Asean morning news for October 3

Asean morning news for October 3

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

Dangerous journeys: UNHCR report details the risks faced by asylum seekers
A United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) report released in Bangkok yesterday (Oct 1) highlights the critical threats and risks refugees and asylum seekers in Southeast Asia face while seeking safety and a better future for themselves and their families.
— AEC News Today

RCEP trade ministers to meet in Bangkok on Oct 10-12
Trade ministers of 16 RCEP countries, including India and Japan, will hold a crucial meeting in Bangkok next week to take stock of the negotiations that are in the last phase, an official said.
— Money Control

Climate Change is causing dire consequences for the Greater Mekong region
From shrinking ice caps to drawn out drought seasons, it seems that every country across the globe has experience some sort of impact from the drastic changes in weather patterns.
— MashableSE Asia

ASEAN women are powering the coffee industry
International Coffee Day falls on 1 October every year with coffee businesses offering promotions to coffee lovers worldwide. But if coffee is not your cup of tea, it is important to know that it is a key commodity in Southeast Asia.
— The Asean Post

New Asean cyber-security centre launched to train response teams to combat online threats
To help bolster regional cyber-security capabilities, Singapore has launched a new centre for Asean member states to work together to conduct research, share knowledge and train to respond to cyber threats.
— The Straits Times (extremely annoying popups)

Latest RCEP meeting ‘very fruitful’, says government
The 28th round of negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Da Nang, Vietnam on Sept 19-27 were very fruitful and led to the conclusion of 13 of the 20 chapters in the proposed free trade agreement, the Commerce Ministry said yesterday.
— Bangkok Post

Alleged satellite photo of US carrier being surrounded by Chinese warships
A Chinese Weibo social media user with the handle @zhezhongzhihuizhang published a satellite image allegedly showing American aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan surrounded by at least seven other, purportedly Chinese, warships on 24 September.
— Spratly Islands

Thai health minister considers smoke haze as Asean issue
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has pointed out that smoke haze is a major issue that members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) would have to tackle seriously while their citizens should adjust their lifestyles to protect themselves.
— EdgeProp

What is behind India and ASEAN’s decision to review a 2010 FTA agreement?
At a meeting between Economic Ministers from the ten ASEAN member states and the Minister of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of India in Bangkok last month, ASEAN members agreed to India’s request to review the ASEAN-India Trade in Goods Agreement (AITIGA).
— Asean Today

ASEAN unites to fight back on cyber crime
ASEAN-Singapore Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence launched with mandate to increase cybersecurity cooperation in South East Asia.
— Gov Insider

ADB, Infrastructure Asia sign infrastructure funding and development pact
IN a bid to plug Southeast Asia’s infrastructure deficit, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Singapore-based Infrastructure Asia have signed an agreement to develop bankable and sustainable infrastructure projects in the region.
— Business Mirror

Steel industry frets as Govt inches close to signing RCEP
The steel industry has expressed serious concern with Government inching close to signing Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership which will open duty-free imports into the country from China.
— The Hindu Business Line

Singapore, Brunei to form work group for agri-food
A new working group for agri-food collaboration between Brunei and Singapore will be set up, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Inter-Korean summit possible at Korea-ASEAN summit: Former Moon aide
Preparations for the Korea-ASEAN Commemorative Summit are being made with the possibility of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s attendance in mind, a former aide to President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday.
— The Korea Herald

ASEAN demand for Myanmar maize rises
Demand for maize from Myanmar has increased in ASEAN countries this year, making up for a drop in exports to China, industry insiders say.
— Myanmar Times

Thought For Food Academy and Summit Head to ASEAN for 2020
TFF’s flagship global events will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to catalyse next-generation-led entrepreneurship and innovation across SE Asia BASEL, Switzerland – October 2, 2019
— Economy Watch/ Newswire (media release)

National champions bound for Bangkok
TWO students from Monash University Malaysia have been crowned national champions at the ASEAN Data Science Explorers (ASEANDSE) Malaysian National Finals 2019 organised by the ASEAN Foundation and SAP held recently.
— The Sun Daily

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

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National Bank gets full ownership of Cambodia’s ABA Bank by buying remaining 10%
National Bank of Canada has signed a deal pay $83.5 million to buy the 10 per cent stake in Cambodia-based ABA Bank that it did not already own.
— City News

ADB raises concern over credit in property sector
According to an ADB report from last Wednesday, the Cambodian economy remains on track and is expected to expand seven percent this year due to continued strength from traditional sectors such as garments, tourism, trade and construction.
— Themy Themy

Cambodia Has Tons of Gold, Doesn’t Need Trade Aid, Hun Sen Says
Cambodia has 30 tons of gold stashed in Switzerland, London and Phnom Penh; $15 billion in foreign reserves; and $4 billion more cash in hand — so it doesn’t need to be beholden to foreign aid, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday.
— VOD

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Jokowi Administration Completes 81 Projects worth Rp390tn
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution said that as of September 2019, 81 National Strategic Projects have been completed by the administration of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s first term in office.
— Tempo.co

Thousands of workers to protest against Indonesia’s labour, wage rules
housands of workers plan to carry out protests against Indonesia’s labour, wage and health insurance regulations, which they say are discriminatory, raising fresh risks for the stability of South-east Asia’s largest economy.
— The Straits Times

