Asean Morning News For March 27

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Asean Morning News For March 27

Asean Morning News is the most comprehensive selection of reports on what you need to know from around the Asean Economic Community (AEC) published. All articles are hand curated by the team at AEC News Today.

 

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Lingering Gaps as Asean Banking Sector Inches Towards Integration
Back in 1997 Asean leaders agreed to transform Southeast Asia into a stable, prosperous and competitive region characterised by equitable economic development. The ‘Asean Vision 2020’ sought to reduce poverty and socio-economic disparities. As a vehicle to achieve this vision, Asean leaders established the Asean Economic Community (AEC).
— AEC News Today

Security ready for Asean summit
The Philippines has completed security preparations for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit on April 26 to 29 where the 10 leaders of the regional grouping are expected to attend.
— Phil Star

ASEAN ministers to open energy events
The Department of Energy (DOE) is hosting the 35th ASEAN Ministers of Energy Meeting (AMEM) in Manila in September, 2017 to mark the 50th year of the founding of the ASEAN.
— Manila Bulletin

Industrial Internet Of Things can push Asean forward
As China’s growth slows, the world is watching Asean countries gain a greater share of the global economy.
— The New Paper

ASEAN connects youth through platform
Young people in ASEAN countries can connect with each other and strengthen their ties through the ASEAN Youth Organization (AYO).
— Jakarta Post

Call to harness Asean Law Association resources
THE 39th Asean Law Association (ALA) Governing Council Meeting was held at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall of The Empire Hotel & Country Club yesterday, hosted by the Judiciary Department in collaboration with the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Law Society.
— Borneo Bulletin Online

EU and ASEAN: free trade talks possible
At the annual EU-ASEAN ministerial consultations held in the Filipino capital of Manila on 10 March trade leaders from the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed to take new steps towards resuming free trade talks between the two regions.
— ScandAsia.com

Asia trade talks chief warns against turning RCEP into new TPP
The chief negotiator of a 16-nation Asia trade pact expressed hope that talks can be concluded this year if member nations refrain from introducing elements of a separate deal derailed by US President Donald J. Trump.
— Business World

Greater Sino-Asean economic cooperation ‘may ease tensions’
A Chinese initiative to connect with South-east Asia through transport and infrastructure projects could help deepen Asean integration, said experts at a forum yesterday.
— The Straits Times

Solution to Asean budget problem is not emulation of UN system
Professor Kishore Mahbubani advocated that Asean should emulate international organisations such as the United Nations and European Union, in which each country contributes monetarily based on its capacity to pay (How fear, luck and golf brought Asean together; March 18). Put simply, rich countries should pay more than poor countries.
— The Straits Times

 

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Government to help abattoir stay out of the red
The company behind Cambodia’s first industrial slaughterhouse has refuted
local media reports that claimed the government intends to shut down the
company, insisting that remarks made by the minister of agriculture last week
were taken out of context.
The Phnom Penh Post

Café Amazon branching out
Café Amazon, the coffee shop brand of Thai oil giant PTT, has become one of the fastest-growing chains in Cambodia since arriving four years ago, with new outlets opening both inside PTT petrol stations and as franchised stand-alone shops.
The Phnom Penh Post

World Heritage Status, Tourists Threaten Angkor Preservation
The global recognition given to the Angkor temple complex in Siem Reap—and other sites around the world that receive U.N. world heritage status—does as much to damage as it does to preserve the historical gem, according to a new research paper.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Government, CNRP to Meet, Discuss Legitimacy of Sokha
Representatives of the Interior Ministry and opposition CNRP are set to meet on Wednesday to discuss the government’s allegations that the CNRP’s election of a new president and three vice presidents earlier this month violated the party’s internal rules.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Cambodia’s LGBT community struggles for identity
Sou Sotheavy has been sitting for barely 30 minutes when she lights a third cigarette, apparently unconcerned about the recent heart problems she has suffered.
Nikkei Asian Review

11 endangered wild elephants rescued from mud in Cambodia
Eleven endangered wild elephants were rescued in Cambodia on Saturday, four days after getting stuck in a 3-meter-deep mud hole, officials said.
ABC News

Suspect Given Life for Kem Ley Murder Amid Criticism Over ‘Charade’ Trial
The alleged killer of political commentator Kem Ley was sentenced to life at a Phnom Penh court on Thursday amid criticism over how the case was conducted.
VOA

Report slams CPP for restricting speech, threatening pluralism
Election watchdog Comfrel slammed the ruling party for what it characterised as a pattern of political oppression, corruption and a lack of judicial independence in its annual report, released on Friday.
The Phnom Penh Post

Permit for boiler that exploded at Levi’s supplier, killing one, ‘had expired’
The boiler that exploded at a clothing factory last week killing one woman and injuring seven, including a pregnant employee, had an expired safety permit, the government said yesterday.
The Phnom Penh Post

Commune Election Losers to Keep Salaries, Ruling Party Says
After Prime Minister Hun Sen presided over a closed-door meeting in Phnom Penh on Sunday with local ruling party officials from across the city, a ruling party spokesman said commune officials who lose their seats in upcoming elections would continue to be paid by the party.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Police Chief Moved to Interior Ministry After Corruption Probe
The Kompong Thom police chief at the center of a weekslong corruption probe is being moved to the Interior Ministry’s crime department to take over the job of the man who will replace him, a government official said on Sunday.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Vinamilk to take full stake of Angkormilk
Vietnamese state-owned dairy giant Vinamilk intends to spend almost $11 million to buy its Cambodian partner’s entire stake in Angkor Dairy Products Co Ltd, better known as Angkormilk, according to Vietnamese media.
The Phnom Penh Post

 

