Asean morning news for August 16

Asean morning news for August 16

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Alibaba offers cloud computing for Southeast Asia’s retailers to embrace digitisation and big data
Alibaba Group Holding, the world’s largest e-commerce services provider, is making a push into Southeast Asia by offering a suite of cloud computing solutions to help retailers embrace digitalisation and provide the kind of online-offline shopping experience that is already commonplace in China.
— South China Morning Post

ASEAN countries endeared with China’s generosity — Duterte
Southeast Asian countries are all “pro-China” due to the Asian giant’s generosity to them, President Duterte revealed last Tuesday.
— Manila Bulletin

Indonesia tops destination for international schools in Southeast Asia: Report
Indonesia remains a leading destination for international schools in Southeast Asia, according to ISC Research data announced on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Greater Consolidation of the Industrial Water Solutions Market to Create Growth Opportunities for Design and Engineering, finds Frost & Sullivan
The region-wide economic development in Southeast Asia (SEA) is providing much-needed impetus to the Industrial Water Solutions (IWS) market, propelling it towards a likely US$4.90 billion by 2022.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (press release)

ASEAN Storm Resilience Fund idea wins sustainable investing challenge
ASEAN Storm Resilience Fund, an idea aimed at helping farming communities withstand extreme weather events, won the 8th Kellogg – Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge, held in London on 13 April.
— ReliefWeb

DATAVLT Partners Hacken to bring the Forefront of Cybersecurity to ASEAN
DATAVLT, the blockchain integrated data analytics company, based in Singapore, has entered into a partnership with Hacken, a global cybersecurity consultancy firm, to become an Authorized Reseller in the ASEAN region.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (press release)

Why are businesses relocating data centers to Southeast Asia?
Data centres are an essential component of business operations.
— Networks Asia

Pacific World posts 2018’s ‘most in-demand’ destinations list
Event management company Pacific World has released its mid-year review of the ‘most in-demand’ destinations in 2018.
In Asia, the countries hosting most events in the past six months are Hong Kong, Thailand and Vietnam.
— Mice BTN

Asia-Pacific’s Leading ICT Companies Honored at Frost & Sullivan’s 2018 ICT Awards
Asia-Pacific’s top ICT firms were celebrated at Frost & Sullivan’s annual ICT Awards held at the Shangri-La hotel in Singapore earlier this evening.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (press release)

Southeast Asia’s top 30 tech startup founders
Southeast Asia is catching the eye of investors and innovators alike.
— Tech in Asia

Asean prosecutorial professionals discuss issues of cybercrime
Some 68 prosecutorial professionals from ASEAN member states and China are convening for the 11th China-ASEAN Prosecutors-General Conference at The Rizqun International Hotel, Gadong.
— The Nation

Singapore gearing APAC up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Beginning October 2018, Singapore will host the Asian version of the world-renowned trade show for industrial technology.
— OpenGovAsia

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Cambodia ruling party sweeps parliament after vote with no opposition
Cambodian leader Hun Sen has swept all seats in parliament after holding an election with no opposition, as the country settles into one-party rule and a government that could face questions of legitimacy on the world stage.
— The Nation

PM Hun Sen Wants Politicians from Other Parties to Be Advisors to the New Government (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on Wednesday that the Royal Government of Cambodia for the 6th mandate will give the opportunity to other capable people from other parties to play role in the new government.
— Fresh News (video)

US says expanding visa bans over ‘flawed’ Cambodia poll
The United States said yesterday it was expanding visa restrictions on individuals responsible for “anti-democratic” actions in the run-up to Cambodia’s July 29 election.
— Malay Mai

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Indonesia central bank hikes rates as Turkey crisis bites
Indonesia’s central bank hiked interest rates Wednesday in a bid to shield the slumping rupiah from a selloff in emerging market currencies as Turkey’s financial crisis roils global markets.
— ABS-CBN

BNPB: Lombok Quake Economic Loss at Rp7.45tn
The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said that the number of victims and economic losses from the Lombok earthquake are increasing.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia’s July Trade Deficit Larger Than Expected at $2b
Indonesia posted a large trade deficit in July as imports surged more than expected, according to data released by the statistics bureau on Wednesday (15/08).
— Jakarta Globe

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More remains of American service personnel returned to US
The remains of American service personnel missing in action (MIA) in Laos during the Indochina War were handed over to United States army staff on Tuesday.
— Vientiane Times

Potential upsides emerge from Lao dam disaster
The July 23 Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower dam collapse that left at least 35 dead, 99 missing and 6,000 homeless in Attapeu province in southern Laos was an unprecedented manmade tragedy and wake-up call for the communist-run nation.
— AsiaTimes

