Asean Morning News For June 30

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


Southeast Asia’s new-car sales rise 5% in May
New-car sales in Southeast Asia’s six major markets climbed 5% on the year to 281,366 vehicles in May, about the same rate as in April, but poor growth in Thailand leaves automakers cautious.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Fear for exports as West winces
Despite their optimistic outlook, concern is growing among both the government and private sector that export growth could decelerate in the second half due to external risks.
— Bangkok Post

Row erupts over unpaid internships in ASEAN
Students have complained that internship programs with Taiwanese businesses in ASEAN states are exploiting them, attracting criticism from academics and corporate managers.
— Taipei Times

JICA to provide assistance to ASEAN
The government plans to add the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to the list of entities eligible for technical assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
— The Japan News

ASEAN founding members forge electric, hybrid cars federation
The Philippines and the other founding member of the Association of South East Nations (ASEAN) on Thursday signed a memorandum of agreement on establishing the ASEAN Federation of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Association (AFEHVA).
— GMA News

ASEAN’s long road to protect migrant workers
Nearly seven million – or two-thirds – of approximately 10 million international migrants living and working in ASEAN come from within the region (World Bank, 2015).
— Myanmar Times

PH advances MSME agenda in ASEAN
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) vows to continue its effort of making the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) the front and center of its economic agenda by forwarding initiatives at the regional level through the staging of the “ASEAN MSME Development Summit: The 7Ms Towards a Prosperous ASEAN MSMEs” to be held on 14 July at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.
— Philippine Information Agency

Cebu tourism gets major boost
Provincial authorities expect a big boost in Cebu’s tourism industry next week as senior ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) once again gather in the province for a meeting on July 1–7.

SET Named “Best Sustainable Securities Exchange Southeast Asia Emerging Markets 2017”
The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) affirms its leading role in sustainable development in the region with the “Best Sustainable Securities Exchange SoutheastAsia Emerging Markets 2017” award by the London-based magazine Capital Finance International (
— Exchange News Direct

Creating synergies to grow together
THE fortunes of Singapore and Hong Kong are intertwined and their complementary roles are set to grow in the future.
— The Business Times


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Japanese FDI on the rise in Cambodia
The strong inflow of Japanese investment is expected to continue on the back of both large-scale commercial projects and the consumer habits of Japanese expatriates residing and working in Cambodia, according to investment officials.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Cambodian SEZ First to Join UN Initiative for Better Worksites
Cambodia’s largest Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on Thursday became the first entity of its kind in the world to sign onto a new U.N. investment initiative aimed at environmental and social improvements such as gender equality and waste reduction in the workplace, according to officials.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Cambodian Court Releases Five Human Rights Workers on Bail
A judge in Cambodia on Thursday ordered the release on bail of five human rights workers who had been detained without trial for more than 13 months in a case connected to alleged wrongdoing by an opposition political leader.
— World Politics Review 

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ADB Continues Support for Indonesia’s Bid for More Inclusive Financial Sector
The FINANCIAL — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $400 million policy-based loan to continue supporting the Government of Indonesia’s reforms to develop a more inclusive financial sector.
— The Financial

Stability of Fuel and LPG Supplies A Month after Lebaran in Indonesia
The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) through the National Center of Coordinating Ministry for Energy and Mineral Resources affirmed up to H + 3 (three days after) Lebaran on June 28, the availability of fuel oil and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in a safe position.
— Netralnews

Unilever Suspends Sourcing from Indonesian Palm Oil Supplier Amid Deforestation Allegations
Global consumer goods firm Unilever has suspended sourcing from an Indonesian-based palm oil supplier which was found to be in breach of policy on deforestation and peatland clearance.
— Sustainable Brands

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Laos Seizes Cache of Illegal Logs Owned by Governor’s Wife: Official
State inspection authorities in Laos have seized more than two dozen trucks after they were found to be hauling timber illegally logged by the wife of the governor of Attapeu province for sale across the border in Vietnam, according to an official source.

