Asean Morning News For September 22

Asean Morning News For September 22
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu    @stmarisewudolu


Cambodia leads regional authoritarianism
The warm hug on Sept 7 between Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Thai counterpart, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, said it all. Authoritarian rule is ascendant in Southeast Asia. It now poses an existential…
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN public relations strengthen regional structure
Public relations and communication are keys to obtain public understanding and participation in order to strengthen the regional organization’s position at the global level, Director General of Public Information and Communication at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Rosarita Niken Widiastuti, stated here on Wednesday.
— Antara News

SE Asia Stocks-Philippines hits fresh high; others fall
Philippine shares rose to a record high on Thursday while other Southeast Asian stock markets slipped, in line with broader Asia, after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced a plan to start shrinking its balance sheet and signalled one more rate hike later this year.
— Reuters

Thai investors advised to penetrate CLMV market
The Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) has encouraged Thai entrepreneurs to consider expanding their market overseas, particularly to the CLMV countries.

ASEAN & EU offer scholarships to students
Southeast Asian undergraduates can now apply to study for a semester in a leading university in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) or European Union regions via a scholarship program run by the two regional blocs.
— Study International News

China tries hard to transcend most multi-regional conflicts through OBOR
China’s encircling plans, One Belt One Road (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), have rocked up a storm, and it continues to affect all countries, in one way or another. Given Trump’s “America First agenda” and UK’s Brexit, OBOR may be the next best thing left for some ASEAN nations.
— Asean Today

ASEAN-ROK fund a catalyst for progress
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN, which has made remarkable strides in maintaining peace and stability across South East Asia, accelerating economic growth and improving the lives of its citizens. Along the way, ASEAN has grown into the most important regional organisation in our region and has become a model of seeking harmony among its diverse member states.
— Myanmar Times

ASEAN countries “keen” and “ready” for Belt and Road: HKTDC
AS the top destination of Chinese investments, ASEAN means business when it comes to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a trade body said. The initiative is expected to require “staggering” infrastructural investments in Asia’s developing economies.
— Myanmar Times

ASEAN Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Solution Market 2015-2017 & 2021 – Research and Markets
The DDoS solution market in ASEAN grew vigorously by 54.1% on a YoY basis and remained the second largest DDoS market in the Asia-Pacific region with 20.9% of market share.
— Business Wire (media release)

ASEAN, HK expected to sign trade, investment deals in November
The Philippines is optimistic over five agreements and declarations, including the long-awaited free trade and investment agreements between Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Hong Kong, will be signed by November.
— Philippine News Agency

ASEAN trust fund now close to USD1-M: Cuy
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) trust fund intended to help victims of crimes is now close to USD1 million.
— Philippine Information Agency


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Russia, Cambodia ink nuclear cooperation deal
Russia’s Rosatom and Cambodia signed an intergovernmental cooperation agreement on nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in Vienna on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the 61st International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference, the Russian company announced.
— AA

U.S. Congressmen, Asean MPs, Express Concern Over Cambodia Crackdown
The congressmen urged Tillerson to work with the U.S.’s regional allies and the wider international community to lobby Phnom Penh to adhere to democratic norms and the rule of law.
— VOA Cambodia

Five Fastest Growing Countries in Asia
Cambodia might have the best prospects of all five places on this list, despite ranking second in terms of growth. Economic growth and government policies are both headed in the right direction, making Cambodia attractive to investors.
— Invest Asian

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Compiled by Rama Ariadi    @AriadiRama


A 5.7 magnitude earthquake has hit Indonesia
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake has hit Indonesia, northwest of Bali, as alert levels rise about the possibility of a volcanic explosion on the island.

Why We Won’t See Trump-Like Nationalism In Indonesia
“America First” is based in exclusivism, but Indonesia’s nationalism has far more pluralistic connotations.
 Huffington Post

Low Inflation Shows How Bank Indonesia Is Coordinating on Policy
From regional teams that work to ease food bottlenecks, to cooperation on curbing financial-sector risks, central bank watchers say Indonesia has come a long way in building credibility in its monetary policy.

