Asean morning news for August 9

Asean morning news for August 9
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ASEAN marks 51st anniversary; fastest growing economies with combined output of $2.5 trillion
Diplomats from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) marked its 51st anniversary at the Malaysian Embassy yesterday with native cuisines and cultural performances.
— Kuwait Times

ASEAN Day 2018 Celebration hosted in Bangkok
As today (8th Aug 2018) is the 51st anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN, an ASEAN Day 2018 celebration was staged in Thailand.

China can veto foreign war games in SE Asia under draft code: analyst
China can “veto” potential military exercises between Southeast Asian nations and foreign powers outside the region if the current draft code of conduct is passed, an analyst warned Wednesday.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Thailand to discuss cooperation on migrant workers employment with neighboring countries
Labor Minister AdulSaengsingkaew(อดุลย์ แสงสิงแก้ว) plans to invite officials from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam to discuss cooperation on migrant workers employment in order to deal with the shortages of labor in Thailand’s fishing industry.
— News Today (video)

America Says South China Sea Code of Conduct Should ‘Include International Principles’
As China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have approved a draft of a proposed agreement to prevent conflict in the disputed South China Sea, a US official has said international norms should be incorporated in the text.
— VOA Khmer

How trade links between Southeast Asia and China have thrived for more than 1,000 years
Trade links between Southeast Asia and China have existed for centuries, with archaeological findings pointing to a relationship that spans as far back as the 1100s.
— South China Morning Post

Preparing Asean for the next phase
THE Asean Declaration was signed on Aug 8, 1967 by the five founding fathers of Asean (Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand).
— New Straits Times

Summer of disaster: from Indonesia to Thailand, how top tourist destinations in Southeast Asia have suffered in 2018
Summer 2018 has been an eventful one, not least for some of Southeast Asia’s top tourist destinations, which have endured more than their fair share of tragedy and turmoil.
— South China Morning Post

Mass Rapid Transit networks in Southeast Asia: Transforming lives of city dwellers
Southeast Asian cities are investing in mass rapid transit (MRT), which is transformational in the way city dwellers live, work and play.
— Devdiscourse

Singapore minister rallies ASEAN behind fight vs fake news
Singapore on Tuesday asserted the need for Southeast Asian states to address the proliferation of fake news, citing its damaging- even at times deadly- consequences.
— ABS-CBN News

‘ASEAN + 3’ vow to boost economic ties, tackle trade protectionism
Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plus Japan, China and South Korea agreed Saturday to bolster economic cooperation, voicing opposition to trade protectionism by the United States.
Panay News (media release)

Myanmar president calls for doubled efforts to promote socio-economic development in ASEAN
Myanmar President U Win Myint on Wednesday called on Myanmar people to re-double efforts in promoting socio-economic development and actively participating in the ASEAN Community building process that will contribute to peace, stability and prosperity of the region and beyond.
— Xinhuanet

ASEAN Meets with Russia & China; Discusses SCO & EAEU
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has been meeting with ministers from the ASEAN bloc of countries in Singapore this past week in preparations for the ASEAN 2018 summit due to be held in November.
— Asean Briefing

Asean to strengthen business ties with Qatar
Embassies of Asean member countries in Qatar look forward to further strengthening partnership and increasing bilateral investments with Qatar, Malaysian Ambassador to Qatar H E Dato’ Ahmad Fadil bin Shamsuddin has said.
— The Peninsula Qatar

Morocco keen to cement partnership with ASEAN
Morocco said on Wednesday that it is determined to further strengthen partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
— Xinhua

ASEAN Impact Challenge 2018: Tech Forward Innovations for a Digital Economy
IMPACT Hub Kuala Lumpur launched, yesterday, a call for applications for its regional programme, ASEAN Impact Challenge (AIC).
— Digital News Asia

More than 800 delegates to attend WEF-ASEAN 2018
The World Economic Forum on ASEAN (WEF ASEAN) is expected to
attract the participation of around 800-1,000 delegates, including high-ranking leaders in ASEAN and other nations in the region, representatives from large-scaled organizations and world and regional leading corporations.
— VietNamNet Bridge

Is ASEAN defence diplomacy key to resolving the humanitarian situation in Myanmar?
ASEAN has been criticised for its response to the Rohingya refugee crisis. The grouping’s institutional design and existing conventions restrict opportunities for robust action.
— East Asia Forum

South Korea has the most effective e-governance in Asia
South Korea is most effective in e-governance in Asia while Laos the least effective, according to the recent survey by UN Data Ccentre.
— The Nation

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Cambodia‘s Trade Volume Rise to $14 Billion Within Six Months of 2018
Within the first six months of 2018, Cambodian trade volume reached $14 billion, of which 5.8 billion was an export, an increase of 11%; and $ 8.2 billion import, an increase of 10.6% compared to the same period in 2017.
— Fresh News

Cambodia’s condo-ridden housing crisis
In January 2018, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Cambodia and oversaw the signing of 19 new development deals. The deals were announced just a few weeks after Chinese firms pledged to invest an additional US$7 billion in Cambodia, including for a highway construction project that will connect the capital city of Phnom Penh with the country’s main port city, Sihanoukville.
— East Asia Forum

Kampot International Port’s Construction Kicks Off on 8 August 2018
Kampot International Port began the construction at 8:00 am on 8 August 2018, presided over by Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism, with the participation of Cheav Tay, Kampot governor, representative of the Asia Development Bank (ADB) Phnom Penh, and about 800 civil servants.
— Fresh News

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Death toll in Lombok earthquake rises to 347
The death toll from Sunday’s devastating earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has climbed to 347, the state-run Antara news agency reported today.
— Thai PBS

