Asean morning news for November 26

Asean morning news for November 26

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu

 

Asean tackles actions on biodiversity and human health at Egypt meet
Addressing mental health and healthy aging through greening of cities; organizing information systems on diseases and state of biodiversity in emerging disease hot spots; and listing and mapping endangered medicinal and nutritional species were among the immediate joint interventions for human health and biodiversity recommended by officials and experts in both sectors from that the Asean member-states.
— Business Mirror

Drones to revive agro industry
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones are usually associated with military applications but they also have immense usefulness in agriculture.
— The Asean Post

Trade talks: Government study to weigh RCEP impact
Concerned over domestic resistance to the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, and pressured by RCEP partners to extend greater commitment to liberalise its goods trade, India has decided to conduct a study on potential gains or losses to its economy from such a regional trade pact.
— Financial Express

Green v black: Power struggle across Asean
South-east Asia, with over 600 million people, is investing heavily in electricity generation to fuel rapid economic growth and reduce poverty.
— The Straits Times (paywall)

Lao seeks India’s role in connectivity infra development in ASEAN countries
Lao has urged India to play a proactive role in the development of infrastructure in the ASEAN region to meet the target of digital connectivity between member states by 2020 and physical connectivity by 2025.
— Connected to India

Queensland Government expands its reach in Southeast Asia
The Palaszczuk Government has strengthened Queensland’s trade ties with Southeast Asia by launching an expanded trade and investment office in Singapore.
— Mirage News

Russia looks further east after Asean Summit
Russian President Vladimir Putin made his first-ever state visit to Singapore on November 13.
— Khmer Times

Can the public sector spearhead digital transformation?
In recent articles published in this column, we have highlighted the growing need for digital-ready leadership and the digital transformation of organizations.
— BusinessWorld Online

Preparing for ASEAN’s Future
Home to more than 630 million people with rapidly growing incomes, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has, over the years, become a powerful economic force and a major contributor to global economic growth.
— Brink Asia

 

 

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

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Water Festival attendance tops 4 million
The National Committee for Organising National and International Festivals reported that about 4.5 million people visited the Water Festival 2018 in Phnom Penh.
— Khmer Times

KNLF member looks to create political party
A Khmer National Liberation Front member released from prison on Tuesday after serving his 18-month sentence is now aiming to create a new political party and lobby the government to delist the group from its terror organisations list.
— Khmer Times

The end of the road for the Khmer Rouge tribunal
On Friday 16 November 2018 the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) handed down a guilty verdict against ageing former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan in what’s known as Case 002/02.
— New Mandala

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

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Indonesia exports 284.1-million-USD defence industrial products
The Defence Ministry of Indonesia said the export of defence industrial products brought home 284.1 million USD from 2015 to 2018.
— Vietnam Plus

Govt Increases Agricultural Efficiency by 48 Percent
The government has been able to increase agricultural efficiency by 48 percent over the past four years by encouraging agricultural modernization through agricultural tools and machinery (Alsintan) assistance.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia`s Target of Electrification Set at 99.9 Percent in 2019
The government has set target for Indonesian electrification ratio at 99.9 percent in 2019 with higher contribution of renewable energy.
— Tempo.co

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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Restructure the economy, expert advises
To ensure steady economic growth, Laos would be well advised to restructure the economy with a view to stability and sustainability and in ways that reverse the current slowdown, a top analyst has advised.
— Vientiane Times

KBank eyes business expansion in Laos
As part of the key strategy to expand businesses within AEC+3, KBank is now ready to tap into Lao PDR through numerous services and local partnership arrangements, the company said in a press release issued on Friday.
— The Nation

NA’s Members Urge Addressing Illegal Marriages
Members of the National Assembly have urged the government and its authorities to address social issues, including illegal marriages between Lao women and foreigners as this kind of crimes has made Lao women fall victim to human trafficking.
— KPL

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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Malaysia’s economic growth to quicken beyond 2020
Malaysia’s economic growth could accelerate beyond 2020 if commodities prices were to pick up on the back of a recovery in global economic growth.
— The Edge Markets

