Asean morning news for November 14

Asean morning news for November 14

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

ASEAN boosts conservation effort at unprotected sites
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is boosting efforts to protect the environment at sacred sites, military bases and other specially managed areas.
— Myanmar Times

UNCLOS – important legal instrument to solve maritime issues
The 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is an important legal instrument to regulate maritime issues and ensure legitimate rights and interests of countries, heard the second ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) workshop on implementing UNCLOS in Hanoi on November 13.
— Vietnamplus

Asean tackles requirements in use of personal data
Cambodia along with the nine other Asean member countries has adopted the “Regulatory Pilot Space” (RPS) to address varying requirements around the use of personal data.
— Khmer Times

Thailand among top five countries for salary hikes
The emerging economies of Vietnam and Thailand both saw significant real salary increases, placing them in the global top five, with increases of 5.1% and 4.1% respectively, according to a report by ECA International.
— Thailand Business News

Vulnerable Lao kids to benefit from ASEAN ministerial meeting
Lao children at risk and persons with disabilities will benefit from the 10th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Social Welfare and Development — “Strengthening Social Protection on Vulnerable Children” being held in capital Vientiane.
— Xinhua    

Asean’s principle against ‘meddling’ in the spotlight
South-east Asian history is littered with stories of individuals who spent years in the political wilderness before being thrust into power.
— The Straits Times (paywall)

Southeast Asian countries need tougher plastic policies to curb pollution -UN
Southeast Asian countries, among the world’s worst ocean polluters, need tougher regulations for plastic packaging to curb leakage, a United Nations report said on Wednesday.
— Yahoo News

Rising Coastal Sea Levels Pose Threat to Cities in Vietnam and Thailand
A recent study referred to by some as a “Doomsday Report” suggests that rising sea levels could flood three times more land than previously predicted.
— Radio Free Asia

Is the Asean bloc under threat?
At the recent 35th Asean Summit and Related Summits held in Bangkok from Oct 31 to Nov 5, the international community witnessed evidence of rising instability in power relations between the regional players in Southeast Asia.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN investors pushing for sustainability
Sustainable investing is going mainstream in ASEAN with more than half of the private equity deals in the region now backing business models that contribute to environmental and social progress.
— The Asean Post

Government hit for choosing Jakarta over Bangkok for finance support center
The government’s plan to open the Korea-ASEAN Financial Cooperation Center in Jakarta, Indonesia, has aroused concerns among financial experts and companies here that the decision will not help the center achieve its intended goal of strengthening Korean firms’ foothold in Southeast Asia.
— The Korea Times

ADMM-Plus countries hold joint counter-terrorism drill
A joint counter-terrorism actual-troop drill among ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) countries kicked off Wednesday in Guilin, southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
— Xinhuanet

IRRI secures endorsement for ASEAN Rice Net
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) secured the endorsement of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states (AMS) and the support of three dialogue partners for the launch of ASEAN Rice Net, a new regional network for sharing and evaluating advanced IRRI-developed rice breeding lines.
— World Grain

Asean M&A appetite stable despite uncertainty: EY survey
THE merger and acquisition (M&A) appetite in South-east Asia remains stable despite global uncertainty, according to the latest EY Global Capital Confidence Barometer released on Nov 12.
— The Business Times

Malaysia tops regional peers in shopping traffic, order count on 11.11 sales
MALAYSIA tops the ranks in terms of shopping traffic volume and order count, followed by Thailand and the Philippines, according to ShopBack.
— The Malaysian Reserve

Illegal snares killing SE Asia wildlife
The animals of Southeast Asia’s tropical rainforests are under threat.
— Asia Times

Asean Digest: Revolut opts out of virtual banking in SG; Traveloka adds to Thai bouquet
UK-based fintech firm Revolut is said to have exited from the digital banking licence race in Singapore, while Traveloka has partnered with local film theater operators to launch movie bookings in Thailand.
— Deal Street Asia

Empowering or disempowering? What future fintech technologies mean for ASEAN nationals
Fintech promises a lot for the future of ASEAN nations.
— Asean Today

ASEAN needs more women in the energy sector
Southeast Asia has shown an improvement in the number of women in leadership roles.
— The Asean Post

Vulnerable Lao kids to benefit from ASEAN ministerial meeting
Lao children at risk and persons with disabilities will benefit from the 10th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Social Welfare and Development — “Strengthening Social Protection on Vulnerable Children” being held in capital Vientiane.
— Xinhuanet

Biz meeting with ASEAN, India coast guards
An annual meeting between businesspeople and the coast guards of ASEAN member nations and India takes place at a Seoul hotel on Nov. 13, 2019.
— Yonhap News Agency


Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Raksmey Khoem          @raksmey.aecnews

 

Indonesia barred Cambodia’s Rainsy from flight to Jakarta: airline
Malaysia Airlines said on Wednesday it had barred veteran Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy from a flight from Kuala Lumpur to the Indonesian capital Jakarta on the instruction of Indonesian authorities.
— Reuters

Cambodia says it defeated opposition effort to topple govt
Cambodia’s government claimed victory Wednesday in its jousting with exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who was unable to meet his self-imposed deadline to return to the country in an attempt to oust Prime Minister Hun Sen.
— AP

Cambodia’s rice export to China up 45 pct in 10 months
Cambodia exported 184,844 tons of milled rice to China during the first 10 months of 2019, up 45 percent over the same period last year, said an official report released on Wednesday.
— Xinhua  

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

At least 4600 pigs in Indonesia allegedly die of African virus
At least 4,600 pigs have allegedly died of the African swine fever in the Indonesian province of North Sumatra, the provincial administration said last Thursday.
— Xinhua

