Asean morning news for January 1

Asean morning news for January 1

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Compiled by Sreypov Men          @MenSreypov

 

Amnesty International: thanks for the victories, but Myanmar remains a concern
To mark its 57th anniversary, the human rights organisation Amnesty International Australia is sharing some of the incredible wins it secured in 2018 through its efforts to end human rights violations.
— AEC News Today (HD video)

Tough South China Sea talks ahead as Vietnam seeks to curb China’s actions
Tough negotiations lie ahead over a new pact between China and Southeast Asian nations aimed at easing tensions in the South China Sea, as Vietnam pushes for provisions likely to prove unpalatable to Beijing, documents reviewed by Reuters suggest.
— Economic Times

ASEAN: The reluctant ‘middle-man’ in the inter-Korean peace process
ASEAN has become a central feature of Seoul’s New Southern Policy (NSP). It includes an incentive for ASEAN members to further facilitate South Korean engagement with North Korea to bring stability to the Korean peninsula.
— Asean Today

Singapore SMEs branching out in Asean despite US-China trade war
Entering new markets in ASEAN is “on the agenda” for Singapore businesses, according to Alan Turner, head of commercial banking, HSBC Singapore.
— The Independent

Southeast Asia is the best market for fintech
Countries belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) represent the greatest opportunity for fintech development in the near term, according to a new report by Deloitte and Robocash cited by Crowdfund Insider.
— Pulse

ASEAN 2018 Year in Review: Part 1
2018 was a whirlwind of a year for Southeast Asia. The region experienced tragedies, achievements and faced many challenges in between. To commemorate the year as it draws to a close, The ASEAN Post would like to take readers on a journey to revisit key events and happenings in this region throughout 2017.
— The Asean Post

Guest post: What does 2019 have in store for Southeast Asia?
As 2018 draw close with many curious about what we think of 2019, we are launching a series of predictions for the different emerging markets.
— DealStreetAsia

Who are Southeast Asia’s mass affluent and why do they matter?
MARKET researchers have found that plenty of Southeast Asia’s nouveau riche spends lavishly, but their buying habits of those in the region tend to be nuanced and don’t necessarily fall within certain expectations.
— Asian Correspondent

First Film-Making Studio To Open In Brunei
Brunei’s first filmmaking college, the Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia, is slated to begin operations in February 2019 and is aiming to establish a sustainable ecosystem for filmmaking and creative content in the country, a report in The Scoop said.
— Investvine

Allianz Real Estate seeking to expand in Asean
ALLIANZ Real Estate (ARE), which recently acquired a 20 per cent stake in Ocean Financial Centre in the Singapore CBD for S$537.3 million, is seeking to expand in Asean in 2019.
— Business Times

Asean year begins with a blessing in Thai capital
WITH Thailand chairing Asean throughout 2019, the Culture Ministry is fostering unity among the bloc’s 10 members by bringing to Bangkok relics and statues of the Buddha from across Asia to be ritually blessed.
— Phnom Penh Post

Age is an asset in Brunei
While in most countries, an ageing population is a sign of potential dwindling economic productivity, Brunei paints a different picture to this conundrum.
— The Asean Post

Discovering one of the oldest pottery villages in Southeast Asia
Her great-great grandmother made pottery, and now, her own great-granddaughter works in one of the oldest pottery villages in Southeast Asia, located 10km from the central coastal city of Phan Rang in Ninh Thuan Province.
— Sggp news

 

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

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Cambodia’s foreign policy outlook
As the international order enters into a multi-polar world, Cambodia, it seems, is adjusting its foreign policy objectives and strategies accordingly. In the new world order, current Cambodian ruling elites believe that Cambodia’s destiny cannot be detached from the Asian powers.
— The Khmer Times

Solar power plant set for 2019
A solar power plant worth more than $58 million, which is under construction in Kampong Speu province, will start installing 200,000 solar modules in January next year and begin operating late next year, said solar panel supplier JinkoSolar Holding Co Ltd.
— Phnom Penh Post

Japan gives nearly US$700,000 for education and nutrition projects
Government of Japan has provided US$692,522 worth grant aid to support education, food security and nutrition projects in Cambodia.
— akpnews.info

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu

 

Manufacturing sector’s contribution to GDP above world average: Minister
Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto has claimed that the contribution of the manufacturing sector to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), which is 20.5 percent, is higher than the global average GDP contribution from the sector.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia Withdraws Old Banknote
Bank Indonesia (BI) of North Sumatra headquarters pulled decommissioned banknotes, issued in 1998 and 1999, amounting to Rp526 million from the public
— Tempo.co

Tornado kills one, damages 165 houses in West Java
A tornado swept through Panguragan Kulon village in Panguragan, Cirebon, West Java, on Sunday, killing one person and causing widespread destruction. The powerful winds have reportedly has damaged 165 houses in the area.
— The Jakarta Post

