Asean morning news for December 12

Asean morning news for December 12

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Hague hearing marks monumental effort for justice: ASEAN
The cycle of violence against ethnic and religious groups in Myanmar will never end without accountability for the systematic killings, rape, sexual violence and other atrocities committed against the Rohingya, said Thailand’s former MP and Board Member of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) Kasit Piromya.

China backs down on international waters dispute as Beijing vows to abide by UN sea law
CHINA has signalled it is willing to abide by international sea law with an announcement that its scientific researchers must get permission before working in foreign waters.

ADB Trims Southeast Asia’s growth forecast to 4.4%
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has trimmed its forecasts for economic growth in developing Asia this year and next year as growth in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and India is weighed down by both external and domestic factors.
— Thailand Business News

South China Sea crisis: Beijing’s monstrous ‘island fortresses’ sparking US fury exposed
SOUTH CHINA SEA claims from countries in southeast Asia have sparked political tension and ongoing disagreements over how the territory should be divided, and this has also led to a rampant militarisation of the region by China in the form of monstrous bases.

WWF Calls on ASEAN Banks to Act on Climate Risks
Financial regulators and banking associations across Southeast Asia have «significantly» increased their expectations for banks to integrate environmental and social (E&S) considerations into their business strategy and operations, but banks must do more to protect the financial sector against such risks, World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) Singapore said in a new report published on Tuesday.

Digital financial services to contribute 5% to revenue in Southeast Asia — BNM
Digital financial services in Southeast Asia is estimated to contribute about 5% of the total revenue of the region’s financial sector this year, said Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).
— The Edge Markets

Curtain falls on SEA Games 2019 with exuberant closing ceremony
The curtain came down on the 30th SEA Games on Wednesday night (Dec 11) with an exuberant closing ceremony at the New Clark City Athletic Stadium.

South China Sea tensions rise as Beijing refuses to back down on its territorial claims
The People’s Republic says that the entire waterway up to the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan belongs to them, a claim rejected by an international court of arbitration in 2016.

Greenpeace report says forced labor persists in Southeast Asia fishing sector
Slavery continues to plague the fishing sector in Southeast Asia, according to a new report from Greenpeace Southeast Asia.
— SeafoodSource

Realising the potential of Asean’s digital workforce
AS we head into 2020, a decade of change and transformation is upon us, one that is underpinned by the growing importance of data.
— The Business Times

ASEAN to take immediate steps to combat drought in SE Asia
ASEAN-member countries have vowed to take immediate action to resolve problems caused by worsening drought in Southeast Asia, especially in Việt Nam’s Mekong Delta region, which is especially susceptible to global warming.
— Reliefweb

ASEAN countries attend workshop on radio programing in Laos
A number of media professionals from ASEAN countries discussed and exchanged the best practices in radio programing at a two-day workshop in Lao capital Vientiane.

As Grab expands to food and finance, its transport business is no longer driving most of its growth
Despite being known mainly as a ride-hailing company, Grab’s transport business is no longer the key driver of its growth.
— South China Morning Post

The changing focus of mobile commerce in Southeast Asia
The mobile commerce landscape in South East Asia has been growing, and how.
— e27

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Cambodia PM dismisses EU sanctions threat, says Brexit will limit impact
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday (Dec 11) dismissed a threat from the European Union (EU) to halt special trade privileges with the Southeast Asian country over human rights, saying Britain’s exit from the bloc will ease the pain of sanctions.

From Brazil to Cambodia, Conflicts Flaring Over Land, Water
Conflicts over land and water flared across the world this year amid greater competition for resources and increasing hostility towards farmers and indigenous people, according to two reports published Tuesday.
— VOA 

PM Hun Sen: Government Takes Measures on RFA Journalist over Pornography, Not Publications
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen strongly denounced the allegations made by the oppositions, accusing the Royal Government of oppressing right to freedom of press following the arrests of reporters of Radio Free Asia (RFA).
— Fresh News 

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


World Bank Says Indonesia Forest Fires Cost $5.2 Billion in Economic Losses
The total damage and economic loss from forest fires in Indonesia this year amounted to at least $5.2 billion (4.05 billion pounds), equal to 0.5% of gross domestic product, the World Bank said in a report on Wednesday.
— The New York Times

Nadiem’s First Big Surprise: Abolish National Exam
Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim confirmed on Wednesday the national exam in 2020 will be the last and the government will introduce a new system to assess students.
— Jakarta Globe

Investment shortfalls cause 30% drop in nickel smelter construction by 2022
Less than a month before Indonesia bans the export of raw nickel ore, the Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry has lowered its projections for nickel and bauxite smelter construction by 2022 because of investment shortfalls.
— The Jakarta Post

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Lao statistics bureau researches growth of youth population
Lao Statistics Bureau is researching to estimate the growth rate of the youth population from 2015-2035 as a valuable data to assist the country’s socio-economic development plans.
— Xinhua

Laos promotes investment in nutrition at local level
Laos will continue to promote investment in nutrition at the local level to create communities that can sustainably produce and have access to nutritious food.

