Asean morning news for September 10

Asean morning news for September 10

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu @stmarisewudolu

 

Change of chair will see the Anthem of Asean return to its roots (video)
When Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha assumes the role as Asean chair later this year the moment will be particularly poignant, the ‘Asean Anthem’ played at the proceedings being originally composed and written by Thais.
— AEC News Today (video)

Chinese poured $32.9 billion into Asia property last year, Thailand top destination
Mainland Chinese property buyers acquired real estate across Asia for $32.9 billion in 2017, up 352.4 per cent from $7.28 billion in 2016, a new report by Chinese property portal Juwai.com shows.
— Investvine

Rights issues from transborder investments in focus at forum
The ongoing 8th conference on business and human rights in Southeast Asia is focusing on the impact on human rights from transboundary investments.
— The Nation

Asean urged to join hands to cushion fallout from trade war
Asean has been urged to find ways for its member states to join hands together to cushion any possible fallout from the trade war between the United States and China.
— The Star Online

WWF report warns ASEAN banks
A new World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) report finds that ASEAN’s biggest banks are increasingly aware of the impact their businesses have on the environment and society, but are slow to act on the huge potential they hold in addressing climate change and financing sustainable food, energy and infrastructure systems in the region.
— Saigon Giai Phong

Food Safety In ASEAN: Pitfalls Of Complacency – Analysis
ASEAN food safety regulators may think it conservative to stick to testing for hazards in food, neglecting the need to base control in the notion of risk.
— Eurasia Review

PM gives guideline to fix labour shortage in fishing
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has given a guideline for authorities to address the labour shortage in the fishery sector, government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN Seeks Closer Ties With China Amid Rising Beijing-Washington Trade Tension
ASEAN is seeking to bolster ties with China as trade tensions between Beijing and Washington rise, Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said at a recent business conference in Singapore.
— Forbes

Export opportunities key agenda at World Economic Forum
The Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Michaelia Cash, will be leading the Australian delegation to the World Economic Forum on ASEAN, to be held on 11 13 September 2018 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam.
— Mirage News

80 startup companies to feature at World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Vietnam
Some of the most innovative start-up companies from the ASEAN region will be featured for the first time at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN here on Sept. 11-13, its organizers said here on Saturday.
— Xinhua

Indonesia Invites ASEAN to Develop Collective Outlook
Indonesia has invited ASEAN member countries to develop a collective outlook on the Asia Indo-Pacific concept, according to a written statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday.
— Tempo.co

ASEAN taxation cooperation via automatic information exchange
IN 2015, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint 2025 was adopted as part of the ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together plan.
— BusinessWorld Online

The cost of gender inequality
The Cambodian government is building a global textile industry on the backs of Cambodian women working the sewing machines on the garment factory floor.
— The Asean Post

How Asean can be resilient
As other powers rise, Asean is at risk of losing its collective commitment to a shared vision for the region and a common stance on geopolitical issues.
— Khmer Times

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Compiled by Michael Johansen @mfjohansen47

 

Cambodian opposition leader released but put under house arrest
The leader of Cambodia’s main opposition party, Kem Sokha, was released on bail on Monday, a government spokesman said, a year after he was jailed on treason charges.
Reuters

Floods to slam seven provinces
The Water Resources Ministry yesterday warned that seven provinces will face floods again this week.
Khmer Times

Cambodia juggles energy need V risk new Chinese dam could ‘kill the Mekong’
In June 2018, a leaked environmental impact assessment report on the proposed Sambor Hydropower Dam project in Cambodia revealed that constructing a dam at the proposed site could “literally kill the [Mekong] river”.
AEC News Today

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President Jokowi arrives in Seoul for two day visit
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana arrived in Seoul, Sunday evening, for a two day visit (Sept 10-11) aimed at strengthening economic and investment ties between Indonesia and South Korea.
— Antara

Indonesia detains vessel for smuggling fuel from Singapore
The Indonesian navy held a vessel illegally importing 5,000 tonnes of high-speed diesel – used as automotive fuel – from Singapore last week.
— Straits Times

Indonesia power project threatens Sumatra’s Tapanuli orangutans surviva (video)l
Teetering between life and death as a species, Sumatra’s recently discovered Tapanuli orangutans are facing constant threat of habitat loss, and survival. Comprising just 800, they are the world’s rarest species of great ape.
—AEC New Today (video)

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Thai-Lao business meeting to yield 62 million baht in trade
The latest Thai-Lao business matching conference will result in 62 million baht’s worth of two-way trade, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— Pattaya Mail

Thailand & Laos discuss reducing trade and investment barriers
Thailand and Laos have engaged in negotiations to reduce trade and investment barriers, with the aim of creating a logistics network that will boost bilateral trade to 11 billion US dollars by 2021, up from 6.1 billion dollars last year.
— News Today (video)

