Asean Morning News For November 20

Asean Morning News For November 20

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Compiled by Kongleaphy Keam    @kongleaphy1

 

Southeast Asia’s poorest mostly Filipinos, Indonesians – ASEAN report
Around 90% of the 36 million people in Southeast Asia living below the international poverty line are Filipinos and Indonesians, according to a development report released by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Rappler 

ASEAN infrastructure and building materials opportunities
Good infrastructures are a key to economic activity and development. To boost their growth, ASEAN countries are planning to invest heavily in infrastructures in the coming years: not only will they provide better transport, power and sanitation but also interesting opportunities for suppliers of building materials.
— AseanUp

Asean’s ‘landmark’ South China Sea deal may not mean it will all be plain sailing in future
Of crucial importance, however, was the finalisation of the framework of a much-ballyhooed Asean-China Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea. Both sides hailed it as a crucial milestone towards ensuring rule of law in the troubled waters.
— South China Morning Post

Asean navies boost ties in fleet review
Navy forces in Southeast Asian countries have agreed to bolster cooperation in dealing with security, disasters and environmental threats.
— Bangkok Post

Asean navies focus on marine environment
Pattaya conference of regional maritime forces emphasises consensus in south china sea, unified early warning system.
— The Nation

Amid ASEAN’s faults, there are ‘glimmers of hope’ for region’s people
Despite the fundamental faults within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, there are “glimmers of hope” for the bloc of 620 million people, according to a journalist who has extensively covered its politics.
— Philstar

ECERDC to establish Asean Competency Centre in Pahang
The government, through the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) will be establishing the first Asean Competency Centre at the Pahang Technology Park (PTP) as part of Malaysia’s strategy to accelerate its readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).
— New Straits Times

CBCP leader cheers ASEAN document for migrant workers
A Catholic Church leader has expressed relief that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are now more protected from abuse with the recent signing of a landmark document that seeks to protect their rights.
— Manila Bulletin

Thailand to affirm plastic waste reduction commitment at Asean meeting; regional plan to encourage manufacturers and distributors to use environmentally friendly materials
“Cutting plastic waste pollution at sea on agenda at Asean-China meeting in Phuket”, 18 November 2017. Thailand’s goal to gradually eradicate plastic waste at sea by 80 million to 160 million kilograms a year by 2021, is expected to be affirmed
— Business and Human Rights Resource Center

Can DU30 keep his Asean gains?
HOW we managed to blow P15.5 billion, if this figure is indeed correct, to light up the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the 31st Asean and12th East Asia summits, and the 13 other inter-related summits in Manila last week is a question the government must address with complete transparency. It seems too hefty a bill even by imperial standards.
— The Manila Times

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Compiled by Sreypov Men    @MenSreypov

 

Defiant Hun Sen tells U.S. to cut all aid to Cambodia
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen challenged the United States on Sunday to cut all aid after it announced it was ending funding for a general election next year in response to the dissolution of the main opposition party, media reported.
— Reuters/Nasdaq

Will US, EU turn the heat on Hun Sen?
It has become de rigueur among observers in Phnom Penh to ask how much longer before the international community acts against Cambodia’s mounting anti-democratic crackdown.
— Asia Times

TOP NEWS: China Supports Cambodia in Seeking Its Sustainablity and Deveolpment Path
China supported Cambodia to accomplish its substainablity and development path, without surprising or reacting to the dissolution of Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), according to Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Geng Shuang.
— Fresh News

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State asset management firm injects Rp 1.94t into eight SOEs
State-owned asset management firm PT Perusahaan Pengelola Aset (PPA) has injected some Rp 1.94 trillion (US$143.48 million) into eight state-owned companies (SOEs) up until September, to assist the companies’ restructuring programs.
— The Jakarta Post

OJK Proposes Tax Relaxation for Infrastructure Products
The Financial Services Authority (OJK) has proposed to relax taxes on several investment instruments in the stock market in order to support infrastructure development and attract investors.
— Tempo

Pertamina says fuel prices need to be increased
State-owned energy company Pertamina has said fuel prices — particularly subsidized gasoline Premium and subsidized diesel fuel Solar — must be increased to avoid further burdening the company.
— The Jakarta Post

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Compiled by Leakhena Khat    @leakhenakhat

 

National Assembly passes 2018 development plan, 15 laws
The National Assembly (NA) ended its 4th ordinary session on Friday after adopting the Socio-economic Development Plan, together with the budget and currency plans for 2018, and passing 15 laws.
Vientiane Times 

