Asean morning news for May 29

Asean morning news for May 29

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu


Lasers attack Australian navy pilots as tensions mount in South China Sea
Australian navy pilots flying high over the disputed South China Sea were forced to make a precautionary landing after their helicopters were attacked by lasers emanating from passing fishing boats, military officials have confirmed.
— Spratly Islands

Myanmar, ASEAN reiterate to cooperate in repatriation of displaced persons
Myanmar and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have reiterated to cooperate in repatriation of displaced persons fleeing Mynamar’s Rakhine to Bangladesh.
— Xinhuanet

ASEAN senior officials gather at Bangkok meetings
Senior officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are gathering at meetings in Bangkok from May 28 to 31 to prepare for upcoming events of the bloc.
— Vietnamplus

Asean fits bill for equity investment
THE MSCI ASEAN index is now flat year-to-date after rising 6 per cent as of the start of May, according to an HSBC report yesterday.
— The Nation

A third of Asean businesses struggling to deliver in tech-savvy world
New research from Resulticks finds that a third of companies feel that an overwhelming volume of data, and the inability to integrate data are two of the top challenges that enterprise businesses face in Southeast Asia.
— The Independent

Treated like trash: south-east Asia vows to return mountains of rubbish from west
For the past year, the waste of the world has been gathering on the shores of south-east Asia.
— The Guardian

Asia’s irrationally exuberant airlines chase away profits
Fierce competition is decimating the bottom lines of Asia’s airlines despite swelling passenger numbers.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Promoting eco-awareness amid rapid urban growth
Urbanisation in Southeast Asia is increasing at an overwhelming pace, at a rate five times that of the rest of the world.
— Myanmar Times

Mekong Tourism Forum held in southwest China
Six countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) discussed deepening tourism ties at a forum held Tuesday in southwest China’s Yunnan Province.
— Xinhuanet

UiPath partners ASEAN varsities in educating workforce automation
Robotic process automation company UiPath announced that it has formed partnerships with regional academic institutions to prepare over 50,000 ASEAN students and professionals for an automated workplace of the future.
— e27

Money laundering and the illegal wildlife trade
While it has all the hallmarks of transnational organised crime, the illegal wildlife trade continues to be viewed as being outside ‘mainstream crime’.
— The Asean Post

Mobile app users in SEA cost less to acquire: report
MOBILE app users in South-east Asia cost less to acquire than in other markets, according the 2019 Southeast Asia App Engagement Report by app marketing platform Liftoff.
— The Business Times

How low-cost, scalable technologies can unlock growth for entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs are undeniably the fuel for economic growth and development in emerging markets, especially in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
— Enterprise Innovation

The state of cloud computing in Southeast Asia
Cloud computing (or simply ‘the cloud’) has now long been established as a core technology that signals a shift from the traditional, legacy way of operating – and it’s still growing.
— Networks Asia

Innovation to power Chinese companies’ dreams in ASEAN
Digitization, technology innovation and sustainable development will become key areas of business exploration for Chinese companies in member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, said an executive of HSBC.

World Heritage Sites under threat
Under the theme, “ASEAN: Oneness to the world”, 2019 has been designated as the ASEAN Cultural Year to celebrate and promote the region’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.
— The Asean Post

Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam partner in agricultural research
Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam will pursue their combined efforts to protect the diversity of agricultural crops through a new research project.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Telenor-Axiata merger can help connect Southeast Asia
A potentially game-changing event has taken place in Southeast Asia’s telecoms, showing that the regional economy is not doomed to be torn apart by the U.S.-China trade war and geopolitical rivalry.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Uncovering the real story of the MIA/POW in Laos, Cambodia & Thailand
Anyone who knows anything about the Vietnam war knows that there was a lot of unofficial action by US/”allied” forces in both Laos and Cambodia.

ASEAN to be practical in Rakhine efforts
ASEAN and the government of Myanmar have agreed to take practical steps to alleviate the situation in Rakhine state, in accordance with a preliminary needs assessment (PNA) conducted in the conflict-torn region.
— The Jakarta Post

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Cambodian Government Denies Allegations of Political Intimidation
Cambodian political observers say intimidation has been a widely used tool in the government for decades but that recently, there has been a shift in the practice to ensure the ruling party wins the next national election.
— Voice of America

WB: Cambodia among the fastest electrifying
Cambodia is currently among the fastest electrifying countries in the world, with coverage reaching 89.1 per cent as of the end of 2017, a newly published World Bank report says.
— The Phnom Penh Post

JICA sells remaining shares in S’ville port
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has sold all its shares in Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS) to Japanese logistics firm Kamigumi.
— Khmer Times

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Central Government apportions Rp5 trillion in village funds for Papua
The central government has planned to allot Rp5.023 trillion in village funds to be disbursed this year to 5,411 hamlets in 558 sub-districts in 29 districts and municipality in Papua Province.
— Antara News

BPK records Rp269 trillion budget deficit in 2018
Budget deficit for the 2018 fiscal year was set at Rp269 trillion, representing 1.79 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to State Audit Board (BPK) Chairman Moermahadi Soerja …
— Antara News

Indonesia-EU agrees to fulfill 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda
National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said Indonesia and the European Union (EU) agreed to fulfill the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were marked by …
— Antara News

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Xepian-Xe Namnoy Saddle Dam Collapse Is Not Force Majeure, Says A Report
The findings of an investigation conducted by a panel of professional and independent experts have suggested that the root cause of the saddle dam D of the Xepian- Xe Namnoy hydropower project is not force majeure.

