Asean morning news for December 7

Asean morning news for December 7
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu


Trade war: Focus turns to Thailand to conclude $7 trln RCEP
Six years in the making, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is slated to transform the region into an Asean-centric, comprehensive free trade area, poised to make a large contribution to Asian and global economic cooperation.
— AEC News Today

Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia boost anti-drug cooperation
The 17th trilateral-bilateral ministerial meeting on drug control cooperation between Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia took place in Vientiane on December 6.
— Vietnam Plus

PHL logistics costliest among 4 Asean nations
THE Philippines has the most expensive logistics cost among four Southeast Asian competitors, mostly caused by the country’s archipelagic feature and reliability issues on the industry.
— Business Mirror

ASEAN to open markets for regional startups
Member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are expected to open their markets for startup companies from the region, especially unicorn startups, to boost development of the regional digital economy.
— Antara News

Singapore to offer grants for Southeast Asian co-production
Singapore Film Commission (SFC) is planning to introduce a new grant for co-production within Southeast Asia, which will offer $183,000 (S$250,000) per film project.
— Screen Daily

Asean-EU Air Transport Deal Near Completion
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and the European Union are close to finalizing a Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (CATA) between the two blocs, following an eighth round of negotiations in Salzburg, Austria.
— AIN Online

Meeting outcomes aim to promote ‘green jobs’
The 25th Asean Labour Ministers’ Meeting (ALMM) and its related meetings/conference, which concluded on November 29, have adopted three outcome documents which were released to the media late on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Socio-economic benefits of energy transition
As thousands of national, sectoral, business and community leaders gathered in Katowice, Poland, for the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the focus heightened again on the issue of decarbonising the energy system.
— The Asean Post

Japan’s Sansan raises $26.5M to help Southeast Asia get more from business cards
The humble business card is a target for disruption in Southeast Asia after Japanese contacts management startup Sansan raised JPY 3 billion ($26.5 million) to expand its business into the region.
— TechCrunch

Chinese billet market rebound fails to deter trading lull in Southeast Asia
Import prices for steel billet in Southeast Asia were unchanged on Thursday December 6, with the uptick in domestic Chinese billet prices early this week failing to revive trading activity in the region.
— Fastmarkets MB

Reimagining Southeast Asia 2018: A recap
Last week, The ASEAN Post held its inaugural forum, titled Reimagining Southeast Asia 2018.
— The Asean Post

Property: Best condo developments in Southeast Asia
BUYING real estate is one of the most common and reliable ways to invest your money, whether it’s your first home or purely an investment property.
— Asian Correspondent

Southeast Asia places more Japanese bread in its basket
Japanese businesses look to feed the growing hunger for baked goods in Southeast Asia, where the style of soft and spongy bread made in Japan is winning a bigger helping of followers.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

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Compiled by Sreypov Men          @MenSreypov


EU companies voice concern over impact of possible EBA withdrawal
European companies operating in Cambodia voiced concern over the potential repercussions of removing the Kingdom’s Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential scheme, as the EU Ambassador to Cambodia, George Edgar, led an EU-organised media trip this week.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Taiwan protests after nationals arrested in Cambodia sent to China
Taiwan’s government on Thursday strongly protested Cambodia’s decision to deport 46 Republic of China (Taiwan) citizens, arrested last month for their alleged involvement in telecommunications fraud, to China earlier that day.
— Focus Taiwan

Kem Sokha’s daughters slam ‘liar’ Sam Rainsy over ‘smears’
The daughters of former opposition leader Kem Sokha hit out at Sam Rainsy on Tuesday, accusing the newly nominated “acting president” of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) of leading a “smear campaign” against their father
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Indonesia to inject $357 mln into state health insurer
Indonesia will inject more capital into cash-strapped state health insurer BPJS Kesehatan this month, a senior finance ministry official said on Thursday, although questions remain on how to ensure the firm no longer operates at a loss.
— Reuters

16 bodies found after attack in Indonesia’s Papua
Indonesian security forces have retrieved the bodies of 16 people in the aftermath of a massacre by suspected separatist rebels in restive Papua province, the military said Thursday.
— New Straits Times

News Focus – Indonesia`s economy continues to face uncertainties in 2019
Indonesia`s economic growth will continue to be affected by uncertain global economic conditions, so it would be difficult for the country to achieve a growth of 5.
— Antara News

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Laos to export over 14,000 MW of electricity by 2030
Laos’ electricity exports will hit 14,600 MW by 2030. At present, Laos is exporting 4,415 MW to five neighboring countries.
— China Economic Net

