Asean morning news for January 2

Asean morning news for January 2

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Compiled by Sreypov Men          @MenSreypov

 

Thailand begins assuming ASEAN Chairmanship 2019
Thailand on January 1 started its role as the rotating Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2019.
— VietnamPlus

Thailand to promote single-window clearance system for border trade
IN a push for digital transformation within the Asean region, member countries will join forces to implement the Asean Single Window (ASW) for all 10 nations in the trade bloc by the end of next year .
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

Asean worries about Thailand’s ability to lead grouping amid political challenges
CAN THAILAND handle the upcoming general election and also chair Asean in the same year?
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

Southeast Asia ‘smart cities’ redesign roads and grids with Japan
Japan will help build “smart cities” across Southeast Asia, using artificial intelligence and networked devices to tackle problems like road congestion and energy conservation.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

India cuts duty on crude, refined palm oil imported from ASEAN
The government has cut import duties on crude and refined palm oil effective Tuesday to comply with preferential trade pacts with Southeast Asian nations.
— Outlook

‘ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025’: A new horizon for persons with disabilities
The adoption of the “ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” at the Singapore Summit on Nov. 15 marks a new milestone for persons with disabilities in the regional community.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

New faces for Asean human rights commission
The Government has appointed Dr Shashi Jayakumar from the S. Raja-ratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) as Singapore’s representative to an Asean commission which promotes human rights.
— The Straits Times

Millennial voters are the face of Asia in 2019
In the first half of 2019, a billion Asians will elect the next leaders of the region’s two largest democracies.
— The Asean Post

ASEAN’s RECP pact to help Indian MSMEs: Minister
Minister of State of Commerce and Industry, C. R. Chaudhary on Tuesday said that the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) between ten ASEAN member states and their six FTA partners will benefit Indian MSMEs.
— SME Times

‘ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025’: A new horizon for persons with disabilities
The adoption of the “ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” at the Singapore Summit on Nov. 15 marks a new milestone for persons with disabilities in the regional community.
— The Jakarta Post

Key to bringing Vietnamese products to ASEAN market
The ASEAN market is considered to have a large potential for Vietnamese enterprises, with some advantages such as cultural similarities, consumption trends suitable for Vietnamese goods, low market research costs, and easy export transactions.
— Nhan Dan Online

HM: Brunei must hinge its growth strategy on ASEAN
Brunei needs take advantage of the economic opportunities within ASEAN by building e-commerce and strengthening intra-regional trade, the monarch said in a televised address on Monday.
— The Scoop

Will 2019 Spell Economic Boom for Asia?
The global economy has faced adversity and uncertainty in recent times. Political kerfuffles such as Brexit and trade wars between the US and China have made markets less than stable. However, there is some good news as Asia’s emerging economies – particularly in Southeast Asia – are predicted to go from strength to strength.
— Discovery Dcode

India cuts duty on crude, refined palm oil imported from ASEAN countries
The government has cut import duties on crude and refined palm oil effective Tuesday to comply with preferential trade pacts with Southeast Asian nations.
— TimesNow

Indonesian ride-hailing app Gojek to operate in key Asean markets this year
INDONESIAN ride-hailing company Gojek will finally begin operating in the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand this year, fulfilling its plans for expansion in Southeast Asia and entering a market monopolised by regional rival Grab.
— Asian Correspondent

Sizing up the year as Asean chair
As Thailand assumes the chair of Asean for the year 2019, we cannot help but look back with pride at the accomplishments of this remarkable and resilient regional grouping ever since its founding in Bangkok.
— Bangkok Post

Britain’s planned naval base in Southeast Asia seen as ‘muscle-flexing’ against China
Britain’s plan to build a new military base in Southeast Asia is likely to further complicate the strategic landscape in a region already fraught with maritime disputes and geopolitical rivalry between Beijing and Washington, Chinese analysts warn.
— South China Morning Post

