and other government agencies held an inter-agency meeting yesterday for their security preparations for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) meetings in Cebu City next month.
— Sun Star

Import and Export Procedures in Malaysia – Best Practices
Nestled between the South China and Andaman Seas, Malaysia is a historic trading center and strategic operating location – bordering Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore (via bridge), and Thailand by land and the Philippines and Vietnam by sea.
— Asean Briefing

Community approach still critical in dengue war
Globally, dengue is estimated to affect 390 million individuals annually, mostly in the Western Pacific and South-east Asia regions.
— The Straits Times

Bangkok Glass unit building Bt2 bn plant in Ratchaburi as demand rises
BG CONTAINER GLASS (BGC), a subsidiary of Bangkok Glass, yesterday announced it was building its latest glass-container factory in Ratchaburi at a cost of Bt2 billion.
— The Nation

‘People’s food with good value’ on AirAsia flights
Airline food need not be bland and boring. The hardworking staff and kitchen team behind AirAsia make dishes on their planes exciting and satisfying through proper preparation, extensive research and constant kitchen tests.
— Inquirer.net

Westcon-Comstor and Avaya to drive cloud adoption in Southeast Asia
Westcon-Comstor will work with its channel partners and resellers to deliver UCaaS solutions, powered by Avaya IP Office to end-user customers.
— ChannelWorld.in

CBB establishes regulatory sandbox for fintech startups
The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) has announced new regulations to create a regulatory sandbox that will allow startups and fintech firms to test and experiment their banking ideas and solutions. The creation of the regulatory sandbox provides an opportunity for fintech businesses around the world to expand and thrive in the Gulf and strengthens Bahrain’s position as a fintech and financial services hub in the GCC.
— Saudi Gazette

 

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Opposition Official Seeks More Information on Silica Sand Exports
CNRP lawmaker Son Chhay has formally asked Mines and Energy Minister Suy Sem to provide detailed trade records for silica sand, the only variety of sand still allowed to leave Cambodia after an export ban was enacted last year amid corruption allegations.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Yen strength weakens Sihanoukville Autonomous Port profits
Newly listed Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS) reported a 30 percent decline in profits for 2016, despite increased revenue generation, due to what it claimed were losses in transaction values resulting from the appreciation of the Japanese yen currency.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

US apparel buyers concerned at Cambodia legislation
Two pieces of pending legislation in Cambodia that relate to the minimum wage and arbitration of worker-employer disputes are causing concerns for US apparel and footwear buyers.
— Just-Style 

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Asia’s rivers send more plastic into the ocean than all other continents combined
Every year, millions of tonnes of plastics are produced and trashed, with a small portion ending up in the sea, and gobbled up by tiny fish. Even though countries don’t report on how much plastic they are flushing, a recent study suggests that around 86% of the plastic running through rivers was coming from a single continent—Asia.
— Quartz

Halal Local app helps Muslim tourists find halal food, prayer spaces
Most Muslim tourists may have encountered difficulties finding halal food or places to pray when going on holiday or business trips. Halal Local, a marketplace containing halal tourism products has an answer for this very problem.
— The Jakarta Post

As Indonesia’s Sovereign Debt Gets Upgraded, $5 Billion Worth of Inflows Expected
Indonesia (EIDO) is one of the most favorable investment destinations for fund managers currently. Last week, S&P upgraded the country to investment grade on proposed budget curbs. According to the rating agency, the current fiscal policy and economic conditions are leading to lower risk in the country which opens it up for a wider range of investments.
— Frontera News

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Almost 20 Hydropower Plants Expected to Be Built in Vientiane
Almost 20 hydropower dams in Vientiane Province, with an expected investment of over 9.7 trillion kip or US$1.2 trillion, are under construction or are undergoing feasibility studies.
– Lao News Agency

China injects 40 billion kip into poverty reduction
Sangthong and LuangPrabang district residents will have better lives after the Chinese government granted over 40 billion kip (33.3 million CNY) to implement the Laos-China Poverty Alleviation Pilot Project.
– Vientiane Times

Pyramid Scheme Leaves Lao Investors in the Lurch
An agricultural company running a pyramid scheme in Laos has defaulted on millions of U.S. dollars owed to its stakeholders, leading observers to question why the government has failed to adequately regulate the market and inform investors about potential pitfalls.
– Radio Free Asia

