Asean Morning News For November 21

Asean Morning News For November 21
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Asean +3 call for open trading system
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and trading partners Japan, China and South Korea have emphasized the need to pursue an open trading system for the region.
— The Mainla Times

ASEAN aims to provide universal health care for those living below poverty line
The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) targets to give universal health care to 90% of citizens who are living below the poverty line
— Eagle News

ASEAN to partner with EU on achieving the SDGs
“We look forward to enhancing cooperation with the EU in sustainable development, including through promoting complementarities between the ASEAN Vision 2025 and SDGs,” stated Secretary-General of ASEAN Le Luong Minh, in his policy statement at the Inaugural High-Level ASEAN-EU Dialogue on Sustainable Development: Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) held on 17 November in Bangkok.
— Asean

Asean Summit a success, but…
I wanted to concede that the 2017 Asean Summit was successful. In fact, if past summits were to be the benchmark, it succeeded in addressing many aspects of regional concerns. The Philippines as chair and host did a good job and could have trumpeted such an achievement but for one thorny issue which the summit failed to address squarely: the Rohingya crisis, the fly in the ointment in an otherwise fruitful confab.
— Inquirer

China ready to further boost cooperation with ASEAN
China is ready to further boost cooperation with the ASEAN, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
— Business Standard

Regulating plastic and Asean issues
Having been born and having lived in Cebu for 59 years and with family and friends living in Cebu City, I reached the pinnacle of my life and came to a point when I start to dream, wish and hope not for myself but for other Cebu residents.
— Cebu Daily News

Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Statement on the ASEAN Statement “Engagement with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies”
The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – comprised of 190 Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) – reaffirms its collective commitment to the alleviation of human suffering in the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters, and other related challenges in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.

India’s ties with ASEAN, East Asia deepened: Foreign Secretary
New Delhi [India], Nov 21 : Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Monday said that the intensity of India’s collaborations with ASEAN and East Asia has deepened perceptibly.
— Outlook India

The philanthropic arm of AirAsia Group, AirAsia Foundation, has opened its first social enterprise pop-up shop at klia2, Malaysia’s budget terminal in Sepang, to provide a new platform for Asean social enterprises to market and sell their products.
— WiT

Asean Airports Set For Travel Boom
SIX Asean member countries are poised for aggressive growth in their aircraft fleet count and new airport infrastructure.
— Malayisan Digest

ASEAN Premier Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Show Returns on 17-19 July 2018
The ASEAN Premier Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Show (ASEAN M&E), organised by UBM Asia, is gearing up for its 7th edition that will take place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 17 – 19 July 2018.
— Markets Insider

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Cambodia’s opposition gives up posts after ban
Elected officials of Cambodia’s banned opposition party have begun handing over their duties after a court ordered the party dissolved, the government said on Monday.
— Reuters

Opposition Members Quit Cambodia’s Electoral Body in Protest of Party’s Dissolution
Three opposition members of Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) resigned from their posts Monday in protest of a court ruling to dissolve their party and recently adopted laws that will see its parliamentary seats and commune councilor positions reassigned to government-aligned parties.
— Radio Free Asia

Local journalism organisations silent on ex-RFA pair’s case
Even after a group of 60 Cambodian journalists thumbprinted an open letter calling for the release of two former Radio Free Asia reporters accused of “espionage”, some very high-profile voices remain conspicuously silent on the matter: those of the Club of Cambodian Journalists (CCJ) and the Union of Journalist Federations of Cambodia (UJFC).
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Indonesia asks US to cancel countervailing duty on biodiesel
Indonesia has called on the United States to cancel its final decision on the enforcement of a countervailing duty on Indonesian biodiesel products, by imposing tariffs of between 34.45 to 64.73 percent.
— The Jakarta Post

Policy confusion hobbles Indonesian mining
The long-running dispute between the Indonesian government and U.S. minerals company Freeport-McMoRan over Grasberg, the world’s largest gold mine and second-largest copper mine, shows little sign of ending any time soon — despite optimistic government claims to the contrary.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Government to integrate state lenders’ EDC services
The government plans to integrate the electronic data capture (EDC) services of three state-owned lenders – Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Mandiri and Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI).
— The Jakarta Post

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Govt, development partners discuss law on climate change
Government officials from the central provinces together with development partners are meeting in Vientiane to discuss the draft of a law on climate change.
Vientiane Times 

More funding to combat poverty as 2018 budget approved
The National Assembly (NA) has approved the 2018 budget plan that increases state investment in the fight against poverty.
Vientiane Times 

UN Urges Lao Must Make Child Protection a Core Issue
Lao has made good progress on child protection but must do more to tackle a range of problems including child trafficking, forced marriage, prostitution, online sexual abuse, and sexual exploitation by travellers, a UN human rights expert has concluded after visiting the country.