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UN support sought to end death penalty in Indonesia
Civil society groups to submit a report to UNHCR highlighting Indonesia’s death penalty implementation Government, lawmakers currently deliberating revision of Criminal Code.
— The Jakarta Post

Freeport’s Fallout For Indonesia Foreign Investors
Freeport-McMoRan (Freeport), the largest mining company operating in Indonesia, may soon be exiting after fifty years of doing business in the country. Hanging in the balance is the fate of Grasberg, a copper and gold project that is the world’s largest gold mine.
— AEC News Today

Jokowi accused of promoting secularism
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s call for religious leaders and politicians not to mix religion and party politics has received a skeptical response from some quarters, with the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) dismissing the statement as the promotion of “secularism” in an otherwise religious country.
— The Jakarta Post

Hollande Should Defend Persecuted Minorities, Oppose Death Penalty
French President François Hollande should publicly urge the Indonesian government to address the country’s persistent human rights problems during his upcoming visit to Jakarta, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president. Hollande is scheduled to arrive in Indonesia for an “economic diplomacy” trip on March 29, 2017.
— ReliefWeb

Aid project boosts Indonesia’s farming capabilities
Agricultural development in Indonesia is a major focus of a multinational farming project between New Zealand’s University of Massey and East Indonesia’s University of Mataram.
— Fruitnet

Indonesia embraces infra bonds to ease budget constraints
Indonesian companies are embracing the debt market to raise funds for infrastructure spending, as government finances remain constrained by a tight budget.
— Times of India

Ceiling collapses at Indonesian airport
Airline travellers were showered with what appear to be plastic strips after a ceiling reportedly collapsed at the domestic terminal of Indonesia’s Supadio International Airport.
— 9news.com.au

5,805 Foreigners Refused Entry to Japan in 2016 (News)
The number of foreign visitors who were refused entry to Japan in 2016 rose 25.9% from the previous year to 5,805, the Justice Ministry said Friday.
— Nippon.com

No bank account, no problem for remittances to Indonesia
Singtel and Indonesian carrier Telkomsel are making it more convenient for Indonesians to receive remittances from Singapore.
— The Straits Times

France: Press Indonesia on Key Rights Concerns
French President François Hollande should publicly urge the Indonesian government to address the country’s persistent human rights problems during his upcoming visit to Jakarta, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president. Hollande is scheduled to arrive in Indonesia for an “economic diplomacy” trip on March 29, 2017
— Human Rights Watch

Government to deploy more land measurement officers
Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil said Sunday that the government would deploy more land measurement officers in order to expedite the implementation of its agrarian reform program.
— The Jakarta Post

Trump’s Indonesia business partner says planned resort to respect Bali traditions
The Indonesian business partner of the Trump group has pledged to respect Hindu traditions and follow building height restrictions at a luxury hotel and golf resort it is developing near a temple on the island of Bali.
— Coconuts Bali

NHF eyes new manufacturing plant in Indonesia
KLANG: New Hoong Fatt Bhd (NHF), which exports auto replacement parts to over 50 countries, is looking to open a factory in Indonesia after establishing a manufacturing subsidiary there last year.
— The Edge Markets MY

Indonesia’s Bukalapak hopes to become profitable by year end: Willix Halim, COO
BUKALAPAK, that is among Indonesia’s oldest e-commece market places, and is also the country’s third largest player in this space, aims to turn profitable by 2017-end, a top executive with the company said, while adding that a potential listing remained part of its long-term plans to raise capital.
— Deal Street Asia

World Bank: Indonesian Population on Its Way to be High Income Country
The World Bank has approved a new loan of US$200 million for Indonesia to help finance the country’s infrastructure projects. The loan fund would be used to support PT Indonesia Infrastructure Finance (IIF), a non bank private institution,” chief representative of the World Bank in Indonesia Rodrigo Chaves said here on Saturday.
— Netralnews

G20 Takeaway: Indonesia May Be Forced to Scrap Bank Secrecy Law
Indonesia may be forced to release a government regulation in lieu of law, or Perppu, and scrap its bank secrecy law in May to join a list of countries participating in the Automatic Exchange of Information next year, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Hundreds of Flights Set for Delays During Bali’s Day of Silence
Up to 324 domestic and international flights heading to and from Bali will experience delays during its annual Day of Silence, or Nyepi, on March 28, airport operator Angkasa Pura I said.
— Jakarta Globe

Residential Property Sector of Indonesia to Improve in 2017?
Ferry Salanto, Associate Director at Colliers International Indonesia, says price increases of vertical property in Jakarta (apartments) usually rise by an average of 10 – 15 percent year-on-year (y/y). However, in full-year 2016 these prices only grew by an average of (nearly) 4 percent. Moreover, rental prices fell as well last year, implying apartments were not a lucrative investment object for investors in 2016.
— Indonesia Investments

Steel Producers in Indonesia to See Better Earnings in 2017
The price of hot rolled coil (HRC) steel in Indonesia jumped 20 percent to USD $600 per ton in the first quarter of 2017, from USD $500 per ton in the same quarter one year earlier. This price growth is encouraged by the rising global steel price, a trend that is expected to continue in the remainder of 2017. Based on data from MEsteel, a Middle East b2b steel portal, the price of the benchmark HRC stood at USD $545 per ton in March 2017, up 49 percent from USD $365 per ton in the same month one year ago.
— Indonesia Investments

Depok aims to certify 500 land plots
Depok administration in West Java has submitted a request to the National Land Agency (BPN) to certify 500 city-owned land plots, an official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Singtel, Telkomsel launch mobile money transfer service to Indonesia
SINGAPORE Telecommunications (Singtel) and Indonesian telco operator Telkomsel have launched a real-time mobile remittance service to Indonesia.
— The Business Times

