Asean morning news for September 11

Asean morning news for September 11

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu

 

Beijing Deploys Maritime Drone Network to Monitor South China Sea
China has unveiled a major drone network deployed over the South China Sea for the stated purpose of monitoring the environment, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported Tuesday.
— Sputnik

Thailand leads suicide rate in ASEAN
THAILAND is leading the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the most number of suicides, a study by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed.
— Asean Economist

Massive potential: Why are ASEAN halal food exports growing at a slower rate than global demand?
Halal food exports from South East Asian countries are seemingly sluggish, despite soaring consumer demand and a more sophisticated regulatory regime.
— FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Greater cooperation needed to counter ‘borderless’ cybercrime
The opportunities that digital transformation presents Cambodia are significant, as are the regional ties that bind the Kingdom to its Asean neighbours.
— Khmer Times

Haze blankets Kuala Lumpur, Singapore as fires rage in Indonesia
A regional agency monitoring land and forest fires in Southeast Asia has raised the alert on the danger of haze from Indonesia, as neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore woke up to smoke-filled air on Tuesday.
— Aljazeera

India, ASEAN agree to review decade-old free trade pact
India and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to review their decade-old free trade pact, they said on Tuesday, as India’s deepening trade deficit prompts local industries to demand changes to trading arrangements.
— Yahoo News

Southeast Asian Nations Grab Each Other’s Dissidents
On August 26, a Laotian refugee and prominent critic of the Laotian government named Od Sayavong disappeared from his house in Bangkok and has never been seen since.
— The Asia Sentinel

Southeast Asia boosting institutional capacity to deliver better services: ADB
Governments in Southeast Asia are strengthening their governance structures and institutional capacity to deliver better services to their people, according to a joint report published today by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
— Devdiscourse

ASEAN, China, Japan, S.Korea reaffirm commitment to multilateral trading system
Economic ministers from 10 ASEAN Member States, China, Japan and South Korea on Tuesday reaffirmed their strong commitment to upholding the multilateral trading system and reiterated their full support to the endeavor to reform the World Trade Organization (WTO).
— Xinhuanet

People-to-people contact, emerging focus in ASEAN-China relations
People-to people contact and exchanges have become the focus of the relationship between China and ASEAN member countries, as it could provide a more solid foundation for future cooperation, it is believed.
— Antara News

Asean private equity & venture capital AuM rise 8.6%
Southeast Asia’s private equity and venture capital industry continues to experience fast growth as assets under management (AuM) in the Asean region rose by 8.6% – from $26 billion to $28 billion – in 2018, according to industry data provider, Preqin.
— Fund Global Asia

Singapore, Asean telcos stand to make billions from 5G: Report
TELECOM operators in the region could rake in billions of dollars more from 5G technology, led by demand from enterprise users, a consulting firm said in a report on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

Southeast Asian companies fear China reaching beyond its borders
John Slosar learned the hard way that Asian businesses should be preparing for a new era of Chinese interference.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

ASEAN nations boost co-operation in fighting drug trafficking at sea
Measures to promote joint investigations in preventing drug trafficking along sea routes in Southeast Asia were discussed at a workshop in Hà Nội on Monday.
— Viet Nam News

ASEAN officials discuss industrial revolution-ready workforce in Brunei
Some 150 education officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met in Brunei on Monday for the 5th High Officials Meeting on Southeast Asian Technical and Vocational Education and Training (SEA-TVET).
— Xinhuanet

Malaysia, Singapore studying ‘success’ of PHL sugar tax on beverages — Finance dep’t
MALAYSIA and Singapore consider the Philippine excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) a “successful fiscal policy intervention,” the Department of Finance (DoF) said.
— BusinessWorld Online

Indonesia urges ASEAN members to promote shared values
Indonesia has invited ASEAN member nations to promote shared values to be encapsulated in the narrative on ASEAN identity.
— Antara News

ASEAN China Economic Ministers meeting agrees to upgrade FTAs
The 51st ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting has agreed to reach the conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) by the end of this month, with both ASEAN and China agreeing to FTA deals between them.
— NBT World (video)