Statement on Prior Construction Process for the Pak Beng Hydropower Project in Laos
The Joint Committee of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) met at a Special Session on the Pak Beng Hydropower Project (PBHPP) on 19th June 2017 in Vientiane, Lao PDR.
– Lao News Agency

Stakeholders discuss preparations for development roundtable implementation 
Laos and development partners met yesterday to update key progress since the 2016 Round Table Implementation Meeting (RTIM) and discuss preparation for the 2017 RTIM including its timeframe and roadmap.
– Vientiane Times

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Reach Energy Reaches For 5,000 Barrels Of Oil Per Day By Year’s End
Reach Energy Bhd (Reach Energy) aims to increase its oil production of between 4,000 barrels per day to 5,000 barrels per day by the end of 2017.
— Malaysian Digest 

Strong 2Q for airports, but tamer second half expected
While analysts anticipate a strong second quarter (2Q) for airports under the purview of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), they believe the second half of 2017 (2H17) will be tamer in terms of passenger volume.
— The Borneo Post 

Budget deficit target to remain intact, says RHB Research
RHB Research Institute Sdn Bhd said the Malaysian government is unlikely to make any revisions to its 2017 Budget for now, despite a sharp pull-back in oil prices of late.
 The Edge Markets 

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Ten prioritised sectors announced for investors
Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has recently extended an invitation to local and foreign investors to invest in 10 prioritised sectors.
– The Myanmar Times

A glance at property market in Yangon
Yangon, once famous as the seat of government, has turned itself into economic hub of the country, and is home to nearly seven million people.
– Global New Light of Myanmar

Minister admits bribery exists in government departments
The government is aware that bribes are being demanded by certain officials from members of the public who come to offices seeking forms and letters of recommendations when applying for jobs, said U Thein Swe, Union Minister for the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.
– The Myanmar Times

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Mindanao conflict pushing Duterte back into US orbit
As Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte enters his second year in office, he is confronting his greatest political challenge. For the past month, a legion of Islamic State-affiliated fighters, under the command of the Maute Group, have stubbornly held onto several barangays (neighborhoods) in Marawi, a provincial capital on the southern island of Mindanao and the country’s largest Muslim-majority city.
— Nikkei Asian Review

‘Infra funding to shift from PPP to official aid’
Funding for Philippine infrastructure projects will shift away increasingly from public-private partnerships (PPP) to official development assistance (ODA) amid a lack of support from the private sector, Fitch Group’s think tank BMI Research said in an analysis released Thursday.
— The Manila Times

DoT returns unused P1.52 billion — CoA report
THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism (DoT) has reverted P1.52 billion to the Bureau of Treasury (BTr) as it did not fully utilize its 2016 budget, the Commission on Audit (CoA) said in a report.
— BusinessWorld Online

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Singapore, Global Economy Will Be Able Adjust to Fed Hikes-MAS
The global economy should be able to adjust to rising U.S. interest rates but vigilance will be required as financial markets and households have become accustomed to ultra-loose monetary conditions, Singapore central bank’s managing director said on Thursday.
— The New York Times 

Could Singapore be Thales’ Largest Repair Hub?
Singapore is well on its way to being the largest repair hub in the world for Thales, the company said. Its repair volume has increased by more than 30%, and it has recently expanded its facility in Changi.
— Aviation Today 

S$150 million set aside to develop urban solutions for Cities of Tomorrow
The Government will set aside S$150 million for research and development of urban solutions, focusing on finding smarter ways to build and maintain infrastructure, creating new spaces for use, and a better living environment.
— Today Online 

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Finance Ministry to reforecast GDP for 2017
Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) Director-General Krisada Chinavicharana said the Ministry of Finance will readjust the 2017 economic growth earlier forecast at 3.6 percent due to some contributing factors which have improved than initially expected.

35.7% foreign firms to invest more
About 35.7 per cent of 600 foreign companies with investments in Thailand will increase them this year, while the rest will maintain current investment levels, a survey by the Board of Investment has found.
— The Nation

Thailand is Patient Zero once again
In Thailand, everything turns on the number 20. At the same moment the nation commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Asian financial crisis, Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-o-cha is rolling out his 20-year vision for the economy where it all began.
— AsiaTimes

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Compiled by Cara Navarro    @cara_nav

GDP bounces back in Q2
Vietnam’s economy bounced back in the second quarter of the year, posting growth of 6.17 per cent, according to official figures from the General Statistics Office (GSO) and driven by gains in the industrial and services sectors, though mining dragged growth down slightly.
– Vietnam EconomicTimes

Vietnamese consumers among most demanding on e-commerce
Viet Nam’s e-commerce may be one of the world’s fastest-growing markets, but the country’s customers are also among the most demanding.
– Viet Nam News Bizhub

Vietnam Report lists 2017’s top 10 commercial banks
Vietnam Report has announced the top 10 commercial banks in Viet Nam in 2017, based on an evaluation of reputation, financial capacity and growth potential in the 2016-17 period.
– VietnamNet Bridge

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