Asean morning news for August 13

Asean morning news for August 13
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SE Asia’s E-Commerce to Become $200b Industry
With more than 330 million internet users in Southeast Asia, researchers and analysts have highlighted that e-commerce in the region is well on track to become a major industry in the years to come.
— Borneo Post

Southeast Asia: Hit by multiple disasters
On 29 July, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake took place on the Indonesian island of Lombok, killing 20 and injuring hundreds.
— The Asean Post

Thailand prepares for ASEAN chairmanship in 2019
The integration story of Southeast Asian nations, widely known as “ASEAN”, began in 1967 and has since brought about significant changes to the Southeast Asian region.
— The Nation

Thailand Trade Expo, Trade Ministry Records Transactions of IDR15.93 Billion
Indonesian products successfully recorded transactions of USD1.10 million or IDR15.93 billion in the subregional promotion event “The 4th Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area and Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (BIMP-EAGA & IMT-GT) 2018 Trade Expo.”
— Netral News

ASEAN’s emergency rice reserve agreement to achieve food security in Asia
ASEAN member states have entered into legally binding agreements establishing rice reserves to mitigate the impact of natural disasters and major calamities on food security.
— Devdiscourse

Thai energy companies growing abroad
Thai energy companies are growing beyond the country’s borders, with projects slated for the rest of the region.
— The Asean Post

UOB announces digital bank to scale up its regional franchise
UNITED Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) announced that it is introducing a digital bank for Asean’s massive and increasing base of ‘mobile first’ and ‘mobile only’ customers.
— Digital News Asia

Audience fragmentation is old news – ‘TV is now everywhere’
South East Asia may be behind its Western counterparts in the adoption of addressable TV, although signs in the market suggest the tide is now turning.
— Mumbrella Asia

Shapes of the land: Can Southeast Asia be tied together?
Whenever countries are clumped together in one short-lived little village otherwise known as the international exhibition, questions often recur to me.
— The Philippine Star

Thriving dog meat trade
Dog meat may not be as exotic as the fugu fish but it can be just as deadly.
— The Asean Post

Digitalising regional supply chains
The rusty supply chains of the past have little to no bearing on the future as Southeast Asia shifts towards realising its vision for Industry 4.0.
— The Asean Post

Asean defence diplomacy key to resolving Rohingya refugee crisis
Asean has been criticised for its response to the Rohingya refugee crisis.
— Khmer Times

Death by plastic waste
Humanity’s enduring love affair with plastic, a love more pronounced in the Southeast Asian region, has claimed another victim.
— The Asean Post

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Targeted Sanctions More Effective, Experts Say
The United States has warned Cambodia of further sanctions following what Washington said was a “deeply flawed” election last month that saw Prime Minister Hun Sen cement his rule in the absence of an established opposition party.
— VOA Cambodia

CDC gives $68M hotel project nod for Poipet
The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) has approved a more than $68 million hotel project in Poipet town, it said on Friday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Makro to build commercial centre in Siem Reap
International cash and carry brand Makro will build a commercial centre in Siem Reap, following the approval of the investment by the Council for the Development of Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

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Lombok earthquake deaths rise to 387: Aid yet to reach all affected (video)
The death toll from a series of earthquakes on and around the eastern Indonesia island of Lombok has risen to 387, with authorities expecting that number to increase in the coming days.
— AEC News Today (video)

Indonesia’s ‘buzzers’ paid to spread propaganda as political elite wage war ahead of election
Dozens of “buzzers” are getting paid to spread propaganda to armies of followers as the political elite wage war in cyberspace in an attempt to maintain power.
— ABC News

Lombok earthquake video special – 30 quakes rock island in 10 days
Earthquakes continue to rock the eastern Indonesia island of Lombok with more than 340 people reportedly dead, while poor infrastructure is frustrating efforts to get relief to isolated communities in the centre and highlands of the island.
— AEC News Today (video)

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Strengthen news delivery for a better future, media advised
The media has further to go in terms of improvement and development, and its personnel should bolster their skills at all levels to sustain high standards of journalism, the Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism has said.
— Vientiane 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 regniting an urgent debate about precenting similar strategies in future.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywell)

Laos’ main airport got huge expansion despite weak visitor numbers
The international terminal of the airport serving the Laotian capital of Vientiane, Wattay International Airport, can now accommodate as many as 2.3 million foreign travelers a year, roughly nine times the original terminal’s capacity.
— Investine