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Malaysia, Europe to cooperate to raise MSPO benchmark
Malaysia and Europe are willing to collaborate with European experts to raise the benchmark for Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification to ensure it will be accredited and accepted as a certifcation system.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia’s overseas investments reach RM908b at June 2017
Malaysia’s position in terms of foreign direct investment and portfolio investment amounted to RM908bil for the period ended June 2017, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
— New Straits Times

Malaysia to enhance ties to Chinese e-commerce, AI
Malaysia plans to further enhance its ties with Chinese companies in e-commerce, digital economy and artificial intelligence to further accelerate the liberalization of trade and attract investment to maintain a robust growth momentum.
— China Daily

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UN ready to help Myanmar process Rohingya citizenship
The United Nations refugee agency will provide technical assistance to the Myanmar government if it begins to process and verify citizenship for Rohingya to resolve the humanitarain crisis, the body’s top official said on Monday.
— Asian Nikkei Review

EU pushes Myanmar for speedy end to refugee crisis
European foreign ministers on Monday urged Myanmar to work quickly to resolve the Rohingya refugee crisis and lauded progress toward a repatriation agreement with Bangladesh.
— Asian Nikkei Review

Oh My Buddha: Myanmar Buddhist Monks in Roadside Fisticuffs (video)
There’s nothing new about videos of Myanmar Buddhist monks behaving badly. In fact bad-boy monk Ashin Wirathu, known as ‘the Burmese bin Laden’, has even appeared on a cover of Time with the title ‘the face of Buddhist terror’ for his calls to remove every Rohingya from Myanmar.
— AEC News Today

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China offered as 3rd telco
President Duterte has offered China the “privilege” to be the Philippines’ third telecoms operator, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said yesterday.

Philippines ranks 45th in world talent competitiveness
Despite low investments in education, the Philippines has improved its position in the 2017 World Talent Ranking report released by leading global business school International Institute for Management Development (IMD) yesterday.

Philippine Navy to have missile system by Christmas
If everything goes as planned, the Philippine Navy (PN) will be mounting its first-ever missile system on three brand-new multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) this Christmas season. This was confirmed Monday by PN flag-officer-in-command, Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado, when asked on the delivery and mounting of the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd’s Spike ER (extended range) missile systems on its three MPACs.
Update Philippines 

Philippines commissions three Japan-made patrol vessels
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), during its 116th founding anniversary celebration on November 20, commissioned three Japan-made 44-meter Parola-class Multi-role Response Vessels (MRRV).
Update Philippines 

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Singapore’s final Q3 GDP in for upward revision: Economists
For the third quarter, Singapore’s economy likely grew at a faster pace than what the advanced gross domestic product (GDP) figure suggested – which was already the strongest in more than three years – according to private sector economists.
Channel NewsAsia 

Hong Kong Beats Singapore in Race to Attract Talent
Hong Kong topped Singapore in a tight race for the best of Asia’s talent, according to 2017 rankings released Tuesday by the Switzerland-based Institute for Management Development.

Singapore Wants To Add Biotech Hub To Its List Of Accomplishments
Singapore has made a mark in a range of industries recently. It’s been named a top city for startups, a leading smart city, a spacetech hub, and it’s internationally known as one of the most business-friendly countries in the world. But it can now add emerging medtech and biotech hub to that list.

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Thai economy records best growth of junta rule
Thailand on Monday (Nov 20) posted its fastest quarter of economic growth in three years of junta rule, a boost for a country that was once Southeast Asia’s economic dynamo but has laboured under years of political upheaval.
— Channel NewsAsia/ AFP/zl

Thailand’s Oct tourist arrivals surge 20.92 pct y/y – ministry
International tourist arrivals in Thailand surged 20.92 percent in October from a year ago, underpinned by visitors from East Asia, the government said on Monday.
— Reuters

For The King: How King Bhumibol’s Cremation Ceremony Attained Perfection (video)
Channel NewsAsia was able to obtain unprecedented access to some of the key people involved in the royal cremation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Take a peak behind the scenes as those involved give their all For The King
— AEC News Today

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VN mining investors seek long-term returns
Although fluctuations in international demand and pricing have put pressure on returns from Viet Nam’s mining industry, the sector remains a magnet for foreign direct investment (FDI), a sign of confidence in its long-term prospects.
— Bizhub

Vietcombank divests from two firms
The Bank for Foreign Trade of Việt Nam (Vietcombank) on Monday was estimated to receive VNĐ342.6 billion (US$15.2 million) from selling its entire stakes in the Saigon Bank for Industry and Trade (SaigonBank) and Việt Nam Cement Finance Company (CFC).
— Viet Nam News

Are foreign-invested firms enjoying too many incentives in Vietnam?
Preferential treatments including tax and land use incentives are a key factor in the Vietnamese government’s bid to attract foreign investment; however, domestic enterprises are beginning to voice their complaints.
— Tuoi Tre

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