Asean morning news for January 23

Asean morning news for January 23

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Feature: Thailand strives to connect Belt and Road Initiative with its Eastern Economic Corridor
As soon as 25-year-old Jin Xiang landed a job at a Chinese steel factory in Thailand’s eastern Chonburi Province, he knew he would be part of the growing factor in propelling the Belt and Road Initiative and Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
— Xinhua

ASEAN ministers vow to help Rohingya rebuild lives
Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have reaffirmed the bloc’s role in helping to resolve the Rohingya crisis and ensure the safe return of thousands of refugees to Myanmar.
— UCA News

Commentary: Two decades post Asian Financial Crisis, how Southeast Asia can keep up stunning growth
Southeast Asia’s fortunes have risen tremendously since the Asian Financial Crisis – you only have to look at the gleaming malls and airports that have sprouted in Hanoi, Jakarta and Manila, or the increasingly modern manufacturing sites of Kuala Lumpur, to get a sense of the economic buzz that permeates the region.
— Channel NewsAsia

A retreat in the face of danger
With a new phase in Rakhine crisis looming, Asean is once again shirking its duty
— The Nation (very annoying pop-ups)

How 5G can transform Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia is fast becoming one of the hubs of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Over the past five years, the region has established itself as a leader in implementing the latest technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, cloud computing and fintech among others.
— The Asean Post

Asean forges deal on venue standards
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has brought its exhibition venue standards to the regional level after Asean tourism ministries reached a deal on the criteria at a recent meeting in Vietnam.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN strives to turn out to be high quality tourism vacation spot
The opening ceremony of the 38th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) was held on Wednesday in Vietnam’s northern Quang Ninh province, with delegates slated for discussing measures to make ASEAN a quality tourism destination in the world by 2025.
— Infosurhoy

PH wants to share Boracay rehab experience to ASEAN member states
The Department of Tourism (DOT) has expressed intent to share its Boracay rehabilitation experience and strategies to members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
— Philippine News Agency

ASEAN, EU pledge to strengthen comprehensive ties
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU) affirmed the commitment to enhancing bilateral comprehensive cooperation at the 22nd ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting in Brussels on January 21.
— Vietnam Plus

Asean must make EU a strategic partner
Asean can be vicious, as relations with the European Union demonstrate.
— Bangkok Post

Expanding the railway legal framework in southeast Asia
The Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail and the United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific have signed a five-year memorandum of understanding to co-operate to develop rail transport in Asia, particularly southeast Asia where most states are not signatories to the COTIF uniform legal framework or its OSJD counterpart.
— Railway Gazette

Application opens for 5th ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship programme
THE ASEAN Foundation, with the support from the ASEAN Secretariat and United States (US) government through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), called for applications for the 5th ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship programme.
— Borneo Bulletin


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China Pledges Nearly US $600 Million in Aid to Cambodia Over Three Years: PM Hun Sen
China will provide Cambodia with 4 billion yuan (U.S. $587.6 million) in aid over the next three years, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday, as Phnom Penh further cements ties with Beijing in the face of sanctions threats from the European Union.
— Radio Free Asia

Cambodia Faces Next Trade-Sanctions Move by the European Union
The European Union moved closer to imposing trade sanctions against Cambodia as a result of alleged human-rights violations in the country.
— Bloomberg

Hun Sen’s populism hangs by a thread
The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), once known for its business-friendly laissez faire approach, has recently lurched decisively towards more economic populism but the costly policies are beginning to erode confidence in the long-ruling party’s economic management and direction.
— Asia Times

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State mortgage provider to disburse Rp 1.7t for low-cost houses
State-owned mortgage financing company PT Sarana Multigriya Finansial (SMF) has allocated Rp 1.7 trillion (US$119.28 million) for government-subsidized housing loans.
— The Jakarta Post

Bali’s governor reveals plans to slug holiday-makers with a tourist tax
You’ll have to put aside some extra money for your next trip to Bali, if the holiday island goes ahead with plans to slap us with a tourist tax.
— (video)

Strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes Indonesia
A powerful magnitude 6.4 earthquake has struck off Indonesia’s central island of Sumbawa, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage.
— Aljazeera

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Impacts on the construction of China’s Huong River in Laos
Lao people in Pongsaly affected by U Nam 4 and 7 dam projects are facing a problem. difficulties in everyday life for not helping enough investment from China Songrit Reported from Bangkok.
— VOA Lao

Lao PM calls for brainstorming on ways to drive growth
LAO Prime Minister ThonglounSisoulith has called on senior government officials in charge of economic affairs to explore ways to ensure that all revenue streams are fully utilised and to spur economic growth.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Special report : The deadly wave that changed everything for some Laotians
THE LIVES of dam disaster victims in southern Laos have changed for the worse six months after a deadly wave brought by flash floods following the collapse of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoi dam washed away their properties, their loved ones, their dreams and hopes for the future.
— The Nation (very annoying popup)

