Asean morning news for July 30

Asean morning news for July 30

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu


Rising South China Sea Tensions Cast Shadow Over Asean Summit
Rising tensions in the South China Sea and the fallout from U.S.-China trade war are set to dominate talks this week as top diplomats converge in Bangkok for a key Southeast Asia summit.
— Bloomberg (paywall)

Sephora online users in Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand hit by data breach
Personal details of Sephora’s online customers in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand have been leaked, the international beauty retailer said on Monday (Jul 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Revenue foregone to service Asean FTA more than doubles to Rs 26,000 crore
India’s revenue foregone due to the trade agreement with Asean has more than doubled to nearly Rs 26,000 crore in 2018-19.
— Business Standard

ASEAN Thailand: Peace, security and trade top the agenda
“Liberalism over protectionism” could be a key economic debate when representatives of many of the world’s most powerful nations assemble in Thailand.

‘Asean shouldn’t take sides in trade war’
Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) should not take sides in the ongoing trade war between the United States and China, according to a Thai central bank official.
— The Manila Times

ASEAN working towards regional payments system
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is working towards facilitating a regional payments system, as the digital economy becomes the next key driver for economic growth.

Worrying days for the Mekong
Water levels at Southeast Asia’s largest river may be at its lowest levels in a century.
— The Asean Post

ASEAN: Southeast Asian power engine
The 52nd Meeting of ASEAN Foreign Ministers will be held in Thailand on July 30.
— Spratly Islands

South Korea Turns To ASEAN For Intervention In Japan Dispute
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will reportedly point out the significance of “fair trade” during this week’s meeting, a new report revealed on Monday.
— Business Times

Sephora online users in Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand hit by data breach
Personal details of Sephora’s online customers in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand have been leaked, the international beauty retailer said on Monday (Jul 29).

Solo Batik Carnival 2019 shines spotlight on Southeast Asian culture
Dozens of people donning traditional outfits from Southeast Asian countries filled the streets of Surakarta in Central Java – a city also known as Solo – during the Solo Batik Carnival (SBC) 2019 on Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

Women can make banks more profitable
Gender diversity in boardrooms has become a central component of corporate governance reforms around the world.
— The Asean Post

Digital tech deepens China-ASEAN ties
The rise of digital technology has helped the information and media sector to deepen the relations between China and Southeast Asian countries, allowing these countries to build a shared community and future together, according to senior officials attending the ASEAN-China High Level Media Forum held last week in Jakarta.

EETimes Recommend ASEAN 2019
Southeast Asia has flourished as a dynamic region of manufacturing for the electrical and electronics (E&E) sector.
— EET Asia

IITs to enroll students from ASEAN countries
With an aim to fulfill the Indian Government’s objectives of getting more international students and boosting research, Indian Institutes of Technology from December onwards will admit students and researchers from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Countries.
— Elets DL

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PM Hun Sen to Implement the “Fifth Approach” to Dismiss Corrupted Officials
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen firmly committed to implement the fifth approach, ‘surgery’, to dismiss corrupted officials, speaking during his visit to the new stadium Morodok Techo National Stadium on Monday.
— Fresh News Asia

GDP to grow at 7.1 pct in 2019
The Cambodian Central Bank said economic growth remains robust so far this year and forecast that gross domestic product will expand by 7.1 percent in 2019.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian Government Earns $500M in July, Spends only $300M: PM Hun Sen
In response to unreasonable criticisms stating that the Royal Government lacks of money to pay monthly salary to her officials, Head of the Government Hun Sen, on Monday, said that the government earns about USD 400 million per month, yet spends only USD 300 million.
— Fresh News Asia

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Softbank invests another $2 billion in Grab, pledges more for EV projects
Japan-based Softbank Group has pledged to invest in renewable energy and the electric vehicle ecosystem in Indonesia as well as announcing another round of investment for the Indonesian operation of the Singapore-based ride-hailing company Grab.
— The Jakarta Post

Only New Mobile Phones Will Be Registered With ID Numbers: Government
The government’s plan to register the unique 15-digit international mobile equipment identity, or IMEI, number on each mobile phone sold in the local market will not apply retroactively to existing mobile phones already being used, an official said over the weekend.
— Jakarta Globe

Refugees in Jakarta Get Free Education, Health Service, but Uncertainty Remains
Thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in Jakarta will be able to breathe easier this week after the government, private companies and social foundations joined hands to provide basic necessities that have been denied them for many months.
— Jakarta Globe

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Two Lao Teens Rescued From Forced Marriages in China Amid Anti-Trafficking Drive
Two teenage Lao girls trafficked to China in March to be wed to Chinese men returned home last week, an anti-human trafficking police officer in northwestern Laos’ Oudomxay province said, amid increased efforts by authorities in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation to curb the crime.

