Asean morning news for April 11

Asean morning news for April 11

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu

 

Indonesia, M’sia and Singapore shine as top halal travel destinations
Indonesia has for the first time joined Malaysia to take up the top spot on the Mastercard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2019, while Singapore retained its premier position as the top Muslim-friendly non-Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) destination for Muslim travellers.
— TTG Asia

Indonesia proposes use of local currencies for internal ASEAN transactions
Bank Indonesia (BI) has proposed the use of local currencies for internal trade transactions within ASEAN countries to reduce dependency on the US dollar.
— The Jakarta Post

Meth Use Rising in Myanmar, Thailand, Southern China: Report
The use of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) is on the rise across Myanmar, Thailand and southern China, according to a new report by the Netherlands-based Transnational Institute (TNI).
— The Irrawaddy

Death penalty: as world executes fewer prisoners, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand are killing more
The world may be turning its back on the death penalty, according to report by Amnesty International, but Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand are going in the other direction.
— South China Morning Post

ASEAN, China enhance multifaceted cooperation
The 20th ASEAN-China Joint Cooperation Committee (ACJCC) Meeting took place in Jakarta on April 9.
— Vietnam Plus

Activists to ask Brunei envoy for repeal of full Sharia law
Local activists have requested a meeting with the Brunei ambassador over the tiny nation’s endorsement of full Sharia law on April 3, according to which homosexual sex is punishable with death by stoning.
— Bangkok Post

As the South China Sea dispute heats up, China must not belittle Duterte’s hand of friendship
One of the more successful regional relationships that China has pursued in the past few years is with the Philippines.
— South China Morning Post

Indonesia Urged To Follow Leading ASEAN Exporters In Manufacturing
Indonesia is growing its export activities but still lacks authority in manufacturing exportation, unlike three export leaders in ASEAN exporting, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam, the National Development Planning Minister, Bambang Brodjonegoro, said.
— Business Times

‘Mekong water level in Kratie set to decrease’
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) said on Monday that the river’s water level in Kratie province is expected to decrease by 50cm to 1.5m from April 12-19, as the outflow from China’s Jinghong hydropower station is gradually reduced by half to accommodate the Dai ethnic group’s celebration of the Water Splashing Festival.
— The Phnom Penh Post

IRRI, partners to transform Asean rice-fish systems
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), WorldFish and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) signed a five-year tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday, providing the framework for cooperation on research for development (R4D) initiatives focused on the sustainable intensification and management of rice-fish production systems in irrigated landscapes and wetlands in Southeast Asia.
— The Manila Times

Bridging the gap in social protection and socio-economic policies in Asean
On paper, the Philippines and other Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) are all committed to the protection of their citizens against social and economic risks.
— Business Mirror

Uniting ASEAN against EU
We call on ASEAN leaders to form a united front as a regional grouping to demonstrate full support to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who have signed and sent a joint letter to officially protest the European Union’s plan to remove palm oil from its market.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

ASEAN reintroduces online trade consultancy service
The ASEAN Secretariat reintroduced on Tuesday its ASEAN Solutions for Investments, Services and Trade (ASSIST) program, which manifests as a website where companies can submit questions and complaints related to intra-regional trade.
— The Jakarta Post

Small firms in Vietnam, Indonesia most optimistic about 2019: survey
SMALL businesses in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines did the best in 2018 and are most optimistic about 2019, according to a survey of small firms across 10 Asia-Pacific markets, released on April 10.
— The Business Times

Grab plans aggressive investments
Singapore-based Grab Holdings Inc, a leading Southeast Asian app, has announced plans for rapid expansion in the region, including raising US$6.5 billion (Bt207 billion) in total capital by the end of this year.
— The Nation

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Piseth Pov          @piseth6666

 

EU’s EBA issue ‘based on politics’
I read with great interest the letter to the Editor from Mr Arnaud Darc, CEO of Thalias Hospitalty Group, Phnom Penh, presenting well-rounded analysis of the application and implementation of the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme for Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Government-funded business startup centre launched
The Techo Startup Centre was officially launched on Monday to support young entrepreneurs and aid government plans to transform Cambodia into a digital economy.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian Rice to EU Decreases 32%
Cambodia exported 51,550 tons to EU within the first three months of 2019, decreased by 32 per cent compared to 76,760 tons of the same period in 2018, according to Secretariat of One Window Service for Rice Export’s report released on Wednesday.
— Fresh News

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

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Indonesia, M’sia and Singapore shine as top halal travel destinations
Indonesia has for the first time joined Malaysia to take up the top spot on the Mastercard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2019, while Singapore retained its premier position as the top Muslim-friendly non-Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) destination for Muslim travellers.
— TTG Asia

Indonesia Seeks Investment From Carmakers For E-Vehicles
The Indonesian government is seeking investment from Renault and Volvo to make electric vehicles as the country targets battery-powered automobiles to account for a quarter of the production by 2030, The Jakarta Post wrote.
— Investvine

Indonesia named as the world’s best halal tourist destination
Indonesia has been named as the world’s best halal tourist destination based upon Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2019, outclassing 130 destinations across the world.
— Antara News