Phuket Town in spotlight as Asean forum targets sea trash, youth education
Participants at the Asean Plus Three Youth Environment Forum (AYEF) 2019 currently being held in Phuket will be visiting the waste-management facility at Saphan Hin on the outskirts of Phuket Town to study how waste management should be done, officials revealed yesterday (Sept 9).
— The Phuket News

AI helps empower China-ASEAN Free Trade Area for better development
Artificial intelligence (AI) is widely considered by attendees at the First China-ASEAN AI Summit as a driving force to promote better development of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area.
— Xinhuanet

Amazon Targeting $240 Billion Southeast Asian Market
On August 28, The Wall Street Journal discussed Amazon’s (AMZN) ongoing talks to acquire a stake in Indonesia-based Gojek.
— Market Realist

ASEAN pushes for human resources development
A high-level ASEAN meeting was held in Thailand for ASEAN member states to push for human resources development, which was co-organized by the Office of the ASEAN Secretary, the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC), World Bank, and UNICEF.
— NBT World (video)

Ransomware could cripple ASEAN
Ransomware is making its way back as one of the biggest threats to cybersecurity.
— The Asean Post

Southeast Asian ride-hailing start-ups square off in an international food fight
Nanik Soelistiowati, the owner of a banana fritter stall in West Jakarta, Indonesia, is the unlikely prize in a battle between two of the most valuable technology startups in Asia.
— Myanmar Times

Indonesia suggests narrative of ASEAN identity at SOMCA
Indonesia has proposed the narrative of ASEAN identity at the 15th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting for Culture and Arts (SOMCA) and Related Meetings held in Yogyakarta on September 9-12, 2019.
— Antara News

Yogyakarta hosts ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting for Culture and Arts
Indonesia is hosting the 15th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting for Culture and Arts (SOMCA) and Related Meetings in Yogyakarta on September 9-12, 2019.
— Antara News

Singapore’s imports of Thai rice ‘easily met’ by alternative sources but climate change could affect food security
Singapore’s imports of Thai rice can be easily met by alternative sources, said the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) in response to CNA queries about recent reports of severe droughts in Thailand that had affected rice production there.
— CNA


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Foreign investors seen flocking to Cambodia and Vietnam
Cambodia and Vietnam have become more attractive foreign investment destinations than Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand, the Jakarta Post reported Tuesday.
— Themy Themy

US State Department Video Reaffirms Support for Kem Sokha’s Release
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus called the continued detention without trial of former opposition leader Kem Sokha “baseless” in a video published on Facebook by the embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday.
— VOD

Will gambling ban hit Cambodia real estate?
A recent government decision to stop issuing new online gambling licences in Cambodia has many speculating that inflow of both capital and visitors from China will take a hit in the coming months.
— Khmer Times

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Foreign investments flow to neighbors instead of Indonesia: World Bank
Indonesia is struggling to attract foreign investments, which are instead going to neighboring countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia as they embark on deregulation and policy solutions, according to the World Bank.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s New Tax Incentives: What it Means for Investors
In June 2019, the Indonesian government issued GR 45/2019, which sets out a series of tax incentives for businesses that invest in labor intensive industries, training programs, as well as research and development (R&D).
— Asean Briefing

Another endangered whale shark carcass washes ashore East Java waters
An official confirmed here on Tuesday of villagers at Bambang Beach, Lumajang District, East Java Province, spotting the carcass of another seven-meter-long and 1.5-meter-wide endangered whale shark (Rhincodon typus) on Sept 9.
— Antara News

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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EU ARISE Project to Help Laos’s Export Competitiveness
The European Union (EU) has launched its EUR 5 million (USD 5.5 million) ARISE project designed to boost Laos’s export competitiveness and integration in regional and global value chains.
— The Laotian Times

Laos, Cuba set new heights for economic and trade cooperation
Laos and Cuba are expected to enhance trade and investment opportunities following a high-ranking Cuban trade delegation’s official visit to Vientiane during September 8-9.
— Inquirer Net

EU programme supports Laos’ export
The ASEAN Regional Integration Support – Lao People’s Democratic Republic Trade-Related Assistance (ARISE Plus-Laos) programme is designed to enhance Laos’s export competitiveness and integration in export in regional and global value chains.
— Vietnam Plus