Indonesia and Laos Sign MoU on Defense Cooperation
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto and his Laotian counterpart Gen. Chansamone Chanyalath signed a memorandum of understanding on a new defense cooperation in Jakarta on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe 

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Azmin: Economic Affairs Ministry allocated RM120m for upgrading of court buildings
The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MEA) has allocated RM120 million for upgrading and repair work at court buildings throughout the country.
— Malay Mail

MTUC Sarawak backs Industrial Relations Act amendments despite objections at national level
Malaysian Congress Trade Union (MTUC) Sarawak fully supports the proposed Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2019 because it contains improvements for workers, its secretary general Andrew Lo said.
— The Borneo Post

Dozens more Chinese arrested in Malaysia’s Ipoh for online scam
Nearly three weeks after the massive bust in the Malaysian city of Putrajaya of an online scam syndicate believed to be run by Chinese nationals, a similar operation has been smashed in Ipoh, resulting in the arrest of 40 Chinese nationals.
— South China Morning Post

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U.S. slaps sanctions on Myanmar military chief over Rohingya atrocities
The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military leaders, including the commander-in-chief, in the toughest action taken yet by Washington for alleged human rights abuses against the Rohingya and other minorities.
— Reuters

Fleeing Rohingya on trial in Myanmar for ‘illegal travel’
Dozens of Rohingya Muslims appeared in a Myanmar court on Wednesday to face charges of travelling illegally after they were arrested while fleeing apartheid-like conditions in the country’s Rakhine state.
— Trust

UK to still fund Myanmar camps despite fears of ‘apartheid-like’ conditions
Humanitarian agencies say Rohingya people displaced by violence in Rakhine state are forced to live under severe restrictions.
— The Guardian

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Bicam approves P4.1-trillion 2020 national budget
The bicameral conference committee on Wednesday, December 11, approved the panel report on the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020.
— Rappler

Scrapping economic restrictions in Charter pushed
The Inter-Agency Task Force Constitutional Reform (CORE) has received the support of the Department of Finance (DOF) in pushing for the removal of economic restrictions in the Constitution including the ban on foreign investments in some industries.
— Manila Bulletin

Global slowdown spoils Duterte’s 8% GDP growth dream
The country’s economic growth is unlikely to hit an all-time high of 8% anytime soon, as global forces slap President Rodrigo Duterte’s economic team with a reality check.
— Rappler

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Singapore’s 2019 growth forecast raised to 0.7%: MAS survey
The Singapore economy is expected to grow 0.7 per cent this year, according to private-sector economists polled in a quarterly survey by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Wednesday (Dec 11).

Blood donations needed in Singapore as stock for all blood groups fall to low levels
Calling for blood donors – Singapore’s stock for all blood groups, in particular type O blood, has fallen to low levels.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Wow! Watch Singapore Changi Airport’s incredibly polite baggage system (video)
Frequent travellers are all too familiar with the sight of expensive travel luggage being banged around on airport baggage carousels.
— AEC News Today

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Another day of infamy for the EC – Piyabutr
Future Forward party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul has called the Election Commission’s (EC) decision to ask the Constitutional Court to dissolve the Future Forward party “another day of infamy” for this independent organization.
— Thai PBS News

Finance minister assures Thai economy not critical, just slowing down
Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana reaffirmed today that the Thai economy this year is just slowing down and is not in a critical situation, with the likelihood that it will pick up next year.
— Thai PBS News

South sea turtle deaths spark alarm
Marine debris has been blamed after 13 sea turtles were found dead in the sea and on the beaches of southern provinces over the past week.
— Bangkok Post

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ADB revises up Vietnam’s GDP growth forecast amid dim outlook for Asia
In contrast to Vietnam’s positive outlook, the ADB has trimmed its forecasts for economic growth in developing Asia this year and next year.
— The Hanoitimes

Vietnam’s Richest Man Bets $2 Billion to Sell VinFast Cars to Americans
The billionaire behind six-month-old Vietnamese auto startup VinFast plans a feat even Toyota Motor Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co. couldn’t pull off during their early days: sell a car in the U.S.
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnam’s SOE privatization meets just 28% of target
In 2019, nine state firms were supposed to proceed with privatization, but only three in the prime minister-approved list for privatization completed the process.
— The Hanoitimes

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