Asean morning news for December 13

Asean morning news for December 13

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

Fears Polio Spreading in Southeast Asia as Malaysia Case Emerges
Malaysia has confirmed its first case of polio in almost three decades, sparking fears that the disease is spreading across the region after the Philippines declared an epidemic in September.
— Bloomberg

Delhi forums chance for ASEAN to sway India to rejoin RCEP
Regional dialogues on Indo-Pacific cooperation set to be held in New Delhi this weekend will provide ASEAN countries with an opportunity to persuade India to rejoin a landmark trade deal it walked away from last month.India will host the sixth Indian Ocean Dialogue and the 11th Delhi Dialogue on Friday and Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

Shifting into the era of the Indo-Pacific
The term Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) has garnered momentum in capitals and regions around the world, including Tokyo, Ottawa, Canberra, Washington and ASEAN.
— The Japan Times

US, Japan aim to promote defence policy to Asean countries
THE Indo-Pacific strategy was intended to be headed by the US and Japan to promote defence policy to the South-East Asian countries, especially in light of maritime territorial disputes between China and the region.
— The Malaysian Reserve

$17.8t worth of investment potential in Asia-Pac’s green building sector by 2030: IFC
THE green building sector in East Asia Pacific and South Asia is projected to hold $17.8 trillion worth of investment opportunities by 2030, according to a report by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.
— The Business Times

Letter to editor: Japan mission to ASEAN responds
With regard to the Dec. 4 article titled “RCEP is about ASEAN’s initiative, not China’s” by Rocky lntan, I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate the government of Japan’s unwavering commitment to realizing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
— The Jakarta Post

Private capital trumps public markets in SEA as PE/VC deals hit record
The Southeast Asian region’s dealmaking landscape this year has been characterised by the mega, private fundraising rounds of tech unicorns.
— Deal Street Asia

S. Korea to allow visa-less foreigners to stay up to 72 hours at regional airports
South Korea announced a package of policy measures, including the expansion of a visa-free stay program, on Thursday to help the country’s flourishing tourism trickle down to smaller regional provinces.
— Yonhap News Agency

Helping small businesses in Asia-Pacific go beyond surviving disasters to thriving
With strong support from the ARISE networks in Japan, India and the Philippines, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction organized a consultative workshop to identify pathways to help build the business resilience of micro, small and medium enterprises in Asia-Pacific.
— Reliefweb

Southeast Asia’s rivers under threat
From rivulets to regionwide river channels, the Southeast Asian region hosts dozens of rivers.
— The Asean Post

PH, DepEd to host 2020 ASEAN School Games in Dumaguete City
The Department of Education (DepEd) formally announced that the Philippines will be hosting the 12th ASEAN Schools Games (ASG) in Dumaguete City next year.
— Manila Bulletin

Boosting maritime domain awareness in Southeast Asia
Promoting maritime domain awareness has become an increasingly high priority area for many Southeast Asian governments.
— The Strategist (blog)

ASEAN Issues
ASEAN is facing several issues at present but I would like to highlight on 3 for this article: human rights; territorial disputes; and the recent Indonesian haze.
— Panay News

‘Korea not properly teaching history of Southeast Asia, India’
Despite government efforts to form strategic partnerships with ASEAN member nations and India, Korean education about these nations was found to be inaccurate and insufficient, a report showed, Wednesday.
— The Korea Times

Asean needs to tackle hunger issue
A segment of people in Southeast Asia is suffering from hunger, according to the Global Hunger Index (GHI) survey this year.
— News Straits Times

Mekong Film and Outreach Festival
The great Mekong is regarded as the longest river in Southeast Asia and also the most resourceful in the region.
— Khmer Times

Ingram Micro showcases 15 innovative ISVs in ASEAN
Fifteen independent software vendors (ISVs) from across ASEAN and Hong Kong are preparing to compete on the world stage after being recognised as finalists in Ingram Micro’s global Comet Competition.
— Channel Asia Singapore

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

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Cambodia Responds to EU over Human Rights Concern
Cambodia’s government said on Thursday it had responded to the European Union over human rights and political concerns and urged the bloc to consider that nearly one million female workers would be affected if it suspended trade benefits.
— VOA 

Ministries Must Monitor for Cheap Rice Price, Hun Sen Says
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday ordered government ministries to monitor rice millers to ensure that they used government-funded loans to help rice farmers profit rather than lower the price of rice, following the announcement of a $50-million government rice subsidy last week.
— VOD 

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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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

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Indonesia’s mobile ads record highest growth rate in the world
With 64 percent of its total population connected to the internet as of last year, Indonesia is likely to become the country with the third-largest number of smartphone users, at 410 million, by 2025, making it a huge market for mobile advertising, according to recent research.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia urged to retaliate ‘deadly’ EU biodiesel tariffs
Indonesian biodiesel and palm oil producers are pressuring the government to be up in arms following the European Union’s five-year biodiesel tariffs, which took effect on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Attacks against journalists spill over into digital sphere
International and local media observers and practitioners have warned of a shift in the nature of threats against journalists despite a decreasing number of cases of physical violence in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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Laos to improve quality of labor data collection
Laos hopes to increase the quality of data both of local and foreign laborers in the country, as well as Lao laborers working abroad.
— Xinhua 