Malaysia Palm Oil Buyers Boost Imports from Indonesia
Malaysian buyers are ramping up imports of Indonesian palm oil as local supply battles to recover from the lingering impact of last year’s crop-damaging El Nino weather pattern.
— Netralnews

Indonesia’s damaged coral needs 100 years to recover
Indonesia’s Maritime Affairs Coordinating Ministry said Friday the coral reef massively damaged by a foreign cruise ship in Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua province, will take up to 150 years to recover.
— Jamaica Observer

Platts considers adding Indonesia’s Karimun terminal to pricing process
Oil price agency S&P Global Platts said on Thursday it was considering a proposal to reflect deliveries from Indonesia’s Oiltanking Karimun Terminal in its Singapore pricing assessments for gasoil, jet fuel and gasoline from July 3.
— Reuters

Major infrastructure project opens doors for ICT in Indonesia
State investment in infrastructure and high consumer spending forecasts are set to drive growth in Indonesia’s ICT sector.
— Borneo Post Online

Indonesia Explores Collaboration with Singapore on Vocational Education
Indonesia and Singapore are teaming up to develop cooperation in vocational education, which is badly needed by Indonesia. Their move is specially meant to mark the commemoration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
— Global Indonesian Voices

Malaysia Considers Indonesia Important in Strengthening Its Territories Security
Defence Ministers from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines will hold a trilateral meeting in Sabah next month to discuss maritime security in the Sulu sea. Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the meeting’s main focus will be to determine initiatives that could be taken to further strengthen security in the territory, which also covers Sabah waters.
— Netralnews

 

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More than half a million tourists expected to arrive in Luang Prabang Pi Mai Lao
Luang Prabng Province expects more than 500,000 domestic and overseas tourists during the Lao Lunar New Year 2017 or Pi Mai Lao.
Lao News Agency

MoH, USAID to Promote Access to Water, Nutrition, and Sanitation in Central Provinces
The Ministry of Health, in cooperation with Children’s Fund under the USAID Nurture Project, organized a meeting on strategic development for altering social behavior under the Water, Nutrition and Sanitation mainstream project.
Lao News Agency

Vientiane receives completed Infrastructure Improvement project
The Infrastructure Improvement project developer has handed over its completed road improvement project to the Vientiane authority on Friday.
Vientiane Times

Lao garment exports decline by 5 percent
Laos’ garment exports reached US$165 million in 2016, a reduction of 5 percent compared to 2015, the Association of Lao Garment Industry (ALGI) has reported.
Vientiane Times

First UXO of the Year Detonates in Xieng Khouang
A hidden unexploded bomblet, known in Laos as a `bombie’, exploded on Tuesday in Paek District, Xieng Khouang province, tragically killing one child and injuring five adults and seven other children.
The Laotian Times

Laos on a plate
Two chefs get ready to take diners on a journey to exotic Laos through their flavourful Laotian cuisine, discovers Zuliantie Dzul.
New Straits Times

Chill out in Luang Prabang in Laos
There is a resolute unaffectedness about Luang Prabang in northern Laos.
A wet market pops up every morning in the alleyways off Sisavangvong Road, the city’s high street. Unlike most South-east Asian markets, there is an absence of cacophony here – no haggling or touting.
The Straits Times

NE India-CLMV business summit held at Guwahati
Education Minister Honchun Ngandam has called for joint efforts by the government and private sectors to tap the abundant natural resources of North East India for socio-industrial development of the region at par with other states of the country.
The Arunachal Times

Tunnel boring must start before rain, authorities
Lao authorities and Chinese developers are speeding works in an attempt to begin boring tunnels of the Laos-China railway project before the coming rainy season, a senior government official involved of the project has said.
Vientiane Times

PM welcomes Singapore volunteers
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on Thursday received a courtesy visit by a group of almost 60 Singaporean students from various schools and universities who are contributing to educational development in Laos.
Vientiane Times

Sagawa Foundation Donates Maintenance Vehicles and Equipment to Laos
The Sagawa Foundation of Japan has donated a car lift and a tire changer via the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT), worth 735 million kip (¥10 million or USD 91,000) to the State Land River Transport Enterprise.
Lao News Agency

Botanical Garden to Become New Tourist Site in Vientiane
A new botanical garden covering 15 hectares, located in Dansy village, Naxaythong District, Vientiane Capital, is set to become a new tourist destination in the capital.
Lao News Agency

 

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Central bank says ringgit, exchange rate volatility due to cyclical factors
Bank Negara said in its 2016 Annual Report that a large part of the rise in exchange rate volatility in recent years can be attributed to cyclical factors.
The Star Online

Overvalued Malaysian other stocks – a call for vigilance
SHOULD it be taken as a warning sign that world stocks are seen as most overvalued in 17 years, as revealed by a Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) survey of fund managers?
The Star Online

As jets fill up, Malaysia Airlines shops around for widebody planes
Malaysia Airlines is looking to lease widebody planes to boost its network from next year and will make a decision on an order of new planes for delivery from 2019 later this year, the carrier’s chief executive told Reuters.
New Straits Times

Malaysia to increase imports from Indonesia this month
Malaysian buyers are ramping up imports of Indonesian palm oil as local supply battles to recover from the lingering impact of last year’s crop-damaging El Nino weather.
New Straits Times

‘Big data’ firm denies doing election work in Malaysia
Behavioural research company SCL Group denied today a report claiming that Barisan Nasional (BN) was using its “big data” services for the upcoming 14th general elections.
Malay Mail Online

Report: ‘Third wave’ of Chinese migration as thousands move to Malaysia
Almost 8,000 Chinese nationals have emigrated to Malaysia since 2002, dubbed the “third wave” of Chinese migration, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported.
Malay Mail Online

