Asean morning news for November 19

Asean morning news for November 19

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Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ


Are ASEAN’s unicorns overvalued?
Southeast Asia’s unicorns are now supposedly worth US$57 billion after the recent addition of four new companies to the exclusive club, but how realistic that figure is remains to be seen.
— The Asean Post

Maritime exercise strengthens ASEAN centrality in regional security
The maritime exercises participated by ASEAN member countries with China and the United States (US) reflects practical cooperation in strengthening ASEAN centrality in regional security architecture.
— The Edge Markets

2 air pacts signed in 25th ASEAN transport ministers meeting
The 25th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting (ATM) and its associated Dialogue Partner Meetings concluded on Friday (November 15) with the signing of two regional agreements improving ancillary services as well as connectivity.
— Manila Bulletin

PH lands at 49th in global talent ranking, but not fast enough for Asean peers
The Philippines jumped six notches to place 49th in a list that ranks countries based on their ability to attract and retain talent, yet it still ranked last among its Asean neighbors.

ASEAN members optimistic about 2021 target for South China Sea code of conduct | Video
ASEAN members remain optimistic that they can come up with a substantive and effective code of conduct on the South China Sea by 2021.
— Channel NewsAsia

Huawei calls for joint efforts to speed up ASEAN digitalization
Speaking at the AEC Business Forum 2019 recently in Bangkok, James Wu, Huawei Southeast Asia President, called for joint efforts across countries and industries to speed up digitalization in ASEAN, and seize the opportunities offered by 5G, Cloud and AI.
— BizEnglish

ASEAN Members Strengthen Cooperation On Social Protection
ASEAN members have enhanced cooperation on social protection of people, especially vulnerable children, a meeting has been told.

Indo-Pacific Strategy not gaining steam
Despite the American efforts to breathe life into Indo-Pacific strategy, the initiative is not gaining steam. The second annual Indo-Pacific Business Forum (IPBF) in Bangkok on November 4 convened by the US during the 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits, was the latest initiative.
— New Delhi Times

ADMM Retreat and ADMM Plus meeting
The ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and the ADMM-Plus will provide a major mechanism to promote and strengthen international defense cooperation and meet threats to regional security.

RoK President values ASEAN’s role in advancing peace on Korean Peninsula
In a recent article, President of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Moon Jae-in expressed his belief that ASEAN member states will join in the journey toward establishing permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula as reliable friends and advisers.
— Vietnam+

At ASEAN, Rajnath Singh Hits Out At Countries Using Terrorism For Political Gains
Hitting out at countries using terrorism to pursue political goals, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday pitched for strong global action against terrorist safe havens and steps to choke terror financing.
— The Arunachal Times

EU supports ASEAN in sustainable use of peatland, haze mitigation
The European Union (EU) has launched the civil society component of a 24 million EUR (about 26 million USD) programme to support Sustainable Use of Peatland and Haze Mitigation in ASEAN (SUPA).
— Vietnam+

China and some Asian countries recently reached agreement on control and prevention of a destructive pest at an international industry workshop in Kunming, the Agriculture Ministry said on Sunday.
— Succesful Farming

International press conference on Vietnam’s ASEAN Chair Year 2020
Secretary General of the National ASEAN 2020 Committee, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung chaired an international press conference on Vietnam’s ASEAN President Year 2020 held in Hanoi, on November 18.
— Nhan Dan

Coming challenges call for stronger Korea-Asean ties
Next week, from November 25-27, the 2019 Asean-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit and the 1st Mekong-Republic of Korea Summit will be held in Korea.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Norway, ASEAN upholding biodiversity conservation in La Mesa Watershed
In a ceremonial tree planting in La Mesa Watershed today, Norway showed its commitment to protecting biodiversity and combating climate change in the ASEAN region.
— Philippine Information Agency

ASEAN Organic Cosmetics Market is Anticipated to Expand at a Healthy CAGR of 10% During the Forecast Period 2014 – 2024
The ASEAN market for organic cosmetics stood at an overall valuation of US$40 billion in the year 2015.
— StatsFlash

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EU’s EBA Concerns Span Press, Politics, Unions
The European Union has called on Cambodia to protect labor and human rights associated with land titling, press freedom, political participation, trade union organizing for teachers and informal workers, and other areas of concern, in order to keep its duty-free trade access to the bloc.

‘Dengue at manageable level’
The Ministry of Health said the dengue epidemic had been relieved to a manageable level despite the fact that to date, the number of people who suffered from it this year is almost three times higher than in the same period last year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM Hun Sen Taunts Sam Rainsy over Thai Airway’s Ticket Change
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has mocked convict Sam Rainsy over baseless accusation that Premier Hun Sen secretly changed Thai Airways’ ticket to prevent Sam Rainsy from boarding the plane from Paris to Bangkok, speaking in the graduation ceremony on Monday.
— Fresh News

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Indonesia’s food chain turns toxic as plastic waste exports flood in
Plastic waste exports to south-east Asia have been implicated in extreme levels of toxins entering the human food chain in Indonesia.
— The Guardian

