Asean morning news for November 21

Asean morning news for November 21

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Health leaders to ramp up battle against antimicrobial resistance & tobacco (video)
Health leaders from 37 countries attending the 70th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for the Western Pacific have endorsed calls to ramp up the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and tobacco use throughout the Region.
— AEC News Today

Is ASEAN serious about saving its marine turtles?
The poor implementation and enforcement of policies is painting a bleak future for marine turtles in ASEAN.
— The Asean Post

RCEP did not address outstanding issues, concerns of India: Goyal
The government told Lok Sabha on Wednesday that it did not join the mega free trade agreement RCEP as the grouping did not address the outstanding issues and concerns of India.
— Outlook India

Global talent ranking tells a familiar ASEAN tale
Swiss-based International Institute for Management Development (IMD) recently released its World Talent Ranking for 2019.
— The Asean Post (media release)

S. Korea to provide US$6.9 mln for vocational training in ASEAN countries
South Korea will provide US$6.9 million over the coming three years to support vocational training in the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), officials said Wednesday.
— Yonhap News Agency

ASEAN urged to actively invite India back to RCEP
Regional affairs: Former foreign minister Marty Natalegawa speaks at a forum on Indonesia’s role in ASEAN, held by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

‘New Southern Policy’ aims for people-to-people exchanges, economic co-prosperity, regional peace
Unveiled by South Korean President Moon Jae-in in November 2017 after his trip to South East Asia, the ‘New Southern Policy’ envisions more cooperation between South Korea and ASEAN, from culture to the economy.
— Arirang

China: U.S. willful trespassing is cause of tensions in South China Sea
Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that the U.S. willful trespassing is the cause of tensions in the South China Sea, and its attempt to sow discord is the threat to regional peace and stability.

South Korea-ASEAN Summitry Will Spotlight Moon’s New Southern Policy
Next week, South Korea will hold a series of high-profile events in its relations with Southeast Asia.
— The Diplomat

‘US-China trade row top risk to region’s stability’
THE trade dispute between China and the United States is seen as the biggest risk to the region’s financial stability, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
— Business Mirror

ASEAN should not accept to be a second-class community vis-à-vis the EU
The over-internationalisation of the domestic affairs of ASEAN member states (AMS) and judgmental statements from the European Union (EU) on ASEAN affairs are ruining ASEAN’s reputation and undermining ASEAN centrality and integrity unless ASEAN itself is accepting to be a second-class community.
— Khmer Times

Asean-China flight accords to boost Kingdom’s airline sector invest,entlines
Cambodia expects to establish more direct flight routes with China after State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) secretary of state Mao Havannal signed two agreements last week at the 25th Asean Transport Ministers’ meeting.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Sex and deepfakes: Sexualised misinformation will hamper future female democratic participation
Character assassination and smear campaigns have been part and parcel of democratic elections since the birth of democracy.
— Asean Today

ASEAN-EU relations: Moving forward
Early this week, I had the pleasure of accompanying our new EU Ambassador to ASEAN, Igor Driesmans, in his discussions with government representatives, legislators, business and think-tanks about the future of ASEAN-EU relations.
— The Philippine Star

Disaster management cooperation for ASEAN-Korea
I had a chance to attend the meeting on international disaster relief cooperation in Aceh in 2008.
— The Jakarta Post

Soaring to over $4 billion, southeast Asia is the fastest-growing games market
Southeast Asia’s games market is on target to generate more than $4.3 billion in revenue, according to a Newzoo.
— Pocket Gamer.Biz

Korea, ASEAN to cooperate on smart city development
The government will host the Korea-ASEAN Smart City Fair 2019 in Busan next week, with an aim of building cooperation in developing sustainable smart cities, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Wednesday.
— The Korea Times

EU intensifies support to Asean biodiversity conservation
The visiting envoy of the European Union (EU) to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Tuesday expressed support to the agenda of the regional bloc to protect and preserve biodiversity amid challenges and threats of environmental degradation and climate change.
— Philippine News Agency

ASEAN’s laxity on emissions puts children in danger
Today, November 20, is Universal Children’s Day, a day for us to celebrate, promote and advocate for children’s rights.
— Asia Times