Britain’s planned naval base in Southeast Asia seen as ‘muscle-flexing’ against China
Britain’s plan to build a new military base in Southeast Asia is likely to further complicate the strategic landscape in a region already fraught with maritime disputes and geopolitical rivalry between Beijing and Washington, Chinese analysts warn.
— South China Morning Post

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.
— The Asean Post

Key to bringing Vietnamese products to ASEAN market
The ASEAN market is considered to have a large potential for Vietnamese enterprises, with some advantages such as cultural similarities, consumption trends suitable for Vietnamese goods, low market research costs, and easy export transactions.
— Nhan Dan Online

Banking Southeast Asia’s unbanked
Southeast Asia is one of the most rapidly developing regions in the world with projected economic growth rates averaging 5.1 percent for member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
— The Asean Post

ASEAN 2018 Year in Review: Part 2
During the second half of 2018, the Southeast Asian region was hit with a number of catastrophic events beginning with the dam collapse in Lao and involving several tragedies in Indonesia.
— The Asean Post

HM: Brunei must hinge its growth strategy on ASEAN
Brunei must take advantage of the economic opportunities within ASEAN by building e-commerce and strengthening intra-regional trade, the monarch said in a televised address on Monday.
— The Scoop

ASEAN Hard Luxury Goods Market to Register Exponential Compound Annual Growth Rate Through 2020
Luxury goods comprises of products such as accessories, footwear, apparel, watches and others which are quite expensive and target those consumers who belongs to premium class.
— The Future Gadgets

 

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

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2018: A year marked by historic CPP win
The ruling party won a landslide victory in polls that garnered both criticism and praise internationally, while the EU began the process of withdrawing access to its ‘EBA’ trade deal and Kem Sokha was released on bail.
— Phnom Penh Post

Party law amendment divides former opposition members
As the amendment to the Law on Political Parties awaits approval from the King, former opposition members on two sides of a leadership divide within the CNRP seem to have different plans when it comes to having their political bans lifted.
— The Khmer Times

Union distances itself from striking workers
The Cambodian Council of National Unions yesterday issued a statement blaming recent garment factory strikes in Phnom Penh on instigators.
— The Khmer Times

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New Year’s landslide in Indonesia, 15 dead
A landslide has buried 30 homes in village in Java, killing at least 15 people as rain and the terrain hampered rescue operations.
— SBS News

Pertamina opens 123 one-price fuel stations in remote regions
State-owned oil and gas holding company PT Pertamina would by the end of this year have established 123 one-price fuel stations – a government program to provide fuel to remote regions at prices similar to what are charged in Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Hoax on Tsunami Affects Number of Visitor in Ancol
The number of tourists visiting Ancol Beach experienced a decrease during this year’s Christmas and New Year holidays, compared to the previous year.
— Tempo.co

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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Rice Shortages Hamper Recovery Efforts in Laos
Rice shortages are the latest setback in Laos’ relief efforts for victims of the country’s worst flood disaster in decades.
— Reliefweb

Lao parliament approves government reshuffle
The ongoing Lao National Assembly (NA) session has approved a reshuffle and appointments in public security, national defence and the banking sectors.
— Brink Wire

Transport liberalisation could lower freight service costs
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.
— Borneo Bulletin

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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Malaysia’s official reserve assets at US$102.03bil
Malaysia’s official reserve assets amounted to US$102.03bil as at end-November 2018, while other foreign currency assets stood at US$51.6mil for the same period, Bank Negara said.
— The Star Online

Fixing petrol prices consider consumer, seller interests – Tun M
Petroleum retail prices will be determined at the Cabinet meeting tomorrow, after considering the interests of both buyers and sellers.
— New Straits Times

How future tech could boost Malaysia’s retail industry
RETAIL is big business for Malaysia and accounts for 10 percent of the nation’s GDP.
— Tech Wire Asia

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Military warns media outlets about reports on security, armed conflicts
The Tatmadaw (military) has threatened legal action against media organisations that report unverified stories involving security issues and armed conflicts.
— The Myanmar Times

