Asean morning news for December 27

Asean morning news for December 27

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Forging ahead on Southeast Asia’s digital journey
Speaking at the Singapore Business Federation’s ASEAN Outlook Conference 2018 held in January, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr. Koh Poh Koon said that e-commerce is key focus area with Singapore assuming ASEAN chairmanship this year.
— Business Times

The ASEAN governments exploiting cybersecurity threats to expand authoritarian powers
ASEAN governments are seeing severe digital security breaches and violations of users’ privacy. Rather than improving cybersecurity, the region’s governments are using these threats to crack down on internet freedoms.
— Asean Today

What Will ASEAN’s 2020 Navy Exercise Look Like?
Last week, Vietnam hosted a meeting aimed at planning for the second iteration of an ASEAN multilateral navy exercise first held in 2017. The exercise, set to be held in 2020, spotlighted the ongoing defense-related interactions that Hanoi is planning for when it holds the ASEAN chairmanship in 2020.
— The Diplomat

China, ASEAN enter new era of deeper strategic partnership
The year 2018 marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of strategic partnership between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) featured with political trust, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.
— Vietnam+

Brunei startup Memori eyes Singapore, Malaysia expansion after raising $100k
Memori, a Brunei-based legacy planning startup, is looking to grow its presence in Brunei, Singapore, and Malaysia after raising US$100,000 in seed funding from 113 Venture Growth Fund, according to local reports.
— KrAsia

Asean claimants’ united voice will make China listen – Lorenzana
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana believes that the united voice of five Southeast Asian claimants in the South China Sea will be strong enough to make China listen.
— Global Nation

Lessons from Asean for the West
When America pulls out its troops from Syria, events in Syria are expected to be a replay of those in Iraq as ISIS rushes forth to fill the vacuum (Syria exit will come back to haunt the US; Dec 21).
— The Straits Times

Singapore-Thailand Defense Relations in Focus with Air Force Chief Introductory Visit
The trip highlighted the ongoing activity in the security relationship between the two countries.
— The Diplomat

Prayut not qualified to helm Asean
As Thailand prepares take the helm of Asean for 2019, you would expect political parties to be promoting their platforms for regional leadership ahead of the upcoming election.
— ThaiVisa

Quota for raw tobacco imports in 2019 proposed
The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) is drafting a decree for imports of 56,284 tonnes of raw tobacco (HS code 2401) under a tariff quota in 2019.
— Viet Nam News

The School of Law building at Singapore Management University has won the Energy Efficient Buildings Award in the new and existing building category at the 2018 ASEAN Energy Awards for Sustainability Ceremony which was held during the 36th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting Official Dinner on 29 October 2018 in Singapore.

2018: Year of China military deployments in South China Sea – U.S. think tank
The year 2018 saw China enter into a new phase in its militarization of artificial islands in the South China Sea – the increased deployment of military vessels and equipment.
— Rappler


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Four charged in $1.1 million fraud case
Four suspects, including two men and two women, were charged yesterday by Phnom Penh Municipal Court for their involvement in cheating more than $1.1 million from a property businessman in 2017.
— Khmer Times

Government hits back at HRW Sokha accusations
The government on Friday responded to comments made by Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticising Cambodia national football team coach Keisuke Honda’s links to world-class human rights abuser Sao Sokha.
— Cambodia Daily

Handcuffs wait for Rainsy: PM
Prime Minister Hun Sen today challenged Sam Rainsy to return to the country to serve his sentences.
— Khmer Times

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Jakarta Police propose Rp 33 billion grant to procure cameras for ETLE system
The Jakarta Police have submitted to the city administration a proposal for a Rp 33 billion (US$2.2 million) grant to procure more CCTV cameras for the Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement (ETLE) electronic-based ticketing system.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia projects surplus in balance of payments in Q4
The trade deficit reached US$7.5 billion in the first 11 months of the year, but Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo has projected a balance of payment surplus in the fourth quarter of 2018.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian rescuers struggle against heavy rain to reach tsunami-hit villages
Heavy rain lashed fishing villages along the coast, muddying roads and holding up convoys delivering heavy machinery and aid to isolated areas while authorities urged residents to stay away from the shore in case of further waves.
— Reuters

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Govt places focus on tackling business constraints
Improving the investment climate, and building a state governed by the rule of law will be the main focus of government activities in the first month of 2019.
— Vientiane Times

