Asean Morning News For April 27

Asean Morning News For April 27
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Success and challenges within ASEAN integration
Since its inception on the 8th of August 1967, ASEAN has made tremendous strides in promoting peace and stability in the region. This is carried out through an abiding of the rule of law and adherence
— The Asean Post

ASEAN will condemn China for constructing an artificial island in the South China Sea
ASEAN nations could upset China in a joint statement as they may raise concerns over Beijing’s sovereignty claims, the artificial islandization, and the militaryization of the South China Sea.
— Radio Free Asia

ASEAN to air fears over China’s reclamation in South China Sea
Southeast Asian leaders will voice concerns over China’s large-scale reclamation in the disputed South China Sea during their two-day meeting here, according to an initial draft of the summit statement, bringing to the fore an issue that was avoided last year.
Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

The South China Sea and ASEAN’s 32nd Summit Meeting
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is set to convene its 32nd Summit in Singapore on April 28.
The Diplomat (paywall) 

Japan partners with ASEAN countries on disaster insurance
Japan will work with Southeast Asian nations like Laos and Myanmar to provide immediate financing after natural disasters so that recovery funds can be quickly distributed.
Nikkei Asian Review (metered paywall)

Civil society organisations discuss forest governance in Mekong region
Representatives from civil society organisations, government line agencies and donor organisations met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss the strengthening of non-state actors for improved forest governance in the Mekong region.
Vientiane Times 

Rise of digital economy pushes ASEAN toward policy coordination
Southeast Asia’s expanding digital economy in areas such as online retail and ride-hailing services is pushing the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to harmonize their policies and rules.
Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Rights Groups Call on ASEAN Members to Halt Cambodia’s Backslide on Democracy
The governments of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) must intervene to end Cambodia’s ongoing slide from a democracy into a dictatorship, several human rights organizations said, as member states kicked off the 32nd ASEAN Summit in Singapore.
Radio Free Asia

ASEAN: What you need to know about the globally important group
During United States President Donald Trump’s five-nation trip to Asia in 2017, he stopped by the Philippines.

Clashing visions keep sweeping trade pact elusive for Southeast Asia
As negotiations for a regional trade pact drag on, some Southeast Asian nations are seeking alternative frameworks that exclude big economies like India, or even considering joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership instead, making a comprehensive deal even more unattainable.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Digitalising healthcare
The healthcare industry is unique. Unlike other sectors which can be completely disrupted by automation or technology, the healthcare industry is a space where technology can complement rather than threaten it.
— The Asean Post

ASEAN countries seek to foster mutual legal assistance in criminal matters
The eight meeting of the senior officials of the agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal affairs among ASEAN countries opened in Hanoi on April 26.
— Vietnam Plus

PE-VC tech investments in India & SE Asia treble to $18b in 2017 in one year
Higher penetration of e-commerce and financial technology in India and the Southeast Asian region has heightened investor interest in technology startups in those countries.
— Deal Street Asia

Trilateral discussions in agricultural trade begin
Representatives of Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam gathered yesterday in Phnom Penh to discuss ways of improving trading procedures in Asean, particularly in agricultural goods, as part of a workshop organised by German development agency GIZ.
— Khmer Times

ASEAN: What you need to know about the globally important group
ASEAN was founded at the height of the Cold War to contain communism, but it now counts communist countries among its members.
— Independent Recorder

Time for Asean to prioritise climate action
As 2018 chair of Asean, Singapore is ideally placed to prioritise climate change on Asean’s agenda.
— The Straits Times

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CPP Welcomes Newly Created “Chhantak Khmer Party”
Cambodia’s People Party spokesman Sok Eysan said that CPP welcomed the creation of the “Chhantak Khmer Party” by Kong Mony Ka, the youngest son of Kong Korm, former leader of the Sam Rainsy Party.
— Fresh News

Cambodia’s quarterly tax revenue hits $761M
Cambodia’s tax department collected $761 million in revenue during the first quarter of the year, according to Kong Vibol, head of the General Department of Taxation, a number almost identical to last year’s first-quarter total of $760 million.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Profits $57M from Rubber Exports in First Quarter
Cambodia has exported nearly 39,147 tons of rubber, profited $57 million within the first three months of 2018, according to the official report of the General Department of Rubber, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Thursday.
— Fresh News

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Indonesia plans to challenge US anti-dumping duty on biodiesel to WTO
The Indonesian government has arranged and prepared a lawsuit to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on the US’s high anti-dumping tariff on bio-diesel imports from Indonesia, a senior trade official said.
— Vietnam Plus

Garuda Indonesia Targets Rp180 Bn Revenue in GOTF
State airliner Garuda Indonesia eyes to earn Rp180 billion, 2 million website visitors, and 50,000 new users of its application platform through Garuda Online Travel Fair (GOTF) that will be started next month.
— Tempo.CO

