Asean Morning News For November 3

Asean Morning News For November 3
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With ‘America First,’ Trump mutes U.S. voice on human rights in Asia
Just days after the killing of a prominent Cambodian government critic last year during a crackdown by the country’s longtime leader, President Barack Obama dispatched Washington’s chief human rights envoy to Phnom Penh to attend the activist’s funeral.
— Reuters

Singapore to jointly develop regional robotics ecosystem
Singapore is developing a robotics ecosystem with Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam in a bid to take the regional lead as businesses worldwide increasingly use such technology to transform their operations.
— Channel NewsAsia (video)

Philippines to focus on terrorism at Asean summit, urge greater cooperation
Two weeks ahead of a regional summit, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday (Nov 2) urged greater cooperation to battle Muslim militancy, following military victories in Iraq, Syria and the southern Philippine city of Marawi.
— The Straits Times (paywall)

ASEAN and EU Support Internationalisation of CLMV Universities
ASEAN and the European Union (EU) Support to Higher Education in ASEAN Region (SHARE) Programme commenced the seventh in a series of SHARE Policy Dialogues with the theme “Capitalising on ASEAN: Internationalisation Strategies for CLMV Universities”.
— Modern Diplomacy

ASEAN launches VOICES: Bulletin of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community
The ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Department of the ASEAN Secretariat launched the maiden issue of VOICES: Bulletin of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) today. This is a new quarterly bulletin which serves as a communication tool to keep ASEAN people informed on issues that have a direct impact on their lives.
— Modern Diplomacy

ASEAN Smart Education and Learning Market 2016-2020 – Product Differentiation to Remain Key Determinant of Success
The “ASEAN Smart Education and Learning Market” report provides analysis of the ASEAN smart education and learning market for the period 2014–2020, wherein the years from 2016 to 2020 is the forecast period and 2015 is considered as the base year.
— Digital Journal

Donald Trump has friends, but few ambitions, in South-East Asia
AMONG recent guests to the White House, Donald Trump has welcomed Prayuth Chan-ocha, the Thai general who overthrew an elected government in 2014, and Najib Razak, the prime minister of Malaysia, whom America’s Justice Department has accused of participating in the theft of as much as $3.5bn from a Malaysian government fund.
— The Economist

Six Filipino youths emerged winners of the ASEAN Data Science Explorers National Finals
Following the completion of the ASEAN Data Science Explorers Philippines National Finals, six local students were awarded with the top three awards for their insights and ideas on driving a sustainable future for ASEAN. The six students, who represented three teams comprising two students each, were among the top 10 teams who were selected to pitch their ideas in the national finals, held at SAP Philippines office in Taguig City.
— Marketing-Interactive

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Cambodia urges Thais to sign trade deal
Cambodian officials have asked their Thai counterparts to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cross-border trade as soon as possible to avoid complications for transportation companies when new Thai regulations on cross-border trade comes into effect in mid-November.
Bangkok Post

Cambodia Water Festival Kicks Off Today (gallery)
The Cambodia Water Festival (Bon Om Touk) kicks off today, the second successive year after a four year hiatus following a fatal stampede in 2010 which left more than 350 people dead, flooding in 2011 and 2013, mourning the death of King Norodom Shihanu in 2012, and insufficient water in 2015.
AEC News Today

Cambodia’s ranking in World Bank’s Doing Business report further slips
Starting a business in Cambodia remains a tough challenge as the country has slipped further down the World Bank’s Doing Business report for the second year in a row, ranking 135 out of a total of 190 countries, according to The Phnom Penh Post Online on Thursday.
Thai PBS

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US Ambassador Criticizes Investment Regulations in Indonesia
US Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan on Thursday, November 2, criticized a number of regulations that are against foreign investors.
— Tempo

DPR Calls on Govt to Finalize Personal Data Protection Law
The House of Representatives (DPR) called on the government to finalize the personal data protection law.
— Tempo

Indonesia finance minister says economy can weather shocks from Fed hikes
Indonesia’s economy is now in a much better position to weather any shocks on global markets due to further increases in U.S. interest rates, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said in an interview on Thursday.
— Reuters

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Special privileges offered to qualified foreigners seeking Lao citizenship
The National Assembly (NA) on Wednesday passed the draft of an amended Law on Lao Citizenship which offers special treatment of qualified and highly-educated foreigners seeking Lao citizenship.
Vientiane Times 

Govt seeking 40 billion kip to help flood victims
It has been estimated that about 40 billion kip will be needed to repair the damage caused by flooding this year, although accurate reports of losses are still not available, according to the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare
Vientiane Times 

Laos, Vietnam enhance cooperation in information
Laos and Vietnam have agreed on the agenda of their cooperation programme on information over the five year period from 2016 to 2020.
Vientiane Times 

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Malaysian state’s royal council urges sedition probe of former leader Mahathir
A Malaysian state’s royal council on Thursday urged authorities to investigate former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for sedition over his alleged insult to those who trace descent from the southeast Asian region’s ancient Bugis seafaring community.