Government to quarantine hog cholera endemic areas
Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo confirmed in Jakarta on Monday that the government will isolate the distribution route from areas endemic to the hog cholera virus or classical swine fever disease in pigs.
— Antara News

Budget deficit reached 1.8% in Oct 2019: Indrawati
Indonesia’s budget deficit in the year ending October 31, 2019 reached Rp289.1 trillion, accounting for 1.8 percent of the national gross domestic product (GDP), Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.
— Antara News

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China-Laos railway tunnel completed 43 days ahead of schedule
A Key tunnel of China-Laos railway has been drilled through by China Railway No. 8 Engineering Group (CREC-8) near the ancient Lao capital of Luang Prabang, some 220 km north of capital Vientiane.
— Xinhua

New secondary school opens in Xekong
The children of Dakcheung district in Xekong province now have a brand new secondary school, built with 9 billion kip (US$1 million) in grant funding from the Vietnamese government.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Vangvieng prepares for winter season visitors
Authorities in Vangvieng district, Vientiane province, are making sure that everything is ready for the expected influx of visitors during the upcoming peak tourist season.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Malaysia’s pledge to embrace automation, e-payments and Industrial Revolution 4.0 tops employment needs in 2020
Steering Malaysia in the direction of progress in the decade ahead is the constant drive towards a cashless society and all the industry sectors and employment skills required to support this.
— Viet Nam News

Deputy minister: 365 foreign travellers denied entry during KLIA system glitch
A total of 365 foreign visitors were issued Not to Land (NTL) notices by the Immigration Department of Malaysia (JIM) during the technical failure and systems disruption at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) last.
— Malay Mail

Najib Razak, former PM of Malaysia, tampered with 1MDB evidence, court told
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak ordered the removal of material information from an investigation report into beleaguered state investment fund 1MDB to avoid civil or criminal liability, prosecutors contended on Monday at a hearing of his third criminal trial.
— South China Morning Post

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Restrictive laws, abuses shackle Myanmar’s internet freedom: group
Internet freedom in Myanmar is shackled by restrictive laws, an indication that the democratisation efforts of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) are failing, according to a US-based non-governmental organisation.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Govt Targets Mines Over Undelivered Gold Payments
The government says it is taking 138 mining companies to court for failing to deliver gold payments.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Satire Group Gets More Time in Prison For Mocking Military
Six members of a traditional satirical group received a second prison sentence Monday from a Yangon-based court for mocking Myanmar’s military in a performance earlier this year during the country’s annual New Year’s celebration, the defendants and their lawyer said.
— Radio free Asia

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IMF keeps 2019 GDP forecast
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has kept its economic growth forecast for the Philippines at 5.7 percent this year and revised upward the 2020 outlook to 6.3 percent — from 6.2 percent previously — on the back of better government spending and easing of monetary policy.
— Manila Times

Grab slapped with P23.45-M fine
THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has slapped Grab Philippines with a financial penalty amounting to P23.45 million for breaching its pricing commitments.
— Manila Times

Effects of rice tariffication hindered by abusive traders: CabSec
Unscrupulous traders may be one of the reasons why farmers cannot feel the full effects of the Rice Tariffication Law, a Palace official said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

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Singapore joins top 10 list for world talent rankings
Singapore has made the top 10 rankings of the most competitive places for talent – the first time it has reached the elite level in a league table compiled by Swiss business school IMD.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore non-oil exports sink 12.3% in October; worse than expected
SINGAPORE’S non-oil domestic exports (NODX) fell for an eighth straight month in October, posting a 12.3 per cent year-on-year drop, according to figures released by Enterprise Singapore.
— The Business Times

Trust in news falls to 42% this year in Singapore, say Reuter’s report
Overall trust in news in Singapore had decreased since 2018, according to the Reuter’s International Digital News Report 2019 which looked at data from almost 40 countries about how people are getting their news and how much they trust the news in their countries.
— The Online Citizen

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B12bn submarine buy ‘still on’
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon insists the navy will go ahead with its plan to buy a second Chinese-made submarine amid reports of a possible delay.
— Bangkok Post

‘Don’t mention the economy’
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has urged the public not to discuss Thailand’s economic problems too frequently, saying this could have a psychological impact on investor confidence.
— Bangkok Post

Monkey found dead in Chonburi with head stuck in plastic bag
A visitor to the area of Khao Sammuk in Chonburi found a monkey floating in the sea with its head inside a plastic bag.
— The Pattaya News

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Vietnam posts import-export revenue of over US$428 billion in 10 months
Vietnam reported US$428.63 billion worth of import and export revenue in the first 10 months of 2019, up 8% compared to the same period in 2018, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

Vietnam Activists Urge Government to Back Off Over China Protest T-Shirt
A group of Vietnamese activists have written an open letter urging the communist government in Hanoi to stop harassing people who wear a T-shirt that protests China’s expansive claims on the South China Sea, RFA’s Vietnamese Service has learned.
— Radio Free Asia

Illegal Fishing, Child Labor Reported in Vietnamese Fishing Fleet
Fish populations in Vietnam’s waters are so low boats are forced to fish illegally elsewhere to make a living, Vietnamese captains and crew told the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF).
— Maritime Executive

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