Nation’s visitor shortfall put down to multiple causes
Annual visitor arrivals are expected to reach just 4 million, well short of the government’s target of around 5 million to mark its Visit Laos Year 2018, a minister has told the National Assembly.
— Vientiane Times

Lao parliament approves government reshuffle
The ongoing Lao National Assembly (NA) session has approved a reshuffle and appointments in public security, national defence and the banking sectors.
— Xinhua

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Compiled by Sreypov Men          @MenSreypov


Murky: Najib Razak, 1MDB, 100 grand, a couple of feuding prince’s & a dead journalist
Early this week a sizzling string of emails led investigative journalists to uncover the explosive link between conspirators in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) financial scandal, former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, and feuding royal families under Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman. That link: murdered Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
— AEC News Today

Bank Negara states digital assets not legal tender in Malaysia
Bank Negara Malaysia reiterates digital assets are not legal tender in Malaysia and advised the public to carefully evaluate the risks associated with dealings in these assets.
— The Star Online

Exports of made-in-Malaysia medical devices to cross RM23b in 2019
The Association of Malaysian Medical Industries (AMMI) is projecting exports of medical devices from Malaysia to record a year-on-year growth of eight percent and cross RM23 billion in 2019.
— Malaysiakini

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Myanmar moves to legalise casinos
Some casinos already operate under special provisions but changes to law proposed to encourage more tourism and revenue.  A Chinese company is now working with a militia to help it develop a large border region in the southeast.
— Al Jazeera

Bangladesh seeks action against Myanmar minister over Rohingya ‘brainwashed’ remark
Bangladesh summoned the Myanmar ambassador on Wednesday (Dec 6) to condemn “irresponsible remarks” made by Myanmar’s religion minister about Rohingya Muslims, and called for action against him, senior officials at the Bangladesh foreign ministry said.
— Channel News Asia

Details of alleged bribery heard in Yangon judicial corruption case
Plaintiff U Moe Naing of the Anti-Corruption Commission gave a detailed account at the Yangon Region High Court on Friday of how former Yangon advocate general U Han Htoo and four other defendants had accepted bribes before dropping a case against the alleged murderers of popular comedian Aung Yell Htwe.
— Frontier Myanmar

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Foreign investment pledges rise 6.5% to P45.9 billion in Q3
Foreign investment pledges approved by the country’s investment promotion agencies rose 6.5 percent in the third quarter, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

Cebu airport posts 14.6% growth in passenger volume
Passenger volume at Mactan-Cebu International Airport grew 14.6 percent year-on-year in the first nine months, the airport’s operator said Thursday.

Duterte says no more opening of bags in airports
President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday bags of travelers will no longer be opened during airport screening and “human contact” would be minimized.
— CNN Philippines

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Khaw tells Malaysia to ‘back off’ as Singapore expands port limits
That was the firm message from Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan yesterday, as he urged Singapore’s closest neighbour to pursue dialogue instead of “blatant provocation” to resolve the row over port limits and territorial waters.
— The New Paper

Singapore authorities block Noble’s relisting plans
Singapore’s central bank and exchange regulator have barred commodities trader Noble Group from transferring its listing status to New Noble as proposed under its restructuring plan.
— Channel News Asia

Exclusive: Singapore to use biometrics for emergency services
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) will use biometrics for emergency services to cut errors and save time for emergency service (EMS) patients … The biometrics system will be linked to the national electronic healthcare records
— Gov Insider

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Report: Thailand most unequal country in 2018
Thailand has overtaken Russia and India as the most unequal country in the latest survey by a Swiss bank.
— Bangkok Post

Trade war: Focus turns to Thailand to conclude $7 trln RCEP
Six years in the making, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is slated to transform the region into an Asean-centric, comprehensive free trade area, poised to make a large contribution to Asian and global economic cooperation.
— AEC News Today

‘Rotor pedals failed’ on Leicester crash helicopter
Disconnected cockpit pedals caused the helicopter crash that killed five people including the billionaire owner of King Power and Leicester City Football Club on Oct 28, a British investigation reported on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam to continue removing 50% business conditions in 2019
The success of the business community would bring prosperity for Vietnam in the next decades.
— The Hanoi Times

Vietnam among top five for private participation in infrastructure, pushing by foreign investors
According to a World Bank (WB) report released this week, thirty-four countries received PPI investments in the first half of 2018, with the top five countries – China, Turkey, India, Vietnam and Brazil – accounting for 66 percent of the global total, 10 percent higher than in 2017. Anh Hong reports on Hanoitimes.
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnam’s first aircraft engine parts factory put into operation
By 2024, the factory would have around 900 employees with investment capital of US$370 million, which could be a symbol for technology transfer between South Korean and Vietnamese enterprises.
— The Hanoi Times

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