South Korea to Help Laos Improve Waste Management
South Korea will provide a grant of USD 6.78 million to Laos to support the country’s project to develop a green city and improve access to waste management and treatment services.
— The Laotian Times

Work on Mekong railway bridge running ahead of schedule
Construction of a bridge across the Mekong River in Luang Prabang which will carry the Laos-China railway is running ahead of schedule, according to Chinese construction companies.
— Vientiane Times

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MIER: Local company to invest RM5b in electric vehicle project
Plan are afoot to set up an electric vehicle smart manufacturing plant on a 161.87-hectare site at the Enstek Industrial Park in Negeri Sembilan with an investment of RM5bil.
— The Star Online

RM1.13bil transferred to Najib’s accounts between 2011 and 2013, court told
An ex-banker who handled Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s accounts at AmBank told the High Court here Monday (July 29) that RM1.13bil was transferred into the former premier’s accounts between 2011 and 2013.
— The Star Online

MIER revises 2019 GDP growth forecast upward to 4.6pc
The Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) has revised upward its 2019 gross domestic product (GDP) forecast for Malaysia to 4.6 per cent from 4.5 per cent, due to changes in its forecast model.
— Malay Mail

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Stakeholders want temporary ban on refined-sugar imports
Local sugar mill owners and sugar-cane farmers are demanding that refined sugar imports be stopped and that re-export permits for the commodity not be issued after sugar prices plunged to 10-year lows.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar to consider Rohingyas as foreigners
The Myanmar government will consider Rohingyas as foreign nationals, said Myanmar Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Myint Thu to reporters after a meeting with hindu Rohingyas at the Kutupalong D-4 camp in Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhia yesterday.
— Asia One

Plastic pollution piles the pressure on Myanmar’s troubled turtles
A new survey has revealed yet another hurdle facing Myanmar’s already-threatened turtle hatchlings: plastic.
— Phys

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Philippines: Illegal numbers game nets $1.4 billion annually
The Philippines is losing up to $1.4 billion in state revenues from illegal numbers game operators hiding under the skirt of a corruption-plagued gaming outfit.
— Gulf News

Rice tariffication law yields P6.5 B – DOF
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has already collected P6.5 billion in duties from rice imports by private traders under Republic Act (RA) No. 11203 or the Rice Liberalization Act, or an average of P1.4 billion a month since the law took effect in March this year, preliminary data show.
— Manila Bulletin

At least 16 dead from dengue in Cotabato
Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco has asked department heads to come up with a contingency plan in the face of rising dengue cases in the province, which has recorded 16 deaths since January 2019.
— Rappler

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Four more dengue deaths, taking toll to nine this year
Four more people, including a 46-year-old man, have died of dengue, bringing the total deaths this year to nine as of July 20.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Consumer watchdog discussing action against Huawei
You cannot in good conscience run an ad with such limited stock that it’s sold out even before your shop opens. It’s either poorly planned or a misrepresentation of what you’re trying to do, said Consumers Association of Singapore president Lim Biow Chuan.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ERP rates up $1 at three places from next Monday
From next Monday, the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) rates at three locations will go up by $1, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Thai-EU free trade talks set to resume after hiatus
Thailand is returning to the negotiating table for a Thai-European Union (EU) free-trade agreement (FTA) after the green light was given by the new government, according to Auramon Supthaweethum, director-general of the Trade Negotiations Department.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand tops development index in Southeast Asia
Thailand ranks top among Southeast Asian nations in an annual report gauging progress toward achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.
— NHK World

Standard Chartered forecasts 3.3% growth for Thailand’s economy
Thailand’s economic growth is affected by various risk factors, including the effects of the trade war between the United States and China on exports and drought.
— Pattaya Mail

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Actual FDI in Vietnam up 6.63% to over US$11 billion in Jan-July
FDI commitments in the January – July period totaled US$20.2 billion, down 13.45% year-on-year.
— The Hanoitimes

Vietnam has a $200M trade surplus in July
Vietnam is reporting a trade surplus in July of $200M. That comes after a $400M surplus in June.
— Forexlive

Vietnam’s industrial production up 9.4 pct in 7 months
Vietnam’s national index of industrial production rose 9.4 percent on-year in the first seven months of this year, the country’s General Statistics Office announced on Monday.
— Xinhua

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