Asean Morning News For August 30

Asean Morning News For August 30
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu    @stmarisewudolu


Flexible Packaging Market – ASEAN Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2016 – 2024
This Transparency Market Research report examines the ASEAN flexible packaging market for the forecast period 2016-2024. The primary objective of the report is to identify opportunities in the market and present updates as well as insights pertaining to various segments of the ASEAN flexible packaging market.
— openPR (media release)

Japan’s maritime diplomacy mission in S.E. Asia
Over the past year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has embarked upon a drive to cultivate closer bilateral maritime security ties with Southeast Asian nations. Abe’s concerted maritime diplomacy strategy has unfolded in response to growing Chinese assertiveness in the East and South China Seas, where Japan and several ASEAN states remain locked in intractable territorial disputes with China.
— The Japan Times

Encourage Mother Tongue Languages To Convey ASEAN News And Information
ASEAN media practitioners and academicians should encourage the use of mother tongue in conveying news and information about the region, said Dr Pranee Thiparat, an associate professor of International Relations at the Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University.
— Malaysian Digest

A lot of opportunities in SEA for tech innovation & entrepreneurship: Matthew Koertge, Telstra Ventures
Southeast Asia is one of the most exciting markets globally to invest in for Telstra Ventures, the corporate venture capital (CVC) arm of Telstra, says managing director Matthew Koertge.
— Deal Street Asia

Shaping consumption in ASEAN
ASEAN countries have experienced two decades of robust economic growth, which has successfully lifted millions out of poverty and created an urban middle class with newfound spending power. The region’s booming cities already account for more than 65 percent of ASEAN’s gross domestic product and will add an additional 90 million people by 2030.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Online program for ASEAN women entrepreneurs launched
An online program for women entrepreneurs of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional bloc was launched Monday afternoon at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.
— Philippine Canadian Inquirer

Women can unlock ASEAN economic potential: envoy
Empowering women in the workforce can help Southeast Asia increase the size of its economy by as much as 30 percent by 2025, Australia’s envoy for women said Tuesday.

2017 Suzuki GSX 150 makes ASEAN debut – from RM7,642 to RM8,921, with keyless start and LEDs
Initially making its debut in Indonesia, the 2017 Suzuki GSX 150 is now in Vietnam, Philippines and lately, Thailand. The GSX 150 line up consists of three models – the GSX-S150 naked sports, the GSX-R150 sports bike and the GSX-S150 Touring.

MPTC eyes potential investments in ASEAN
METRO PACIFIC Tollways Corporation (MPTC) is studying the possibility of investing in toll roads and other infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia.
— BusinessWorld Online

Centre to boost air connectivity between Guwahati & ASEAN
The Union Civil Aviation Ministry will help boost air connectivity between Guwahati and other South East Asian countries. This was conveyed by Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal during a meeting at Janata Bhavan here on Tuesday.
— The Sentinel

Bohol prepares for another ASEAN meeting
Bohol will be the venue of another Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) meeting this coming October. Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto revealed this development yesterday at the People’s Mansion during the monthly meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council.
— Manila Bulletin


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Mission hits back at UN criticism of Cambodia’s ‘deteriorating’ political climate
The Permanent Mission of Cambodia to the United Nations in Geneva shot back at the UN human rights office (OHCHR) yesterday for criticising what it characterised as the Kingdom’s deteriorating political climate, claiming the criticism was “unverified” and “politically motivated”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Bangladesh, Cambodia and China sign new UN treaty to strengthen digital trade in Asia-Pacific
Bangladesh, Cambodia and China today signed the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific, a new United Nations treaty aimed at strengthening digital trade in the region.

Cambodian clampdown yields a deafening silence
While Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government unleashes a fresh crackdown on civil society, nongovernmental organizations and independent media, the country’s main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has been mostly silent.
— Asia Times

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Compiled by Rama Ariadi    @AriadiRama


Infrastructure Credit to Rise by End of the Year
Bank Indonesia (BI) has corrected its credit growth projection for this year by 8.0 to 10 percent. This may increase the allocation of infrastructure projects funding, as a slowing demand for credit will allow banking funds to improve.
– Tempo (EN)

Balance of payments to record $7b surplus in 2017
Bank Indonesia (BI) projects the country’s balance of payments (BoP) will reach a surplus of US$7 billion this year from $12 billion last year.
– The Jakarta Post

Indonesian house speaker calls for end to violence against Rohingya
House Speaker Setya Novanto has called for an end to violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, because the atrocity was violation of human rights.
– Antara

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Compiled by Leakhena Khat    @leakhenakhat


Lao govt opens centres to assist registration of workers in Thailand
The government has opened assistance centres in Thailand to help Lao workers there who currently hold purple cards (work permits), to ensure they are fully legal and are registered with the authorities.
— The Nation 

Draft laws, amendments on agenda ahead of NA session
Legal experts met yesterday in Vientiane to discuss the drafting of legislation designed to better manage public debt, state purchases and spending, disbursement and state inspections.
 Vientiane Times 

Chinese companies gearing up as construction of China-Laos railway in full swing
The construction of China-Laos railway has been in full swing, while the Chinese companies involved are gearing up for the peak construction period during the dry season in Laos.

