Asean morning news for August 10

Asean morning news for August 10
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Immigration D-G: Asean member countries to share visa info via new portal
The 22nd Asean Directors-General of Immigration Departments and Heads of Consular Affairs Divisions of Ministries of Foreign Affairs Meeting (DGICM) today agreed to develop a portal to facilitate the sharing of visa information and applications in each Asean member country.
— Malay Mail

Labor Ministry set to impress ASEAN countries with WorldSkills ASEAN Bangkok 2018
The Ministry of Labor announced that Thailand will host WorldSkills ASEAN Bangkok 2018 from August 31st to September 2nd, 2018.

Robust Asean economies needed in facing global trade tension
Amid the anxiety over the US and China trade tensions, Asean nations should continue the multilateral negotiations to enhance the trades between the 10 countries.
— Malaysian Reserve

LNG firms should look to small-scale to unlock SE Asia
Companies seeking to develop LNG import infrastructure in Southeast Asia should promote small-scale projects to unlock demand in the region, as upstream discoveries could leave larger projects underutilised.
— Interfax Global Energy

Southeast Asia is betting on hydropower, but there are risks of economic damage
Across the world, countries are building dams to create electricity and boost their economies, but the risks could outweigh the benefits.

ASEAN Navy Chiefs Affirm Commitment to Strengthen Cooperation
The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) is hosted the 12th ASEAN Navy Chiefs’ Meeting (ANCM) in Singapore.
— Navy Recognition

Rights issue placed on ASEAN’s back burner
It has been nearly one year since Southeast Asian leaders signed a regional pact on the protection of migrant workers on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in the Philippines, and yet an immediate follow-up to a more legally binding agreement still seems like a distant goal.
— The Jakarta Post

Southeast Asia Offered Choice of ‘Vastly Different Aspirations,’ Says Pentagon Official
The United States formerly may have had a complacent attitude about the Chinese regime’s influence in Southeast Asia, but if so, that has changed.
— The Epoch Times

Rethink plans to dam Mekong after Laos disaster
The collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam after heavy rains last month that killed more than 30 in Laos and left thousands of Lao and Cambodian people homeless is reigniting an urgent debate about preventing similar tragedies in future.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Link gives youth opportunities to volunteer or intern in Asean
Young people in Singapore will soon get more opportunities to intern or volunteer in other South-east Asian countries.
— The Straits Times

What is Asean’s best bet to deal with a global trade war?
Asean is at crossroads in the wake of a trade war started by US President Donald Trump, with the risk of a boomerang effect on Southeast Asia.
— Khmer Times

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Cambodia floods: FB media org. live streams relief delivery (video)
Floods in eastern Cambodia have left tens of thousands of people homeless and thousands of others trapped above water up to ten meters deep.
— AEC News Today (video)

Pentagon Official Joins Condemnation of Cambodia Crackdown
A senior Pentagon official has criticized the handling of Cambodia’s election process and the widespread crackdown on the opposition and civil society.
— VOA Cambodia

Cambodian Parliament to Convene in September After Controversial Vote
Cambodia’s parliament will convene on Sept. 5, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday (08/08), after his ruling party claimed victory in what critics say was a sham general election last month due to the lack of a viable opposition.
— JakataGlobe

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Lombok earthquake: new quake hits as earlier tremor death toll rises
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 has hit Indonesia’s Lombok island, less than a week after a 6.9-magnitude tremor that is believed to have killed hundreds of people.
— The Guardian

Indonesia’s election battle takes shape as Joko Widodo and his challenger name their running mates
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has chosen 75-year-old cleric Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate in next year’s presidential election, he said on Thursday, in a sign he wants to bolster his Islamic credentials.
— South China Morning Post

Indonesia ranks 7th among world’s top 10 gold producers
The GFMS Gold Survey 2018 has listed Indonesia, with gold production of 154.3 tons in 2017, among the top 10 gold- producing countries in the world.
— The Jakarta Post

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Displaced Flood Victims At Risk of “Moving” UXOs
Thousands of people in the southern province of Attapeu, whose homes were swept away flash floods following the collapse of an auxiliary dam of the Xepian Xenamnoy Hydropower Project in Laos several weeks ago, are seeking shelter in areas known to be contaminated by unexploded ordnance (UXO), experts say, as mud and flood water obstruct aid efforts.
— The Laotian Times

Laos committing over $1 million to Asian Games campaign
The Laos government is spending more than 9.9 billion kip ($1.16 million) in preparing competitors to take part in 12 sports at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia from August 18-September 2.
— Inquirer.Net