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Malaysia to have fastest internet access speed in Southeast Asia — Wan Azizah
Malaysia is to have the fastest Internet access speed with the 5G platform in Southeast Asia via the Enhanced Malaysia International Internet Gateway (EM-IIG) High-Speed Broadband that is expected to be ready in 2022.
— The Edge Markets

Malaysia the first Asian country to initiate Alibaba programme
Malaysia will be the first Asian country, outside China, to initiate the Alibaba Netpreneur Training Programme from March 23 to April 3, 2019, which will complement the ongoing Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) initiatives in Malaysia.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia ranks 12th among Viet Nam’s foreign investors in 2018
Malaysia ranked 12th among the countries and territories investing in Vi?t Nam in 2018 with total registered capital hitting US$435.54 million, according to the Vietnamese trade office in Malaysia.
— Viet Nam News

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Supply of housing units to rise, spur more development
Despite a rise in the number of housing units provided by the government and private sector, the gap between supply and demand for affordable homes in Yangon is widening as the population expands, Daw Aye Aye Latt, founder of Chantha Shwe Myay Construction Co, told Myanmar Times during an exclusive interview.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar oil millers body targets FDA certification for 150 mills by 2020
The Myanmar Edible Oil Millers Association (MEOMA) will help millers in the entire supply chain get approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to the Myanmar Trade Promotion Organization (MYANTRADE).
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

UN Special Envoy Pays Third Visit to Myanmar Amid Growing Tension in Rakhine State
The United Nations special envoy to Myanmar met on Tuesday with the deputy speaker of the Rakhine state parliament and leaders from the region’s dominant political party, the Myanmar government said, as the troubled state deals with a recent escalation in armed conflict, thousands of displaced civilians, and Rohingya refugees still languishing in neighboring Bangladesh.
— Radio Free Asia

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Senate allots P68 billion for unfunded laws
ADOPTING Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto’s amendment, senators agreed to set aside P68 billion in the proposed 2019 national budget to bankroll unfunded laws set for enactment, including Universal Health Care, Bangsamoro, rice tariffication and the Coconut Modernization Law.
— Business Mirror

Philippine Senators oppose president’s push to lower criminal age to 9
Senators in the Philippines on Tuesday joined activists and child protection groups in condemning a lower house move to reduce the age of criminal liability from 15 to nine, calling it extreme and unjust.
— Reuters

US announces one-year ban on temporary work visas for Filipinos
The US Department of Homeland Security has banned issuing visas for new Filipino workers seeking agricultural and non-agricultural jobs in the country for a year.
— Philippines Magazine

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Islamic State-linked plots in region fell in 2018, but terrorism threat to Singapore remains high: MHA
The most pressing terrorism threat to Singapore continues to come from Islamic State, even though the number of plots directed by the militant group fell in the region in 2018.This is according to the Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) latest terrorism threat assessment report which was …
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Mid-air brawl sees Scoot flight to Singapore return to Australia (video)
One man was arrested and the travel plans of hundreds of others thrown into disarray after a mid-air brawl on board a Scoot airways flight from Australia to Singapore yesterday, January 21.
— AEC News Today

“NUS should drop the legal challenge against TODAY” – Veteran journalist and NUS employee
Veteran journalist Bertha Henson has asserted in a recent blog post that the National University of Singapore (NUS) should drop the legal challenge it is pursuing against Mediacorp’s flagship English publication, TODAY online. NUS confirmed over the weekend that it is seeking legal advice over an article published by TODAY Online, entitled Opaque policies, fixation with […]
— The Independent

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Thailand’s total domestic car sales seen down 3.8 pct in 2019 -Toyota
Thailand’s total domestic car sales are likely to fall 3.8 percent to 1 million units this year after a 19 percent jump in 2018, Toyota Motor Corp’s Thai unit said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

“Red zones” declared in seven worst-affected areas in Bangkok and Samut Sakhon 
Seven areas in Bangkok and neighboring province of Samut Sakhon have been declared  red zones  after the amount of PM2.5 dust particles in these spots start exceeding 90 microns.
— Thai PBS World

Australia football player says detained refugee is losing hope
A former Australian soccer player urged the sport’s governing bodies on Tuesday to push for the release of a Bahraini refugee athlete detained in Thailand while it weighs his extradition.
— The Bangkok Post

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Vietjet Air to operate an additional 2,500 flights for Tet
Low-cost carrier Vietjet Air will operate 2,500 additional flights to serve passengers during the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays and the 2019 festive season, offering over 500,000 tickets to customers.

Vietnam’s 2018 steel output hits 24.19 million mt, up 15% on year
Vietnam’s steel production totaled 24.19 million mt in 2018, up 14.9% year on year, data from the Vietnam Steel Association showed.
— Hellenic Shipping News

Malaysia ranks 12th among Viet Nam’s foreign investors in 2018
Malaysia ranked 12th among the countries and territories investing in Vi?t Nam in 2018 with total registered capital hitting US$435.54 million, according to the Vietnamese trade office in Malaysia.
— Viet Nam News

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