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Malaysia urges Suu Kyi to end Rohingya crisis
Malaysia today urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to tackle the Rohingya conflict and restore the country’s image.
— New Straits Times

Malaysia to probe ‘technical aspects’ of US warship collision
Malaysia has formed a special team to look into last week’s collision between a United States warship and a tanker off Singapore, said Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai.
— Today Online

Malaysia no trade cheat, Mustapa says
Malaysia aims to douse the allegation of being a trade cheat, says International Trade and Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
— Malay Mail Online

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Compiled by Sreypov Men    @MenSreypov


Private banks hike lending to SMEs
SMALL and medium enterprises in Myanmar will soon get greater access to finance as private banks plan to extend more credit to boost the economy, according to speakers at the Amcham Financial Services Forum held last week.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar exports rice to Kenya
Myanmar has begun exporting rice to Kenya, a major east African trade hub.
— The Global New Light Of Myanmar

SEZs in Myanmar should learn from international experience
SPECIAL Economic Zones (SEZs) in Myanmar should encourage policy experimentation and focus on tech spillovers, an economist told The Myanmar Times. By early June, 95 percent of the land plots in Thilawa SEZ zone A had been sold and the building of manufacturing plants is ongoing, while zone B is already under construction.
— Myanmar Times

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu    @stmarisewudolu


PH outsourcing services to hit $500M by 2021
The digital transformation journey of companies in the country will lead to spending on outsourcing totaling $500 million (P25.5 billion) by 2021, data from research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) showed.
— The Manila Times

Philippines condemned to worst SEA Games finish in 18 years after one-gold haul on Tuesday
The Philippines settled for one gold medal on the penultimate day of the 29th Southeast Asian Games, assuring the country of its worst finish in 18 years in the biennial showpiece.
— Sports Interactive Network Philippines

Uber back on the road after paying hefty fine
Good news for commuters and tens of thousands of Uber drivers: the app-based company is back on the road. It paid a hefty amount to lift a month-long suspension imposed by transport regulators.
— CNN Philippines

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Compiled by Leakhena Khat @leakhenakhat


PM Lee to meet President Trump at White House in October
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will meet US President Donald Trump at the White House in October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Tuesday (Aug 29).
— Channel NewsAsia

Google Wifi lands in Singapore with StarHub as exclusive partner
Internet giant Google on Wednesday (Aug 30) announced it will be offering its mesh networking device Google Wifi in Singapore, as part of an exclusive partnership with telco StarHub.
— Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore Factory Output Surpasses Estimates: ETFs In Focus
Singapore’s manufacturing data has been strong for July 2017, driven by strong expansion in the electronics sector. Factory output surged 21% year to date in July. This was way past economists’ expectations of a 12.9% rise. On a monthly basis, it expanded 1%, as against expectations of a 3.9% drop.
— amigobulls 

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Thai GDP to outperform previous expectations
Thailand’s gross domestic product (GDP) this year is now expected to beat an earlier forecast of 3.6 percent growth due to positive economic indicators during the second quarter.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand ‘preparing to receive’ those fleeing Myanmar violence
Thailand is preparing to receive people fleeing fighting in Myanmar and send them back “when they are ready”, the prime minister said on Tuesday, following a series of attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on Myanmar security forces last week.
— Reuters

Thailand Cements Status as ASEAN Regional Logistics Hub
Thailand Board of Investment’s New York office announces the country was recently ranked third in the ASEAN region on the 2016 Logistics Performance Index, the World Bank’s international ranking of trade logistics and infrastructure around the world.
— PRWeb

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Compiled by Sreypov Men    @MenSreypov


VN exporters urged to follow rules
Viet Nam should strictly follow and continuously update its policies and regulations when exporting products to the United States, which is considered a difficult market with rigorous requirements.
— Bizhub

Vietnam’s trade deficit hits 2.13 billion USD in first eight months
Vietnam’s trade deficit was estimated to hit 2.13 billion USD in the first eight months of 2017, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.
— Vietnam Plus

Vietnam Proposes Numerous Tax Hikes
Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance has recently introduced a draft of amendments to various taxes such as Value Added Tax, Special Consumption Tax, Corporate Income Tax, Personal Income Tax, and Natural Resources Protection Tax.
— Vietnam Briefing

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Asean Morning News is the most comprehensive selection of reports on what you need to know from around the Asean Economic Community (AEC) published. All articles are hand curated by the team at AEC News Today. It is published M-F by AEC News Today: Governance, not government; policies not politics.



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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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