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Malaysia, Indonesia Agree On Joint Production Of New ASEAN Car
Indonesia and Malaysia have reached a deal to set up a joint venture to produce the first fully local-made vehicle for domestic use and sale in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and pledged to jointly further develop both nations’ automotive sectors.
— Investvine

Natural gas and renewable energy to fuel a sustainable future
Natural gas and renewable energy could potentially fuel a sustainable future in the power and energy industry, the Malaysian Gas Association (MGA) and Shell Malaysia said.
— The Borneo Post

MAHB’s airport traffic grows 4.2pct to 11.9mil passengers in July
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd’s (MAHB) network of airports including Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport(ISGIA) recorded 11.9 million passenger movements in July 2018, an increase of 4.2 per cent over July 2017.
— New Straits Times

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Myanmar asks Bangladesh to stop aid to stranded Rohingya
Rohingya stranded on the border between the two countries since a military crackdown prompted a mass exodus of the Muslim minority last year, the foreign ministry in Dhaka said.
— Bangkok Post

Rules for foreigners to trade on YSX issued this month
Policy and regulations allowing foreigners to trade on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) will be released by late August, according to U Htay Chun, member of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar (SECM).
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s Cycle of Debt
With its gleaming new shopping malls and high-rise apartment blocks, Yangon has become the symbol of Myanmar’s rapid economic growth.
— Aljazeera

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Seoul’s $1-B loans boosting PHL’s infra buildup, says envoy Continued from a1
MORE than half of the $1 billion worth of concessional loans the South Korean government is extending to the Philippines in the next three years will go to helping the country address its infrastructure constraints, according to Seoul’s top envoy to Manila.
— Business Mirror

Flooding displaces 383,000 in Philippines
Days of torrents of rainfall and flooding battered a widespread area in the Philippines, displacing nearly 383,000 people, a disaster agency said on Sunday.
— Xinhua

DBM releases 91.5% of nat’l budget as of July
The national government has released 91.5 percent of its P3.77 trillion budget in the first seven months of the year, data from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) showed.
— The Philippine Star

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Could an opposition coalition work here?
Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s opposition coalition, Pakatan Harapan, ousted the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition in the Malaysian general election in May.
— The New Paper

Tackling maritime threats in regional waters | Video
The Singapore Strait is one of the busiest passages in the world, with 2,000 ships passing through daily. As today’s maritime security challenges grow increasingly more complex, Afifah Ariffin looks at what is being done to protect the seas around the region.
— Channel NewsAsia

Unpaid student loans amounting to RM39 billion nearly same as 1MDB debt: Malaysian PM Mahathir
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Saturday (Aug 11) that the amount of unpaid student loans is almost as much as the total of beleaguered state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) debts.
— The Straits Times

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Sustaining 5% growth a challenge, say economists
THE ECONOMY could grow by 5 per cent this year, but the challenge will be in how to sustain that rate, economists agreed at a roundtable discussion last week.
— The Nation

Thai Police announce all Nigerians in Thailand will be investigated
Police on Friday said they will target ALL Nigerians in Thailand for investigation in a move a top UN human rights official warns could amount to illegal and discriminatory policing.
— The Pattaya News

Pheu Thai rudderless as poll looms
News of Thaksin Shinawatra predicting the Pheu Thai Party will win at the next election might shore up the sagging spirit of supporters.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam’s Economic Miracle Unabated – New “Tiger” Is Born, Report Says
A latest commentary by Qatar National Bank (QNB) on Asian economies stated that Vietnam has become one of Asia’s, as well as the world’s fastest growing economies and can been seen as Asia’s latest “tiger” nation in the tradition of Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea in the 1970s and 1980s and the so-called “tiger cub” economies of the following generation, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and, more recently, India.
— Investvine

Vietnam lays out development strategy of banking sector until 2025
Vietnam is expected to have at least 2 – 3 commercial banks in Asia`s top 100 largest banks in terms of assets and 3 – 5 banks listed in foreign stock markets by the end of 2025.
— The Hanoi Times

Vinfast, Siemens sign deals for electric bus manufacturing
Vinfast Manufacturing and Trading Company Limited, a subsidiary of Vingroup, has signed two contracts on the supply of technology and spare parts for electric bus manufacturing with Siemens Vietnam Company.
— VietnamPlus

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