Scores of Lao Families Facing Displacement by Dam Project Await Compensatory Land Titles
Scores of families that will be displaced by dam construction in Laos are waiting for the Chinese developer to pay the fees necessary to relocate them, while another group of villagers already relocated by the project say they have yet to receive vocational training they were promised as part of their move.
— Radio Free Asia

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Malaysia LNG exports hit 4-year low on pipeline issues — Sources
Malaysia’s exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fell to a four-year low in July as domestic gas pipeline issues plaguing the country since January took their toll, according to industry sources and Thomson Reuters data.
— The Borneo Post

No conflict of interest in hiring of lawyer, says Malaysia’s A-G
Malaysia’s Attorney-General Tommy Thomas has defended the appointment of a consultant to his former law firm to head the team of lawyers representing 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the government in the claim over superyacht Equanimity.
— The Straits Times

Malaysia Repeals Consumption Tax, Reinstates Old Tax Regime
Malaysia repealed a much-maligned consumption tax on Wednesday (08/08), as Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy struggles with a burgeoning debt that its new government has blamed on the previous administration.
— Jakarta Globe

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Myanmar to ICC: Rohingya jurisdiction request ‘should be dismissed’
Myanmar said on Thursday a request by the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to seek jurisdiction over suspected deportations of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh was “meritless and should be dismissed”.
— Reuters

Commission meeting next week
The Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs is scheduled to co-host the 9th Meeting of the Thailand-Myanmar Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JC) in Nay Pyi Taw early next week.

Myanmar-India border opened in Tamu
An India-Myanmar border entry port opening ceremony was held on August 8 at 8:30 a.m. at Tamu Border Bridge in Sagaing Region.
— Mizzima

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Philippine GDP Growth Drops To Three-Year-Low
Economic growth in the Philippines slowed to six per cent during the second quarter of the year, the Philippine Statistics Authority said on August 9.
— Investvine

Bangko Sentral pulls trigger on highest rate hike in 10 years
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas on Thursday raised its benchmark rate by 50 basis points on Thursday, after inflation breached its target for 5 straight months.
— ABS-CBN (video)

P500-M budget eyed to power up unserved, underserved areas in 2019
The Department of Energy (DOE) will allot PHP500 million for the electrification of unserved and underserved areas next year, spokesperson Felix William Fuentebella told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

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HRtech gains ground as Singaporeans embrace mobile in job hunting
Singaporeans are making good use of technology in looking for jobs with social media recruitment ads getting the most engagement (30%), according to a survey by ManpowerGroup.
— Singapore Business Review

Singtel profit falls 7% in June quarter
Singtel has reported a 7% decline in net profit for the first quarter of its financial year, mostly as a result of a reduced contribution from the group’s regional mobile associates.
— Telecomasia

Chart of the Day: Late-stage capital rounds snap 45.8% of fintech funding in H1
Later-stage deals have been accounting for a greater part of Singapore fintech funding in the past four years with capital injections worth more than $5m snapping up 43.2% of total fintech funding in 2017, according to Fintech Global.
— Singapore Business Review

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Somkid offers GDP sneak preview
Thai economic growth is expected to have exceeded 4.5% in the first half of the year, boosted by myriad positive factors such as higher public and private investment, growing tourism and exports, and recovering domestic consumption, says Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.
— Bangkok Post

Disaster warnings as storm raises flood threat in 37 provinces
DISASTER WARNINGS have been issued as heavy downpours threaten to bring flash floods and landslides to 37 provinces across Thailand, and the Meteorological Department said yesterday.
— The Nation

DPM says 55 provinces still wary of flooding
While river levels have dropped in Ranong province, continued rains have kept inundation from subsiding. Also in UbonRatchathaniprovince, the Chi River has been measured rising despite a drop in the Mekong River’s level.
— News Today (video)

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Vietnam to limit or stop issuing new licenses for foreign banks
Vietnam will limit or possibly stop issuing new licenses for the establishment of wholly-owned foreign banks in the country, Deputy Prime minister Vuong Dinh Hue said on Thursday.
— Reuters

Vietnam could face power shortages during 2020-2030
Vietnam could face the risk of power shortages in the early years of the 2020-2030 period, an industry official warned at the annual Vietnam Energy Forum held on August 9.
— Nhan Dan Online

S.Korea, Japan investors target Vietnam’s logistics, infras and pharmaceuticals
Vietnam is considered favorite destination for investors from Japan and South Korea.
— The Hanoi Times

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