Asean morning news for September 20

Asean morning news for September 20

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Climate crisis: Asia-Pacific students to lead world into #Climatestrike 2019 — join them (video)
School students from across the world will rally tomorrow (Sept 20) to protest the deplorable state of the world’s environment and the poor job that world leaders and heads of industry are doing to reign-in the current climate crisis.
— AEC News Today

Fake news a big worry for ASEAN millennials
Fake news is the biggest concern for millennials in ASEAN when consuming online content, and their reliance on social media is only making matters worse.
— The Asean Post

Asean Centre for Energy signs MOUs for R&D in renewables
ASEAN continues to work towards its renewable energy target of 23 per cent by 2025, with the Asean Centre for Energy (ACE) signing agreements for research in areas such as biofuels, said ACE in a press release following the 37th annual Asean Minister on Energy Meeting (AMEM) in September.
— The Business Times (very annoying popups)

Politics of regional trade liberalisation
As multilateral trade negotiations have become unworkable, regional and bilateral alternatives are on the rise. In Thailand’s neighbourhood, the most consequential of these trade vehicles is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
— Bangkok Post

Malaysia to push Asean to find solution for haze
Malaysia will push its South-east Asian neighbours to strengthen cooperation in finding a long-term solution for the haze wafting across the region from forest fires in Indonesia, its Environment Minister said yesterday.
— thenewpaper

Laos highlights nutrition as Asean tackles human capital development
Senior representatives from Asean member countries and development partners met in Bangkok, Thailand, recently to discuss strategies to accelerate regional human capital development through integrated policy investments and innovative policy reforms.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Former Tory MP Ed Vaizey still trade envoy despite expulsion from party room
Former British culture minister – now independent MP – Ed Vaizey remains in his government posting as trade envoy to Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, despite having been expelled from the Conservative party room for disloyalty.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

Asia FTAs support multilateral trading system: Heng
EVEN as the region works on free trade agreements such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), it must do so in a way that is not exclusive, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat at the Milken Institute Asia Summit on Thursday: “This is not going to be Fortress Asia.”
— The Business Times (very annoying popups)

US ‘navigational hegemony’ operations in S.China Sea will alienate all sides
Just a few days ago on September 13, when the Chinese were celebrating the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival, it was reported that the US guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer entered the territorial waters of China’s Xisha Islands, which was described by the 7th Fleet of the US Navy as another round of freedom of navigation operations (FONOPS).
— Global Times

39th ASEAN Chiefs of Police Conference wraps up in Hanoi
The 39th ASEAN Chiefs of Police Conference (ASEANAPOL 39) concluded in Hanoi on September 19.
— Vietnam+

16th China-ASEAN Expo draws Malaysian companies eyeing Chinese market
The 16th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) in Nanning, China will see the participation of 167 Malaysian companies from various sectors, the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) said Thursday.
— XinhuaNet

Tapping vast business opportunities in S-E Asia
THE statistics show that South-east Asia – a bustling region of about 650 million people – is brimming with business potential and expansion opportunities for both Singapore and global companies.
— The Business Times (very annoying popups)

BCDA: Sports complex completion in time for Asean Games
The sports complex at the New Clark City will be completed in time for the Asean Games scheduled on November 30 to December 11.
— SunStar Pampanga

RCEP may price out 100 million farmers, dairy sector warns govt
The dairy sector has warned that the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) could upend the country’s only steady source of farm income.
— Moneycontrol

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Compiled by Raksmey Khoem          @raksmey.aecnews


Law on Trade Unions amendment sent to Council of Ministers
Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training spokesman Heng Sour said the Supreme Consultation Council supported its decision to submit the amendment of the Law on Trade Unions to the Council of Ministers.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia to curb recruitment fees in bid to protect migrants from slavery abroad
Cambodia is planning to cap hefty recruitment fees imposed by labor brokers on people seeking jobs abroad in a bid to curb illegal migration and protect workers from modern-day slavery.
— Reuters

In Cambodia, sand mining is big business — but it comes at a price
Sand mining accounts for 85 percent of all worldwide mineral extraction, a $70 billion industry. In Cambodia, the practice is big business — but it comes with a price.
— PBS News Hour (video & transcript)

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


From fisherfolk to orangutans, more bear brunt of smog
Smog caused by forest and land fires has spread to wider areas, disrupting people’s activities and even affecting the health of orangutans as the government scrambles with its dousing efforts.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian police say they have arrested 230 people suspected of starting fires
Indonesia has arrested 230 people suspected of starting fires to forests in Sumatra and Kalimantan which has spread thick, acrid smoke across South-east Asia, as the country carried out cloud-seeding operations in three provinces on Wednesday (Sept 18).
— Straits Times

Indonesia to prioritize imports of meat, rice, raw sugar from India in exchange for lower CPO tariff
Indonesia will prioritizes imports of buffalo meat, rice and raw sugar from India after the South Asian country adjusted crude palm oil (CPO) tariffs for its top two importers, Malaysia and Indonesia, earlier this month.
— The Jakarta Post

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Flooding in Laos’ Southern Provinces Displaces 100,000, Kills at Least 28
More than 580,000 people have been impacted and at least 28 have died in floods caused by heavy rains over the past two weeks in Laos’ southern provinces, according to estimates revised during a cabinet meeting this week. The death toll figure was reported by the Vientiane Times Thursday.