Malaysia to raise minimum bio content in biodiesel to 10% from Dec 1
Malaysia will increase the minimum bio content local producers must add to its biodiesel fuel for certain sectors to 10% from 7% starting on Dec 1.
— The Sun Daily

‘Export opportunities for chemicals and chemical products in Vietnam and Cambodia’
Malaysian companies are set to explore export opportunities for chemicals and chemical products in Vietnam and Cambodia through Malaysia External Trade Development Corp signature export promotion programme, Export Acceleration Mission.
— New Straits Times

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Five armed men of a drug caravan shot dead by troops near Myanmar border
Army troops have shot dead five armed men allegedly guarding a drug caravan near the Thai-Myanmar border in Mae Sai district of the northern province of Chiang Rai and seized about one million meth pills.
— Thai PBS World

Protest in Myanmar’s Rakhine state opposes Rohingya return
The demonstration comes 10 days after Bangladesh and Myanmar were supposed to officially start repatriating members of the Rohingya minority who had fled violent military operations in August 2017.
— Rappler

Reuters president calls for ‘immediate’ presidential pardon for two jailed journalists
Reuters is hoping an “immediate” presidential pardon can be arranged for its two journalists sentenced to 7 years of hard labor in September for violating the Official Secrets Act while reporting on the massacre of Rohingyas amid a government-backed crackdown.
— Coconuts Yangon

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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BSP plans P8-B sale of money printing complex
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is planning to sell its Security Plant Complex (SPC) in Quezon City where it prints banknotes, mint coins and refines gold.
— Manila Bulletin

Gov’t debt service bill rises 21% in Sept.
GOVERNMENT DEBT service increased in September, driven by higher interest payments to domestic lenders, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) said.
— BusinessWorld Online

Additional P150 B capital for BSP to enhance operations
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said the P150-billion additional capitalization is crucial in further enhancing the operations of the central bank.
— The Philippine Star

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

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100 staff to lose jobs as SilkAir shuts down regional offices
About 100 staff from SilkAir will lose their jobs over the next 20 months as the regional wing of Singapore Airlines (SIA) progressively shuts down its offices in 18 regional cities.
— Straits Times

No softening of anti-drug stance, says Amrin Amin
Repeat drug abusers who do not commit crimes might no longer face mandatory jail terms, but this does not mean that the authorities’ stance towards drugs has softened, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Amrin Amin.
— Straits Times

Singapore headline inflation unchanged at 0.7% in October, but core inflation creeps higher
Singapore’s headline inflation was unchanged in October from September, as private road transport costs again shrank year on year, but climbing electricity and gas prices are still putting the squeeze on consumers.
— The Straits Times

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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Construction of Thai-Chinese high-speed rail slated to begin next year
The government has ensured that the construction of the first phase of the remaining three sections of the Thai-Chinese high-speed rail between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima will begin in April next year.
— News Today (video)

Worry over worsening conflicts after EEC land use changes
LAND CONFLICTS are likely to worse in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), academics warn, because the revised city plans for the three provinces involved will enlarge the industrial zone and swallow vast swaths of farmland, displacing farmers.
— The Nation

Skilled foreign workers needed in Thailand
A Thai academic says the nation needs to attract skilled foreign workers to work in the country, especially in the industrial technology sector, to overcome a shortage of skilled-workers.
— News Today (video)

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Foreign investors push Vietnam among top five for private participation in infrastructure
Vietnam’s commitment to reducing its reliance on coal-fired power and to dealing with environmental issues has resulted in an increased focus on investment in the renewable-energy sector.
— Hanoi Times

Vingroup to invest $51 million in Hanoi smart electronics plant
Vingroup is expected to invest VND1.2 trillion ($51.38 million) in a “Smart Electronics Factory” that will produce smartphones as its first products next year.
— VnExpress

High fertiliser prices hurt farmers
Fertiliser prices have increased more than 30 per cent from a year ago, causing difficulties for farmers.
— Viet Nam Net

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