Govt pushes for increase in customs revenue
Tax and customs officials need to accelerate their procedures and efforts to amass revenue in line with the plans for 2017 that were approved by the National Assembly.
Vientiane Times

Laos, China agree to promote industry, trade ties
Laos and China have agreed to jointly work towards transforming Laos from a landlocked nation to a land link and promote industry and commerce through the One Belt, One Road Initiative.
Vientiane Times 

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Malaysia to impose RM300 fine for mobile phone usage while driving: Report
Drivers in Malaysia caught using their mobile phones will face a fine of RM300, Malaysia’s Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told reporters on Sunday (Nov 19).
— Channel News Asia

Malaysia to lead the way in unifying halal standards
THERE is a lack of synchronicity when it comes to the standards and procedures involved in issuing a halal certification, pointing to a disunity in acknowledging the numerous halal stamps across the region and globe.
— New Straits Times

New Malaysian complex at Thai border gets equipment boost to stem smuggling
Malaysia’s border officials at a major Thai-Malaysian checkpoint have a slew of new equipment to curb further cross-border smuggling.
— The Straits Times (paywall)

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EU to discuss Rohingya crisis with Myanmar’s Suu Kyi
The EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Sunday she would discuss ways to end the Rohingya crisis with Aung San Suu Kyi when she meets the Myanmar leader in Yangon.
— The Nation

China proposed three-phase plan for Rohingya issue
China has proposed a three-phase plan for resolving the Rohingya crisis, starting with a ceasefire, that has won the support of Myanmar and Bangladesh, the Foreign Ministry said.
— Reuters

Should tourists still visit Myanmar despite the violence towards the Rohingya?
As a journalist who’s been based in Myanmar for a number of years, there’s a question I’ve been getting asked an awful lot lately: Given recent violence towards the country’s Rohingya minority, should tourists still visit?
— ABC News

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Compiled by Leakhena Khat    @leakhenakhat

 

Southeast Asia’s poorest mostly Filipinos, Indonesians – ASEAN report
Around 90% of the 36 million people in Southeast Asia living below the international poverty line are Filipinos and Indonesians, according to a development report released by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Rappler 

Rody to fire officials over foreign trips
President Duterte is set to fire next week government officials who have been traveling abroad even without the necessary travel order released by his office.
Philstar 

100 foreign jihadists in Philippines? Government checking
At least 100 foreign jihadists, fresh from their Islamic State (IS)-supervised military training in Indonesia, reportedly entered the country before the five-month Marawi siege was officially over.
Philstar 

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Singapore Growth Could Top 3% in 2017, Prime Minister Lee Says
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says his country is expected to exceed expectations this year by recording economic growth above 3 percent.
Bloomberg

As Singapore’s spending needs grow, raising taxes is inevitable: PM Lee
Singapore’s investments for the economy and infrastructure, as well as spending on social services and safety nets are all necessary, and a vote of confidence in Singapore’s future, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday (Nov 19).
Channel NewsAsia

Rising investments from Singapore companies
SINGAPORE companies have been actively involved in investing in Oman and the last two years have seen significant cooperation in various projects.
The Business Times 

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Thai economy to grow by 4% in Q3 :DPM Somkid
The Deputy Prime Minister has expressed confidence that the Thai economy can grow by four percent in the third quarter this year while investments in the Eastern Economic Corridor will start flowing in early next year.
— NNT

Eastern Economic Corridor policy driving Thai economic growth this year
The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) has predicted that the Thai economy will expand by 3.9% this year largely due to the government’s Eastern Economic Corridor policy.
— NNT

300 billion baht for EEC development projects
The Ministry of Transport said it will push ahead with its 300 billion baht infrastructure development investment projects in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) in 2018.
— NNT

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam Morning News

Compiled by Sreypov Men    @MenSreypov

 

Startups still looking for capital from venture funds
Vietnam is striving to become a ‘startup nation’, but the number of venture funds operating in Vietnam remains so modest that all their names are known by startups.
— VietnamNet Bridge

Property market stays strong
Strong economic growth since 2015 has created a thriving domestic property market that is likely to continue next year, said Construction Minister Pham Hong Ha.
— VietnamPlus

VN auto sales set to miss target
With a continuous year-on-year decline in sales this year, the domestic auto industry is unlikely to achieve the 10 per cent growth predicted by the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (VAMA).
— Bizhub

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