Asean morning news for July 24

Asean morning news for July 24
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu @stmarisewudolu


Southeast Asia Food Processing Equipment Market Worth USD 1,152.0 Million by 2023
According to the latest publication from Meticulous Research®, the Southeast Asia food processing equipment market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.7% from 2018 to reach USD 1,152.0 million by 2023.
— Globe Newswire

Economy to be a casualty as more severe weather expected in Southeast Asia
Tornados in the southern Philippines, tropical storms ravaging landlocked Laos, these are just a few of the severe weather aberrations happening across Southeast Asia right now.
— The Nation

Can Industry 4.0 change Southeast Asia’s manufacturing?
Southeast Asia is a region that’s fast developing. It has evolved from an agricultural society to one of the fastest growing regions in the world within the span of a century.
— The Asean Post

The dying rivers of ASEAN
With the Asian Games fast approaching, scheduled to be held from 18 August to 2 September 2018, officials in the Indonesian capital where the games are going to be hosted are scrambling in an all-out effort to prepare the host cities.
— The Asean Post

Financial risks are top risks faced by Asian telcos
Financial risks and increased competition are the top risk factors faced by operators in Asia-Pacific, according to a new report from accounting and consulting company BDO.

China’s ambitious plans to power Southeast Asia
The efficient distribution of reliable and affordable energy is essential for Asean’s economic development, but this is not yet happening, as in some countries there is only unreliable and limited electricity distribution.
— The Nation

South China Sea disputes must be resolved through arbitration that seeks mutual benefit
Throughout Asian history, great civilisations have expanded and contracted across vast terrestrial and maritime spaces with only natural, rather than legal, borders separating them.
— South China Morning Post

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MoI, NEC and Club of Cambodian Journalists Hold Talks on “Role of Journalists and Fake News in 2018 Election”
Ministry of Information (MoI), the National Election Committee (NEC) and the Club of Cambodian Journalists, on Monday, held a discussion on “the role of journalists and fake news in the 2018 election”, at Tonle Bassac 2 restaurant, Phnom Penh.
— Fresh News

Property sector strong despite election: CBRE
Growth in the local property sector remained robust in the second quarter of 2018, with the condominium, office and industrial sectors all contributing significantly to its expansion, according to CBRE’s latest report.
— Khmer Times

Corn harvest begins in northeast amid price dip
Corn harvest season has begun in the Kingdom, but farmers in the northwest are facing a price decline, and hinting they may seek markets in neighbouring Thailand for their crops.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Childhood stunting: Indonesia sees success from accelerated fight
Salmiah thought she had learned all that she needed to know about raising a healthy child from being a community health worker in Batukliang, Central Lombok, since 2000.
— AEC News Today

Indonesia interested in building reference lab for verifying chemical weapons
Indonesia has expressed its interest in building a reference laboratory for verifying chemical weapons in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, in its efforts to play a greater role in implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention.
— Antara News

Indonesia Reactivates Sale of 9- and 12-Month BI Certificates to Aid Rupiah
Indonesia’s central bank sold nearly Rp 6 trillion ($415 million) of its newly reactivated nine- and 12-month Bank Indonesia certificates, or SBI, in a bid to deepen the country’s money market and stabilize the rupiah.
— Jakarta Globe

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The great rail dilemma
Being erected along green fields in the outback of Vientiane, where Lao farmers still busily grow rice, are a great number of meticulously situated colossal concrete columns waiting to support a high-speed…
— Bangkok Post

National Road 13 to be improved, maintained with WB support
The project will first focus on the high traffic corridor outside of Vientiane of Sikeut-Phonhong (km 12-70), which is currently the country’s busiest stretch of road, and also vulnerable to severe flooding.
— Vientiane Times

New World Bank Country Manager For Lao PDR Begins Assignment In Vientiane
“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue our exciting work in the Lao PDR as we strive to support the country to reduce poverty and increase shared prosperity, through green and efficient growth,” said Mr. Pontara.
— Lao News Agency