198 residents evacuate to avoid raging fire from oil wells
As many as 198 residents have evacuated to safer ground to avoid a raging fire from an unregulated oil well that exploded in Pasir Putih Village, East Aceh District.
— Antara News

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E-visa set to go online year-end, early 2019
Electronic visa (E-visa) services are set to be offered at the end of this year or early next year in a move to attract more foreign tourists to take vacations in Laos.
Vientiane Times 

Civil society organisations discuss forest governance in Mekong region
Representatives from civil society organisations, government line agencies and donor organisations met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss the strengthening of non-state actors for improved forest governance in the Mekong region.
Vientiane Times 

Anti asbestos workshop marks International Labour Day
The Ministry of Health and involved government bodies yesterday held a brainstorming session on the National Action Plan to eliminate asbestos-related diseases among workers to mark the International Labour Day.
Vientiane Times 

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Malaysian economy to grow with oil revenue
Oil prices which recently hit 3.5 year high at 74 U.S. dollars per barrel, is expected to boost Malaysia’s economy growth and government coffer, said analysts Thursday.
— News Ghana

PM Najib expects ‘better results’ this election
FIVE years after leading his party to its narrowest victory yet, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says he’s expecting a “better result” in an election that will pit him against his one-time mentor.
— Business Times

‘Automotive industry transformation will continue if BN gets mandate’
The government under the administration of Barisan Nasional (BN) will continue to support the transformation of the automotive industry to achieve future mobility needs if given the mandate to helm the government administration, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
— The Borneo Post

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Thai officials block launch of report on human rights abuses in Karen State
Thai police on Wednesday (April 25) cancelled an event to launch a new report on human rights abuses in Karen State by the Tatmadaw (Myanmar military) and warning of a humanitarian crisis there, The Irrawaddy Online reported.
Thai PBS

UN secretary-general to appoint top Swiss diplomat as Myanmar envoy
Antonio Guterres will appoint the Swiss ambassador to Germany, Christine Schraner Burgener, to be his new special envoy to Myanmar, UN sources said on Wednesday.
The Local

Leeds United Myanmar tour: Paul Heckingbottom admits ‘some may have had sleepless night’
Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom has admitted some players “may have had a sleepless night” over the club’s planned post-season tour to Myanmar.

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Govt approves P735-b int’l airport in Bulacan
The National Economic and Development Authority board headed by President Rodrigo Duterte approved eight major projects Wednesday, including the P735.6-billion international airport project of San Miguel Corp. in Bulacan province.
— Manila Standard

Kuwait orders Philippine ambassador to leave in a week
The Kuwaiti government has ordered the Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait to leave the country in one week. On Wednesday, Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Renato Villa has been notified that he is persona non-grata in the country and ordered him to leave in one week, Kuwait News Agency reported.
— Asia Times

Philippine government following tough stance on nickel miners
Investing News reported that new regulations designed to encourage environmental rehabilitation in the Philippines could see nickel production in that country curbed.
— Steel Guru

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Mongolia and Singapore reportedly shortlisted to host historic US-North Korea summit
The list of countries which might potentially host the high profile meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been narrowed down to two contenders: Mongolia and Singapore.
Business Insider 

38 people killed in road accidents this year: Police
More people were killed in road accidents this year compared to the same period last year, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said on Thursday (Apr 26).
Channel NewsAsia 

Singaporeans lack 80% of critical illness protection needs: Life Insurance Association
In times of critical illness, economically active Singaporeans and permanent residents are only covered for a year of their expenses – or 20 per cent of what is needed should they be out of the workforce for five years.
Today Online 

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60 provincial centres were found to have allegedly misuse fund for the poor
Officials of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) have uncovered irregularities in the use of fund meant for poor and destitute people in 60 centres for the protection of the destitute.
— Thai PBS

Military pledges firm backing for PM Prayut
AMID apparent efforts by the junta and its backers to ensure the return of Prayut Chan-o-cha as prime minister after the election, the military yesterday pledged its full support to the ruling junta and its leaders
— The Nation

Pace of EEC rail projects picks up
PLANNED high-speed and double-track rail projects to serve the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) are expected to begin services in 2023, with an investment value of Bt296.42 billion alone flagged for the high-speed train service, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) said.
— The Nation

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Vietnam Building More Power Plants as Economic Growth Accelerates
PetroVietnam Power Corp, or PV Power, has been granted government approval to build two gas-fired power plants in southern Vietnam at a total cost of nearly $1.5 billion, its parent company said on Thursday (26/04).
— JakartaGlobe

To solve supply glut, no new sugarcane plants until 2020
Viet Nam will not build more new sugarcane plants between now and 2020, following a plan for the sugar industry’s development until 2020 with a vision to 2030.
— Bizhub

Vietnamese investors hit in ICO ‘scam’, but sentiment strong
Vietnam is the latest in the growing list of countries to be hit by ICO scams.
— Asia Times

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