Asean morning news for December 18

Asean morning news for December 18

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Watch SpaceX launch Kacific1 into orbit to bring internet to mlns in the AP (video)
Singapore-based Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) has announced the successful launch of its Kacific1 communications satellite.
— AEC News Today

Public attitudes towards migrant workers in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand
Public support for migrant workers remains limited in key destination countries of Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, a recent report by ILO and UN Women reveals.

Experts Say Mekong’s New Sky-Blue Color Could Be Worrying Sign
Experts say a recent change in the color of the Mekong River – from yellowish-brown to sky-blue – could be a worrying sign.

Thai-led bloc ‘in good shape’ to face future turmoil
Thailand’s guidance of the Asean Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) has been hailed as a historic achievement, according to the Foreign Ministry, as its year-long Asean chairmanship comes to an end.
— Bangkok Post

Vietnam to promote ASEAN’s interests, prosperity in 2020
As Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2020, Vietnam will be responsible for promoting and increasing ASEAN’s interests and prosperity, Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung has said.
— Vietnamplus

A South China Sea cauldron in 2020?
If events in the South China Sea (SCS) in 2019 provide any indication of what is in store for the coming new year, there seems to be little to be sanguine about.
— Bangkok Post

Official: Cajoling India priority for RCEP
Thailand is set to fully support all attempts to convince India to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), reiterating that the pact will be signed as scheduled at the Asean Summit in Vietnam next year.
— Bangkok Post

Real estate investment in Asia-Pac to outperform other regions in 2020: JLL
INVESTMENT in Asia Pacific real estate has reached US$125 billion in the first three quarters of 2019, up 10 per cent year-on-year, and is set for another strong year in 2020, said JLL.
— The Business Times

Investing: Shifting the focus to Asean
The Asean market today boasts favourable demographics, a thriving tourism industry, less market volatility and the ability to benefit from trade tensions.
— The Edge Markets

The State of Medical Tourism in Southeast Asia
An artisanal coffee shop. An Instagram-ready restaurant serving fusion food. Concierge service. Airport transfers. Help with visa applications and sightseeing tours. Soon-to-open VIP suites.
— Unreserved Business (blog)

Standard Chartered Bank pulls out of three coal projects in Southeast Asia
Standard Chartered Bank has pulled out of three coal-fired power projects in Southeast Asia, marking a significant moment for corporate climate action in the region.
— Eco-business

Cambodia can swing Asean-EU ties
As the host of the upcoming 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem) next November, Cambodia could be by default the catalyst that will define the future of Asean-EU relations — for better or worse.
— Bangkok Post

What you need to know about social media tech in Southeast Asia
Over the past few years, Southeast Asia has continued to grow and advance digitally.
— e27

ASEAN fintech startups bullish about future fundraising prospects
As the fintech industry in Southeast Asia hits the maturity phase, regional startups are optimistic about fundraising prospects and expect their next funding round to be in excess of $10 million, according to a recent report released by Singapore-based United Overseas Bank.
— Deal Street Asia

How Digital Neobanks Can Win In Southeast Asia — And Eventually Everywhere
On the surface, digital banking may not seem like much of a growth market for startup companies.
— Forbes

Asean clamps down on use of mercury in cosmetics
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (Asean) cosmetic scientific body (ACSB) has agreed to remove two mercury-containing preservatives – thiomersal and phenylmercuric salts (including borate) – from the positive list on the region’s cosmetics Directive (ACD).
— Chemical Watch

Taco Bell eyes four new Southeast Asian markets
Talks are underway to expand the Mexican-inspired fast-food restaurant chain Taco Bell into Southeast Asia.
— Inside Retail Asia

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Contract farming will boost Cambodian mango processing capacity
The Cambodian Ministry of Commerce has urged the China-owned Long Wo Fruit Industry Co to carry out contract farming with more farmers’ associations or farmers directly, in order to ensure its processing capacity and supply chain can increase exports of a processed-mango.
— Fresh Plaza

Phnom Penh Airport named best regional airport in the Asia-Pacific region
The jury was keen to reward “the regional airport that has established itself as a leader and done the most to advance the progress of the aviation industry”
— Vinci

Rott Mony files Supreme Court appeal over conviction
A lawyer representing Rath Rott Mony yesterday appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn the conviction of his client who was found guilty of being involved in the production of a sex trafficking documentary.
— Khmer Times

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Indonesian GDP growth slows further amid cooling investment, exports
Indonesia’s economic growth has slowed further in 2019 to a level unseen in more than two years as global economic uncertainty has spilled over to the country, adversely affecting investment and exports.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia prepares for upcoming palm oil suit trial at WTO
Indonesia’s government is readying data to face the trial of a lawsuit it filed at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the European Union (EU) next week over the bloc’s restrictions on palm oil-based biodiesel.
— Antara News

Commentary: How melting glaciers affect Indonesia – it’s not just rising sea levels
As a maritime nation, Indonesia plays an important role in taking concrete and realistic actions on climate change, says an expert.