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Complaints on price hikes in Malaysia triple after removal of GST
The number of complaints on price hikes reported to the Government tripled after the zero-rating of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
— AsiaOne

Malaysia aims to lower voting age to 18, says minister
The young in Malaysia are likely to get more power after backing 93-year-old Mahathir Mohamad to topple a regime that ruled the South-east Asian nation for six decades.
— The Straits Times

Najib denies signing off cheques to Umno using 1MDB monies
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak denied signing off any cheques to Umno using money from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
— AsiaOne

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Reuters reporter says Myanmar police planted ‘secret’ papers
A jailed Reuters reporter told a court in Myanmar on Monday that documents he is accused of breaking state secrets laws to obtain were planted by a police officer, who handed him papers he had not sought in order to entrap him. The officer had then lied to the court about what happened, he said.
— Reuters

Myanmar in disarray
The friends of Aung San Suu Kyi continue to desert her and to criticise her government’s policies.
— Bangkok Post

Property cycle at trough, turning point in sight, agents say
Property prices in Mandalay have dropped between 10 to 30 percent over the past five years, with steeper falls seen in less populated residential estates, local real estate agents told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

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Philippines infrastructure: Build, build, build… but not so fast
The Philippines Department of Finance (DOF) has hit back at criticism by a university professor describing the rate of infrastructure development currently underway as being “faster than any other administration achieved in the past.”
— AEC News Today

France offering €400,000 grant for Metro Manila cable car feasibility study
THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said it may tap a grant from France amounting to €400,000, or about P25 million, to conduct a feasibility study on a cable car route in Metro Manila.
— BusinessWorld Online

OWWA launches P300-million OFW livelihood program
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has allocated P300 million to finance its livelihood program of overseas Filipino workers’ (OFWs) organizations.
— Business Mirror

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Internet access delinked at National Healthcare Group and National University Health System
Two public healthcare groups, National Healthcare Group (NHG) and National University Health System (NUHS), have followed SingHealth’s lead in delinking staff’s Internet access in the wake of the nation’s most serious cyber attack.
— The Straits Times

Commentary: We now live in a ‘science fiction world’. We need to boost STEM education
We are in midst of exponential change that seems to spring right out of a science fiction movie.
— Channel NewsAsia (extremely annoying popups)

Does CPF scheme fulfil its original mission of ensuring retirement adequacy for Singaporeans?
The recent discussions about the Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme has called into question the role of the CPF Board. This problem is more endemic than it seems because all Singaporeans and Permanent Residents are required by law to have an account.
— The Online Citizen

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High-speed rail link pushed back to 2024
The high-speed railway set to link Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao airports will open in mid-2024 at the earliest, State Railway of Thailand (SRT) acting governor Voravuth Mala said Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Rabies death toll up to 14 this year
The death of a 19 year old in Buri Ram, to the east of Bangkok on the Cambodian border, and a 55 year old in Rayong, east of Pattaya, has raised the death toll in Thailand as a result of Rabies this year to 14. Both deaths occurred over the past two weeks.
— The Thaiger

Search of temple sparks row, fisticuffs
An operation to examine donations and assets of Wat Luang Pho Ngern Bang Khlan provoked a scuffle between supporters of the temple’s former abbot and the police-military inspection team on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Vietnam jails 10 more for protests over economic zones
A court in Vietnam on Monday jailed 10 people for terms ranging from two to 3-1/2 years after they were arrested in last month’s nationwide protests against new economic zones, state media said.
— Channel NewsAsia

Vietnam suspends information minister amid telecoms scandal: State media
Vietnam on Monday (July 23) suspended its minister of information and communications for mismanagement at a state telecoms firm, official state media Vietnam News Agency reported, amid a crackdown on corruption.
— The Straits Times

Vietnam’s Ban on Crypto Mining Rigs Could Be Good News
Local news reported Thursday that Vietnam’s Central Bank has agreed to suspend the import of crypto mining devices.
— Crypto Disrupt

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