ADB, Laos partner to promote sustainable, climate-smart agribusiness
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Lao government on Thursday signed an agreement for a US$40.5 million grant for the Climate-Friendly Agribusiness Value Chains Sector Project, which will help farmers and agribusiness develop sustainable and climate-smart agriculture value chains.
— Vientiane Times

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Compiled by Sreypov Men @MenSreypov

 

Malaysian chilli producers consider filing anti-dumping petition
Malaysia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (MOA) will help local chilli producers submit a petition to the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) regarding the dumping of imported chilli into the Malaysian market.
— Channel NewsAsia

Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak wants S$39m seized in May returned
Former Malaysian premier Najib Razak wants the police to return the RM116.7 million (S$39 million) seized from premises linked to him in May, because no legal action has been taken regarding the funds in over three months.
— AsiaOne

Malaysia’s free bus service not for foreigners
Foreigners have failed in their attempt to get free rides on the city’s complimentary bus service, which is provided for the locals.
— The Nation

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Compiled by Joanne Encantador @encantador_jo

 

Jakarta Protesters Demand Release of Reuters Journalists Jailed in Myanmar
The jailing of two Reuters journalists who were investigating the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar has not only sparked public outcry in the Southeast Asian nation, but also triggered widespread protests by journalists around the world, including in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Globe

Bangladesh calls for pressure on Myanmar on Rohingya repatriation
Bangladesh’s prime minister urged the global community, including the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), on Sunday to increase pressure on Myanmar to ensure the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown.
— Reuters

Call for Myanmar to Act on Illicit Trade
The Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) called for Myanmar to urgently step up efforts to fight illicit trade, during a conference hosted by EuroCham Myanmar this month.
— The Maritime Executive

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Twin trips reap $143 million; Alliances renewed—Rody
President Rodrigo Duterte’s trip to Israel and Jordan reaped more than $143 million in investments expected to generate thousands of jobs, Malacañang said after the President arrived in Davao City Saturday.
— Manilastandard.net

GIR rises to $77.83B at end-August
THE country’s gross international reserves (GIR) rose to $77.83 billion as of end-August, higher than the $76.72 billion in July, but lower than the $81.51 billion recorded in August 2017, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has reported.
— Business Mirror

Philippines encourages families to donate organs of deceased relatives
The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines is encouraging families to consider organ donation of deceased relatives, including those who have been declared medically brain dead, to help others in need of transplantation.
— Xinhua

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Compiled by Joanne Encantador @encantador_jo

 

15,000 more pre-school places at PCF centres in the next 5 years: PM Lee
Speaking at the PAP Community Foundation’s (PCF) annual Family Day at Gardens by the Bay on Sunday (9 Sep), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong – who was Guest of Honour – noted that in the last three years, PCF Sparkletots has created close to 10,000 places across its childcare and infant care centres.
— Channel NewsAsia

Goodbye Merlion, hello Merli! SBT injects new life into old friend (video)
The Merlion has been a marketing symbol of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) since 1966, the lion-headed fish recognised internationally as representing Singapore. At 52 though, the Merlion is starting to show its age. Enter Merli.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Marital rape, voyeurism to become offences in ‘sweeping’ changes proposed for Singapore’s penal code
The abolishment of marital immunity for rape and the introduction of voyeurism as an offence form part of what Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam described as “sweeping” changes to Singapore’s penal code proposed by a review committee in its 500-page report.
— Channel NewsAsia

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Toxic farm chemicals take a toll on lives
THE effects of widely used farm chemicals have led to at least 1,715 deaths over the past three years.
— The Nation

Change of chair will see the Anthem of Asean return to its roots (video)
When Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha assumes the role as Asean chair later this year the moment will be particularly poignant, the ‘Asean Anthem’ played at the proceedings being originally composed and written by Thais.
— AEC News Today (video)

BBL reins in lending on housing glut
Bangkok Bank (BBL), the country’s largest lender by assets, has tightened both mortgage lending and refinancing for condominium projects to guard against risks amid an oversupply in some areas, says a high-ranking executive.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Vietnam denies human rights campaigner entry to World Economic Forum
Vietnam has refused entry to the Secretary General of the International Federation for Human Rights, Debbie Stothard, to attend the World Economic Forum to be held in the country next week, the Swiss-based international foundation said on Sunday (Sep 9).
— Channel NewsAsia

Vietnam mulls ban on raw mineral export
The Vietnamese Finance Ministry is proposing a sweeping ban on the export of raw minerals, while the government pays more attention to environment protection, and supports export of highly processed minerals that carry high added value, Vietnam News Agency reported on Sunday.
— Xinhua

Vietnam Orders Military Hardware From Russia For $1 Billion
Vietnam has placed orders for Russian weapons and military services worth more than $1 billion, Russia’s state news agency TASS reported, according to Reuters.
— Investvine

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