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Over 5,600 malaria cases recorded in Laos in 2019
There has been over 5,600 of malaria cases so far this year in Laos, loca media reported Tuesday.
— Xinhua

WB approves additional funding for disaster recovery in Laos
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors Last Friday approved 50 million U.S. dollars of additional financing in Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Management Project in Laos and the Lao Road Sector Project II.
— Xinhua

Northern rice farming improvements sow seeds of kao kainoi success in Laos
The Agro-Biodiversity Initiative (TABI) is continuing its programme to assist farmers in the provinces of Xieng Khuang and Huaphan to improve the quality of khao kainoi seeds, thereby ensuring food security in the communities and better returns for farmers.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

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Sabah’s manufacturing sector attracts RM890.7m investments in 9M 2019
Sabah’s approved investments in its manufacturing sector had expanded by more than 84% to RM890.7 million within the first nine months of 2019 (9M 2019) compared with RM140.9 million recorded in the same period last year.
— The Sun Daily

China objects to Malaysia’s UN submission on South China Sea
China has protested against Malaysia filing a submission with the United Nations last week seeking to establish the limits of Malaysia’s continental shelf in the northern part of the disputed South China Sea, the South China Morning Post reported.
— New Straits Times

Why Najib’s Threatened Legal Action Will Trouble AmBank and Australia’s ANZ
Najib’s defence is now clear over SRC. It is that he had no idea what was happening with the new bank accounts that he opened on the advice of his team or how much money was going in them.
— Sarawak Report

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Boosting power generation a priority in Myanmar
Myanmar estimates about 1,000 megawatt (MW) of power will be generated by the middle of next year to add to the country’s capacity.
— New Straits times

Myanmar seizes boat carrying 173 Rohingya Muslims: Military spokesperson
Myanmar authorities detained 173 ethnic Rohingya aboard a boat off the southern coast, authorities said on Tuesday (Dec 17), amid signs that more members of the Muslim minority group are making perilous sea voyages to escape persecution.

Myanmar MPs Vote to Regulate, Tax Chinese-Backed Banana Trade
Myanmar’s Upper House in Naypyitaw has approved regulations for Chinese-run banana plantations that are blamed for damaging the environment and causing social disharmony.
— Irrawaddy

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Quake toll rises to 7; aftershocks hamper rescue
As Mindanao braces for “The Big One” in the far south, the death toll from the latest major shock which rumbled underneath Davao del Sur last Sunday has reached seven, authorities confirmed Tuesday.

Verdict due in Philippines’ worst political massacre
The alleged masterminds of the Philippines’ worst political massacre will learn their fate on Thursday (Dec 19), when a Manila court issues its verdict, in a test of the justice system for a nation with a deep-seated culture of impunity.

PH to scale down deployment of OFWs to Saudi
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Monday said they were set to scale down “starting next year” the deployment of new hires to Saudi Arabia due to the Gulf state’s continued failure to address the violations committed against Filipino migrant workers, who to date have claims amounting to at least P4.6 billion.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Singapore’s November exports fall 5.9% in 9th straight month of decline
Singapore’s trade numbers continued a downward streak in November as its exports declined for the ninth straight month, according to official data released on Tuesday (Dec 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore rises in gender equality ranking as Philippines slips
Singapore made significant progress in this year’s gender equality ranking, surging 13 spots due to improvements in economic participation and opportunity, as well as educational attainment.
— Nikkei Asian Review

MOE to raise bursaries for part-time undergraduate & diploma students in financial need from 2020
Come 2020, around 2,100 eligible Singaporeans enrolled in Ministry of Education (MOE)-subsidised part-time undergraduate and diploma courses will be able to get higher bursaries to offset their fees.
— Mothership

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Pattaya air pollution at a very high level, local residents concerned
The 2.5 PM particulate matter in the air in Pattaya has reached 162 Micrograms/cubic metres which was measured today at 3:30PM alarming both local residents and tourists due to potential health concerns.
— The Pattaya News

“Run against Dictatorship” organisers threatened with legal action by “those in power”
Organisers of the planned Wing Lai Loong event “Run against Dictatorship” are being warned by the Thai Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda that they may face legal action if they go ahead with their politically-inspired event without prior permission from the police.
— The Thaiger

Thousands of Thai fishermen protest against tough industry regulations
Thousands of Thai fishermen protested outside the agriculture ministry on Tuesday over strict regulations aimed at combating illegal and unregulated fishing which they say are driving them out of business.

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Vietnam extends visa exemption to eight countries till 2022
Visitors from Russia, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Belarus will continue to enjoy Vietnamese visa exemptions for the next three years.
— VnExpress

Vietnam hopes for Chinese restraint in South China Sea in 2020
Vietnam said it hoped China would show restraint in the South China Sea next year after a Chinese oil survey vessel and its escorts spent months within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone in what Hanoi called a blatant violation of its sovereignty.
— Reuters

Vietnam Approves Labor Code for 2021
Vietnam has approved an amended Labor Code which will come into effect in January 2021. The amendment to the labor regulations are a step towards aligning with international labor standards particularly as Vietnam integrates into the world economy as noted by the International Labor Organization (ILO).
— Vietnam-Briefing

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