Asean morning news for December 20

Asean morning news for December 20

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Countries in Region Say Few North Koreans Remain as UN Deadline Nears
Officials in Southeast and South Asian nations say they have few North Koreans living within their boundaries, as a deadline by the U.N. Security Council for member-states to repatriate workers from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is set to expire on Sunday.
— Benar News

China registration rules: Foreign food companies must now pass ‘expert panel’ reviews
Foreign food companies seeking registration approval for both plant and animal products in China will need to pass the review of two ‘expert panels’ formed by selected customs officers, as recently emphasised by an updated set of regulations published on the country’s customs website.
— Foodnavigator-asia

Southeast Asian investors betting on sustainability
Private equity and venture investors in Southeast Asia are betting on something new — sustainability.
— Bangkok Post

South China Sea: Beijing flexes its muscles in bid to block Malaysia claims
TENSIONS are running high in the South China Sea after Beijing accused Malaysia of violating its sovereignty by attempting to create an exclusive economic zone within the disputed waterway.

Malaysian research house forcasts modest growth for ASEAN economy next year
While countercyclical policy stimulus and fading trade headwinds are to lift global growth prospects in 2020, economic growth among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is expected to remain sub-optimal, according to a Malaysian research house on Thursday.
— Xinhuanet

Vietnam helps increase ASEAN’s prestige in int’l arena: Indonesian scholar
Vietnam will successfully perform its role as the ASEAN Chair in 2020, helping the bloc increase its prestige and position in the international area, according to Professor Aleksius Jemadu, Senior Lecturer at Pelita Harapan University.
— Vietnamplus

WHO Sees Tobacco Drop Among Men, but Vaping Effects Unclear
Worldwide, the number of men using traditional tobacco products has finally started to decline, health officials said Thursday.
— The New York Times

BSA sees ‘encouraging response’ to software legalization program
GLOBAL software advocacy organization The Software Alliance (styled “BSA”) said it has reached an “encouraging response” at the halfway mark of its software legalization campaign among Philippine companies.
— BusinessWorld

Tourism in Southeast Asia facing new threats
Tourism is a powerful tool for development. It represents 10 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) and provides 10 percent of jobs globally.
— The Asean Post

7 ways climate change was felt in Asia in 2019
Asia is projected to be hit harder by climate change than anywhere, and this year clearly showed why.
— Eco-Business

Ramboll to Design Smart Cities for Future Generations in ASEAN Region
The Asian Development Bank and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have started an initiative with Ramboll to develop, pilot, and implement smart city concepts in eight South-East Asian countries.
— SteelGuru

Vietnam to trim SEAG sports
There will be a drastic reduction of sports to be played at the next Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam in 2021 from the record 56 that were staged in the Philippines this year.
— The Philippine Star

5 biggest ASEAN movers in 2019 FIFA Rankings
2019 offered plenty of international football for Southeast Asian sides, with three of them starting their year with the Asian Cup.
— FOX Sports

12 Innovative Thai Products, Services and Organizations Honoured International Innovation Awards 2019 in Singapore
Enterprise Asia announced the winners of the International Innovation Awards (IIA) 2019 in Singapore.
— Viet Nam News

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Waste From Chinese Gold Mines Sickens Villagers, Kills Livestock and Fish in Cambodia
Villagers in Cambodia’s Kratie and Mondulkiri provinces are voicing fears for their health following the release into rivers of toxic waste from Chinese gold mines that has sickened local residents and killed livestock and fish, local sources say.
— RFA 

EBA deal withdrawal wouldn’t affect operations, say most EuroCham members
The European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham) members in the recent EuroCham Business Confidence Survey 2019 do not expect a withdrawal of the Everything-but-arms (EBA) scheme to have an impact on their operations.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s export up 6.45 percent in the last ten months
The minister, speaking during a ministerial meeting Wednesday, said exported goods during the 10-month period this year were worth some $10,813,000,000 compared to $10,158,000,000 of the same period in 2018. In terms of value, the latest figures showed an increase of 6.45 percent from last year.
— Thmey Thmey   

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Indonesia’s economic growth projected at 5.14 percent in 2020
Chief economist of state lender Bank Mandiri Andry Asmoro has estimated the national economy to grow by 5.14 percent in 2020, spurred by consumption and investment.
— Antara News

In 2019, Indonesian textile producers lose battle on home turf
It is hard to imagine a year being any worse for the textile industry than 2019, a year in which the country’s garment and textile producers lost the battle for their home turf to an influx of cheap imports.
— The Jakarta Post

Trump’s impeachment and ripple may effect on Indonesia’s economy
US President Donald Trump’s impeachment may impact Indonesia’s economy, thereby eliciting the finance ministry’s continued vigilance to the outcome of the upcoming US Senate-launched trial in early January 2020, Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati stated.
— Antara News

