Asean morning news for August 22

Asean morning news for August 22

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu


ASEAN must mitigate war without weapons between US and China
As their trade and technology tensions spread into currency manipulation, the geostrategic rivalry between the U.S. and China is fast becoming a nonmilitary war.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Fake news: pangolin scales contain no tramadol – fact! (video)
For several years stories have circulated on the internet that pangolin scales contain Tramadol HCl, a substance binder particle found in psychotropic drugs such as methamphetamine.
— AEC News Today (video)

The fourth industrial revolution presents unique challenges for ASEAN’s universities
By the turn of the twentieth century, universities across Europe and the US were in trouble.
— Asean Today

More than 2,300 tigers killed and trafficked this century
More than 2,300 endangered tigers have been killed and illegally trafficked since the turn of the century, according to a report published Tuesday, urging more action to protect the giant cats.
— The Asean Post

East China province reports trade growth with ASEAN, B&R countries
East China’s Jiangsu Province reported steady trade growth with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as Belt and Road countries.
— Xinhuanet

Asean Banks Not Responding Fast Enough to Climate Change: WWF
Jeanne Stampe, head of Asia sustainable finance at WWF, discusses Asean banks and the organization’s sustainable banking assessment.
— Bloomberg (video)

Vietnam internet speed 10 times slower than Singapore
Internet speed in Vietnam is ranked 89th out of 207 countries and territories and far behind some of its regional peers, according to a survey.
— VnExpress International

Follow the money to south-east Asia
With the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) surpassing the US as China’s largest two-way trading partner in the first half of the 2019, ScoMo could be forgiven for being covetous of a piece of the region’s fast-growing economic pie.
— Financial Review

Most Asean banks recognise ESG risks and opportunities
Most banks in Asean now recognise the environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities lie within their own lending portfolios and can impact their businesses, said the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
— New Straits Times

Digital banks are coming to Southeast Asia
Five years ago, the idea of parking your money with a bank that has no physical branch whatsoever would have been considered crazy—but that’s changing as consumers throughout Asia Pacific are becoming familiar with digital banking.
— KrAsia

Sustainable Asean
AirAsia unveils a new ‘Sustainable Asean’ livery on its newest Airbus A320 in conjunction with Asean Day celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand.

Senior leaders of HCMC pay working visits to Singapore, Indonesia
A high-ranking delegation of Ho Chi Minh City led by Secretary of the city Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan began the working visits to Singapore and Indonesia on August 21.

Netflix to hold creative and digital workshops in Philippines, ASEAN
NETFLIX last week signed a pledge to partner with the World Economic Forum’s Digital ASEAN working group to the region develop creative and digital skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution via a series of trainings workshops.
— BusinessWorld Online

Southeast Asia’s Hidden Female Genital Mutilation Challenge
A dearth of data and transparency about female genital mutilation in Southeast Asia has stymied efforts to stop it.
— The Diplomat

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Compiled by Raksmey Khoem          @raksmey.aecnews


Tax Department Reminds Officers: Collect for State, not Yourself
Cutting down on corruption among tax officers has contributed to increasing tax revenues over the past five years, tax chief Kong Vibol said this week.

Laos urged to speed up energy transfer to Cambodia
Cambodia has asked Laos to speed up the transmission of energy to the kingdom under a deal signed earlier this year.
— Bangkok Post

Cambodia’s Last Tiger Dies
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Jasper, affectionately known as Map at Phnom Tamao. Rescued in 1998 from poachers as a cub he was believed to be the last remaining Indochinese Tiger from Cambodia’s forests.

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Indonesia’s plan for G-7 status is not bold enough
McKinsey has tipped Indonesia to reach Group of Seven status, having one of the world’s largest economies, by 2030.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Tax officers arrested after allegedly securing massive tax refunds for car dealer
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) says it has arrested four tax officials from the Taxation Directorate General (DJP) for allegedly forging the tax records of a luxury car dealer, which had secured the company more than Rp 7 billion (US$490,836) in tax refunds instead of paying its taxes.
— The Jakarta Post

Labor market reforms catch-22 for policymakers
As President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo presented his state of the nation address on the great future that lies ahead for the country’s human resources in front of lawmakers and policymakers at the House of Representatives last Friday, the events outside the complex were not so encouraging.
— The Jakarta Post

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Compiled by Raksmey Khoem           @raksmey.aecnews


Laos, Trying to Build Its Way to an Economic Boom, Could Be Sunk by Debt
Is Laos on the edge of an economic boom, or a bust? Six of the 11 countries in Southeast Asia have an external debt higher than the developing world average of 26 percent of gross national income,

Laos urged to speed up energy transfer to Cambodia
Cambodia has asked Laos to speed up the transmission of energy to the kingdom under a deal signed earlier this year.
— Bangkok Post