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Malaysia Morning News

Compiled by Leakhena Khat    @leakhenakhat

 

Malaysia initiates special palm oil mission to EU
Malaysia initiated a special palm oil mission to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on June 12-13 to discuss the European Union’s (EU) resolution on palm oil and deforestation.
 The Star Online 

Bank Mandiri to open first branch in Malaysia
Bank Mandiri, Indonesia’s leading commercial bank, will be opening its first branch in Malaysia within the next few months.
— The Star Online

China Construction Bank enters Malaysia with deals
China Construction Bank (CCB) has been granted a banking licence in Malaysia, becoming the third Chinese lender to open in the country.
— Global Trade Review 

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EuroCham cites protectionist bent and tax inefficiencies as top investor concerns
A white book published by European businesses has hit out at Myanmar’s protectionist tendencies blocking or stalling liberalisation and cited tax inefficiencies as one of the top concerns among investors.
– The Myanmar Times

Special Economic Zone a test for better governance in Myanmar
Since its inception as one of Myanmar’s ‘new’ Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in 2013, the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (KPSEZ) in Rakhine State has faced major challenges attempting to meet the interests of the local community while achieving genuine accountability and business probity.
– East Asia Forum

Upgrade underway to improve power in Yangon
The government is upgrading electricity generation, transmission and distribution in Yangon Region, Daw Nilar Kyaw, minister of Electricity, Industry, Transport and Communication, told a news conference to mark the first anniversary of the government.
– The Myanmar Times

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PH seen as ASEAN’s next ‘tiger economy’
Although a worsening infrastructure deficit, poverty and underemployment, and weaker global export demand have presented challenging headwinds, the Philippine economy is on track to surpass recent highs, making it the most likely to become the next “tiger economy” among ASEAN countries, according to the latest report by Oxford Business Group (OBG).
— Manila Bulletin

Most dangerous countries for tourists: Philippines ranks 11th
The Philippines is the 11th most dangerous country for tourists, according to the 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum.
— The Philippines Star

PAL to spend $80M to upgrade A330 aircraft
PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL) is spending $80 million this year to reconfigure its A330 aircraft which will be used to expand its services in “mid-market” destinations in the region.
— BusinessWorld Online

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Singapore’s economic growth forecast raised to 2.5% 
Economists surveyed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore have raised their growth forecast for the Singapore economy this year, up to 2.5% from 2.3% in the previous survey.
— Singapore Business Review 

Lippo Malls to issue $120m worth of perpetual securities
Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust (LMIRT) recently announced that it intends to issue $120m worth of fixed rate perpetual securities.
— Singapore Business Review 

Video: A Look at What Makes Singapore Airlines the Best Airline in the World
According to a recent ranking by AirHelp, a company that helps passengers receive compensation from airlines, Singapore Airlines is the best airline in the world. Hardly much news in that. Not taking anything away from the coveted title, but there is rarely a list these days, especially in Southeast Asia, that Singapore does not top.
– AECNews Today

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Compiled by John Le Fevre    @photo_journ

 

Cut red tape to spur digital economy: BOT chief
CENTRAL bank chief Veerathai Santiprabhob has urged the government to speed up an overhaul of regulations required for the digital economy.
– The Nation

China rail expert plan under fire 
The government’s plan to use Section 44 to allow Chinese engineers to speed up the construction of the Thai-Sino railway project has drawn a mixed response, with some critics claiming the move discriminates against Thai workers.
– Bangkok Post

Telecom operators asked to explain SIM cards seized from Chinese suspects
THE NATIONAL telecom watchdog will summon three major telecom operators over the recent discovery of more than 300,000 SIM cards allegedly used to manipulate Chinese social media.
– The Nation

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Vietnam Internet speed improves
The average Internet speed in Vietnam has risen to 9.5 megabit per second (Mbps) to take the 58th spot in the world rankings, according to a report by content delivery network service provider Akamai.
– VietnamNet Bridge

First cargo train linking VN, China sets off
The first cargo train on the 854-km route connecting Việt Nam and southwest China departed from China’s Kunming City for Hải Phòng Port on Tuesday afternoon.
– Viet Nam News

Vietnam to update technology in 4G-to-5G transition
Director of the Authority of Radio Frequency Management (ARFM) Doan Quang Hoan has recently said that Vietnam needs to avoid ineffective investment and outdated technology in the transition from 4G to 5G.
– Hanoitimes

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