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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Guan Eng: No new tax measures for corporates, investment community
Budget 2020 is not expected to have new tax measures on the corporate sector and investment community, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
— The Sun Daily

Transport minister highlights public transport, logistics for Budget 2020
Anthony Loke hopes to get sufficient funds for next year’s budget, to be tabled next month, to develop two key transport areas.
— Malay Mail

Govt reviewing regulations to make refuelling ships in M’sia attractive
The government is currently reviewing regulations pertaining to bunkering services to make refuelling ships in Malaysia attractive, says Transport Minister Anthony Loke.
— The Star Online

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar urged to develop microinsurance for the poor
Insurance services in Myanmar need to reach out beyond the existing clientele to support households with lower incomes to manage their insurable risks, participants at an industry workshop said.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s First Railroad to Get ADB-Assisted Upgrades
Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications plans to upgrade the Yangon-Pyay railroad, thereby reducing its travel time, the ministry said this weekend.
— Irrawaddy

NASA pioneers malaria-predicting tech in Myanmar
NASA is developing a new technique to forecast malaria outbreaks in Myanmar from space, as the emergence of new drug-resistant strains in Southeast Asia threatens efforts to wipe out the deadly disease globally.
— CNA

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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P1.79-B ‘hanging pork’ sparks controversy in 2020 national budget deliberations
After the so-called “pork parking” last year, now comes the “hanging pork” that is now tainting the proposed P4.1 trillion national budget for 2020.
— Manila Bulletin

Foreign direct investments drop by 48.5% in June 2019
Foreign direct investments (FDIs) registered net inflows in June, but were 48.5% lower than the same month last year, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
— Rappler

Philippine total trade declines by 1.3% in July 2019
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) urged government agencies to further strengthen relationships with key trading partners, as the Philippines’ total external trade declined by 1.3% in July 2019.
— Rappler

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

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Singapore’s air quality may enter ‘unhealthy’ range amid increase in Indonesia hotspots: NEA
The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) in Singapore may enter the unhealthy range if the haze situation in Indonesia’s Sumatra persists or worsens, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Tuesday (Sep 10).
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

Amravati: Singapore urges India to honour “sanctity of contracts” during Jaishankar’s visit
Singapore foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Monday (Sept 9) called on India to “honour the sanctity of contracts” signed with foreign partners in the first public signs of concern by the Asean member state over the fate of a speculated $2.8 billion sunk into developing Amravati, a new city off India’s eastern coast, by Singapore investors.
— AEC News Today

Singapore’s Employment Act: The Top 6 Amendments
On April 1 2019, the Singapore government enacted major amendments to the Employment Act (EA).
— Asean Briefing

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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Thailand first in Asia to roll out plain cigarette packaging
Thailand rolled out plain cigarette packaging on Tuesday (Sep 10), the first country in Asia to introduce what activists say is an effective way to reduce the appeal of smoking.
— CNA

Thailand leads suicide rate in ASEAN
THAILAND is leading the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the most number of suicides, a study by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed.
— Asean Economist

PM says he will handle the Opposition’s debate himself
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Tuesday) that he is not worried about the Opposition’s debate against him over the incomplete oath recital issue as he reiterated his innocent intention.
— Thai PBS News

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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MoIT investigates dumping of Chinese cold-rolled steel
The investigation was initiated after requests by domestic producers including Phú Mỹ Flat Steel Company Limited (VNSTEEL), POSCO Vietnam Co., Ltd. and China Steel Sumikin Việt Nam Joint Stock Company.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam trade ministry expects moderate export growth at year-end 2019
In the January – August period, trade turnover stood at US$169.98 billion, up 7.3% year-on-year, which is lower than the growth rates recorded in the same period in 2017 and 2018 (19.9% and 16.7%, respectively).
— The Hanoitimes

Vietnam ranks 63rd in WEF tourism competitiveness ranking
Vietnam ranks 63rd among 140 countries and territories in the recently released Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) 2019, jumping up four places compared to the latest 2017 ranking. Nhandan Online reports.
— Vietnam Insider

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