PET project: Coca-Cola-backed report urges ASEAN beverage sector to focus on recycling
A new report on plastic waste and recycling commissioned by Coca-Cola has pushed for F&B firms, especially in the ASEAN beverage industry, to look at setting up non-profit facilities focusing on PET recycling as a means with ‘significant potential’ of solving the region’s plastic waste crisis.
— Foodnavigator-asia

E-payment roadmap eyes cross-border as first order
The national e-payment roadmap for 2020 prioritises cross-border payments and fund transfers, aiming to boost financial transactions via the digital platform across Asean and deepening integration of the regional bloc.
— Bangkok Post

Indonesia among top e-money drivers in Southeast Asia–S&P report
Indonesia is among the top drivers of e-money growth in Southeast Asia alongside neighboring Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand, according to an inaugural report commissioned by Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Global Market Intelligence.

South Korea to give week-long welcome for tourists from ASEAN
South Korea is stepping up its efforts to attract visitors from ASEAN with a special programme from November 20 to December 11.
— Viet Nam News

Ampverse launches creator fund aimed at Southeast Asian esports talents
Ampverse, the newly established gaming and esports media company, announces the launch of the Ampverse Creator Fund, a fund dedicated to champion and reward gaming and esports talent across Southeast Asia.
— e27

Southeast Asian Solar Power Set to Surge as Costs Drop Below Natural-Gas Generation
ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) members have forged themselves into leading industrial and export-driven manufacturing hubs in recent decades.
— Solar Magazine

South Korea seeks to expand network in Southeast Asia
South Korea is looking to expand air traffic rights within Southeast Asia, specifically Singapore, Indonesia, and Brunei, to diversify its network.
— Flightglobal

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More Than 20 Opposition Activists Remain Detained in Cambodia Despite Order For Release
More than 20 activists from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) who voiced support for the return of party chief Sam Rainsy from exile remain in detention one week after Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered them released on bail, a lawyer said Wednesday.
— RFA 

Tourist Arrivals Continue to Rise, Buoyed by Chinese Tourists
Cambodian Tourism Ministry statistics showed an increase in international tourists arriving in the country for the first nine months of the year, again bolstered by Chinese tourist arrivals in the Kingdom.

Transport Minister Seeks More Infrastructure Funds From China
Transport Minister Sun Chanthol on Tuesday said Cambodia was seeking more loans and investment from China — the nation’s largest creditor — to develop the country’s infrastructure.

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Indonesia begins restructuring of 430,000 civil servant jobs
The government has begun an assessment of middle and lower job positions at state institutions in the first nationwide move to streamline the bureaucracy in the country that may put hundreds of thousands of civil servants at risk of losing some of their income.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Pursuing US$7tn GDP, 7% Growth
The government is relying on exports and investment to pursue a 7-percent growth target per year.

U.S., Indonesia vow to double trade volume to 60 bln USD in next five years
The United States and Indonesia have pledged to edge up the trade volume by twice in the next five years as the two nations still have more business opportunities which can be explored further, officials of the nations have said.
— Xinhua

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Laos’ Special Envoy Presented World Heritage Inscription Certificate for Plain of Jars
Mr. Bosengkham Vongdara, a special envoy of the Lao government was presented a certificate confirming that the World Heritage Committee of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage has inscribed Megalithic Jar Sites in Xieng Khuang mostly known as Plain of Jars on the world heritage list.
— KPL 

Mekong nations face severe water shortages
Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam should expect severe to extreme drought until at least January 2020, threatening agricultural production, experts warn. Their main water source, the Mekong River, is at its lowest level in over half a century.
— The Thaiger 

Ministry cracks down on illegal immigration
Over 3,000 people of 79 nationalities were prevented from entering Laos this year and more than 1,000 people were permanently barred from entry, according to the Minister of Public Security, Lieutenant General Vilay Lakhamfong.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Malaysia in talks with partners to produce palm oil-based bio-jet fuel
Malaysia aims to start producing palm oil-based bio-jet fuel within five years and is in talks with several potential partners about setting up a plant, the head of the industry’s marketing board said on Wednesday.
— Arab News

