Asean morning news for April 22

Asean morning news for April 22

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu

 

Asean economic ministers to sign two documents for boosting services sector and investment
ASEAN CHAIR Thailand has lined up 13 ambitious goals to achieve regional integration as the 25th Asean Economic Ministers’ Retreat (AEMR) kicks off today in Phuket, where two pacts are set to be signed to enhance services trade and investment within the group.
— The Nation

Chinese firms to be pragmatic on political changes in SE Asia
Influenced by factors such as general elections, the political situation in Southeast Asia has entered a new round of instability in recent years.
— Global Times

ASEAN journalists in danger
Except for a few bright spots, press freedom in ASEAN continues to be a foreign concept.
— The Asean Post

Food wastage must stop
The ASEAN Post recently published an article about the fact that while a large portion of people – including children – in Southeast Asia are starving, tonnes of food is wasted every day.
— The Asean Post

Getting rich the Islamic way
In October last year, Brunei hosted the Brunei Islamic Capital Market (BICAM) Conference 2018, at the Rizqun International Hotel where more than a dozen international experts in Islamic finance met, deliberated and raised awareness on growing Islamic capital markets.
— The Asean Post

Brunei ranked 7 in ASEAN for broadband speed
Brunei was ranked seventh among Southeast Asian countries for fixed broadband speed for March this year.
— Brinkwire (media release)

2nd Belt and Road Forum hopes to focus on BRI’s multilateral approach
After the success of the first Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) in May 2017, China will host the second BRF under the theme “Belt and Road Cooperation: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future” later this month in Beijing.
— China.org.cn

Philippines pushes establishment of Asean privacy forum
The Philippines is co-leading the push for the establishment of a data privacy protection authority in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the head of the National Privacy Commission (NPC) said.
— The Philippine Star

The sad case of human rights in ASEAN
Human rights are fundamental to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, or religion.
— The Asean Post

AWS highlights the latest Cloud trends
Amazon.com’s Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) brought together thousands of tech experts from across the Asean region to share, learn and collaborate on the latest AWS features and services at the AWS Summit held here in the Lion City on April 10 and 11, 2019.
— The Manila Times

Market access on ASEAN pattern
Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Textiles Abdul Razzak Dawood revealed during the relevant National Assembly Committee’s meeting that China has agreed to allow market access to Pakistani exports on the pattern of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries.
— Business Recorder

Two-day Boao Forum for Asia conference kicks off in Manila
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte and Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be leading the Philippine delegation to the first Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) in Manila on Monday and Tuesday at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bonifacio Global City.
— BusinessWorld Online

Former Asean top official Rodolfo Severino, 82, dies
Respected diplomat and former Asean secretary-general Rodolfo Severino Jr died last Friday night, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has said.
— The Straits Times

Asians dip into Japanese-style hot spring baths
Japanese-style hot springs or onsen are bubbling up across East and Southeast Asia as Japanese companies and others tout the wonders of a good soak.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

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Cambodia considers complaint against European Union’s import duties
Cambodia is discussing with legal experts whether or not to file a complaint against the European Union’s decision to impose import duties on its Indica rice, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Shifts from Balanced Economic Approach to Dependent on China: US Embassy
The US Embassy Phnom Penh said Friday that Cambodia has shifted from a more balanced and diverse economic approach to one more dependent on China, according to the Embassy’s Facebook page earlier today.
— Fresh News

Chinese, US embassies trade barbs over trade relationship with Cambodia
The Chinese and the US embassies in Phnom Penh have traded barbs, with the latter saying that Cambodia’s trade relationship with China is heavily skewed in China’s favor.
— Khmer Times

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

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The easy decision for Indonesian farmers between palm oil and rice production
Many Indonesians remember a time of rice paddy fields with rows of women applying traditional cold powder on their face to avoid sunburn.
— East Asia Forum

What Does Jokowi’s Win Mean for Indonesia’s Economy?
The Indonesian president has made progress, but has unfinished business to complete in his probable second term.
— The Diplomat

Indonesia condemns deadly attacks in Sri Lanka
Indonesian government condemned on Sunday the deadly multiple attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that had killed at least 207 people.
— Xinhua

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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Champassak appeals for help after 22 houses gutted by fire
Champassak provincial authorities are continuing their appeal for money and construction equipment urgently needed by people in Naphoukham village, Xanasomboun district, after 22 houses were destroyed in a fire last week.
— Vientiane Times

Laos eyes increased exports to China
Lao exports to China are expected to increase to 1,510 million U.S. dollars in 2019, while imports will decline to 985 million U.S. dollars, according to the latest projections from the Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
— Brinkwire