Malaysia Considers Indonesia Important in Strengthening Its Territories Security
Defence Ministers from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines will hold a trilateral meeting in Sabah next month to discuss maritime security in the Sulu sea.
NETRALNEWS.COM

64 Indonesian Police Officers Receive Awards from Malaysian Govt
At least 64 Indonesian police personnel received awards from the Malaysian police for assisting to free Ling-Ling, a Malaysian citizen in Johor Bahru state.
TEMPO.CO

BSN to offer 13,536 prizes to depositors of SSP this year
Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) is offering 13,536 prizes to depositors of BSN Premium Savings Certificate (SSP) throughout this year.
New Straits Times

Call for rightsizing to cut debt level
There is an urgent need to rightsize the public sector as rapidly expanding operating expenditure continues to suppress development expenditure, causing a rise in debt level and debt servicing cost, said economists.
New Straits Times

TNB’s Jimah project on track for completion by December 2019
The construction of the RM12bil Jimah East Power (JEP) plant in Jimah, Port Dickson is on track and is expected to be completed as scheduled by December 2019.
The Star Online

CIMB Research retains Hold for KLCC Property at RM7.69
CIMB Equities Research is retaining its Hold call on KLCC Property Holdings Bhd (KLCCP) with a higher dividend discount model-based (DDM) target price of RM7.69.
The Star Online

Nuclear infrastructure review report to be tabled in cabinet soon
The final report of the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) Mission Phase 1 will be tabled in the cabinet soon to find out whether it could be made public or not, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.
Malay Mail Online

Cooperation vital to instil interest in STEM education, says deputy minister
The cooperation of all quarters is vital in instilling passion and creating awareness among students on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching.
— Malay Mail Online

Chinese overtake Singapore as top Malaysia property investors
China has eclipsed Singapore as the biggest source of investment in Malaysian real estate, as soaring domestic property prices push mainland investors to hunt for bargains abroad.
Financial Times

Jong Nam case: 4 police officers enter North Korean embassy
More than a month after the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, Malaysian police finally managed to enter the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
Free Malaysia Today

MALAYSIA TO BE 100% EEV BY 2025, PREDICTS CEO OF AUTOMOTIVE INSTITUTE
Malaysia is gearing towards launching only energy-efficient vehicles (EEV) by 2025, denoting a 100% EEV penetration, from 42.8% in 2016, said Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) CEO Datuk Madani Sahari.
Malaysia Chronicle

 

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Myanmar rebuffs UN probe of crimes against Rohingya
Myanmar on Saturday rejected the UN rights council’s decision to investigate allegations that security officers have murdered, raped and tortured Rohingya Muslims, saying the probe would only “inflame” the conflict.
— Channel NewsAsia

Cancel polls in Mongshu: NLD candidates
Worried about security and a possible unfair by-election in some village tracts in Mongshu township, National League for Democracy (NLD) candidates have asked for the polls on April 1 to be cancelled.
— Myanmar Times

Interfaith forum denounces violence
A meeting aimed at fostering peaceful coexistence of the different faiths in Myanmar was held on March 18, at the Mandalay city hall where leaders of different religions gathered to denounce the use of violence and “hateful words” in the name of religion.
— Myanmar Times

Health Ministry Stands Firm as Nursing Students Protest Delayed Licensing
Policy that requires graduate nurses to serve at public hospitals for three years aims to tackle severe shortage of nurses and midwives at government medical service facilities, the Ministry of Health and Sports said on Thursday.
— Consult-Myanmar

Yangon Government Submits Economic Plan to Parliament
An economic plan for 2017-2018, which aims to increase Gross Domestic Product by 8.5% was submitted to the Yangon Region Government by the Minister of Planning and Finance, Myint Thaung.
— Consult-Myanmar

Transport and Communication Sectors Reach US$3Billion in Foreign Investment
The transport and communication sectors have reached more than US$3billion in foreign investment, accounting for 46 percent of total foreign investment, a source at the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration said.
— Consult-Myanmar

Children’s Literature Festival kicks off in Mawlamyine
Hundreds of school children and others who adore children’s literature are participating in the Children’s Literature Festival in at the Mawlamyine University.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar

Local gold price declines on 24 March
The drop in global gold price has pushed drown domestic gold price in Myanmar on 24 March, according to local gold traders.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar

Singapore lists as top investor in Thilawa SEZ with over $110 million
SINGAPORE has been listed as the top investor in Thilawa Special Economic Zone, a huge industrial zone on the outskirts of Yangon, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar

Rohingya Community Duly Acknowledges PM Najib’s Contributions
It is no longer unknown to the world how different Myanmar regimes, throughout its history, have subjected the Rohingya community to a systematic genocidal process for decades and why. The genocidal process going on for decades silently escalated to a different level when the Myanmar State sponsored violence against the Rohingya people in June, 2012. The genocidal operations by the Myanmar government, unfortunately, have not yet ceased and are still very much on albeit varying in nature from time to time.
— Rohingya Vision

Indian government donated two ambulances for YCH
In order to upgrade Myanma’s public health service, the government of India donated two modern ambulances equipped with medical instruments worthing 154,600 USD to Yangon Children Hospital yesterday.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar

New Bridge to promote socio-economy of Rakhine people
A 960-foot long bridge over the Panzin Creek linking Buthidaung and Yathedaung townships in Rakhine State was inaugurated yesterday, becoming one of the infrastructure development tasks implemented in Rakhine State by the new government during its first year in office.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar

CBM to relax bank interest rates
The Central Bank of Myanmar plans to relax its grip on bank interest rate policies, according to its governor Kyaw Kyaw Maung.
— Eleven

7th bank to offer SME loans
Kyaw Kyaw Maung, the governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar, says a seventh private bank, the Global Treasure Bank, will grant loans to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
— Eleven