Ministry leaders comfort Chinese accident victims
The Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, along with deputy ministers and ministry officials, yesterday visited and encouraged Chinese tourists who were hospitalised after being injured in a bus accident on Monday.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Compiled by Sreypov Men           @MenSreypov


MACC unfreezes two CDS accounts belonging to Arul Kanda
The High Court was told today that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has unfrozen two Central Depository System (CDS) accounts belonging to former 1Malaysia Developement Berhad (1MDB) chief executive officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy yesterday.
— The Borneo Post

Fearing tobacco’s fate, Malaysian palm oil industry fights back
On the morning of February 26, executives from a Washington consultancy presented a strategy paper to some of the most powerful officials in the Malaysian palm oil industry.
— Malay Mail

HR Ministry sets out to get socio-economic impact data on foreign workers in Malaysia
The Human Resources Ministry is initiating a study of the social and economic impact of low-skilled foreigners employed in the country as their numbers near two million.
— Malay Mail

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Compiled by Sreypov Men           @MenSreypov


Over $100m earned from export of 400,000 tons of broken rice in 10 months
Myanmar exported over 400,000 tons of broken rice worth over US$100 million to 36 countries over the past 10 months with 50 percent of the total tonnage going to Belgium, according to Myanmar Rice Federation.
— Eleven Myanmar

‘Not without our rights’: Rohingya refugees refuse to return to Myanmar
Muslim Rohingyas housed in sprawling refugee camps in Bangladesh are refusing to return to Myanmar, United Nations and local officials have said.
— The Guardian

Rebel Strikes Cast Shadow on China’s BRI Projects in Myanmar
A series of recent clashes between the Myanmar Army and an alliance of ethnic armed groups in northern Shan State has raised concerns over the feasibility of Beijing’s push to implement the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), part of its region-wide Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
— Irrawaddy

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DA tightens swill feeding ban as mystery disease kills hogs
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is keen on disallowing the sale of swill feeds, which experts suspect as one of the possible causes of the abnormal hog deaths in backyard farms recently.
— Business Mirror

Government borrowings surge in 6 months
The national government’s borrowings surged by more than 82 percent to P840.84 billion in the first six months from P460.82 billion a year ago due to the higher volume of domestic and external securities issued during the period, according to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr).
— The Philippine Star

‘Lift Dengvaxia ban, but no mass vaccination’
An infectious disease expert from the University of the Philippines-Manila recommended yesterday the lifting of the ban on the use of Dengvaxia vaccine in private clinics, saying there is a testing tool available in the country to detect previous dengue infections.
— The Philippine Star

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Singapore mulls bonds, reserves for $100 billion climate fight
Singapore is weighing options including the issuance of government bonds to fund the $100 billion it could take to fight rising sea levels over the next century.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Calamity may come’ if Singapore doesn’t take care of its coastlines now: Masagos Zulkifli
The Minister for Environment and Water Resources also shared more on the citizens’ workgroup, saying one problem it will look at is how to increase the recyclability of neighbourhood blue bins.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore Leader’s Wife Defends His Seven-Figure Pay on Facebook
Ho Ching, who is married to Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, took to Facebook to defend her husband’s pay, which looks higher than those of many government leaders.
— Bloomberg

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Thai July exports unexpectedly rise 4.28% y/y on gold boost
Thailand’s customs-cleared exports unexpectedly rose in July for the first time in five months, up 4.28% from a year earlier, as gold shipments surged, the commerce ministry said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Thai Airways bans 2015-2017 MacBook Pros
Thai Airways International has banned passengers from taking some MacBook Pro notebooks distributed between 2015-17 on its flights.
— Bangkok Post

3kg of plastic found in dead wild deer
Ms. Chananya Kanchanasaka, a veterinarian at the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, posted on her Facebook page last night (Tuesday) photos of dead wild deer with bits and pieces of plastic waste, including a plastic fork, in total weighing 3kg found in the animal’s stomach.
— Thai PBS News

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Compiled by Sreypov Men           @MenSreypov


Vietnam named third most active startup ecosystem among ASEAN-6
The years of 2018 and 2019 have seen a new wave of Vietnam’s startups that raised US$50 million to $US100 million rounds for the first time.
— The Hanoitimes

Ministry proposes major solutions to fuel economy in central region
The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) proposed three large groups of solutions to boost economic development in the central region, during a conference held in Binh Dinh province on August 20.
— VietnamPlus

Vietnam slashes business license fee to spur economic growth
The new adjustment is revealed as part of a recently-released circular of the Ministry of Finance, prescribing the rates of charges for provision of enterprise information and fees for enterprise registration.
— The Hanoitimes

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