Asean morning news for September 10

Asean morning news for September 10

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu


RCEP meet in Bangkok ends with no significant progress
Ministers from 16 countries negotiating for an Asia-wide free trade pact failed to make significant progress in a meeting Sunday held in the Thai capital, according to Japan’s representatives.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Despite Indonesia’s denial, Asean data warns of persistent hotspots in Sumatra, Kalimantan
The Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) has warned that haze will continue to affect western parts of Peninsular Malaysia and western Sarawak, as hotspots are expected to persist in Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia.
— Malay Mail

ASEAN member-states not spending enough on social protection: ADB
Social protection spending is still not the priority in Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines, according to the Asian Development Bank. But Manila’s conditional cash transfer program is earning praises from the international community.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific, message to major powers
The ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific was successfully endorsed and adopted by the leaders of the Southeast Asian countries at the 34th ASEAN Summit in June.
— Antara News

ASEAN convened to discuss strategies for accelerating human capital development
Ministers and senior government officials from the ASEAN Member States convened today to discuss strategies for accelerating human capital development in the region through integrated policy investments and innovative policy reforms.
— Devdiscourse

A Crucial New Phase in the Battle to End TB in Southeast Asia
The 11 member states of the WHO South-East Asia Region have opened a new front in the battle to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030.
— The Diplomat

ASEAN nations boost cooperation in fighting drug trafficking at sea
Measures to promote joint investigation in preventing drug trafficking along sea routes in Southeast Asia were discussed at a workshop in Hanoi on September 9.
— Vietnamplus

B Grimm alots 38.5 billion Baht till 2022 in Asean
B Grimm Power Plc has set aside more than Bt38.5 billion for investment in its power projects with the aim of achieving 5,000 megawatts by 2022, the company’s chief executive officer Preeyanart Soontornwata said after opening its largest solar farm electricity plant in Tay Ninh, Vietnam in last week.

Asean looks to filthy coal instead of solar power
Sun-kissed Asean continues to generate electricity using filthy coal and its citizens choke on foul air as a consequence.
— Asean Economist

European businessmen remain bullish on Asean growth in next 5 years, survey shows
European firms expect their trade and investment activities in Southeast Asia to grow over the next five years, but this may have to depend on how countries in the region secure their trade deals and hasten their economic integration.
— Business Mirror

China’s border region to promote AI cooperation with ASEAN
South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Monday pledged to enhance cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on artificial intelligence (AI).
— Xinhuanet

Why the US and its allies should keep ASEAN at the centre
Southeast Asia is a region crucial to China, the geography creating what is known as the “Malacca Strait dilemma” – a strategic chokepoint located between the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra, it provides China with its shortest maritime access to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
— The Interpreter

China, ASEAN to further strengthen trade, economic relations
Economic ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China agreed on Monday to strengthen trade and economic relations between both sides, and synergize the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative with the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity.
— Xinhuanet

Asean+6 countries are future market for natural gas exporters
The Doha-headquartered Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) has stated global energy demand is expected to increase by 26 percent and as much as 38 percent in the Asean and East Asia region.
— The Peninsula Qatar

ASEAN reaffirms position against nuclear test: UN envoy
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reaffirms its collective position against nuclear test and continues to stress the importance of achieving universal adherence to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), a UN envoy said here on Monday.
— Xinhuanet

Sec. Cusi calls for further strengthening of Intra-ASEAN energy relations
Fresh from his recent participation at the 37th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM37) in Bangkok, Thailand, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi called for the further strengthening of energy relations among ASEAN member-countries, as he led the energy family in this morning’s flag raising ceremony at the agency’s headquarters.
— Philippine Information Agency

HSBC: More ASEAN Cooperation Needed for Digital Economy to Thrive
While technology is inherently borderless, the regulation governing it is not.

ASEAN policy makers commit to investing more in people
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ministers and senior officials on Monday discussed how to accelerate human capital development in the region by using policy investments and reforms.
— Xinhuanet

A Short History Of The ASEAN Digital Future – OpEd
This month, Malaysia celebrates its 62nd anniversary of Independence, led by 94-year old but digitally savvy Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
— Eurasia Review

A Short History of the ASEAN Digital Future
This month, Malaysia celebrates its 62nd anniversary of Independence, led by 94-year old but digitally savvy Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
— Modern Diplomacy

Thriving landscape for women in fintech
Due to Southeast Asia’s largely unbanked and underbanked populations, the region has a growing fintech ecosystem which provides innovative services such as loans and payment platforms.
— The Asean Post

The rise of the ASEAN superapps
Superapps are trendy these days, with many popular apps harbouring the ambition to become a Superapp, not only in one country but across the region.
— The Business Times

Southeast Asia to see 100-fold increase in floating solar PV plants: Rystad Energy
Development of floating solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants is expected to increase 100-fold in Southeast Asia over the next five to 15 years, according to energy research firm Rystad Energy.

Southeast Asian Experimental Music Is Growing Overground
As regional artists increasingly come together, more than ever, experimental music is about rebuilding connections – to other humans, and to our histories.
— Vice

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Cambodia ready to implement UN agreement on paperless trade: gov’t
The government last week said it is ready to implement a regional agreement on paperless trade signed two years ago.
— Khmer Times

UN Human Rights Chief Hits Cambodia Crackdown on Opposition Activists
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet hit out on Monday at Cambodian authorities’ harassment of members of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party, pointing to the questioning by police of over 100 party activists, and detention of over 20, since the beginning of the year.