Recovery expected as China executes BRI: OCBC Bank
Myanmar may be in for a tough patch with foreign direct investments declining, inflation rising and global uncertainty adding pressure to the kyat. Yet, recovery may be on the cards as opportunities emerge on the back of policy reforms and the execution of projects related to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
— The Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s foreign trade hits over 6 bln USD in over 2 months
Myanmar’s foreign trade reached 6.1 billion U.S. dollars as of Dec. 7 in current fiscal year 2018-19 which started on Oct. 1, according to the Commerce Ministry on Saturday.
— Myanmar Business Today

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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 Spore’s 2018 economic growth above expectations, but major uncertainties lie ahead: PM Lee
Singapore’s economy could grow at a slower pace in 2019 amid global uncertainties, but the Republic enters its bicentennial year with “renewed vigour and purpose”, as a strong team of younger political leaders is gradually taking over the reins of government.
— Today Online

Singapore, Malaysia foreign ministers to meet Jan 8 amid airspace, maritime dispute
Singapore and Malaysia’s foreign ministers will meet in Singapore on Jan 8, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Tuesday (Jan 1). It comes as the two countries are locked in a dispute over territorial waters and airspace.
— Channel News Asia

Singapore Q4 growth seen steady at 2.3%, but trade war casts shadow: Poll
Singapore’s economy likely maintained a steady pace of growth in the fourth quarter as the manufacturing sector outperformed forecasts, but simmering trade tensions between the United States and China could slow the momentum next year.
— The Straits Times

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

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 Spore’s 2018 economic growth above expectations, but major uncertainties lie ahead: PM Lee
Singapore’s economy could grow at a slower pace in 2019 amid global uncertainties, but the Republic enters its bicentennial year with “renewed vigour and purpose”, as a strong team of younger political leaders is gradually taking over the reins of government.
— Today Online

Singapore, Malaysia foreign ministers to meet Jan 8 amid airspace, maritime dispute
Singapore and Malaysia’s foreign ministers will meet in Singapore on Jan 8, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Tuesday (Jan 1). It comes as the two countries are locked in a dispute over territorial waters and airspace.
— Channel News Asia

Singapore Q4 growth seen steady at 2.3%, but trade war casts shadow: Poll
Singapore’s economy likely maintained a steady pace of growth in the fourth quarter as the manufacturing sector outperformed forecasts, but simmering trade tensions between the United States and China could slow the momentum next year.
— The Straits Times

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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Experts pick post-poll strife will erupt
More signs of political unrest have emerged in the run-up to the Feb 24 general election, with pundits now anticipating further political disruptions after the poll.
— Bangkok Post

Drunk driving and speeding top road toll of 2,761 accidents in five days
The 2,761 road accidents nationwide over the first five days of the New Year holidays have claimed 314 lives and maimed 2,848 others, Public Health Ministry deputy permanent secretary Dr Prapon Tangsrikertikul said on Tuesday.
— The Nation

Guilty in the eyes of the public, Prawit now faces a painful penalty
As expected, the public is furious at the National Anti-Corruption Commission’s clearing of Prawit Wongsuwan over the watches scandal. I think they have lost track of the case.
— The Nation

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Internet Companies Hit By Vietnam’s New Cybersecurity Law
A law requiring Internet companies in Vietnam to remove content the country’s authorities deem to be against the state came into effect January 1, in a move critics called “a totalitarian model of information control,” AFP reported.
— Investvine

New regulations urged for taxing cross-border services
 Cross-border services are posing challenges to Vietnam’s tax collection as existing tax regulations have yet to keep up with the fast-paced digital world.
— Viet Nam Net

Vietnam freezes Vietjet flight expansion after safety incidents
Vietnamese authorities have halted Vietjet Aviation’s planned increase in flights following a series of aircraft safety incidents, putting the country’s largest budget airline under supervision as the Tet holiday season nears.
— Vietnam Insider

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