Wife of Sombath Somphone Says Search For Husband Now at a ‘Dead End’
More than six years after her husband’s disappearance at a Lao police checkpoint, the wife of rural development advocate Sombath Somphone says her search for answers to her husband’s fate has now reached a dead end.
— Radio Free Asia

China, Laos ink deal on business development
The Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI) and the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC) have inked a cooperation agreement that formalizes the close working relationship between the two organizations in the future.

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Minister ships back 450 metric tonnes of plastic waste, brands Malaysian importers ‘traitors’
Malaysia will be shipping out 450 metric tonnes of contaminated plastic waste imported illegally from countries like UK, US, and China, minister Yeo Bee Yin said today.
— Malay Mail

FT minister clarifies ‘no more public hearings’ statement for new KL developments
Khalid Abdul Samad today explained an earlier statement regarding public hearings for new developments in the national capital following in the wake of confusion over his reported remarks.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia Tech Week 2019 brings together the best of the country’s tech ecosystem
MTW19 will feature a whole week of industry talks, workshops, business matching, breakout tracks and exhibitions Malaysia Tech Week 2019 is a city-wide festival of industry-driven events that will take place from 17th to 21st June this year in Kuala Lumpur.
— e27

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Myanmar, ASEAN reiterate to cooperate in repatriation of displaced persons
Myanmar and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have reiterated to cooperate in repatriation of displaced persons fleeing Mynamar’s Rakhine to Bangladesh.
— Xinhua

Myanmar Arrests 4 More Chinese Over Banana Plantation in Protected Forest
Authorities in northern Myanmar’s Kachin state have arrested four Chinese nationals for illegally entering the country and working on banana plantations, bringing the number of Chinese in police custody to nine in the last two weeks, a police official said.
— Radio Free Asia

Germany keen to raise investment and trade in Myanmar
Germany is keen to continue fostering trade and investment ties with Myanmar, said Oliver Hoos, first secretary and head of the economic and commercial section at the German Embassy in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

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Gov’t maps out financial strategy vs global shocks
An inter-agency council has prepared a roadmap that would allow the Philippines to survive external shocks brought about by the possible global growth slowdown.
— The Philippine Star

PH improves 4 notches in competitiveness report
The Philippines ranked 46th out of 63 countries in the 2019 World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY), a four-place improvement from last year’s 50th. The country partially recovered this year after a nine-place drop in 2018.
— Manila Bulletin

‘Red tape a bane’ 1 year after EODB law’s OK
ONE year after President Duterte signed the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) law, the government still has a lot of work to do to cut red tape in the bureaucracy and make transactions easier, according to business executives.
— Business Mirror

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Singapore tops in world competitiveness ranking
SINGAPORE emerged tops in an annual world competitiveness ranking of 63 economies for the first time since 2010, moving up two spots to trump the US.
— The Business Times

Singapore prepared for negative consequences of trade war: DPM Heng
Singapore is prepared for the negative consequences that may arise from a protracted trade war between China and the United States, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday (May 28).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporean blasts SingPost for offering to refund just $150 of lost package worth nearly $1500
Another complaint against Singapore Post (also known as SingPost) is going viral online. Yesterday, Facebook user Fatah Kent decried how “absolutely disgraceful, dishonest” he feels about how SingPost operates as he revealed that the postal services company offered to refund just $150 for a package worth nearly $1,500 it had purportedly lost.
— The Independent

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Court hands Weerawut 50 years for G2G scam
The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions today handed down stiff prison sentences to two more figures involved in the bogus G2G rice deal scandal.
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet gives nod to airport high-speed rail contract
The cabinet has given the green light to a draft contract for the 225-billion-baht high-speed rail project linking three major airports
— Bangkok Post

Kingdom of Thailand Transforms into the “Bio-Hub” of ASEAN
The Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) is ready to push the country’s status as a global leader in bio-economy to the next level, with robotics at the forefront.

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Vietnam’s economy could soon be bigger than Singapore’s
Vietnam’s economy could be bigger than Singapore’s by 2029, says DBS Bank Ltd. The Southeast Asian nation has the potential to grow at a pace of about 6%-6.5% over the next decade, DBS forecasts, citing strong foreign investment inflow and productivity growth in the coming years.
— The Star Online

Vietnam-EU Security Ties in Focus with Defense Visit
A recent interaction spotlighted some of the ongoing activity within the defense aspect of the relationship.
— The diplomat

Vietnam can cut emissions, save $2.3 bln with efficient agriculture, forestry
Vietnam can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and save $2.3 billion by 2030 with more efficient land use practices, a new study found.
— VnExpress

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