PM calls for Poverty Reduction Fund to accelerate efforts
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has called on the Poverty Reduction Fund (PRF) to continue to help villagers rise above poverty after learning that a significant number of families remain impoverished.
— Vientiane Times

Yusen Logistics establishes new corporation in Laos
Yusen Logistics has established new corporation in Laos, People’s Democratic Republic, to meet the anticipated demand for logistics in the landlocked country.
— The Stat Trade Times

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Kuala Lumpur sees 0.6pct drop in residential prices in 12 months
Kuala Lumpur is one of the first tier cities that saw residential prices slip on annual basis, a report by Knight Frank showed.
— New Straits Times

RM40 electricity bill rebate for 185,000 poor households
The government has allocated RM80 million for monthly electricity bill rebates of RM40 each for 185,000 poor and hardcore poor households registered and verified under the e-Kasih system, effective Jan 1.

Total supply and use in Malaysia up 5.7% per year from 2010-2015
The total supply and use in the Malaysian economy grew 5.7% per year over five years, from RM2.7 trillion in 2010 to RM3.5 trillion in 2015.
— The Edge Markets

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UK to press for release of Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar
The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has pledged to make the fight to release of two Reuters journalists imprisoned by the Burmese government a top priority for the coming year.
— The Guardian

Average inflation rate accounts for 6.66 % in November this year
The average inflation rate accounted for 6.66 % in November and it also continued rising a little in October. The inflation rate increased for eight consecutive months during this year, said a source of Central Statistics Organisation.
— Eleven Media

Seoul welcomes start of construction of new bridge in Myanmar
South Korea’s presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, today welcomed the start of construction for a new bridge in Myanmar, saying it will help improve the livelihood of people in the Southeast-Asian nation and relations between the two countries.
— Malaysiakini

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Hot money seen to end ‘18 with net outlfow of $100 million
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said it expects foreign portfolio investments or hot money to end with a $100-million net outflow in 2018, lower than the shortfall of $800 million in 2017.

Signal No. 1 raised over 12 areas amid Usman threat
State weather bureau PAGASA raised Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 1 over 12 areas in the central Philippines early Thursday amid the threat of Tropical Depression Usman.
— ABS-CBN News

Remittances to hit past $31-B this year —solon
Remittances from overseas Filipinos are expected to hit more than $31 billion this year, Representative Henry Ong said, citing figures from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
— GMA News

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Money transfer sector heats up
The once-stodgy remittance market has burst into life as increasing numbers of companies – from start-ups to legacy banks – fight to get a slice of the booming market in international money transfers.
— The Straits Times

Singapore’s manufacturing output up 7.6% in November
Singapore’s manufacturing output increased 7.6 per cent year-on-year in November, the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) said on Wednesday (Dec 26), helped by a jump in pharmaceuticals output as well as strong expansion in the marine and offshore engineering cluster.
— Channel News Asia

Singapore capitalising on growing fintech remittance industry
New high-tech players with their low fees and virtually instant mobile transactions are shaping up as one of the most disruptive forces in the financial industry.
— The Straits Times

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Tourism arrivals in Thailand up 7.5% so far this year
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has announced the tourism figures for January-November 2018, providing an accurate indication of what the country can expect for year’s end numbers.
— The Thaiger

Thai border and cross border trade rises in value
The Department of Foreign Trade has reported a 5.81% increase in the value of border and cross border trade and expects that it will reach 1.6 trillion baht in 2019.
— NBT World (video)

SME bank to offer Bt40 bn in soft loans to freelance workers
The Small and Medium Enterprise Development Bank of Thailand (SME Bank) will support freelance workers with Bt10-billion in soft loans for taxi drivers and another Bt30-billion for borrowers of the Student Loan Fund (SLF) who want to work independently.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

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Ministry verifying Vietnamese tourists’ alleged fleeing in Taiwan
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) said on December 26 that it has asked relevant agencies to verify the report that 152 Vietnamese tourists fled in Taiwan.

Quota for raw tobacco imports in 2019 proposed
The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) is drafting a decree for imports of 56,284 tonnes of raw tobacco (HS code 2401) under a tariff quota in 2019.
— Viet Nam News

VNPT to spend $1 billion on MA
The Việt Nam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), the country’s largest telecom operator, plans to spend US$1 billion on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in technology enterprises.
— Viet Nam News

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