Malaysian terrorist with links to 9/11, Singapore bomb plot released
Convicted Malaysian terrorist Yazid Sufaat, who acquired four tonnes of ammonium nitrate in 2000 in preparation for a foiled bombing plot in Singapore, was freed from prison yesterday, anti-terrorism police told The Straits Times (ST).
— The Straits Times

Malaysia Airlines rationalisation plan will not affect rural services in Sabah, Sarawak
The Transport Ministry today gave an assurance that any rationalisation plan undertaken by Malaysia Airlines Berhad so far, and in the future, will not affect existing rural air services provided by MASWings in Sabah and Sarawak.
— The Sun Daily

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Aung San Suu Kyi to ‘lead team’ to Hague to fight Rohingya genocide case
Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to the Hague to appear before the International Court of Justice after Gambia filed a case accusing Myanmar of genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority, her government said on Wednesday.
— Channel NewsAsia

Capital goods import value reaches about $720 m over a month this FY
Myanmar has imported capital goods worth about US$720 million over a month of this fiscal year, exceeding over US$90 million compared to the same period of last fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

Volunteers Say Nearly 100,000 People Displaced by Fighting in Myanmar’s Rakhine State
New estimates from local aid groups say nearly 100,000 people have been displaced by escalating violence between Myanmar’s military and the Arakan Army in Rakhine State.
— Irrawaddy

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Slain mayors prove peace and order ‘lacking’ under Duterte – Aquino
Former president Benigno Aquino III said the number of mayors killed in the past 3 years showed that peace and order under his successor Rodrigo Duterte is lacking.
— Rappler

Duterte warns courts vs. issuing TROs on vaping ban
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday sternly warned the courts against issuing a temporary restraining order (TRO) on his latest directive to stop the use and importation of vaping devices and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) nationwide.
— Philippine News Agency

Manila court denies bid of Rappler’s Ressa, Santos to dismiss cyber libel raps
The Manila Regional Trial Court has junked the demurrer to evidence filed by Rappler’s Maria Ressa and former reporter Reynaldo Santos in connection with the case filed against them by businessman Wilfredo Keng.
— Eagle News

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Singapore falls behind Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok in the liveability category in Global Power City Index
According to the latest Global Power City Index (GPCI) report released on Tuesday (19 November), Singapore is ranked below other Asian cities like Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok in the liveability category.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore, a potential agri-food powerhouse in Asia: report
SINGAPORE and other Asian cities namely Bangalore, Beijing, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Tokyo have the potential to become global agri-food innovation powerhouses that catalyse development, funding and collaboration across the food and agricultural sector, according to a recent report.
— The Business Times

Salary increases next year expected to be similar to this year: Two surveys
Workers in Singapore will likely see modest salary increases next year despite the economic slowdown this year, according to two survey reports published recently.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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FFP head faces new legal fight
The Constitutional Court’s decision to strip Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit of his MP status over his controversial media share-holding on Wednesday has raised the prospect of the Election Commission (EC) pursuing a criminal case against the FFP leader.
— Bangkok Post

Prime Minister of Thailand orders economic cabinet to change approach and better drive national development
The Prime Minister has urged economic Cabinet members to change their operational approach to better drive national development inclusively, and ordered related agencies to tackle the unemployment crisis
— The Pattaya News

Industry sentiment at 17-month low
Thai Industries Sentiment Index (TISI) for October hit its lowest level in 17 months, the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) reported on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam Takes ‘Drastic Steps’ to Stop Fraudulent Exports to U.S.
Vietnam is intensifying efforts to crack down on Chinese exporters trying to route products through the Southeast Asian nation to bypass higher U.S. tariffs, a customs official said.
— Bloomberg Tax

Vietjet named Asia Pacific’s low cost airline of the year 2019
The award honoured Vietjet for the airline’s strong expansion of its international network. This is a highly attractive position given Việt Nam’s favourable economic prospects and fast-growing market.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam strives for being ASEAN’s leading country in e-government
Vietnam aims to raise its ranking of e-government from 10 to 15 levels by 2020, according to the United Nations assessment
— VietnamPlus

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