Asean morning news for February 4

Asean morning news for February 4

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu


Russia vies with US as it steps up arms exports to Southeast Asia
Russia is ramping up its weapons sales to Southeast and South Asia, with Moscow overtaking Britain as the world’s second-largest exporter.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Asean must learn lessons from Brexit
While the domestic concern of Thais is the upcoming general election on March 24, broadly speaking it is a relatively small geopolitical event.
— The Nation (very annoying pop-ups)

Tourism power of one in Asean
Under the theme “Asean – The Power of One” the 38th edition of the Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) was successfully held at Ha Long City, Vietnam, from January 14 to 18.
— Khmer Times

Bangkok sounds smoke alarm for expanding Asean capitals
Bangkok is choking as military drones and fire trucks fight to bring air pollution under control.
— The Nation (very annoying pop-ups)

The Philippines is Among The Least Easy Places to do Business in ASEAN – The Liberal 1987 Constitution is to Blame
The World Bank has ranked every economy in the world based the ease of doing business. The range of factors considered when making the penultimate assessment can be read in detail here.
— Eurasia Future

PH drops 9 places in global economic freedom ranking
The Philippines achieved an economic freedom score of 63.8, making the economy the 70th freest in the 2019 Index of Economic Freedom (IEF), the Heritage Foundation announced.
— Manila Bulletin

Is ASEAN doing enough to harness agritech’s potential?
At first glance, the agricultural industry in ASEAN seems well placed to capitalise on the development and expansion of agritech, the adoption of modern technology in agriculture, horticulture or aquaculture to boost efficiency, profitability and yield.
— Asean Today

Keeping prosperity in the ASEAN region through biodiversity conservation
Cultures throughout the ASEAN Region, as well as other Asian countries, celebrate the Lunar New Year: in Viet Nam, it is called “Tet” while in China and other ASEAN Member States, the celebration is called “Chinese New Year”.
— Philippine Information Agency

Southeast Asia, local resort towns top New Year travel destinations for Vietnamese
Southeast Asian nations and local resort towns have dominated Tet tour bookings by Vietnamese this year, travel agencies report.
— VnExpress International

Stateless by law
The biggest state-sponsored mass statelessness in Southeast Asia was triggered in 1982, when Myanmar rolled out its Citizenship Law that outright deprived the Rohingya of citizenship.
— The Asean Post

Children and social media
With social media penetration rates among the highest in the world, it should come as no surprise that parents in Southeast Asia are increasingly concerned about their children’s Internet usage.
— The Asean Post

The future of Southeast Asian cars is electric
The first image that usually springs to mind when someone mentions any Southeast Asian capital is that of congested roads filled with honking cars and motorcycles.
— The Asean Post

The importance of women in counter-terrorism
In May 2018, Indonesia was swept by a wave of terror attacks involving suicide bombers that targeted churches and the police headquarters in the city of Surabaya.
— The Asean Post

Japanese tractor maker Yanmar seeking partners in Southeast Asia
Japan’s Yanmar Agribusiness Co Ltd. said on Tuesday that it plans to expand its business in South and Southeast Asia beginning this year with its newly launched tractors.
— BusinessWorld Online


Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

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Cambodia Court Detains Opposition Activist Over Facebook Post, Pending Bail Hearing
A court in Cambodia’s capital on Friday ordered a member of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) detained pending a bail hearing after questioning him over a post he made on Facebook last month, which said the European Union plans to impose a tariff on Cambodian rice.
— Radio Free Asia

Cambodia arrests 1,485 suspects of drug-linked crimes in January
(MENAFN) An Interior Ministry’s anti-drug department declared that Cambodian authorities have nabbed up to 1,485 illicit drug suspects in 632 cases in January 2019.
— Mena Fn

Local firms express high hopes for India logistics expo
A delegation of Cambodian firms is en route to New Delhi to attend Logix India, a trade fair where they hope to expand their networks in the world’s fastest-growing major economy.
— Khmer Times

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Over 15.81 Million Tourists Visit Indonesia Last Year: Minister
More than 15.81 million tourists visited Indonesia last year, up 12.58 percent from 14.04 million a year earlier, said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, quoting data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).