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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PM vows to remove barriers to growth of tourism industry
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has said the government will intensify its efforts to promote tourism in light of the industry’s potential to significantly strengthen the economy.
— Vientiane Times

Environmental damage continues months after Laos dam collapse
IN July, a hydroelectric dam collapse in Laos released five billion cubic meters of water into surrounding countryside – the equivalent of two million Olympic swimming pools.
— Asian Correspondent

Transport liberalisation could lower freight service costs: New study
The cost of freight services in Laos would be much lower if the government allowed foreign firms to provide these services, a new study suggests.
— Vientiane Times

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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Malaysia sees total foreign outflow of RM11.65b
Malaysia has seen a total foreign net outflow of RM11.65 billion from Bursa Malaysia as at December 28, 2018, registering the largest yearly foreign net outflow since 2015, says Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Bhd (MIDF) Amanah Investment Bank Bhd.
— Malay Mail

BNM : Malaysia’s official reserve assets at US$102.03b as at end-Nov
Malaysia’s official reserve assets amounted to US$102.03 billion as at end-November 2018, while other foreign currency assets stood at US$51.6 million for the same period, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) said.
— The Edge Markets

Malaysia’s economic outlook very encouraging, claims finance minister
Malaysia’s economic indicators are very encouraging despite the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration being a new government, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
— Channel NewsAsia

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

Compiled by Mark Roy         @electricnerve

 

Amnesty International: thanks for the victories, but Myanmar remains a concern
To mark its 57th anniversary, the human rights organisation Amnesty International Australia is sharing some of the incredible wins it secured in 2018 through its efforts to end human rights violations.
— AEC News Today (HD video)

The hottest stories of Myanmar’s 2018
From politics to peace talks, from responsible business to press freedom, 2018 was – for better and for worse – an eventful year.
— The Myanmar Times

Business losses mount on closure of Myanmar-China border gate
More than 1500 fruit trucks are stranded at Myanmar-China border due to the closure of Kyin San Kyawt gate near Muse, leading to heavy losses, U Sai Myint Bo, chair of the Fruit Wholesale Centre at Muse trade zone told The Myanmar Times.
— The Myanmar Times

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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Duterte gov’t tally: ‘Drug war’ deaths breach 5,000-mark before 2019
Just before 2018 came to a close, President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs launched on July 1, 2016 has tallied over 5,000 persons killed, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
— Rappler

Palace touts Duterte accomplishments in 2018 yearend report
Malacañang on Monday released its own yearend report touting what it says are key accomplishments by President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration in 2018.
— ABS-CBN News

Usman death toll climbs to 68; 19 missing
THE death toll from Tropical Depression Usman has risen to 68 as disaster and rescue personnel continue to assist victims affected by flooding and landslides, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Monday.
— Business Mirror

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

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SingHealth cyberattack: COI submits ‘unanimous’ report, to be published on Jan 10
AÂ Committee of Inquiry (COI) report into the SingHealth cyberattack, considered to be the most serious breach of personal data in Singapore’s history, was submitted to Minister-in-charge of Cybersecurity S Iswaran on Monday (Dec 31).
— Channel News Asia

Singapore’s Lee sounds alarm over trade tensions
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his New Year’s message expressed concern that the U.S.-China trade war will force others to choose sides.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Singapore SMEs branching out in Asean despite US-China trade war
Entering new markets in ASEAN is “on the agenda” for Singapore businesses, according to Alan Turner, head of commercial banking, HSBC Singapore.
— The Independent sg

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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Thai politicians gear up for first election since military coup
After four years in which political speeches, meetings and even putting up party posters were punishable offences, Thai electoral politics are powering back to life ahead of a poll in February.
— Financial Times

National death toll rises to 236 – Day Four in the “seven dangerous days”
A total of 236 people have killed and 2,265 others injured in 2,194 road accidents after number were released for the first four days of the New Year holiday period’s “seven dangerous days”.
— The Thaiger

REPORT: Thailand paying the price for eco-sluggishness as controversial environmental issues rise
The world is so interconnected, so changes imposed on the environment in Thailand – and the value Thais attach to ecology – cannot be viewed separately from what’s happening elsewhere.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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HCM City’s industrial production grows 8.15 percent this year
HCM City sustained its industrial expansion in 2018, recording an estimated 8.15 per cent rise in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) from last year.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam Promises Big Privatization Push For 2019, But Reality May Fall Short
With Vietnam on track to grow its economy at more than 6% this year on the back of foreign investment in export manufacturing, it’s easy to forget that a communist party still runs this Southeast Asian nation and, in effect, many of its largest companies.
— Forbes

Stable development predicted for property market in 2019
Experts believe that following a stable year, the real estate market will continue to develop well, with no bubbles, in 2019.
— Viet Nam Net

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