Council of Ministers summons Transparency International
Transparency International Cambodia said it had been summoned to the Council of Minsters on Wednesday to discuss reported remarks to the Southeast Asia Globe.
— Themy Themy

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Indonesia’s economy at risk as global recession looms: World Bank
Indonesia’s economy, which has been growing steadily at around 5.3 percent per year on average since the start of the millennium, could be dragged down as it faces downside risks associated with the increasingly clouded outlook for the global environment, the World Bank has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Unidentified individuals toss sacks of snakes into Papuan student dormitory: Students
A group of unidentified individuals tossed two sacks of snakes into the front yard of a Papuan student dormitory on Jl. Kalasan in Surabaya, East Java in the early hours of Monday, according to the Papuan Students Alliance (AMP).
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi needs to step in, rescue KPK: Activists
Amid intensive efforts in the House of Representatives (DPR) to push through a legal revision that critics say would weaken the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the fate of the antigraft body lies in the hands of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
— The Jakarta Post

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EU Provides EUR 5 Million For Export Competitiveness, Job Creation In Laos
The European Union (EU) has supported EUR 5 million for export competitiveness and job creation in the Lao PDR by launching the ASEAN Regional Integration Support-Lao PDR Trade-Related Assistance(ARISE Plus-Lao PDR) in Vientiane on Sept 9.
— KPL 

Laos hydropower plant begins operation
With two power stations, the Nam Ngiep 1 plant generates about 1.6 billion kilowatt-hours of energy per year, Japanese utility Kansai Electric Power Co said on Friday.
— Bangkok Post

Govt assisting, closely following plight of flood victims
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, leaders of committees and provincial authorities last week visited people in provinces that have been affected by the recent widespread flooding.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Penang govt to talk only with impacted stakeholders over PSR project: Chow
The Penang government will only deal with stakeholders who are impacted by the Penang South Reclamation project (PSR), said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.As for other quarters, he said, they could give their opinion, and the government will take note.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia pins hope for RCEP deal success with good progress made
Malaysia sees positive progress towards concluding the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s largest trade pact, by year-end even though there are still some outstanding issues that needed to be resolved.
— The Sun Daily

Govt pledges to liberate Malaysia from corruption, abuse of power
The government is committed to rehabilitating the country and liberating it from corruption and abuse of power, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
— The Star Online

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Myanmar to use US$1 billion loan for infrastructure projects
Economic development, agriculture, electricity, and infrastructure projects will be the focus of a framework for loans between South Korea and Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Foreign investment volume reaches more than US$ 4,100 million in 12 business fields in Myanmar
Foreign investment volume reached more than US$ 4,100 million in 12 business fields in Myanmar, but about US$ 1700 million is still needed to meet the intended target, said a source from Myanmar Investment Commission.
— Eleven Myanmar

MP proposes reduction of liquor tax
Excise taxes on foreign liquor should be reduced from the current level of 60 pc to balance between deterring illegal imports and boosting tax revenues, U Bo Bo Oo, Pyithu Hluttaw MP from Sanchaung township told Parliament last week.
— Myanmar Times

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House committee endorses P4.1-trillion budget
THE House of Representatives appropriations committee yesterday endorsed the P4.1 trillion national budget for next year, without changes, according to its chairman.
— BusinessWorld Online

Philippines culls 7,000 pigs in outbreak of African swine fever
The Philippines has reported its first cases of African swine fever, becoming the latest country hit by the disease that has killed pigs from Slovakia to China, pushing up pork prices worldwide.
— The Guardian

House OKs bill promoting entry of foreign direct investments
The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third reading a priority measure amending Republic Act 7042, or the Foreign Investments Act (FIA) of 1991, to exclude the “practice of professions” on the Foreign Investment Negative List.
— Philippine News Agency

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Biodegradable plastic alternatives not necessarily better for Singapore, say experts
You might think that switching from single-use plastics to biodegradable plastic alternatives is good for the environment but in Singapore, there are “no effective differences”, experts said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore, Philippines ink agreements on education, infrastructure and personal data protection
President Halimah Yacob witnessed the signing of eight Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) between Singapore and the Philippines on Monday (Sep 9), covering a range of fields from education to infrastructure development.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore may experience slightly hazy conditions due to Sumatra hotspots: NEA
Singapore could experience slightly hazy conditions if the hotspot situation in Sumatra persists, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Monday (Sep 9).
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

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Australian newspaper reports on Thai minister’s criminal drug past
The Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompow has had his accounts about his role in a 3.2 kilogram heroin-smuggling ring challenged by an Australian newspaper.
— The Thaiger

Minister Won’t Explain Heroin Conviction, Jail Time in Australia
A senior government official on Monday declined to address allegations that he spent four years behind bars in Australia for smuggling heroin back in the 1990s.
— Khaosod English

DSI chief expects Billy’s murder case to be concluded sooner than predicted
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is expected to conclude its investigation into the murder of Karen human rights defender Polajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen much sooner than the 2-3 months previously anticipated.
— Thai PBS News

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Gov’t to loosen conditions for auto imports
The Government will soon issue a revision to Decree 116/2017 on the conditions for production, assembly, import and business of automobile warranty and maintenance services, removing a number of regulations relevant to auto imports.
— Viet Nam News

Privatizing State-Owned Companies in Vietnam
When Vietnam started privatizing state-owned enterprises in the 80s, the private sector, which includes local businesses, began to flourish. When Vinamilk, a dairy product company, was privatized the company expanded globally, and today are operating in more than 43 countries, surpassing $2.2billion revenues in 2018. That’s a lot of milk!
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnam’s Pork Shortage May Surge to $1.3 Billion by January
Vietnam is at risk of a 500,000 ton shortage of the meat most of its citizens rely on for daily protein between now and the Lunar New Year in January as African swine fever ravages the nation’s hog herd, according to Ipsos Business Consulting.
— Bloomberg

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