Asean morning news for August 20

Asean morning news for August 20

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Enhancing the tourism industry in ASEAN
The unique and diverse range of recreational activities and travel options in this region has made Southeast Asia a top destination for tourists.
— The Asean Post

Win a trip to Manila for AWF2018 with the ADBs ‘WaterYouDoing?’ photo competition
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced a youth photo contest dubbed WaterYouDoing?, aimed at showcasing the contribution of youth to water awareness, water services, water resource management, and water security in Asia and the Pacific.
— AEC News Today

Asean’s limits are on display as effort to build a robust Southeast Asian community loses momentum
The 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations, despite its lack of cohesiveness and geopolitical heft, likes to be in the driver’s seat even on initiatives that extend beyond its region.
— South China Morning Post

ASEAN is ignored by Australian education providers despite the market’s giant scale
Australia does not rank in the top 10 destinations for Indonesian students wanting to learn English, a fact which has exposed how under-prepared Australia is for the expected deregulation of Indonesia’s education market.
— Financial Review

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Rise of the White Hulls in Southeast Asia
By the turn of the twenty-first century, coast guard organizations in Southeast Asia have been emerging as the new maritime constabulary force.
— The National Interest (blog)

ASEAN Festival in Canada promotes exchanges, connectivity
Embassies of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam in Canada jointly held the ASEAN Festival at the Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa on August 18.
— Vietnam Plus

E-commerce: Southeast Asia: the new e-battleground
Southeast Asia is slowly becoming the new battlefield for e-commerce platforms as more of them establish a presence in the region.
— The Edge Markets

The rise of the mixed use retail development
As our lifeststyles continue to change and morph along with technological and social evolution, so too our living spaces and the locations we choose to live.
— The Thaiger

Short film competition for ASEAN, Korean youth
THE ASEAN-Korea Centre and the ASEAN Youth Network in Korea are jointly organising the ‘2018 ASEAN-Korea Youth Short Film Competition’ from August 6 to October 6.
— Borneo Bulletin


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High-rise building breaks ground in Diamond Island
Morgan Tower, a 210-metre high-rise building, broke ground on Saturday in Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island, with project representatives hailing the development as the Kingdom’s tallest building.
— Khmer Times

Shielded by China, CPP Confronts Western Pressure Over One-Party Rule
China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, met his Cambodian counterpart Prak Sokhonn during the Asean Regional Forum earlier this month, to send a clear message: Cambodia is under China’s protection.
— VOA Cambodia

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`Made in Cambodia’ May Become New Fashion Label With Tariffs Hitting China
The next designer handbag you buy is less likely to bear a “made in China” label.
— Bloomberg

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2 dead as multiple quakes rock Indonesia’s Lombok island
Multiple earthquakes – including a powerful and shallow 6.9-magnitude tremor – struck Indonesia’s Lombok on Sunday, August 19, killing at least two people and sending fresh panic coursing through the already battered island.
— Rappler

2018 Asian Games Medal Acquisition, Indonesia Ranked Sixth
The Indonesian contingent won one gold medal and one silver medal on the first day of the 2018 Asian Games, which made Indonesia ranked 6th in the medal acquisition.

Court Rejects Bid to Stop Expansion of Coal-Fired Power Plant in Bali
The Denpasar Administrative Court has rejected a legal challenge by Bali residents attempting to halt the expansion of a coal-fired power plant on the island, the environmental group Greenpeace said on Friday (17/08).
— Jakarta Globe

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Authorities redoubling efforts to legalise Lao workers in Thailand
All Lao workers who return home to register with the authorities will need to get work permits and passports from labour officials so they can legally work in Thailand.
— The Nation

China’s Railway Project Running Roughshod Over Laos
Lao officials have told Samkhan Koomsanyalat that she and her family will have to leave their home in Phu Din Daeng village, nestled in a bucolic valley amid limestone cliffs, to make way for the Laos-China railway.
— Chiang Rai Times