Vietnamese community in Laos donate for flood victims
The Lao Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare held a ceremony in Vientiane on September 19 to receive donations from the Vietnamese community in Laos to support flood victims in the central and southern regions of Laos.
— Vietnam Plus

VietinBank Opens Laos Headquarters in Vientiane
Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank) has inaugurated the headquarters in the Lao capital Vientiane, a move that comes amid increasing cooperation between Laos and Vietnam in the banking and finance sectors.
— The Laotian Times

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Malaysia to push Southeast Asian nations for long-term solution to smog
Malaysia will push its Southeast Asian neighbours to strengthen cooperation in finding a long-term solution for smog wafted across the region from forest fires in Indonesia, its environment minister said on Thursday.

Malaysia open to Huawei for 5G equipment, authority chief says
Malaysia has no objection to China’s Huawei Technologies participating in the country’s 5G network rollout, as Western countries continue to make accusations that the company’s equipment could facilitate data leaks to Beijing.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Malaysia’s new Foreign Policy Framework adopts human-centric approach to issues
Experts lauded the Foreign Policy Framework of the New Malaysia launched Wednesday, describing it as a people-centric document that captures the current administration’s approach to foreign policy and a pro-active move in the ever-changing world of geopolitics.
— The Sun Daily

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Yangon plans logistics hub, truck terminal to ease congestion
Yangon is planning to build a logistics hub and truck terminal in the outskirts of the city to ease traffic congestion and provide enough parking space for trucks, said Yangon Region Planning and Finance Minister U Myint Thaung at the regional parliament.
— Myanmar Times

UN’s Myanmar Rights Envoy Urges Aung San Suu Kyi to ‘Open Your Eyes’
An appeal by a United Nations envoy on human rights to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to stop ignoring the situation of persecuted Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh and those still living in the Southeast Asian country drew swift rebukes from Myanmar officials on Wednesday.
— Radio Free Asia

Govt to focus on supporting growth of digital economy, telecoms infrastructure
A senior government official says that the government is set to focus on supporting the digital economy next year.
— Myanmar Times

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First case of polio in 19 years reported in the Philippines
Polio has resurfaced in the Philippines, 19 years after the country was declared free of the paralysing disease. Officials say the development is the result of public aversion to vaccines.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NCRPO tracker teams ready to hunt 176 GCTA-freed convicts
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Thursday announced the deployment of tracker teams that would hunt down starting midnight Friday some 176 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) who were released through the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA).
— Philippine News Agency

Students joining climate strikes may be excused from classes – DepEd
Students who want to join nationwide climate strikes happening on Friday, September 20, to next Friday, September 27, may be excused from classes, provided that they have the written consent of their parents or guardians.
— Rappler

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


HSA stops supply of 8 medicines used to treat heartburn due to cancer-causing impurity found
Eight brands of ranitidine medicines – used to treat patients with conditions like heartburn and gastric ulcers – were removed from Singapore shelves for containing a cancer-causing agent.
— The Straits Times

16 million N95 masks available in national stockpile as haze covers Singapore
The Government has a national stockpile of 16 million N95 masks that can be released to the market when required, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (Sep 19).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Investments in robots hit record $22.7b last year; Singapore, South Korea lead in robot density
Robot shipments are expected to jump 39 per cent from 2018 to 2022 from a record annual sales level of US$16.5 billion (S$22.7 billion) last year, according to the World Robotics report.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ


Chicken exports to China increases 700% amid swine fever outbreak
The soaring pork price,s due to the swine fever outbreak in China, have led to an over 700% increase in Thailand’s chicken exports between January and July this year

High-speed train talks with China back on rails
The Transport Ministry will hold contract talks with China for the joint high-speed railway project between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima during the Asean Summit in November, Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to consult public on moving capital out of Bangkok
Thailand’s prime minister has floated the idea of following the example of Indonesia and Egypt and moving the institutions of the state out of a congested and overcrowded capital city.
— Global Construction Review

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Việt Nam ranked in top countries for investment
Việt Nam has climbed in the ranking of best countries in which to invest this year, surpassing other Southeast Asian nations, such as Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam’s new rules for foreign direct investments and foreign exchange control
The Circular, scheduled to take effect since September 6, 2019, regulates such activities like capital contribution, opening and use of foreign currency and Viet Nam Dong direct investment capital accounts, transfer of capital, profits and lawful incomes abroad, and transfer of investment capital, and transfer of investment projects.
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnam Criticized at UN Meeting in Geneva Over Rights Violations
Human rights groups hit out at Vietnam this week over the country’s suppression of religious freedoms and civil society, accusing the one-party communist state of multiple violations and continuing refusals to engage in sincere dialogue with foreign governments and NGOs.
— Radio Free Asia

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