Asean morning news for November 13

Asean morning news for November 13

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

Countdown to 2nd India-Asean InnoTech Summit
India might have walked away from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), but that shouldn’t been seen as indicating anything apart from the complexities of international trade deals.
— AEC News Today

China assists Southeast Asian countries in construction of seismic networks
China is helping six Southeast Asian countries along the Maritime Silk Road improve their capacity in earthquake monitoring, said the Guangdong seismological bureau Monday.
— Xinhuanet

S. Korean president emphasizes significance of upcoming summit with ASEAN
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday emphasized the significance of the upcoming summit with 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) set to be held later this month in the country’s southern port city of Busan.
— Xinhuanet

India-Asean bilateral trade may double by 2025 to $300 billion: Study
With India pulling out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), country’s existing engagement with ASEAN is back in focus with an industry study suggesting that India’s bilateral trade with the ASEAN economies would double by 2025 to $300 billion from the current level of $ 142 billion (2018).
— Business Standard

Singapore fintechs get lion’s share of investments to Asean countries: Report
Financial technology (fintech) firms in Singapore continued to attract the lion’s share of global funding among Asean countries, and the Republic remains the preferred base for fintech firms in the region.
— The Straits Times

ASEAN and Non-Interference: What Do Cambodia’s Evolving Opposition Dynamics Reveal?
Over the weekend, Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy landed in Malaysia after what he claimed was a foiled plan to return to Cambodia by land with an initial flight from Paris to Thailand.
— The Diplomat

Next ASEAN Summit: How will Vietnam lead?
Thailand wrapped up its tenure as chair of the 35th ASEAN Summit and related meetings in Bangkok, handing over the torch to Vietnam for next year.
— Khmer Times

The Rohingya crisis: Asean, don’t look away
Recently, we had the opportunity to visit the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Economic growth and environmental protection not mutually exclusive: Chan Chun Sing
Pursuing economic growth and protecting the environment need not be mutually exclusive activities, according to Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing.
— CNA (video)

ASEAN as Asia’s New Manufacturing Hub: Too Good to be True?
Earlier this year in May, the American Chamber of Commerce in China found that 40 percent of its surveyed members had either begun to shift their production outside of China or were thinking of shifting their production out of the country.
— Asean Briefing

Worldwide: Special Economic Zones In ASEAN: An Introduction For Foreign Investors
To consolidate its emergence as a powerful trading bloc, ASEAN member states have been promoting special economic zones (SEZ) as a cornerstone for efforts to encourage more foreign investment.
— Mondaq

India, ASEAN look to boost economic links
The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) of India is hosting the first India-ASEAN Business Summit in New Delhi from November 11-12 as part of efforts to enhance cooperation between the country and the Southeast Asian bloc.
— Vietnamplus

Myanmar urges ASEAN cooperation in rural development
Myanmar has urged ASEAN to intensity cooperation in rural development and poverty eradication efforts, according to the News Straits Times.
— Mizzima

Countering terrorist financing and victim-based crime in South East Asia
This is a joint media release between the Philippines’ Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), Indonesia’s financial intelligence unit (PPATK) and AUSTRAC.
— Mirage News

Creating Change in Southeast Asia: Sustainability is the Focus of Private Equity Investment in the Region
Socially responsible investing is on the rise globally, fueled by public concern about global challenges such as climate change, pollution, deforestation and social inequality.
— Yahoo Finance/ PR Newswire (media release)

A blueprint for better recycling of PET bottles in SE Asia
As leaders from around the world gather in Bangkok for the inaugural “SEA of Solutions: Partnership Week for Marine Plastic Pollution Prevention”, GA Circular has launched a new report ​“Full Circle: Accelerating the circular economy for post-consumer PET bottles in Southeast Asia”.
— The Thaiger

ASEAN emphasizes women’s role in maintaining peace
Women’s important role in interfaith dialogues and in maintaining regional peace and security was highlighted by ASEAN Secretary General Dato Lim Jock Hoi at the ASEAN Women Interfaith Dialogue in Jakarta, Indonesia.
— Vietnamplus