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu

 

China to assist 30 Lao villages to improve infrastructure
China will assist 30 villages in northern Laos’ Luang Prabang Province and central Vientiane Province to improve infrastructure.
— Global Times

Border trade, price checks to continue over Lao New Year
THE price of food products will be controlled during the Lao New Year (Pi Mai Lao) holiday and all international borders will continue their import and export services over this period.
— The Phnom Penh Post

‘Mekong water level in Kratie set to decrease’
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) said on Monday that the river’s water level in Kratie province is expected to decrease by 50cm to 1.5m from April 12-19, as the outflow from China’s Jinghong hydropower station is gradually reduced by half to accommodate the Dai ethnic group’s celebration of the Water Splashing Festival.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men           @MenSreypov

 

Malaysia former first lady hit with fresh corruption charge
The wife of Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak was hit Wednesday with a new corruption charge over a solar energy contract.
— CTV

Malaysia announces $2.1b bailout for state-owned land development agency Felda
Malaysia announced Wednesday (April 10) it would provide RM6.23 billion (S$2.1 billion) in financial aid for state-owned national land development agency Felda, as part of measures to revive the debt-ridden organisation.
— The Straits Times

Almost all bosses in Malaysia adhering to RM1,100 minimum wage
ALMOST all employers in the country have complied with the minimum wage policy of RM1,100, says Datuk Mahfuz Omar.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar rebels storm police base in Rakhine state amid fresh clashes in temple town
Arakan Army rebels overran a police base in Rakhine state, killing two officers and one of their wives, the Myanmar government said on Wednesday, as fresh fighting broke out in a historic Buddhist temple town popular with tourists.
— Reuters

UNESCO prize for Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) congratulates Burmese journalists Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone on today’s announcement that they are to be awarded UNESCO’s Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize and reiterates its call for their immediate release.
— Yubanet

Myanmar and Thailand to utilise blockchain technology
This week, the Myanmar and Thai central banks approved the Krungthai and Shwe remittance project developed by Everex. The endorsement was made official at a meeting in Chiang Rai, Thailand, where financial institutions in the region demonstrated new solutions that enable cross-border payments.
— Mizzima

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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‘Almost an invasion’: Protesters in Philippines slam Duterte for weak response over disputes in South China Sea
Protesters descended on the Chinese embassy in Manila on Tuesday to oppose China’s growing sway in the Philippines, as tensions continue to rise over Beijing’s presence in the contested South China Sea.
— South China Morning Post

January FDI inflows dipped 38% to $609 million
Net inflows of foreign direct investments fell 38.2 percent in January 2019 to $609 million from $986 million a year ago on lower equity capital placements, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said Wednesday.
— Manilastandard.net

NG investments surge to record 5.4% of GDP
Investments made by the national government (NG) surged to P940.4 billion last year, which at 5.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) was the highest in the country’s history, the Finance department said on Wednesday.
— The Manila Times

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

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Singapore startup scores US$45m investment
An Asian rewards app that works with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and major online brands has
— The Star Online

Singapore-developed cooling suit lowers body temperature in half the time: Study
A wearable cooling device that can help protect a patient’s brain and other vital organs following a cardiac arrest has been developed by doctors from Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and an industry partner, Global Healthcare SG.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore tops list of global maritime capitals for fourth time in a row
Singapore has been ranked the world’s top maritime capital for the fourth consecutive time in the Leading Maritime Capitals of the World (LMC) report.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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One person leaps to death after blaze breaks out at busy Bangkok shopping centre: police
Two people were killed, including a person who jumped to their death, and more than a dozen were injured after a fire broke out at one of Bangkok’s busiest shopping malls on Wednesday evening, officials said.
— SCMP

Probe begins into fatal CentralWorld blaze
Authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of a fire at the CentralWorld shopping complex in the Ratchaprasong area yesterday evening that claimed two lives.
— Bangkok Post

Post-poll woes hit investor confidence
Investor confidence for the three months to June has dropped by more than 17%, falling back into neutral territory as post-election government stability proved to be the biggest drag.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Vietnam’s growing demand for energy
With a rapidly growing economy, Vietnam is facing an increase in energy demand which is forecasted to grow 10 percent annually. The Vietnam Energy Outlook Report 2017 released by the Vietnamese government in collaboration with the Danish Energy Agency states that electricity demand is expected to grow eight percent annually until 2035.
— Asean Post

Vietnam’s top telecom to adopt ‘self-developed’ 5G tech
Viettel Group, Vietnam’s largest mobile telecom operator, intends to use its own core technology to build a fifth-generation network as the state-owned company prepares to launch ultrahigh-speed wireless services by 2021.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

New regulations on use of foreign currencies in Vietnam
The State Bank of Vietnam recently issued Circular No. 03/2019/TT-NHNN on amending and supplementing a number of articles of Circular No. 32/2013/TT-NHNN guiding the implementation of regulations on restricting the use of foreign currencies across the Vietnamese territory.
— Vietnam Insider

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