Asean morning news for July 10

Asean morning news for July 10
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu    @stmarisewudolu


Southeast Asia sees largest worldwide increase of tourists during first quarter of 2018
Tourist numbers in Southeast Asia increased by 10% in the first four months of 2018, the largest such growth of any region in the world, according to a recent report by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
— Southeast Asia Globe

Report: Asia content expenditure passes $10bn
TV, movie and online video content expenditure across India, Korea and Southeast Asia’s five biggest growth markets (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) rose by 8 per cent in 2017 to reach $10.2 billion (€8.67bn), according to the 2018 edition of Asia Video Content Dynamics from analyst firm Media Partners Asia (MPA).
— Advanced Television

ASEAN countries to give job opportunities to South Korean youngsters
The labor ministry on Monday said it will hold an annual job fair later this week to help young South Koreans find jobs in Southeast Asian countries.
— Yonhap News Agency

Focus on fundamentals could help ASEAN currencies
Southeast Asian currencies have had a rough year so far but the pressure on them could ease in coming months as trade tensions settle, returning focus to the region’s strong growth prospects and the fundamentals weighing on the U.S. dollar.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

ASEAN capitals sign declaration on sustainable environment
Leaders from ASEAN capitals on July 7 inked a Singapore Declaration on sustainable environment during the closing of their two-day meeting held in the island country.
— Vietnam Plus

China, South East Asia collaborate in aquaculture
Chinese-South East Asian (ASEAN) center for joint research and promotion of marine aquaculture technology invited Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center’s chief Dan Baliao to attend a forum in Fuzhou, China, to discuss collaboration with his organization, Panay News reported.
— Undercurrent News

Brunei hosts ASEAN Public Toilet Auditor Training
AS THE Lead Coordinator for the ASEAN Public Toilet Standard, Brunei Darussalam through the Tourism Development Department under the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) organised the ASEAN Public Toilet Auditor Training for a second time at the Horticulture Business Centre in Rimba, Gadong yesterday.
— Borneo Bulletin

This “dividend” will drive growth in ASEAN for years to come
Demographics is one of the “big picture” themes that has an enormous impact on the world’s economic growth patterns.
— Stansberry Churchouse (blog)

[Jagannath Panda] New Southern Policy vis-a-vis Asia’s relationship balance
A highlight currently in Asia’s politics is the balance of relationship characters.
— The Korea Herald


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What’s Behind Cambodia’s War on Fake News?
The government’s efforts to regulate fake news have raised concerns amid a wider campaign to suppress dissent as elections approach.
— The Diplomat

Cambodia’s Jailed Opposition Leader Kem Sokha Says Party Reinstatement is Precondition to Talks
Cambodia’s jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha on Monday said he would not negotiate with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) for a resolution to the country’s political crisis unless his Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) is reinstated and allowed to participate in a general election this month.
— Radio Free Asia

Salt body to name quota for imports
Salt producers in the Kingdom will meet next week to finalise import quotas in line with domestic demand, the chief technical officer of the Kep-Kampot Salt Producers community (KKSPC) said on Sunday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Why Indonesia must ratify nuclear weapon ban treaty
A year ago on July 7, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that pushes forward a new treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
— The Jakarta Post

Social affairs minister distributes rp6.9 billion to victims of Sinabung
Social Affairs Minister Idrus Marham handed over life insurance aid, worth Rp6.9 billion, to the victims of Mount Sinabung eruption in temporary shelters in the third phase of relocation in Karo district, North Sumatra Province.
— Antara News

Mining, financial sectors excluded from OSS system
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution has clarified that the mining and financial sectors were not included in the online single submission (OSS) licensing system.
— Antara News

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Billions allocated to small, medium enterprise promotion
More than 2,715.8 billion kip will be sourced and allocated for the promotion of small and medium enterprises (SME) to facilitate better access to finance to grow their businesses.
— Vientiane Times

MLC Journalists Help Promote Laos Tourism
Media officials and journalists from the six member countries of Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) framework on Jul 5 visited Luang Prabang City, a well-known tourist destination in the Lao PDR.
— Lao News Agency

HIV vaccine shows promise in human trial
An HIV vaccine that has the potential to protect people around the world from the virus has shown promising results.
— BBC News