Southeast Asia and the right to safe water
More than 100 million people live without access to safe water in Southeast Asia. What can be done to improve that and to protect clean water sources, asks Sam Geall
— Chinadialogue

Southeast Asia Will Be a Collateral Winner of the 5G Race
While superpowers are fighting for world dominance in the upcoming fifth-generation cellular network technology race, smaller nations may also see some benefits.
— Yahoo News

Southeast Asia Needs to Rethink Its Healthcare Services, Says An Asian VC Firm
Crowded and expensive medical facilities in Southeast Asia is a problem that can be most efficiently solved by technology, says Monk’s Hill Ventures, an investment firm in Southeast Asia, adding health-tech is a key investment opportunity in the region.
— Entrepreneur

Miss Thailand crowned at Miss International for first time
It took 59 years, but Thailand triumphed today at the Miss International beauty pageant.
— Coconuts Bangkok

Bali welcomes ASEAN, South Korean artists performing at ATO 2019
Bali Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati welcomed ASEAN and South Korean artists scheduled to perform at the “Asia Traditional Orchestra” (ATO) 2019 at the Ksirarnawa Building, Taman Budaya Denpasar, Tuesday night, (Nov 12).
— Antara News

China eyes stronger textile and apparel ties in Southeast Asia
China’s state textile planners are strengthening ties with Mekong River countries within Southeast Asia in the textile and apparel sectors.
— Just-style

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EU Submits EBA Report to Government
The E.U. on Tuesday sent the Cambodian government its preliminary report on the possible suspension of duty-free trade over political and human rights concerns, the bloc said in a statement.
— VOD

EU welcomes lifting of Kem Sokha’s house arrest
The European Union said Monday that the weekend lifting of the house arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha was a “first step in the right direction.”
— Themy Themy

ASEAN and Non-Interference: What Do Cambodia’s Evolving Opposition Dynamics Reveal?
Over the weekend, Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy landed in Malaysia after what he claimed was a foiled plan to return to Cambodia by land with an initial flight from Paris to Thailand. Irrespective of the details of Sam Rainsy’s travels,
— The Diplomat

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Indonesia settles 99 pct of land compensation for Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway
About 99 percent of the land compensation for the Jakarta-Bandung High Speed Railway (HSR) have been settled, paving the way for the landmark transportation project to operate by 2021, Indonesia’s West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said on Tuesday.
— Xin Hua

Indonesia urges public to report civil servants over ‘radical’ content
JAKARTA: Indonesia launched a website on Tuesday (Nov 12) that would allow the public to report radical content posted by civil servants, as authorities in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country push to combat hardline Islamist ideology permeating government.
— CNA

Murder of two journalists leads to arrest of Indonesian palm oil boss
An Indonesian palm oil executive has been arrested for allegedly ordering the killing two activist journalists who were mediating a land dispute between his company and local residents. Maraden Sianipar’s body was found last week in a ditch near a palm plantation in Labuhan Batu in North Sumatra province.
— Intellasia

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Laos, Unicef commit to providing a better future for children
The prime minister delivered this message at the Lao Generation 2030 Forum held in Vientiane to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Laos registers trade surplus in Q3
The value of Laos’ combined exports and imports in the third quarter of 2019 reached US$8,582 million or 76 percent of the figure approved by the National Assembly.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Laos-China railway 78 percent complete
According to a report issued on September 30 by the project management committee, all of the main structures such as tunnels, bridges and overhead railway supports have been built. Laying of the track itself and other facilities has not yet been done as they are part of a separate agreement.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

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Stats Dept: Malaysia’s services sector revenue up 6.2pc in Q3 2019
Malaysia’s services sector revenue increased by 6.2 per cent to RM449.7 billion in the third quarter of 2019 (Q3 2019), up 6.2 per cent compared with the same period last year, said the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DoSM).
— Malay Mail