Inflation drops to 0.32 percent in January
Inflation was recorded at 0.32 percent in January, far lower than the rate in the same month in the previous two years, which stood at 0.67 percent and 0.97 percent, respectively, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

52 aftershocks recorded following Saturday`s 6.0-magnitude quake in Mentawai
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) recorded 52 aftershocks as of 09.00 p.m. on Saturday after an earthquake of magnitude 6.0 hit Mentawai Islands off the western coast of Sumatra Island earlier in the day.
— Antara News

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Govt draws up plan to protect Bolaven Plateau
The government is creating a plan to preserve the Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos as an agricultural area and a tourist destination, putting an end to companies’ hopes to set up heavy industry plants in one of the most fertile areas of Laos.
— Vientiane Times

NCP delegation holds talks with Laos veep
A delegation of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) which is currently on a visit to Laos has met politburo member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and Vice-president Phankham Viphavanh, at the party office at Vientiane, Laos.
— The Himalayan

Lao flood victims battle dengue, malnutrition
SIX MONTHS AFTER the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoi hydropower dam in southern Laos triggered floods that swept them from their homes, survivors are now suffering from dengue fever and malnutrition.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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New regulations needed to regulate palm oil production and price
MALAYSIA’S total exports in 2018 expanded by 6.7% to reach a value of RM998 billion, compared with RM935 billion in 2017. The growth was largely contributed to by the electrical & electronic sectors, which contributed 38.2% or RM380.8 billion, rising by 11% in 2018.
— Malaysian Insight

MAHB says has no control over passenger service charge
The Passenger Service Charge (PSC) is not set, fixed or controlled by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) or Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd (MASSB), a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), according to MAHB.
— Malay Mail

Economist attempts to shed light on ringgit-baht performance
An economist has attempted to explain the strengthening of the Thai baht against the ringgit amid the recent war of words over the state of the currency between Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former prime minister Najib Razak.

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar’s Investment Outlook for 2019
Strategically located between China, India and Thailand, Myanmar is surrounded by some of the fastest growing economies in the world. A large and cheap workforce, natural resources and generally low production costs make Myanmar a perfect destination for foreign investment. Growth rates of over 6 percent over the last few years and the need of the government to attract more FDI for development signal increasing opportunities.
— Asean Briefing

Myanmar’s sea trade sees growth in current fiscal year
Myanmar’s marine trade stood at USD7.7 billion as of Jan. 25 in the current fiscal year 2018-2019 which started in October.
— Menafn

Myanmar lets foreign banks buy into local peers
Myanmar’s central bank will allow foreign banks to hold stakes of up to 35% in domestic banks, part of reforms to boost capital levels and activity in the financial sector.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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PH drops 9 places in global economic freedom ranking
The Philippines achieved an economic freedom score of 63.8, making the economy the 70th freest in the 2019 Index of Economic Freedom (IEF), the Heritage Foundation announced.
— Manila Bulletin

EU flags ‘almost flat trend’ in PHL exports
THE European Union has urged the Philippines to make the most out of the EU Generalized System of Preferences program as Philippine exports to the EU have not been moving upward.
— BusinessWorld Online

Philippine troops clashed with Abu Sayyaf gunmen in fierce jungle fighting that left five soldiers and three militants dead, as the military pushed forward with a fresh offensive following a deadly church bombing last weekend.
— Khaosod English

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S’pore has extradition treaty with USA, suspected HIV leaker could be brought back to face charges
There are many conditions in place that could lead to his extradition back here.
— Mothership

SG installs safety nets to combat financial sector cyber issues
In her recent speech regarding Cyber Risk Management Project’s ‘Bashe Report’ Launch on January 29, Elean Chin, division head of Monetary Authority of Singapore, cited that in Asia, cyber-attacks are disproportionately higher compared to other regions.
— The Independent

Singapore’s e-commerce market to grow by 48% predicts Worldpay
By 2022, Worldpay predicts a 48% growth in Singapore’s eCommerce market. Such growth amounts to US$7.4bn or 7% CAGR.
— The Independent

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‘Overshooting’ baht raises fears of sluggish growth
WITH THE stronger baht constraining Thai economic growth, other small emerging market economies are facing the risk of recession, economists warn.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Chinese tourists flock back to Phuket for Chinese New Year 2019
Chinese tourists are flocking back to Phuket for Chinese New Year 2019 after a six month hiatus following last year’s Phoenix boat tragedy. 47 Chinese tourists drowned in the incident, including many children, after the boat capsized on July 5 in a late afternoon storm as the tour boat was …
— The Thaiger

EEC investment set to exceed forecast
Osaka: Thailand’s investment is expected to grow by 10% in 2020, largely driven by outlays to the government’s flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Online businesses bustle as Tet coming
Vietnamese e-commerce floors have been bustle with many items serving buyers and sellers as the T?t (Lunar New Year) holiday is coming.
— Eleven Myanmar

Viettel and VinaPhone officially provide eSIM
Along with 24 countries in the world, in Vietnam, Viettel and VinaPhone officially provide eSIM (embedded SIM) for their customers.
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnamese operators speed up with 5G
Viettel will trial 5G mobile technology around the country over the next 12 months.
— Eleven Myanmar

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