Indonesia cancels plan to ban tourists from Komodo Island
Indonesia has canceled plans to close its popular Komodo Island for tourists, but will instead impose a limit on the number of visitors to protect its native giant lizard.
— CNN

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Chinese Hit the Tourist Trail in Laos
More Chinese tourists are traveling to Laos, while the number of Western visitors drops. But the behavior of some Chinese tourists puts off local people and Lao tour companies fear losing business to Chinese competitors.
— RFA

IAEA Signs Practical Arrangements for Triangular Cooperation with Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam
Following the signature of two separate but complementary Practical Arrangements (PAs) on 17 September, the IAEA has established a new framework for south-south cooperation involving three Member States in the Asia and Pacific region alongside with the IAEA.
— IAEA

Provincial Official in Laos Wants to Cancel Concession for Chinese Coal Company
Officials for the local government in Laos’ Houaphanh province say they want to cancel the survey contract of a Chinese coal company after learning that its operations in the province have caused hardship for villagers who have yet to see any compensation.
— RFA

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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Manufacturers clarify US not imposing blanket ban against Malaysia-made rubber gloves
The US has only banned rubber gloves from one Malaysian company and not all products manufactured here, the local rubber gloves industry said today.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia halts VEP enforcement at Johor checkpoints
Malaysia has halted the enforcement of its Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) scheme at its two Johor checkpoints, the Ministry of Transport has said, following several teething problems last week.
— The Straits Times

Malaysia’s solar sector on the rise
Malaysia’s solar photovoltaics (PV) industry is on the rise thanks to strengthening government support, growing investor confidence and reducing costs.
— The Asean Post

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar consumers still lack wide awareness of cashless payment systems
Although more than 40 percent of Myanmar consumers expect to utilise cashless payment in the coming year, awareness of contactless and QR systems is still low, according to a recent study by Visa exploring Myanmar consumers’ perception, attitudes, and behaviours towards payment and new payment systems.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Sticks With Huawei For Telecoms Buildout Despite China Concerns
Myanmar has decided to continue using Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei as its major partner in developing its lagging telecom sector as the Southeast Asian country gears up for the deployment of the next generation of high-speed mobile communications.
— Radio Free Asia

Mandalay collects K10b from electricity cheats
The Mandalay Region government has collected some K10 billion (US$6.50 million) in fines from illegal electricity users in 10 months, a senior regional official said.
— Myanmar Times

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

Isabela bans entry of swine
Gov. Rodolfo Albano 3rd has declared a total ban on the entry of pigs, including fresh, frozen and processed products in the entire province.
— Manila Times

Lawmaker wants higher compensation for ASF-hit hog raisers
A lawmaker proposed that hog raisers be compensated with at least 70% of the total cost of each culled pig struck by the deadly African swine fever (ASF) .
— Rappler

Humanity’s emissions ‘100 times greater’ than volcanoes
Human activity churns out up to 100 times more planet-warming carbon each year as all the volcanoes on Earth, says a decade-long study released Tuesday, October 1.
— Rappler

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Law to curb deliberate online falsehoods takes effect
Five months after it was passed in Parliament, Singapore’s new law aimed at combating the spread of deliberate online falsehoods came into effect on Wednesday (Oct 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Government to adopt outcome-based contracts for security industry by May 1, 2020
All government agencies will be required to adopt outcome-based security contracts – which specify exactly what the agency hopes to achieve – by May 1, 2020.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More government actors using social media to manipulate public sentiment: Report
Governments and political parties around the world are increasingly using social media to manipulate public opinion, according to a recent report by researchers from the University of Oxford.
— CNA

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ

 

Thai PM says no Islamic State ties to Thailand as Egypt arrests student
The Thai student, who has not been identified, was taken into custody by Egyptian authorities on Sept 24 in Cairo after a video clip circulated online that showed him voicing support for an “Islamic revolution” in an interview.
— Reuters

Thailand expects jump in Chinese tourists in Golden Week after year-ago lull
While a recent rebound in the number of visitors from China, Thailand’s biggest source of tourists, is encouraging for the industry, its outlook is weighed by China’s slowing economy and a strong baht THB=TH, they said.
— Reuters

21st dugong found dead in fish nets off Phang Nga
Another dugong, the 21st this year, has been found dead, trapped in fish net in the sea off Khura Buri district in Phang Nga.
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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World Bank signs $2.2m project to strengthen Việt Nam’s banking sector
The World Bank (WB) and the State Bank of Việt Nam (SBV) on Tuesday signed a financing agreement for a grant worth US$2.2 million to implement a project aimed at strengthening the soundness and resilience of Việt Nam’s banking sector.
— Viet Nam News

US firms eager to tap into Vietnam’s LNG thirst
Vietnam is set to import some 5 million tons of LNG by 2025 and the volume will likely reach 10 million tons by 2030 and 15 million tons by 2035.
— The Hanoitimes

Vietnam c.bank rules out devaluing currency
Devaluing the dong must take into account trade turnover, foreign debt, current account, so as to ensure the highest national interest and stability of the market, according to the State Bank of Vietnam.
— The Hanoitimes

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