Private banks needed for farming loan
Kyaw Win, the minister for planning and finance, says the Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank is not in a position to sufficiently grant loans for the development of the agricultural sector. The government plans to ensure the private banks can grant loans to farmers.
— Eleven

Yangon blackouts announced
Yangon will be on power rotation plan until April 2 as supplies from the Yadanar natural gas pipeline will be temporarily stopped, according to Yangon Electricity Supply Board.
— Eleven

Candidates must only wear UEC badge on by-election day
The Union Election Commission (UEC) has told individual candidates and the 24 political parties that will be competing in by-elections on April 1 they must only wear badges given by the UEC’s sub-commissions.
— Eleven

Myanmar, China poised to clinch pipeline deal in talks strained by ‘big argument’ over oil tanker
Myanmar and China are understood to be close to finalising an agreement that will see the first oil pumped through a US$1.5 billion pipeline on which work was completed two years ago, Reuters reported.
— Frontier Myanmar

Power debate heats up as govt caught short for hot season
Tensions are rising over a leaked government proposal to increase electricity prices amid growing doubts that emergency power sources needed to ensure supply through the coming hot season will be ready in time.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar legislation fuels investors’ interest
Though multinational companies are still on the waitandsee move to enter Myanmar, the nation’s recent legislative reforms to create a more enabling business environment will create positive signals for foreign direct investment inflows, according to a panel discussion by Oxford Business Group taking place on last Thursday.
— The Nation

Myanmar’s stock exchange struggles a year after launch
Housed in a stately colonial building at the heart of Myanmar’s financial district sits the Yangon Stock Exchange, which amid great expectations opened its doors as the country’s first bourse a year ago this month.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Hundreds get food poisoning from free meal in Myanmar
A free lunch for villagers in southern Myanmar turned sour after it landed more than a third of the rural community in hospital with food poisoning, local officials said this morning.
— RTE

India steps up supply of military equipment to Myanmar to counter China
Steadily cranking up military ties with Myanmar as part of the overall policy to counter China’s strategic inroads in the region, India is now also going to export lightweight torpedoes to the country.
— Times of India

Child Abuse on the Rise, Says Mon Human Rights Group
Cases of sexual violence, particularly rape, against girls have increased dramatically since 2013, said an ethnic Mon rights groups highlighting such cases in southeastern Burma.
— ReliefWeb

Trade disrupted on India-Myanmar border in Manipur
Border trade between India and Myanmar was disrupted on Sunday for several hours along the international border in Manipur due to protest by villagers on the Indian side.
— Business Standard

Myanmar prepares to switch off the lights for Earth Hour
Earth Hour is being celebrated in a unique and historic way for the first time in Myanmar this year.
— Mizzima News

As Many As 10 Myanmar Villagers Injured in Shooting at Letpadaung Cooper Mine
As many as 10 villagers have been injured by police who fired rubber bullets at them on Friday for blocking a roadway to a controversial Chinese-run copper mine in the town of Letpadaung in Sarlingyi township of northwestern Myanmar’s Sagaing region.
— Radio Free Asia

Two Drug Couriers Shot Dead Near Thailand-Myanmar Border
Para-military rangers killed two drug couriers and seized about 100,000 methamphetamine tablets in a dense forest about 700 metres from the Thai-Myanmar border in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on late Saturday afternoon.
— Buriram Times

 

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Settlement with Mighty Corp. now ‘out of the question’ – DOF’s Dominguez 
A settlement between the government and Mighty Corp. is now out of the question, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said Monday, in light of the latest raid staged by authorities at the cigarette maker’s warehouse in Bulacan last week.
– GMA News Online

Thailand, Philippines ink accord to strengthen science, technology cooperation
Scientific and technological (S&T) activities in the Philippines and Thailand recently got a big push as science and technology leaders in both countries signed a legally binding agreement to work together in promoting the development of S&T cooperation between said countries.
— Update Philippines

Medusa Mining: Death in underground mine in Philippines
Medusa Mining Limited (ASX:MML) has announced a contract miner has died at its underground mine in the Philippines.
— Finance News Network

NEDA seeks UK aid in electrification, school infrastructure
THE National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said it asked the British government to help the Philippines in the areas of rural electrification and school infrastructure resiliency.
— Business World

Unidentified drone buzzes Philippines Navy ship in Benham Rise
An unidentified aircraft, possibly an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or a drone, buzzed the Philippine Navy warship while the latter was conducting maritime and sovereignty patrol on Benham Rise Friday afternoon.
— Phil Star

Court upholds sacking of ex-PCGG chief for excessive phone use
THE Court of Appeals has affirmed the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman finding Camilo Sabio, former chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), guilty of dishonesty, grave misconduct, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.
— The Manila Times

US businesses see signs of shift to protectionism in Indonesia
US businesses are sensing a shift toward more protectionist policies in Indonesia in recent months even as President Joko Widodo is seeking to lure foreign investment into Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
— Business World

Dominguez bats for lifting of Australia ban on PHL bananas
FINANCE Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said he raised the issue of Australia’s long-standing ban on Philippine bananas in a meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop last March 16-17 in Manila.
— Business World

Philippines abstains from UN rights vote on Syria
The Philippines has abstained from voting on a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on the rights situation on Syria.
— Phil Star

Asia trade talks chief warns against turning RCEP into new TPP
The chief negotiator of a 16-nation Asia trade pact expressed hope that talks can be concluded this year if member nations refrain from introducing elements of a separate deal derailed by US President Donald J. Trump.
— Business World

‘Leni impeach bid to proceed’
The impeachment of Vice President Leni Robredo will push through despite President Duterte’s call to his allies in Congress to stop it.
— Phil Star