Mekong inundates newly built shopping centre
The Mekong River rose rapidly overnight on Saturday and Vientiane residents woke up to see the newly built Nakharath City shopping centre partially submerged.
— Vientiane Times

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Dr. M Talks Tech With Alibaba’s Ma
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, also known as Dr. M, met with the founder of China’s largest e-commerce enterprise Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, at the company’s headquarters in east China’s Hangzhou City on August 18.
— Investvine

Durians could become major commodity export for Malaysia, says Dr M
Durians could potentially become a major commodity export for Malaysia if developed systematically and on a large scale like rubber and oil palm.
— New Straits Times

Malaysian firms urged to partner China
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad might have raised eyebrows with his criticism of Chinese mega projects in his country and created uncertainty over bilateral ties with China, but relations look set to improve as the premier seeks to deepen economic links between both countries.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

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US Imposes Sanctions on Myanmar Military Over Rohingya Crackdown
The United States imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military and police commanders and two army units on Friday (17/08), accusing them of “ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims and widespread human rights abuses across the Southeast Asian nation.
— JakartaGlobe

FDI inflows hit over US$ 829 million in four months
From April to July this year, the government allowed foreign investments worth over US$ 829 million with manufacturing and telecom sectors saw the highest inflow of foreign investments, according to the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration.
— Eleven Myanmar

Bouquets and brickbats for Rakhine final report
WHILE MYANMAR officials have praised the final report submitted last week by Surakiart Sathirathai on the Rakhine crisis, former members of the panel and observers said the job was actually incomplete.
— The Nation

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PHL seeks $1.96-B ADB funding for devt projects
THE Philippine government has proposed at least $1.96 billion worth of projects for financing by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other development partners.
— Business Mirror

Spain offers $300m worth of ODA for PH
The Spanish government offered $300 million worth of official development assistance to the Philippines for infrastructure, energy, food industry and tourism projects, the Finance Department said.

Debt prepayments hit $1.45 B in 1st half
Philippine borrowers–both the national government and the private sector — continued to prepay their foreign obligations resulting in the further weakening of the peso against the dollar, data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed.
— The Philippine Star

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New VERS scheme could bring about acrimony among residents, warns Alex Yam
The chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for National Development Alex Yam on Sunday (Aug 19) raised concerns about a new housing scheme which will allow more HDB households to benefit from redevelopment before the 99-year leases on their flats expire.
— Channel NewsAsia

More HDB flats to enjoy Home Improvement Programme: PM Lee
A total of 550,000 Housing Board flats will benefit under a newly expanded Home Improvement Programme (HIP), the HDB said yesterday.
— The New Paper

PM Lee says healthcare subsidies will be for all with chronic ailments
All Singaporeans with chronic ailments will be able to tap on the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) regardless of their income, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday.
— The New Paper

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Thailand win 1st Asian Games gold from women’s team poomsae
Thailand’s first Asian Games gold medal in Indonesia came from the women’s team poomsae at the Jakarta Convention Center Plenary Hall on Sunday.
— The Nation

EEC dubbed new driver of Thai economy
The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) that straddles three eastern provinces of Thailand is emerging as the new driving engine of the Thai economy.

GSB expects 4.6% economic growth this year
The Government Savings Bank (GSB) believes the Thai economy will expand by 4.6% this year thanks to rising exports and tourism.
— News Today (video)

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More corrupt Vietnamese bankers jailed as anti-corruption sweep continues
Vietnam’s hard-line stance against corruption continues with a court in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) last week sentencing forty-six corrupt bankers and staff to terms of imprisonment of up to 20 years.
— AEC News Today

Vietnam sees sharp decline in petroleum imports in July
In the first seven months of 2018, a total of 7.8 million tons of petroleum products worth US$5.2 billion were imported, up 3.9% in volume and 31.6% in value year-on-year.
— The Hanoi Times

Vietnam spends US$592 million on car import in 8 months
Of the total number, cars with less than nine seats make up the largest proportion with 15,348 units worth US$324 million.
— The Hanoi Times

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