Asean morning news for March 6

Asean morning news for March 6

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu


BRI backlash: time for China to reassure Asean
China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) continues to draw criticism and disapproval. Its sceptics brand it as China’s Marshall Plan, or as a ‘neo-imperial project’.
— AEC News Today

Southeast Asian nations feel squeeze between US and China
Freedom of navigation operations conducted by the US and its allies in the South China Sea have heightened the dilemma faced by Southeast Asian nations caught between China and the United States, diplomatic sources and observers have said.
— Asia One

Bangkok Declaration must wait until June
ASEAN COUNTRIES yesterday agreed to work together closely to deal with the region’s serious marine trash problem, with leaders of the grouping expected to endorse the Bangkok Declaration at the Asean Summit in Bangkok in June.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Singapore Hosts 37th Asean Maritime Transport Working Group Meeting
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will host the 37th ASEAN Maritime Transport Working Group Meeting (MTWG) from 5 to 7 March 2019.
— Sea News

Asean must continue to work towards single shipping market
Asean member states must continue to work towards the establishment of a single shipping market, said Mr Calvin Phua, the Transport Ministry’s hub strategy deputy secretary, on Tuesday (March 5).
— The Straits Times

Prak Sokhonn slams EU over EBA’s review
Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn has lashed out at the European Union for applying a double standard with Cambodia over a review of Every Thing but arms preferential status, saying that they failed to act against Laos and Myanmar.
— Khmer Times

Free border pass for Songkran returnees
Workers from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia can return to their countries for the Songkran festival without having to pay a border pass fee, according to a policy committee on tackling migrant worker problems and human trafficking.
— Bangkok Post

‘Asean Ethnic Festival’ kicks off in colourful style on Friday
More than 100 Asian performers will showcase their colourful dances at the “Asean Ethnic Festival” in Bangkok this weekend.
— The Nation (very annoying pop-ups)

Assessing the damage: What will Brexit mean for ASEAN’s developing economies?
Brexit remains as unpredictable and divisive as ever. Those in the United Kingdom (UK), the European Union (EU) and the rest of the world still do not know precisely what is going to happen on March 29 – the date the UK is scheduled to leave the EU formally.
— Asean Today

Are We Seeing the Mekong River’s ‘Last Days’?
In the introduction to his new book, Brian Eyler cautions that “the reader should not get the impression from the book’s title that the Mekong River is in its death throes.”
— The Diplomat

Bangkok Airways to expand CLMV routes this year
Bangkok Airways has its eyes firmly set on the CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) market in 2019, as it invests Bt1.815 billion in the purchase of two additional aircraft.
— The Nation (very annoying pop-ups)

What is Southeast Asia doing about autism?
Malaysia’s Sunway Putra Mall became the first “Autism Friendly Mall” in the country after unveiling a slew of features catering to autistic individuals last month, providing those with autism with more opportunities to engage with and participate in their communities.
— The Asean Post

The Southeast Asia asphalt shingle market size is anticipated to reach USD 476.7 million by 2025
The Southeast Asia asphalt shingle market size is anticipated to reach USD 476.7 million by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc., exhibiting a CAGR of 6.2% during the forecast period.
— Cision PR Newswire

ESL to expand into Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia/Singapore with DOTA 2 tournaments
ESL is expanding its National Championship tournament structure to three more Southeast Asian regions.
— Esports Insider

Storing energy in batteries
Rio Tuba, located in the Municipality of Bataraza on the island of Palawan in the Philippines is a predominantly mountainous region with roads riddled with potholes making it almost inaccessible especially during bad weather conditions.
— The Asean Post

Young ambassadors sought for service in Southeast Asia, Pacific
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is now recruiting people for its youth ambassador program to help build closer ties with countries in the Pacific, Southeast Asia, and South Asia, it said Tuesday.
— Focus Taiwan

Meme marketing isn’t a joke — it’s an A-1 strategy, especially in Asia
Remember the ice bucket challenge? Boy did that draw some attention – and rightfully so, given that the challenge was created for charity.
— Yahoo News

Thailand’s Culture Ministry prepares for ASEAN cultural festival
Thailand’s Culture Minister has led government officials to meet with the Prime Minister to discuss preparations to organize the “237th Year of Rattanakosin City under Royal Benevolence” event from March 8-10.
— Vietnam Plus

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PM Hun Sen Urges High Tolerances for Housemaids Nationwide (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urged households to be highly tolerant with housemaids, speaking at the celebration of International Women’s Rights Day on Tuesday where he co-chaired with his wife Bun Rany Hun Sen at Koh Pich.
— Fresh News

Buddhist monks come to protect Prey Lang forest (video)
Buddhist monks, environmentalists, and concerned residents of communities spanning four provinces recently trekked into the wilds of Prey Lang forest in the central plains of Cambodia to wrap trees in saffron-coloured cloth.
— AEC News Today

Japanese companies expand operations in Cambodia
Two of the largest Japanese firms with operations in the Kingdom are planning to build new facilities at Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone (PPSEZ).
— Khmer Times