Cement makers need one less permit — MGB
THE MINES and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has moved to make it easier for cement manufacturers to do business in the Philippines by removing one permit from their regulatory requirements.
— Business World

P700-M resort-like drug rehab center to rise in Bukidnon
President Duterte yesterday led the groundbreaking ceremony for Mindanao’s biggest drug treatment and rehabilitation center as he renewed his vow to eradicate illegal drugs and drug lords in the country.
— Manila Bulletin

Gov’t urged to use drone to regulate mining industry
The government is being urged to use and invest in drone technology in regulating the highly-scrutinized mining industry.
— Manila Bulletin

Duterte leads early poll of Time’s most influential list
President Rodrigo Duterte has emerged as the early frontrunner of an online poll for Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
— ABS-CBN

Senate sets hearing on Benham Rise security, development
The Senate Committee on Economic Affairs will hold a hearing on Wednesday on defense and security concerns in Benham Rise, its chairman said.
— Phil Star

Duterte to poor: ‘If you die, I’m sorry’
The rich don’t sell drugs.
Using this logic, President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday justified the deaths of hundreds of suspected users and pushers, all from poor families, in his war on drugs.
— Inquirer.Net

PRC officials charged over anomalous lease
State prosecutors have filed graft charges at the Sandiganbayan against five Professional Regulatory Commission officials over alleged anomalies in its 2012 lease contract for its regional office in Baguio City.
— Inquirer.Net

Duterte dinner invite to Robredo a ‘trap’ – Trillanes
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV claimed Sunday that only the naive would accept a dinner invitation that President Rodrigo Duterte extended to Vice President Leni Robredo, a gesture that the lawmaker dubbed as “a trap.”
— ABS-CBN

House bill seeks to enhance telecom, Internet services
The Magna Carta for Mobile Phone Subscribers bill has been filed in the House of Representatives amid persistent dissatisfaction among telecommunication service customers, especially regarding Internet connections.
— Manila Bulletin

Islamic State group could establish caliphate in the Philippines, Julie Bishop says
The Islamic State terrorist group (IS) could establish a caliphate in the southern Philippines, according to Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
— ABC Online

 

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No bank account, no problem for remittances to Indonesia
Singtel and Indonesian carrier Telkomsel are making it more convenient for Indonesians to receive remittances from Singapore.
The Straits Times 

The Week In Numbers: Inflation Edges Up in Singapore
Singapore saw its third straight month of rising consumer prices in February. The consumer price index (CPI), which is used to identify periods of inflation or deflation, rose 0.7% year-on-year.
The Motley Fool 

Why Singapore’s education system needs an overhaul
Students from Singapore and East Asian countries have consistently come out tops in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) and Trends in International Math and Science Study (Timss) rankings for decades, and yet companies from these countries barely feature in Forbes’ annual ranking of, say, the Top 25 most innovative companies in the world.
Today Online 

Canada picks Singapore for Asia gateway as TPP flounders
Canada’s trade finance agency is launching its first global branch in Singapore as the country steps up efforts to boost business ties with Asia following the withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.
The Daily Star 

Singapore Dollar Bulls Are Gathering in the Swap Market
Singapore’s interest-rate markets are signaling gains for the local dollar as bets grow the nation’s central bank will avoid easing policy next month and some economists are starting to forecast tightening in October.
Bloomberg

Chinese overtake Singapore as top Malaysia property investors
China has eclipsed Singapore as the biggest source of investment in Malaysian real estate, as soaring domestic property prices push mainland investors to hunt for bargains abroad.
Financial Times 

Singapore leads use of intelligent technologies to meet citizens’ demands
Public sector agencies in Singapore have a strong appetite for intelligent technologies, including biometrics and identity analytics, machine learning, and advanced analytics and predictive modeling, that are revolutionizing the way citizen demands are addressed.
Enterprise Innovation 

Singapore water price: 30 per cent hike was ‘absolutely necessary’, says PM Lee
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, while at the official opening of the revamped Pang Sua Pond in Bukit Panjang on Saturday, said that the 30 per cent increase in water price, was “absolutely necessary”, as water is a “scarce” resource and “not cheap to produce”. This speech came as a response to the strong reaction of people after Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced the price hike.
International Business Times 

Transport costs up 4.2% in February
Singapore’s CPI grew 0.7% year-on-year in February, with the rise largely driven by higher transportation costs.
Singapore Business Review 

Singapore employees least engaged in Asia, study finds
Employees in Singapore are the least engaged among major Asian markets, according to a new study.
The Straits Times 

France’s Hollande looks to strengthen ties with Singapore
French President Francois Hollande, on an official visit to Singapore, expressed a desire Sunday to strengthen France’s partnership with the Southeast Asian city-state.
The News Tribune 

US’ prerogative to take in Amos Yee : Singapore
It is the prerogative of the United States to take in people who engage in hate speech, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), following news that the US has granted teenage blogger Amos Yee asylum.
The Nation 

Wee Tiong mulls fleet enlargement in Singapore bunker market
Singapore-based Wee Tiong Holdings, a relatively newcomer into the republic’s bunkering market, is mulling to further enlarge its bunker tanker fleet after securing charters for all of its recently acquired 11 bunker tankers.
Seatrade Maritime News 

Fortis Healthcare said to mull Singapore hospital trust buyout
Fortis Healthcare, India’s second-largest private hospital chain by market value, is weighing a buyout of the Singapore-listed business trust that owns some of its clinics, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Gulf-Times  

Competition launched in Singapore to find new solutions to metabolic diseases
Johnson & Johnson Innovation, in cooperation with A*STAR’s ETPL, through its Diagnostics Development Hub, and Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), recently launched a global competition that seeks to find solutions to metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity.
Enterprise Innovation 