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Laos, China join forces to improve Lao tourism
The seminar to promote investment in the tourism sector in Laos was held at Beijing Union University, China, at the conclusion of the Visit Laos-China Year 2019 campaign.
— ANN/Vientiane Times 

EU reaffirms support for govt’s education, nutrition initiatives
The Delegation of the European Union to Laos (EU) has reiterated its support for the government’s ongoing efforts to develop and improve the education system and nutrition in all areas of the country.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao officials learning benefits of biogas supported by Chinese gov’t
Lao government officials are learning the numerous benefits of biogas during a course in capital Vientiane supported by China’s Ministry of Commerce.
— Xinhua 

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Muslim nations must be strong to resist foreign interference: Mahathir
Muslim countries must be strong and independent so that they can resist foreign interference in their affairs, said Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday (Dec 19).
— Channel NewsAsia

Malaysia finally scraps Anti-Fake News Act
Malaysia has repealed the Anti-Fake News Act following the Senate’s approval today.

Malaysia to build first domestic arms factory with Turkish help
Turkish weapons manufacturer Tisas Trabzon Silah Sanayi has inked an agreement to establish a firearms manufacturing and assembly plant in Malaysia, which will be the first such facility in the country.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

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Myanmar Govt to Develop Offshore Gas With Total, Woodside and Local Company
Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise will work with domestic company MPRL E&P Co. and energy companies from Australia and France to produce gas from offshore reserves.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Villagers Call For Compensation For Land Lost to China-Backed Development Project
Villagers in Myanmar’s Kachin state are calling for compensation for farmland lost to a Chinese-backed development project, for which authorities have pledged to pay only for destroyed crops, sources say.
— Radio Free Asia

Aung San Suu Kyi Says Genocide Trial Against Myanmar Neglects Key Facts
Myanmar’s defacto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who led the nation’s team to the International Court of Justice to address a case alleging genocide against her country’s Rohingya Muslim minority, delivered her first public speech since the hearings on Wednesday evening.
— Bloomberg Quint

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55 acquitted, 28 convicted in Ampatuan massacre
Only 28 people were convicted for 57 counts of murder for the 2009 Ampatuan massacre.
— Rappler

Hot money outflows hit $1.6 billion in 11 months
More speculative funds flowed out of the country from January to November amid the raging US-China trade war, the rebalancing of global funds, as well as the start of the impeachment hearings on US President Donald Trump.
— The Philippine Star

11-month BOP surplus rises to $6.27 billion–BSP
THE local economy posted dollar earnings in end-November this year, reversing the deficit seen in the same 11-month period in 2018.
— Business Mirror

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52% of S’poreans feel migration causes crime rate to go up: Survey
More than half of Singaporeans feel migrant workers threaten country’s culture & heritage.
— Mothership

N-Level results: 77% of students make it to Sec 5, pass rates remain the same
More than three-quarters of N-level students will make it to Secondary 5 this year, as the percentage of those who passed remained the same, authorities said on Thursday (Dec 19).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New Traffic Police BMW motorbikes to hit the road from April
Road users will start seeing new police motorcycles next year, as Traffic Police rolls out a new fleet of BMW bikes.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Air pollution soars in Thai capital Bangkok, authorities issue warning
Authorities in Thailand’s capital warned people to wear face masks or stay indoors on Thursday (Dec 19) after choking air pollution returned to Bangkok following months of clear air in one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

Thailand begins to prepare for a move to 5G technology, auction to be held next year
With the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) having started 5G testing, the government is confident that a 5G spectrum licence auction will be held next year.
— The Pattaya News

Campaigners Bare Plans to Challenge Prayuth’s Regime in 2020
Charter amendment, ending military conscription, and encouraging young opponents of the Prayuth Chan-ocha administration to come out in force on the streets are key issues that pro-democracy camp hopes to push for in 2020.
— Khaosod English

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Vietnam strengthens tax supervision of foreign-invested enterprises
Local authorities are trialing ways to prevent multinationals from structuring affairs in order to divert profits to low tax jurisdictions.
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnam to stop licensing large-scale solar projects
In a newly published policy document, Hanoi has urged regional governments and the country’s state-run utility, EVN, to suspend authorizations for new solar parks until further notice.
— PV-Magazine

Vietnam to allows foreign investors residing up-to 10 years in coastal economic zone
The revised Law on Entry, Exit, Transit, and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam now allows foreign investors with investment of over US$4.3 million (VND100 billion) to reside up to 10 years in coastal economic zones, instead of five as stipulated in the previous version, Dan Tri Newspaper reported.
— Vietnam Insider

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