MEF, MTUC agree to amend Employment Act, Trade Unions Act
Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) and Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) yesterday reached a consensus on certain areas of the proposed amendments to the Employment Act 1955 and Trade.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Govt targets automatic voter registration by Jan 2021
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong (pix) says the government’s target for automatic voter registration, including for 18-year-old voters, is by January 2021.
— The Sun Daily

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Reforms behind Myanmar’s climb up the ease of doing business index
In an endorsement of ongoing efforts to reform the economy, Myanmar has been named one of the top-20 most-improved countries in the World Bank’s 2020 ease of doing business index.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar lags as ASEAN sees record FDI
Foreign direct investment (FDI) into Myanmar still lags other countries in ASEAN, according to a report issued by the ASEAN Secretariat last week.
— Myanmar Times

Natural gas power stations in Yangon Region maintained to operate at full capacity
Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy U Khin Maung Win inspected natural gas-fired power stations in Yangon Region on 10 November.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

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7 dead, 20 wounded as troops, NPA clash in Eastern Samar
SIX soldiers and a communist rebel were killed while 20 other troopers were wounded during a firefight on Monday afternoon in Borongan City, Eastern Samar.
— Manila Times

House turns resolution extending 2019 budget validity into bill
To sidestep legality issues, the House of Representatives turned into a bill the joint resolution it already approved on 3rd reading extending the shelf life of the 2019 budget.
— Rappler

PRRD certifies as urgent bill on higher ‘sin’ taxes
President Rodrigo Duterte has certified as urgent a measure imposing higher taxes on alcohol products and electronic cigarettes.Duterte certified as urgent Senate Bill No. 1074 on Tuesday, through a letter, addressed to Senate President Vicente Sotto.
— Philippine News Agency

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Singapore retail sales down 2.2% in September for 8th straight monthly fall
SINGAPORE’S retail sales fell 2.2 per cent in September, in the eighth straight month of year-on-year decline, according to latest Department of Statistics figures on Tuesday. But this was slightly better than the 3 per cent fall predicted by economists.
— The Business Times

Singapore beats Tokyo and Sydney to take top spot in APAC investment market: ULI and PwC
Singapore now has the best investment prospects in the Asia Pacific region, according to a real estate forecast published jointly by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PwC on Tuesday (Nov 12).
— Business Insider

No more plastic straws at Koufu by April 2020
Koufu outlets will soon join the ranks of eateries that say no to plastic straws, starting with its school-based outlets.
— Yahoo News

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Four suspects, including former National Park Chief, in custody in investigation of murder of Rights activist in Thailand
Former Kaeng Krachan national park chief Chaiwat Limlikhit-akson and the three fellow suspects have been detained after four hours of questioning by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), during which they denied all the charges filed against them.
— The Pattaya News

Sugarcane and sugar businesses to propose pushing back 3 chemicals in farming ban
From 1st December onward, Paraquat, Chlorpyrifos, and Glyphosate will be banned according to the resolution of the hazardous material committee.
— NNT

Govt backs ‘No Plastic’ push
The cabinet has given the greenlight to a No Plastic campaign which will start on Jan 1 next year ahead of a ban on single-use plastic bags in 2021.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam’s coal, crude oil imports surge on rising energy demand
Vietnam’s coal and crude oil imports surged in the first ten months of this year, government data released on Tuesday showed, highlighting the Southeast Asian country’s increasing reliance on imported energy to support its fast-growing economy.
— Reuters

Vietnam’s legislative body ratifies 6.8% GDP growth for 2020
Vietnam’s economic growth next year will be driven by strong exports, increasing FDI and robust domestic demand.
— The Asset

Vietnam trade surplus in Oct widens to $1.86bn
Vietnam recorded a trade surplus of $1.86 billion in October, widening from a surplus of $1.6 billion in September, customs data released on Tuesday showed.
— Bangkok Post

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