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Facebook bans foreign political ads ahead of Indonesia elections
To allay concerns that its platform is being used to manipulate voting behaviour, Facebook has banned political advertisements from outside Indonesia as the world’s third-largest democracy heads to its presidential and legislative elections.
— Al Jazeera

Indonesia men’s water polo squad eyes one gold medal at SEA Games
Indonesia’s men’s water polo team has set a target of one gold medal in the forthcoming SEA Games in the Philippines later this year, coach Dean Baldwin said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Inflation remains under control: BI
Headline inflation remains under control and within the 2019 target corridor of 3.5+1 percent, in line with CPI deflation recorded in February 2019.
— Antara News

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Korea approves US$15 million for Attapeu flood recovery
The government of the Republic of Korea has approved US$15 million (over 128 billion kip) to implement a flood recovery programme and assist the people of Sanamxay district in Attapeu province.
— Vientiane Times

Chinese Banana Plantations in Lao District Leave Locals With Little Land to Farm
Concessions of land made by the government of Laos to Chinese banana farms are leaving villagers in one northern district without enough land of their own to feed their families, sources in the communist Southeast Asian country say.
— Radio Free Asia

Laos among top 10 healthiest countries in global wellness survey
Laos has been listed among the top 10 healthiest countries, joining smaller countries like Singapore at the top of global wellness lists, according to a new global assessment.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Ministry confident of achieving MSPO goal by Jan 1, 2020
The Ministry of Primary Industries is fully confident of achieving the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification by Jan 1, 2020.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s exports inched up 3.1% in January
Malaysia’s exports edged up 3.1% YoY in January, outperforming export growth across most ASEAN countries including Singapore and Indonesia which witnessed YoY declines of 10.1% and 4.7% respectively, according to a report by UOB Global Economics & Market Research.

Malaysia ranked 51 out of 126 countries in global Rule of Law index
Malaysia has taken the 51st spot among 126 countries in the World Justice Project’s (WJP) Rule of Law Index 2019.
— Malay Mail

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Chinese company to build new city by Yangon
A Chinese company that has signed an agreement with the Yangon regional government to build a new city across the river from the old one has been embroiled in many controversies, the Myanmar website Irrawaddy reported on March 4.
— Asia Times

Agro exports up $81.9 mln in Oct-Feb
Myanmar’s exports of agricultural products from 1 October to 22 February in the current fiscal year increased to over US$1.28 billion from $1.2 billion in the corresponding period of the 2017-2018 FY, according to the trade figures released by the Ministry of Commerce.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

A touch of micro financing for renting homes in Yangon
As more and more people move to Yangon to seek work every year, the housing shortage in the city becomes increasingly acute.
— Myanmar Times

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Gov’t hits target with slower 3.8% inflation in February
Philippine inflation further slowed to 3.8 percent in February 2019, the Philippine Statistics Authority said on Tuesday.
— CNN Philippines

37 of 75 flagship infra projects get NEDA Board nod
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board has approved 37 out of the 75 flagship infrastructure projects under the “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) program as of January this year, an official said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Manufacturing output declined 4.1% in January
Factory output fell 4.1 percent in January from a year ago, pulled down by lower demand, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority show.

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Singapore now able to certify products under global cybersecurity standard
Singapore says its new status as a certifying body for a global cybersecurity standard will enable local developers to attain the certification more quickly and at a lower cost.
— ZD Net

Singapore plans $300 mil to spur innovation in digital push
Singapore will allocate a further $300 million to spur research in digital innovation as the government transforms the economy through technology.
— The Edge Singapore

Malaysians exiting Singapore caught smuggling woman in car boot at Woodlands Checkpoint
Four Malaysians were arrested for trying to smuggle a woman out of Singapore by storing her in the car boot.
— The Independent

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Thailand to ban import of plastic waste next year
Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will propose to the cabinet a total ban on the import of plastic waste into Thailand beginning next year.
— Thai PBS News

Bangkok Declaration must wait until June
ASEAN COUNTRIES yesterday agreed to work together closely to deal with the region’s serious marine trash problem, with leaders of the grouping expected to endorse the Bangkok Declaration at the Asean Summit in Bangkok in June.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

AoT prediction for 10% revenue growth
Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT), operator of six major airports in Thailand, has projected at least 10% growth in revenue for fiscal 2019 ending in September this year thanks to continued tourism gains.
— Bangkok Post

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More needed: Vietnam’s waste-to-energy power policies not powerful enough
As regional public discontent over environmentally destructive plastic straws and single-use plastic bags increases, Vietnam is finding itself facing a multitude of environmental challenges. At the same time energy demand is forecast to grow by 10 per cent by 2020. While plastic bags and drinking straws won’t cure Vietnam’s increasing need for electricity, foreign and local experts say Vietnam has significant potential for producing energy from solid waste.
— AEC News Today

E-commerce may be booming but fake goods still aplenty
E-commerce is a potential goldmine for businesses over the next two years with a potential reach of US$10 billion.
— Bizhub

Vietnam’s automobile import surges 105.1 pct in 2 months
Vietnam spent over one billion U.S. dollars importing completely-built automobiles and components for assembly in the first two months of this year, gaining a year-on-year surge of 105.1 percent.
— Xinhua

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