More than 70,000 homeless after deadly Lombok quake
More than 70,000 people have been left homeless in the deadly earthquake that hit Lombok island, forced to sleep in makeshift shelters and lacking food, medicine and clean water, authorities said Wednesday.
— The Nation

Tourism Ministry Targets 20 million Foreign Visits This Year
The Tourism Ministry targets to sign a Cooperation Agreement (PKS) of Co-Branding Wonderful Indonesia (WI) and Pesona Indonesia (PI) with 100 partners (brands) this year.
— Netral News

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Italian Development Cooperation Donates EUR 80,000 For Flood Victims In Attapeu
Italian Development Cooperation has donated EUR 80,000 through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to help flood victims in Attapeu Province, Laos.
— Lao News Agency

Laos: Disasters claim 108 lives, cause 466 trillion kip losses in eight years
Various disasters have claimed 108 lives and caused more than 466 trillion kip in infrastructure losses and property damage across the country from 2010 to date, a new report has revealed.
— Asia News Network

Laos’ govt to inspect all dam standards, shelve new hydro projects
The government has announced it will examine the safety standards applied to the construction of hydropower dams across the country following the deadly disaster caused by the collapse of a dam in Attapeu province.
— The Nation

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Malaysia’s Ex-PM Najib Faces 125 Years Jail Time If Found Guilty On All 1MDB Charges
Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak could be jailed up to 125 years and fined a total of 210 million ringgit ($51.6 million) if found guilty of corruption, money laundering and other cases in relation to the scandal involving state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Fund (1MDB).
— Investvine

France reopens MH370 investigation amid claims of Malaysian cover-up
FRANCE has reopened its investigation into the fate of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 after Malaysia’s long-awaited “final report” failed to provide an explanation for the aircraft’s disappearance.

Malaysia LNG exports hit 4-year low on pipeline issues
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.

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Special Report: Dangerous News – How two young reporters shook Myanmar
Late in the afternoon of Dec. 12 last year, Wa Lone’s cell phone rang. It was a man named Naing Lin, a lance corporal in Myanmar’s 8th Security Police Battalion.
— Reuters

Land border crossing between Mizoram and Myanmar inaugurated
Mizoram’s Commerce and Industries Minister H Rohluna and an elected leader of Chin state of Myanmar today jointly inaugurated the land border crossing between the state and the neighbouring country at Zokhawthar border trade centre, an official statement said here.
— Business Standard

DICA’s anti-corruption rules not clear on donations or political contributions
In their latest drive to tackle corruption, the government released a code of ethics prohibiting businesses from bribing officials, but it remains unclear what a company and charities and individuals associated can and cannot do. A non-profit organisation urged Nay Pyi Taw to consult experts and require companies to set up a code of conduct to tackle the issue effectively.
— Myanmar Times

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Philippines revises Q1 2018 GDP down to 6.6%
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) updated the gross domestic product (GDP) in the 1st quarter of 2018 to 6.6% from 6.8%.
— Rappler

P30B needed for full implementation of national ID system
At least P30 billion would be needed for the full implementation of the national identification system within three to five years, according to National Statistician Lisa Bersales.
— Manila Bulletin

Philippines’ FX reserves slip in July
THE COUNTRY’s foreign exchange reserves dipped to a fresh six- year low in July as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) tapped the pool of funds to defend the local currency.
— BusinessWorld Online

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Ten years on, F1 success still paying dividends for Singapore
If hosting a Formula One race is said to announce a country’s arrival on the world stage, then none have done so as emphatically as the Singapore Grand Prix.
— Reuters

‘Salaries is not our starting point in looking for ministers’: Goh Chok Tong responds to criticism of comments on pay
Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong has responded to what he described as the “heated reactions” to his comments on how to attract people to serve as ministers and the role salaries play in getting people to serve in Government.
— Channel NewsAsia

Singapore public hospitals cave under pressure of overcrowding
Although globally hailed as one of the world’s most efficient healthcare systems, public hospitals in Singapore also face high congestion levels adding to the growing evidence suggesting that the medical infrastructure in the Lion City is failing to keep up pace with booming medical demand, according to research firm ValuePenguin.
— Singapore Business Review

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Monetary Policy Committee maintains benchmark rate at 1.5 percent
Thailand’s Monetary Policy Committee has resolved to maintain the policy interest rate at 1.5% a year to support Thailand’s economic growth.

Candle Parade disruption! Netizens peeved at funky temple dance (video)
Thai netizens are up in arms over a video showing what appears to be Thai university students performing a mock Buddhist Lent (Khao Phansa) Candle Parade ceremony inside the grounds of a Buddhist temple.
— AEC News Today (video)

Industrial estates confident repeat of 2011 flooding won’t take place this year
The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) estimates that flooding this year won’t match the magnitude of 2011 but has nonetheless urged that measures be taken to protect industrial estates such as those in Ayuthaya province.

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PM urges turning Vietnam into leading timber exporter
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has set the task for the forestry sector to achieve double digit export turnover as of 2019, striving to turn Vietnam into a leading centre of the production and export of timber and forest products, with prestigious brands recognised by the global market.
— Nhan Dan Online

Vietnam: More organic products needed to boost agro exports to EU
Experts have recommended that Vietnamese firms develop organic products for export to the EU, considering it a measure to boost the shipment of farm produce to this demanding market.
— Fresh Plaza

Vietnam’s New Cybersecurity Law Will Hurt Economic Growth
The passage of a restrictive cybersecurity law by Vietnam’s National Assembly is a giant step back—one that comes at the expense of Vietnam’s small and medium-sized businesses.
— The National Interest

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