Indonesia Explores Collaboration with Singapore on Vocational Education
Without proper skills and certification, Indonesian workers will fail to compete against those from other countries amidst the ASEAN Economic Community.
Global Indonesian Voices 

4 Singapore lifestyle brands debut new furniture and homeware collections
With Singapore Design Week in full swing last week, many designers and brands took the opportunity to launch furniture and homeware collections.
The Peak Magazine 

Researchers In Singapore Believe That Tea Can Stop Cognitive Decline In The Elderly
Last week, we told you all about how the caffeine in coffee can reduce the risk of dementia. Now, in supporting news a recent study published by researchers from the National University of Singapore has found that a cup of tea a day can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia developing in senior citizens.
Hungry Forever 

ITE students solve companies’ real world problems
After he saw two older workers lifting a tray filled with heavy springs, Mr Sumardi Salleh and his teammates Ms Siti Nurliyana Rohman and Mr Karamjit Lal Singh from ITE College Central were motivated to ease their workload.
The New Paper 

 

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Investments in Thailand up by 20 per cent
Thailand’s corporate and state enterprises plan to invest more than Bt1 trillion this year, including in projects eligible for tax incentives from the Board of Investment (BOI), according to a survey by The Nation.
The Nation 

Economic growth above 3% ‘achievable’
THE STRONG confidence shown by public and private enterprises with their investment budgets is good reason to believe that Thailand’s economy will grow by more than 3 per cent this year, economic experts said.
The Nation 

New setback looms for Thai-Sino rail project
The multi-billion-baht Thai-Chinese rail development scheme is poised to suffer another setback if China fails to submit the project’s design document needed to estimate the rail’s costs by the end of this month, according to a transport source.
Bangkok Post 

RID reduces water release as dam levels fall
The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) will next month reduce water volumes being released from four major dams in the Chao Phraya River basin to save water for next year’s dry season.
Bangkok Post 

Are Thailand’s Gambling Laws Too Far Behind The Times
The opening of a new casino in the sport hub province of Buri Ram has caused a researcher at the Centre of Gambling Studies to say that the state has not kept pace with developments in the gambling industry.
Buriram Times 

Thai Shares Called Lower On Monday
The Thai stock market has tracked higher in consecutive trading days, gathering almost 7 points or 0.4 percent along the way. The Stock Exchange of Thailand now rests just below the 1,575-point plateau, although the market may run out of steam on Monday.
Nasdaq 

Move to extend lease period expected to stir interest of foreigners
The move to revise the leasehold act and extend the lease period from 30 years to 50 years will be good for developers who offer residential homes to foreigners, both in Bangkok and at tourist destinations, property experts said.
The Nation 

Cleaning up world’s sex tourism capital: Thai authorities frustrated by city’s image
With mascots dressed as smiling fish and a police rock band, Thai authorities launched a “Happy Zone” at the weekend to improve the image of a city notorious for sex tourism.
Stuff 

Time for digital economy to grow at grass-roots
A major collaboration is reportedly taking place between the government and private sectors to educate and train Thailand’s grass-root sector on the digital economy. It’s a noble and promising agenda which must be sustained, expanded and persevered with, not least because the programme can be a game-changer socially, politically and economically.
The Nation 

Thailand’s Road to Election Keeps Getting Longer: QuickTake Q&A
Thailand has endured about a dozen military coups since putting an end to absolute monarchy in 1932. The current stretch of army rule has been the longest since the early 1970s, and there are few signs it will end anytime soon. Junta leader Prayuth Chan-Ocha seized power in 2014 and the timetable for elections has been repeatedly pushed back.
Bloomberg

As Thailand ramps up its palm oil sector, peat forests feel the pressure
Thailand is aiming to increase its domestic palm oil production by up to 50 per cent over the next nine years while at the same time trying to reclaim encroached peat forest from smallholders.
Eco-Business 

Thailand, Philippines ink accord to strengthen science, technology cooperation
Scientific and technological (S&T) activities in the Philippines and Thailand recently got a big push as science and technology leaders in both countries signed a legally binding agreement to work together in promoting the development of S&T cooperation between said countries.
Update Philippines 

Top 10 Countries for Thailand tourism
The Expedia group has released 2016 full-year data revealing the trends in hotel demand from international visitors to Thailand last year. Expedia revealed top 10 international markets for Thailand and top 5 destinations in Thailand.
FTN News 

Cyberrisks ‘to aid’ IT spending
Thailand’s spending on information security is likely to drive the overall annual IT spending to growth in 2017 after five straight years of contraction, thanks to the increased awareness of cyberthreats.
Bangkok Post 

New Audi importer Meister Technik will launch the Audi Q5 at this year’s Bangkok International Motor Show
WITH sales showing strong growth during the first two months of this year, automakers are making sure the trend will continue with a large collection of new models to be launched at this year’s Bangkok International Motor Show.
The Nation 

Two Drug Couriers Shot Dead Near Thailand-Myanmar Border
Para-military rangers killed two drug couriers and seized about 100,000 methamphetamine tablets in a dense forest about 700 metres from the Thai-Myanmar border in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on late Saturday afternoon.
Buriram Times 

Thai Prisons To Separate Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Inmates
In a statement made by the director-general of the Department of Corrections, it emerged that Min Buri and Klong Prem prisons in Bangkok and Pattaya Prison in Chon Buri have set up segregated zones for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) inmates .
Buriram Times 

Thaksin ordered to pay B16bn in tax
The Revenue Department has sent a letter to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra demanding 16 billion baht in taxes for the sale of the family’s stake in Shin Corp, a department source said.
Bangkok Post 