Rainsy’s Indonesia travel plans a test of Jakarta’s commitment to democracy
Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s on-again, off-again return to Phnom Penh – to lead a democratic uprising against Prime Minister Hun Sen – has turned into a circus, and a major headache for ASEAN countries.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

Indonesia to continue IEU-CEPA talks despite friction over leaked document
Indonesia will continue the ongoing negotiations on economic and trade partnership with the European Union despite a fresh spat following a leaked document about the EU’s plan to exclude biofuels derived from palm oil by 2021.
— The Jakarta Post

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Floods, water shortages cause cut in rice harvest: minister
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry yesterday defended its decision to lower the rice production target for 2019, saying it was unavoidable because of the severe flooding that had occurred this year and last.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Human Rights Watch Condemns Lao Government for Continued Detention of Elderly Landowner Over Property Dispute
A high-ranking Human Rights Watch (HRW) official lashed out at the Lao government for continuing to hold a 69-year old man who was arrested two months ago, for refusing to vacate land that had been in his family for more than 50 years.
— RFA

Major new project to use nature-based solutions to help Laos adapt to climate change
The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), a major funder of climate projects, has approved a US$10 million project that’s expected to benefit 10 per cent of Laos’ population. The project is using nature-based solutions in four cities to build resilience towards ever-increasing floods caused by climate change.
— UN Environment Program  

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Masing: State govt approves RM30.5 mln to install VTMS at Kuching Port in 2020
The state government has approved RM30.5 million to install the Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) at Kuching Port in 2020, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing told the august House today.
— The Borneo Post

Sarawak’s economic growth to rise to 6 per cent in 2020, says Uggah
Sarawak’s economy is projected to grow at 5.5 to 6 per cent next year from 4.5 to 5 per cent this year with the continued implementation of major projects, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia vows improvements after aviation downgrade
Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Authority has pledged to nnake changes after its air safety rating was downgraded by the US Federal Aviation Administration.
— Travel mole

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Seven new power plant projects under implementation to meet with power requirement in summer
Seven new power plant projects are under implementation in order to meet with power requirement in coming summer, said Khin Maung Win, Deputy Minister for Electric Power and Energy.
— Eleven Myanmar

Daiwa to offer microloans to low-income earners in Myanmar
Daiwa Securities Group will launch microfinance services in Myanmar through a joint venture, diversifying its portfolio there to tap the growing economy.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

We can’t allow Myanmar’s slavery-tainted shrimp to land on our plates
Europe is in talks with Myanmar to increase seafood imports. It cannot ignore the widespread slavery within the industry.
— The Guardian

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

Duterte’s golden age of infrastructure will have to be completed by next president
Rodrigo Duterte started his presidency with a promise that his time will be the golden age of infrastructure. While his vision is grand, the next president may have to execute and complete most of what will be left unfinished.
— Rappler

‘If 2020 budget stalls, expect a non-operating Barmm’
A non-operating Bangsamoro government is likely to happen next year if the 2020 regional budget is not passed this year, Bangsamoro officials said, citing the urgency to hire new personnel to fill the large void that will be left by outgoing personnel of the now defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
— Business Mirror

Robredo: US backs clearer data, widespread rehab in war on drugs
The US has expressed support for the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs, which is now led in part by opposition leader Vice President Leni Robredo, the co-chair of the Inter-Agency Council on Anti-Illegal Drugs.
— GMA Network

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

S’poreans reminded to check passport stamped correctly when going to M’sia
Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) issued a travel reminder on Wednesday, Nov. 13, ahead of the upcoming school holidays.
— Mothership

Singapore maps out route to becoming AI powerhouse
AN INAUGURAL roadmap that lays out Singapore’s plan to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to transform the economy was unveiled on Wednesday, in the country’s most ambitious push yet to become a global AI powerhouse.
— The Business Times

LTA warns against turning e-scooters into mobility aids
It said vendors who modify e-scooters by adding a third wheel and reducing the maximum speed can end up making the devices unsafe.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ

 

Central bank foresees lower growth, says ‘still policy room’ to help economy
The Bank of Thailand will lower its economic growth forecasts for this year and next and it still has monetary policy space to help the economy despite the key interest rate being at a record low, a deputy central bank governor said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

NACC finds Sino-Thai executives and Nakhon Si Thammarat officials took a 20 million baht bribe
Four officials in Nakhon Si Thammarat and two senior executives of Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction Company have been faulted by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for taking a 20 million baht bribe from a Thai-Japanese consortium contracted to build a power plant in Khanom district of Nakhon Si Thammarat.
— Thai PBS News

Unsafe dust levels in 19 areas of Bangkok and suburbs
Sixteen areas in Bangkok and three in its suburbs were found today to have excessive levels of PM2.5 dust particles in the atmosphere, the Department of Pollution Control reported today (Wednesday).
— Thai PBS News

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Việt Nam to import LNG to meet burgeoning electricity demand
Demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) will continue to be strong, outpacing domestic production by 2020 requiring the country to import around one million cubic metres a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam Advances Plan to Protect Disputed Maritime Claims with Stronger Fishing Fleet
Vietnamese boats fish so far outside their territorial waters that authorities in Malaysia and the Philippines sometimes spot them.
— VOA

Vietnam’s jasmine rice crowned best in world
The Soc Trang-based organic rice ST24 was honoured as the best in the world for flavour for the first time ever, as it was granted the World’s Best Rice 2019 award at the 11th Annual World’s Best Rice Contest in Manila, the Philippines, on November 12.
— NDO

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