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Compiled by Leakhena Khat    @leakhenakhat


Faulty construction, heavy rain cause dam to flood Lao villages
Hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of muddy water have flooded eight villages in central Laos’ Xaysomboun province after the reservoir of a dam upstream burst its banks last week following heavy rain, damaging infrastructure, farmlands, and water supplies.
— ReliefWeb 

Investment climate improvements intensifying, deputy minister says
The government has intensified efforts to improve the business climate in an attempt to promote greater investment and drive growth in the domestic economy.
— Vientiane Times 

International Humanitarian Law Discussed
The importance of including humanitarian norms and principles when planning and executing operational orders was the main topic of a seminar organized by the Ministry of National Defence jointly with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Vientiane Capital on Sep 21-22.
— Lao News Agency

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DPM: Asean leaders support Malaysia’s stand
Malaysia has strongly questioned the manner in which Myanmar is addressing the Rohingya issue, saying that the country had denied permission for the international community to provide humanitarian aid to the ethnic group and, more disappointingly, killed Rohingya women and children as well.
— The Star Online

Malaysia Legalizing Bitcoin? Bank Negara Issuing Guidelines for Crypto
In the wake of recent and painful Chinese cryptocurrency lockdowns, other countries are beginning to be more open to Bitcoin and others. A recent statement by Malaysia’s Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Muhammad Ibrahim at the Global Symposium on Developing Financial Institutions would indicate that Malaysia may be the next to open its doors to Bitcoin.
— Coin Telegraph

Malaysia ranks second in SEA for human capital development
Perhaps more so than any other factor, how nations develop their human capital can be a greater determinant of their long-term success. In line with that, the World Economic Forum has released its 2017 Human Capital Report which ranks 130 countries on how well they are developing their human capital on a scale from 0 (worst) to 100 (best) across four thematic dimensions.
— Human Resources Online

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Business ties complicate Muslim states’ response to Myanmar’s Rohingya
When Rohingya Muslims fled persecution and slaughter in Myanmar in past decades, tens of thousands found refuge in Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest sites.
— Business Mirror

Rohingya crisis: Myanmar protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslims 
Hundreds of Buddhists in Myanmar have tried to block a shipment of aid to Muslims in Rakine state, where the United Nations has accused the military of ethnic cleansing.

Most Rohingya refugees are in the dark about Suu Kyi’s speech
Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh–Most Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar are totally unaware of what Aung San Suu Kyi said in her first ever statement on the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine state and subsequent mass refugee exodus to Bangladesh because their shelters in the refugee camp do not have electricity, not to mention TVs.
— Thai PBS

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Philippines worst in impunity in global index
The Philippines is seen as the worst in terms of impunity in 2017, according to results from the latest Global Impunity Index (GII) of the University of the Americas Puebla (UDLAP) and the Center of Studies on Impunity and Justice (CESIJ).
— Rappler

Peso weakens on Fed
THE PESO weakened anew yesterday to return to the P51 level as hawkish statements from the United States Federal Reserve boosted the dollar.
— BusinessWorld Online

Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte ‘dictatorship’
Thousands of Filipinos rallied on Thursday to denounce Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and warn of what they called an emerging dictatorship, in a major show of dissent against the controversial but hugely popular leader.
— Yahoo Singapore News

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Singapore Press Holdings Said to Consider Job Cuts in Reorganisation Plan
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd., which started a review of its media business last year, is considering job cuts amid a reorganization, according to people familiar with the matter.
— Yahoo News 

Singapore taking lead in fighting cybercrime, but expertise remains in shortage
Following news that a new academy will be set up in Singapore to train cybersecurity professionals in the government and critical information infrastructure (CII) sectors, industry insiders said it is a step in the right direction given the current shortage of such expertise.
— Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore-China ties good but need to keep up with the times: PM Lee
SINGAPORE’S relationship with China is in a good state, and China’s leaders want the two countries to do more together, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
— The Business Times 

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Thai Aug exports jump 13.2 pct y/y, far above forecast
Thailand’s customs-cleared annual exports rose for a sixth straight month in August, far better than expected and the fastest growth in 55 months, as demand from major markets increased.
— Reuters

Thai activists ordered to pay $16 million for occupying airports
Thirteen activists were ordered to pay a total of $16 million in compensation on Thursday for shutting down Bangkok’s two main international airports during protests in 2008.
— Reuters

Thai investors advised to penetrate CLMV market
The Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) has encouraged Thai entrepreneurs to consider expanding their market overseas, particularly to the CLMV countries.

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Compiled by Sreypov Men    @MenSreypov


A purge too far in Vietnam?
A mounting internal purge has unsettled Vietnam’s typically sedate Communist Party-dominated politics, as an unresolved factional power struggle for supremacy plays out in unusually colorful ways.
— Asia Times

GMS ministerial meeting plans for future
In collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) organised the 22nd GMS Ministerial Conference in Ha Noi on Wednesday, celebrating 25 years of “economic cooperation, acknowledging the achievements of a programme that has created a strong bond of openness, mutual trust, and shared commitment”.
— VietnamNet Bridge

Tax on income from bank savings proposed
The latest proposal to tax an individual’s income from the interest accrued from the savings deposited in banks has become a bone of contention between the parties concerned.
— Viet Nam News

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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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