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Malaysia Could Have To Pay Over $200 Million Compensation To Singapore For Scrapping Railway Plan
Singapore will try to recover costs incurred for a rail project with Malaysia, which have exceeded 250 million Singapore dollars ($184 million) and are still growing, if the new government in Kuala Lumpur confirms it has cancelled the project, officials said on July 9, both Reuters and Bloomberg News reported.
— Investvine

Singapore will honour 1962 Water Agreement, expects Malaysia to do the same: Vivian
SINGAPORE will fully honour the terms of the 1962 Water Agreement with Malaysia, including the price of water stipulated in it, and expects Malaysia also to do so, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said on Monday.
— The Business Times

Malaysia seen holding key rate on easing inflation, steady growth
Malaysia’s central bank is expected to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a meeting on Wednesday, as growth remains firm and a short-term dip in inflation is expected after the new government removed a much-maligned consumption tax.
— Nasdaq

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Myanmar Reuters Journalists Sent to Trial (HD video)
Two Reuters journalists who were arrested by Myanmar authorities and accused of being in possession of official documents related to unrest in Rakhine state were today, July 9, charged under Myanmar’s 1923 Official Secrets Act (OSA), a charge generally reserved for spies.
— AEC News Today (video)

Tragic turn of the screw for jailed Reuters journalists as case goes to trial
Myanmar Judge Ye Lwin has decided to proceed to trial with charges against two Reuters journalists accused of violating Myanmar’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act in their coverage of the Rakhine crisis.
— Mizzima

Myanmar charges Reuters reporters under Official Secrets Act
Court charges two jailed Reuters journalists for obtaining secret state documents, moving case into its trial stage.
— Aljazeera

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Duterte’s Call to “Prove” God’s Existence Just More Fake News (video)
The problem with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is that it is all to easy to believe the latest screaming headline attributed to him.
— AEC News Today (video)

PH to borrow P1.19-T to finance next year’s budget
The Philippine government said on Monday it plans to borrow up to P1.19 trillion ($22.3 billion) to partly finance next year’s budget, with a quarter of that expected to be met from external sources.

P23.3-billion expressway connector project on track–Metro Pacific
Metro Pacific Investments Corp. is mobilizing initial civil works for the P23.3-billion Connector Road, in time for the full-blast construction of the said highway in the first half of 2019.
— Business Mirror

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Malaysia could have to pay over $200 million compensation to Singapore for scrapping railway plan
Singapore will try to recover costs incurred for a rail project with Malaysia, which have exceeded 250 million Singapore dollars ($184 million) and are still growing, if the new government in Kuala Lumpur confirms it has cancelled the project, officials said on July 9, both Reuters and Bloomberg News reported.
— Investine

EY set to launch Singapore innovation centre by Q4
EY will launch its wavespace brand of innovation centres across the Asia Pacific region starting with Hong Kong, followed by Shanghai, and then Singapore by the fourth quarter of 2018.
— Channel News Asia

Vivian: S’pore has taken firm action over 1MDB
Singapore has been thoroughly investigating 1MDB-related offences committed here since 2015, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said yesterday.
— The New Paper

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Mission chief slams ‘unethical media practices’
UNETHICAL REPORTING has been cited for hampering the rescue operation to save 13 trapped footballers from a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, as some reporters broke the law and the rights of their news sources to get the latest stories.
— The Nation

TAT outlines lure for secondary provinces
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has outlined action plans to encourage travellers to continue to visit secondary provinces next year despite the lack of tax incentives.
— Bangkok Post

World offers support for Thai cave boys as evacuation continues
The mission to rescue the 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a cave in Thailand continued on Monday (Jul 9) as people around the world, ranging from Chilean miners to school children, continued to show their support.
— Channel NewsAsia

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Vietnam’s agricultural exports to hit US$41 billion in 2018
The Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (MARD) expected positive prospects for Vietnam`s agricultural exports in the second half of 2018, mainly thanks to growing global demands in the remaining months of the year and stable prices.
— The Hanoi Times

Construction of Vietnam’s largest solar power plant starts in central Vietnam
The power plant, once operational, will produce a maximum output of approximately 450 million kWh each year.
— VnExpress

Will North Korea follow in Vietnam’s footsteps?
Over the weekend, talks on denuclearisation between United States (US) Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and Pyongyang seemed to have elicited differing reactions from both sides.
— The Asean Post

Independent journalist detained on anti-state charges in Vietnam
Vietnamese authorities should immediately release and stop harassing journalist Le Anh Hung, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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