Political will needed to tackle Laos’ public debt
The government has introduced several policies to strengthen public finance management, but the success of state intervention depends on political will and strong leadership, according to a flagship report from the Asian Development Bank.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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MAB targets 10 pct increase in domestic passengers load factor with new fares options
Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) is aiming about 10 per cent increase in domestic passenger load factor to 80 per cent this year driven by its newly introduced flexible fare options.
— New Straits Times

RM140m to transport goods to interior areas nationwide, says deputy minister
The government has allocated a total of RM140 million for the transportation of basic necessities to interior areas under the essential goods price standardisation programme nationwide.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia revives US$34 billion China-backed transport and property development project
Malaysia will revive a US$34 billion Chinese-backed transport and property development that was abandoned in 2017, the prime minister said Friday, adding the project would contribute to Beijing’s global infrastructure drive.
— Hongkong FP

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar economy losing momentum, IMF warns
The International Monetary Fund has warned that the Myanmar economy “appears to be losing momentum”, citing concerns over fallout from the Rakhine crisis and weaknesses in the banking sector.
— Myanmar Times

Jailed Reuters journalists wait final ruling in Myanmar
Myanmar’s highest court will make a rule on Tuesday on appeal by two jailed Reuters journalists imprisoned for reporting on extrajudicial killing of Rohingya muslims in western Rakhine state.
— Yenisafak

Foreign investments in Myanmar’s several sectors achieve over USD1.5B
More than USD.87 billion of foreign investments entered Myanmar’s sectors in first half of present fiscal year 2018-2019, according to the statistics from the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
— Menafn

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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DOF: P1.01B daily underspending in Q1 due to reenacted budget
The government was unable to spend more than P1 billion per day on public goods and services as it had ought to during the first quarter due to the budget impasse in Congress, according to the head of the Duterte administration’s economic team.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

NG’s Q1 budget gap down 41% to P90.2B
THE national government recorded a budget deficit of P90.245 billion for the first quarter of 2019, as expenditures outpaced revenues, but the gap was much lower than last year’s, according to data from the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr).
— Business Mirror

Virtual currency transactions double to $390 million in 2018
Transactions involving virtual currencies more than doubled last year despite several advisories issued by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) cautioning the public on the acquisition, possession and trading of virtual currencies, particularly bitcoins.
— The Philippine Star

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

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Singaporean blames social media for a lack of patriotic feeling among its citizens
A Singapore resident was lamenting on the current “sentiment” of many Singaporeans on how they look at their country and how they feel for the tiny-state.
— The Independent

Singapore in Talks With More Electric Car Companies After Dyson
Following Dyson Ltd.’s plans late last year to manufacture its first electric car in Singapore, the city-state is now in talks with other makers of green vehicles to set up shop on the island.
— Bloomberg

Can Singapore foster a coalition among opposition parties?
THERE seems to be a sense of cautious optimism at a coalition-building of opposition parties to take on the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP). Out of the 12 rival parties, the majority currently prefer to play low-key instead of formally beating their chests to announce what may well be the first-ever major alliance here.
— The Independent

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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Pheu Thai ready to form government after official poll results announced
The Pheu Thai party is ready to form a coalition government with its six allies once the Election Commission has announced the official results of the March-24 general election, said party secretary-general Phumtham Wechayachai today.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand to ban three kinds of plastic by end of this year
By the end of 2019 Thailand will be free from three types of plastic – microbeads, cap seals and oxo-degradable plastics.
— The Thaiger

PM2.5 levels surge in Chiang Rai
Haze pollution in the North resumed on Sunday when the level of harmful PM2.5 in Chiang Rai province was at again recorded at high levels, together with increasing levels of microparticles found in many provinces in the North.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Vietnam is experiencing a boom in mobile payments
Governments across Southeast Asia are pushing ahead with efforts to create cashless economies, with less developed countries such as Vietnam and Thailand leapfrogging richer ones like Singapore and Malaysia in electronic payments. Nikkei reports.
— Vietnam Insider

Hanoi helps bring farmers into 21st century with technology
Nguyen Duc Dan, Chairman of the Ba Trai Commune People’s Committee, cannot hide his happiness as he discusses his community’s strides in tea production.
— VNA NET

Will US-China Trade War Help or Hurt Vietnam?
Vietnam could be one of the biggest winners or biggest losers in a changing global economy. That finding comes from Moody’s Investors Services, a financial company.
— VOA

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