Laos farmland flood damage bill exceeds US$15 million
The impact of recent flooding in northern and southeastern provinces of Laos has cost the agricultural sector around 127 billion kip (about US$15 million), according to an initial report from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
— Thai PBS

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Govt urged to formulate strategy to strengthen construction sector
Former Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed has urged the government to formulate a strategy to stabilise and strengthen the country’s construction sector.
— New Straits Times

Petronas Gas’ 2Q net profit rises to RM537.08 million
Petronas Gas Bhd’s (PetGas) net profit for the second quarter (2Q) ended June 30, 2018, rose to RM537.08 million from RM425.93 million registered in the same quarter last year.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia aims to be Asia’s fertility hub by 2020
Malaysia is capable of becoming Asia’s fertility and cardiology treatments hub by 2020 due to the high quality of health services available in the country.
— Malaysia Kini

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Bangladesh Foreign Minister Ali invites interfaith group
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali has invited the Myanmar Interfaith Dialogue Group to visit the refugee camps in Bangladesh where thousands of Muslims from northern Rakhine State are being provided with temporary shelter, U Nyunt Maung Shein, deputy chair of the group told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

Thailand and Myanmar sign MoU on financial assistance to prawn breeding farm in Rakhine State
The officials from Thailand and Myanmar signed MoU on financial assistance of a 34-million-baht to be spent on prawn breeding farm in Yaychanpyin, Rakhine State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw on August 14.
— Eleven Myanmar

Facebook losing the war on Myanmar hate speech
at the social media site was hiring dozens more Burmese speakers to review hate speech posted in Myanmar. The situation was dire.
— Bangkok Post

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Davao-based state university to launch P4.8-M data center
The state-run University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) announced on Tuesday it is set to launch a data center project with a funding cost of PHP4.89 million.
— Philippine News Agency

There will be a new 2019 budget – House
Malacañang and the House of Representatives are finally on the same page insofar as the 2019 budget scheme is concerned.
— CNN Philippines

COA: PEZA, 3 other economic zones must pay back P664 million in illegal perks
The Commission on Audit demanded top-level agency officials with “approving and certifying” authority in the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), Baguio City Economic Zone (BCEZ), Cavite Economic Zone (CEZ), and the Mactan Economic Zone (MEZ), to refund P664,365,000 in illegal allowances, bonuses, and cash benefits paid to officials and employees of the zones.
— Rappler

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Singapore July private home sales soar 55 pct y/y
Private homes sales by developers in Singapore surged 55 percent in July from a year earlier, government data showed on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Singapore remains at risk from high-profile hackers
In spite of global recognition hailing its cybersecurity frameworks as one of the world’s most advanced, Singapore still fell victim to an unprecedented cyberattack last June, calling attention to the associated risks involved with the government’s dedicated Smart Nation drive.
— Singapore Business Review

Alibaba offers cloud computing for Southeast Asia’s retailers to embrace digitisation and big data
A suite of computing solutions ranging from cloud architecture and machine learning to the Internet of Things (IOT) and security will be on offer, according to an announcement by Alibaba Cloud in Singapore.
— South China Morning Post

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Junta sets up a 17-member anti-corruption board
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has announced the formation of a 17-member National Anti-Corruption Committee to fight the scourge of corruption in government bureaucracy.
— Thai PBS

How Thailand 4.0 rescues Thailand from the middle-income trap
With the Thailand 4.0 initiatives, the nation has been making considerable efforts to negate the obstructive effects of the middle-income trap.
— OpenGovAsia

Platform barricades to be installed at all BTS skytrain stations following incident
The Bangkok Mass Transit System announced today that it will install barricades on the platforms of the remaining 14 stations of the BTS skytrain system as soon as possible.
— Thai PBS

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VietJet doubles down on mega Boeing order with jet buying spree (HD video)
Doubling down on its order for 100 high-capacity 737 MAX 8 airplanes in 2016, Vietnam low cost carrier VietJet signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for an additional 100 more 737 MAX airplanes with Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) during the recent Farnborough Airshow 2018 in southern England.
— AEC News Today (video)

Oil firms use secretive court hearing in bid to stop Vietnam taxing their profits
Two multinational oil companies have launched a pre-emptive legal strike, seeking to stop Vietnam from collecting taxes on the profits made in a major oil deal.
— The Guardian

Railway sector plans to improve safety, capacity with $300m
Enhancing safety and capacity are the top priorities for the railway sector as it receives a much-needed package of VNĐ7 trillion (US$301 million) from the State budget.
— Viet Nam News

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