Thailand’s Grade 9 Students Failed all Five Subjects on National Test
The results of the nationwide O-Net tests for students in the 9th grade, or Mathayom 3, for the 2016 shows students failed all five subjects on average, according to the National Institute of Educational Testing Service.
Chiang Rai Times 

Marathon Gulf of Thailand Championship draws over 1,000 runners
The southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat has held the Marathon Gulf of Thailand Championship 2017 to promote exercise and tourism.
Pattaya Mail 

Bangkok saves 1,953 MW during Earth Hour 2017
Bangkok has succeeded in saving thousands of megawatts of electricity during its participation in this year’s Earth Hour.
Pattaya Mail

 

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Q1 foreign direct investment surges to $7.71b
Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Viet Nam surged to US$7.71 billion in the first quarter of 2017, exceeding the amount during the same period in 2016 by 91.5 per cent.
VietNamNet Bridge 

Vietnamese struggle to sell products at foreign-invested supermarkets
Vietnamese manufacturers are trying to display their products at foreign-invested supermarket chains, which have become familiar shopping destinations for urbanites. But it has not been an easy task.
VietNamNet Bridge 

Steel price accelerates
Domestic steel prices have increased by VND400,000-600,000 a ton compared to January, according to Vietnam Steel Association.
Saigon

World Bank CEO Reaffirms Commitment to Support Vietnam’s Development
World Bank Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Georgieva concluded a three-day visit to Vietnam today, reaffirming the institution’s support to the fast-growing economy to continue implementing its sustainable and inclusive development agenda, including the areas of financing, structural reforms, energy, climate change and private sector development.
SatPrNews 

Vinamilk to take full stake of Angkormilk
Vietnamese state-owned dairy giant Vinamilk intends to spend almost $11 million to buy its Cambodian partner’s entire stake in Angkor Dairy Products Co Ltd, better known as Angkormilk, according to Vietnamese media.
The Phnom Penh Post 

Vietnamese plant near state debut
In 2013, the state of Arkansas announced that the first Vietnamese company to open a manufacturing plant in the United States selected Morrilton as its new home. More than three years later, the plans conveyed in that news release finally are becoming a reality.
Arkansas Online 

Vietnam: Foreign shipping lines must now publicise fees
Foreign shipping lines will have to publicise charges, surcharges of freight services for containerised goods, and port service charges from July 1, 2017.
Hellenic Shipping News 

Internationally standardized education – gold mine for investors
More and more investors have injected money into the educational sector as it is considered a gold mine, experts have said.
VietNamNet Bridge 

National vaccination management system launched nationwide
A national vaccination information management system was launched on March 24 by the Ministry of Health, aiming to manage and keep kids’ personal and health information nationwide.
Saigon 

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta struggles with garbage amid lack of treatment plants
Rubbish has turned into a perennial problem in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta as current waste treatment projects barely meet the rising demand from rapid urbanization.
Tuoi Tre News 

PM lauds Quảng Nam’s growth record
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc yesterday praised the residents of Quảng Nam for their efforts in making the central province one of 15 localities with the biggest contributions to the State Budget in 2016.
Viet Nam News 

Falling Hồng river water levels hurting VN agriculture
The average water level of many parts of the Hồng (Red) river has remarkably reduced in recent years, badly affecting agricultural production and the living conditions of residents in the northern lowland and midland areas.
Viet Nam News 

Vietnam gives UOB approval to open fully foreign-owned bank
United Overseas Bank has received initial approval to open a 100% foreign-owned bank in Vietnam.
Hubbis 

Public Bank’s Teh honoured in Vietnam
Public Bank Bhd founder and chairman Tan Sri Dr Teh Hong Piow has become the first foreign banker in Vietnam to be awarded with the “Medal for the Development of Vietnam Banking Industry”.
The Star 

Health coverage improves as Vietnam experiences demographic changes
Vietnam is working to expand health insurance coverage and improve health care delivery, with demand expected to increase as the country’s elderly population grows.
VietNamNet Bridge 

Facebook fan pages in Vietnam unexpectedly eliminated
The Facebook community and marketing directors have recently noticed the mysterious disappearance of many large fan pages with millions of likes each.
VietNamNet Bridge 

IFAD supports farm smallholders in Vietnam
The International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) will provide Vietnam US$ 43 million in soft loan to sustainably improve income and reduce climate vulnerability of farm households in northeastern Vietnam.
Saigon 

Hanoi and HCM City top new report on office yields
Viet Nam’s two major c ities, Ha Noi and HCM City, topped the table of office yields, according to the latest World Office Yield Spectrum report by Savills and Australia’s Deakin University.
VietNamNet Bridge 

HCM City launches Internet of Things startup competition
The Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP) launched the 2017 Internet of Things Startup Competition (IoT Startup 2017) on March 25.
Saigon 

Vietnam tightens monitor on alcohol production, methanol after poisoning outbreaks
Following outbreaks of methanol poisoning have occurred when methanol is used to adulterate moonshine, Vietnam’s Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh yesterday presided a meeting with related agencies to tighten monitor on production and sales of alcohol as well as toxic substance methanol.
Saigon 

City sci-tech market to boost innovation
The municipal administration plans to have 70 per cent of industrial production enterprises in HCM City invest at least eight per cent of their pre-tax profits in developing and applying new technologies by 2020.
Viet Nam News 

Vietnam attends travel show in Canada
The two-day event, one of the cultural activities to celebrate Canada’s 150th founding anniversary, drew the participation of more than 50 countries and territories, as well as received about 17,500 visitors.
VietNamNet Bridge 

Vietnam international travel mart eyes US tourists
Vietnam will lure more US tourists in the coming time as the Vietnam Travel Association and the US Travel Association are set to ink a US Travel Associationagreement during the upcoming Vietnam International Travel Mart 2017 (VITM 2017).
VietNamNet Bridge 

 

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