Malaysia Airlines moves fully to the cloud
Tata Consultancy Services has implemented an industry-first transformation project to migrate Malaysia Airlines’ data center to a 100% hybrid cloud model.
Telecom Asia 

Malaysia plans to organize durian festival in China
According to an article in the Hong Kong South China Morning Post on October 28th, the Malaysian FruitKing will organize a durian festival in Nanning (Guangxi province) between November 3rd and 5th.
Fresh Plaza 

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Tillerson to make 1st trip to Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis
Top U.S. diplomat Rex Tillerson will make his first trip to Myanmar this month to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, the State Department said Thursday.
The Washington Post 

Myanmar slips in business ranking despite what gov’t says
DESPITE the government’s aim to push Myanmar up the World Bank’s ranking for ease of doing business, the country has fallen one place since last year and remains the least favourable country to conduct business within the ASEAN region.
Myanmar Times 

Myanmar Land Rights Activist Beaten to Death by Mob in Shan State
A Myanmar land rights activist who challenged illegal land grabs in northern Shan State was beaten to death this week by a mob of some 20 people, a fellow unionist told RFA’s Myanmar Service on Thursday.
Radio Free Asia 

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‘Government family-planning program to cut poverty, hasten economic growth’
Government efforts to accelerate the country’s entry into the so-called demographic dividend may soon get a boost once the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grants certificates of product registrations (CPR) to 51 contraceptives.

Government policies still worry EU businesses
Challenges in the business climate continue to hound European companies in the Philippines, with some of the current administration’s policies seen as more worrying bottlenecks in the past year.

Stamp tax on alcohol starts next year
The Department of Finance (DOF) is eyeing to begin the implementation of the stamp tax system on alcohol products starting January next year.

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Singapore residents first to get new cryptocurrency credit card
The Visa-branded Monaco pre-paid card will allow users to convert cryptocurrency like Bitcoin into legal tender to be used at more than 40 million merchants.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Singapore Airlines to bump up A380 seat count in revenue push
Singapore Airlines (SIAL.SI) will spend $850 million to increase the overall seat count by up to a quarter in its fleet of A380 superjumbos, and halve the number of first-class suites, as it seeks to combat lower airfares and boost its competitiveness.

Singapore to jointly develop regional robotics ecosystem
Singapore is developing a robotics ecosystem with Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam in a bid to take the regional lead as businesses worldwide increasingly use such technology to transform their operations.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

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Flood victims slam officials after 4 months
Lack of warning blamed as central and northeast residents continue to suffer from lack of housing and shortages
— The Nation

Thailand to continue to facilitate doing business, given big jump in World Bank’s ranking
The Prime Minister said he was satisfied with the latest ranking given by the World Bank for Thailand’s ease of doing business.
— NBT World (video)

Anti-graft bill sails through NLA in its first reading
THE NATIONAL Legislative Assembly (NLA) voted 200 to zero, with four abstentions, to accept in principle the new anti-corruption bill in its first reading.
— The Nation

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Vietnam seeks to export pork to RoK
Vu Trong Nghia, director of the Bien Dong Trade Developed Investment Corporation, has announced that his company has signed a contract with the Korea Food Company to sell 2,000 tonnes of pork per year.

Vietnam climbs up to 68th in WB’s Doing Business report
Vietnam moved up 14 places to rank 68th among 190 economies in the World Bank (WB)’s Doing Business 2018 report themed “Reforming to Create Jobs”.
— VietnamPlus

Becamex IDC to hold VN’s 2nd-biggest IPO
The Investment and Industrial Development Corporation (Becamex IDC) will float over 311.2 million shares, equivalent to 23.63 per cent of its charter capital, in its initial public offering (IPO) on December 1 on the HCM Stock Exchange.
— Viet Nam News

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