Vientiane authorities get motoring on electric tricycle inspections
Vientiane authorities will begin stricter checks on electric tricycles and motorcycle sidecars in the capital with more illegally making their way onto the city’s streets.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Foreign affairs officials discuss plans amid changing global environment
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday officially kicked off its 14th meeting, aiming to review and approve a new working plan to cope with the changing global environment.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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Govt maintains 4.8% GDP target for 2020: Guan Eng
The government will stick to its initial 4.8% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth target for 2020 despite the World Bank having revised its forecast to 4.5%.
— The Sun Daily

Sabah MTUC denies Kula’s claim that it supports amendments to IR Act
The Sabah Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has denied Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran’s claim that the state chapter was agreeable to the amendments to the Industrial Relations Act 1967.
— The Star Online

Report: Malaysia registered companies to declare beneficial owners from next year
All companies registered in Malaysia will soon be required to submit information on their beneficial owners to the Companies Commission Malaysia (CCM), a news report said.
— The Borneo Post

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar’s Rohingya say ‘world will judge’ Suu Kyi’s denial of genocide
Rohingya refugees have hit back at Aung San Suu Kyi’s claims at the international court of justice in testimony on Wednesday after she denied that Myanmar’s armed forces were guilty of genocide against the Muslim minority.
— The Guardian

Local non-profit to offer drug counselling online
A local non-governmental organisation (NGO) will offer online counselling for drug addicts in seven townships, the group said.
— Myanmar Times

EU preparing to revoke Myanmar GSP: UMFCCI
The European Union (EU) may be preparing to revoke the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) status granted to Myanmar, according to U Zaw Min Win, chair of Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI).
— Myanmar Times

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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Duterte won’t allow unconstitutional provisions in 2020 budget
There is no room for unconstitutional provisions in the proposed PHP4.1-trillion national budget for 2020, Malacañang said on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

DOJ: Conviction rate in human trafficking cases up 95% in 2018
Data from the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking showed that 119 cases of human trafficking resulted in conviction in 2018, putting into justice 95 perpetrators.
— GMA Network

Makabayan bloc seeks probe into huge SEA Games budget
The Makabayan bloc has sought an investigation into the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, which hiked the average budget of the Philippine Sports Commission to P5 billion, or more than 20 times its average.
— GMA Network

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Singapore climbs 2 spots to become 7th most expensive city in Asia for expats; Hong Kong at No. 3
The Republic climbed five spots to become the 13th most expensive city in the world for expatriates.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore retail sales down for 9th month in October with steeper 4.3% decline
RETAIL sales fell for the ninth straight month in October, coming in below market expectations, even as, in a blow to demand outlook, separate government data showed signs of a weaker labour market.
— The Business Times

Unemployment rate inches up to 2.3%, even as total employment grows in Q3
The overall unemployment rate in Singapore inched up slightly in the third quarter of this year, even as total employment growth more than tripled from the previous quarter.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ

 

Premchai’s jail term increased in black-leopard case
The Appeal Court on Thursday increased the prison sentence handed down to construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta to three years and two months for illegal possession of wildlife carcasses and firearms in a national park, and poaching.
— Bangkok Post

Mentally Ill Man Cleared of Lese Majeste, Gets 3 Years for Cybercrime
A man diagnosed with mental illness on Thursday was convicted of violating the Computer Crime Act, but acquitted of a more serious crime under royal defamation.
— Khaosod English

Excessive fine dust detected in 40 areas of Bangkok and suburbs today
Excessive PM2.5 dust particles have been detected in 31 areas of Bangkok and in nine areas in surrounding provinces today.
— Thai PBS News

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Hanoi aims to excel in socio-economic performance in 2016 – 2020: Mayor
On the back of the estimated GRDP growth rate of 7.46% in 2019, a four-year high, Hanoi targets the GRDP in 2020 to grow at least 7.5% onwards.
— The Hanoitimes

Vietnam’s Nghi Son refinery produces 4.6 mln tonnes in first year
Vietnam’s Nghi Son oil refinery (NSRP) has produced 4.6 million tonnes of petroleum fuel in its first year of commercial operation, reducing the country’s reliance on foreign petroleum imports, the company said on Thursday.
— Hellenic Shipping News

As World Shifts Away from Meat, Pork Shortage Worries Vietnam
Vietnam is being hit by a pork shortage, brought on by the scourge of swine fever and the U.S.-Chinese trade war, just before Tet, the Lunar New Year — a holiday in which pork plays a key role — approaches.
— VOA

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