Asean Morning News For July 9

Asean Morning News For July 9
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Five agreements inked to take Asean’s smart cities plan forward
In Thailand’s Chonburi province, a smart city — also the country’s largest industrial city — is aiming to rely solely on itself for power using renewable energy sources.
— Today Online

RI, Thailand considering Malaysia’s free trade ideas
As Indonesia and Thailand are both assuming strategic international roles next year, they are saying they would first look into Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s proposal for a regional free trade zone.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Airbnb facing blowback
Airbnb took the world by storm by serving as a marketplace connecting travellers to people offering short-term accommodation in their homes.
— The Asean Post

The state of music streaming in Southeast Asia
Ever since the advent of the internet and the proliferation of smartphones, traditional media such as television and radio no longer have the same kind of mainstream influence as they used to.
— The Asean Post

Healthy outlook
Chinese medical tourists are flocking to Southeast Asia for everything from fertility treatment and cosmetic surgery to more basic services.
— Bangkok Post

Driving growth in ASEAN economies
The story of economic growth within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a remarkable one.
— The Asean Post

Strengthening oil spill preparedness in South-East Asia
Oil spill contingency planning is in the spotlight at an IMO regional workshop in Pulau Indah, Malaysia (2-6 July).
— Hellenic Shipping News

Smart solutions can help Southeast Asian cities solve urban challenges
From overburdened infrastructure to the struggle to adequately provide much-needed services, rapid urbanisation in South East Asia has given rise to a whole host of challenges.
— Asia News Network

India will hold another round of Delhi Dialogue with Asean leaders this month
India will hold another round of Delhi Dialogue with Asean leaders on July 19-20, official sources here said.
— The Times of India


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Cambodian political parties begin campaigns for general election
Cambodian political parties launched a three-week campaign on Saturday for the July 29 general election.
— Xinhua

NEC Recognizes over 60,000 National and International Observers, 910 Journalists
The National Election Committee (NEC) welcomed over 65,781 national and international observers for the upcoming 6th National Assembly elections; NEC also issued ID to 910 journalists from 92 media outlets to be the observers, according to the NEC’s report on Sunday.
— Fresh News

EU Officials Embark on ‘Fact-Finding’ Mission to Cambodia to Assess Trade Scheme
The visit aims to determine whether the government’s crackdown against the opposition and civil society should prompt Cambodia’s expulsion from the Everything But Arms scheme.
— VOA Cambodia

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Foreign exchange reserves decline to US$119.8 billion in June
Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserves slid to US$119.8 billion as of June, lower than the $122.9 billion recorded a month earlier as Bank Indonesia (BI) continued to defend the rupiah against a stronger United States dollar.
— The Jakarta Post

400 thousand foreign tourists expected to visit Sleman
The Tourism Office of Sleman District in the Yogyakarta Special Region is optimistic of achieving the target of 400 thousand foreign tourist arrivals in the district in 2018.
— Antara News

Soekarno-Hatta Airport Ranked 17th in World`s Busiest Airport
The Vice President of Corporate Communications at State-owned airline operator Angkasa Pura II (AP II) Yado Yarismano said Soekarno-Hatta airport was the 17th busiest airport in the world, as listed by Airport Council International (ACI).

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PM Urges Strengthening Business Sector Through Law Improvement
While giving a guidance talk at the 11th Lao Business Forum on Jul 5, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith emphasized the importance of strengthening the business sector through the improvement of business-related laws and regulations adding that doing so could help achieve the national socio-economic development goals.
— Lao News Agency

Over 61 percent of Savannakhet Road No 9 bridges complete
More than 61 percent of the project to build two bridges along National Road No 9 –Xekoumkam Bridge and Xethamuak Bridge – in Savannakhet province has been completed to some 61.28 percent.
— Vientiene Times

UXO major obstacle to development in some Lao rural areas
The widespread presence of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in many rural areas is seen as a major obstacle to national economic and social development, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Friday.
— Xinhua

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Malaysia’s review of China-related projects not affecting Alibaba’s investment plans
The review of China-related projects in Malaysia has not faltered e-commerce giant Alibaba Group’s plans to continue to invigorate investments in Malaysia.
— New Straits Times

Lim Guan Eng : Malaysia to abide by water pact with Singapore
Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said that the country will stick with its longstanding agreement with Singapore on water supply even after Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had suggested a renegotiation, Singapore’s Sunday Times reported, citing an interview with Lim.
— The Edge Markets

Razer Pay uses Malaysia as entry point to SEA
Asia Pacific is home to the largest gaming markets in the world with China and Japan at the top of the market. Statista estimates that in 2017, gaming in China was worth $32.54 billion while Japan grossed $14.05 billion.
— Telecomasia

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Stateless teen born in Myanmar praised as ‘gem’ in Thai cave ordeal
Born in Myanmar, raised by Christian teachers in Thailand, and now trapped in a flooded cave for 13 days, Adul Sam-on’s unflinching politeness and startling ability to speak English is capturing hearts.
— Mizzima

Minister on a mission
Soe Win has been in his post for less than two months, but already there are significant signs that Myanmar’s new finance minister is ready to deliver on the government’s commitment to boost economic growth.
— Bangkok Post

Former Myanmar Times CEO Dunkley formally indicted in drugs case
Two Myanmar nationals, a man and a woman, were released from custody in an illegal drugs case involving former Myanmar Times CEO and Editor-in-Chief Mr. Ross Dunkley and eight co-accused.
— Mizzima

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COA flags P1-B unliquidated funding for Asean summit
Some P1.046 billion, or 30 percent of the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s funding for the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit, was not liquidated by year-end.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Government borrowing up over 74% in May
OVERALL GOVERNMENT borrowing in May grew 74.55% as the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) accepted more bids at its twice-a-week auction of government securities, especially on the shorter-dated notes.
— BusinessWorld Online

‘I’ll resign if anybody can prove God exists’
The Philippine president, who recently sparked outrage for calling God stupid, has courted new controversy in his largely Roman Catholic country by saying he will resign if anybody can prove that God exists.
— The Star Online

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Singapore’s Temasek set to report record portfolio; tech deals in focus
Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd [TEM.UL] is likely to book a record S$300 billion ($221 billion) for the value of its portfolio, powered by gains in DBS Group Ltd and Chinese banks, while it steps up investment in tech startups.
— Reuters

Singapore raises ABSD rates and tightens home loan limits
The measures were imposed over rising prices and demand.
— Singapore Business Review

Former US Navy employee who took bribes sentenced to 2 years, 9 months’ jail
A 57-year-old Singaporean woman involved in the worst corruption scandal in the history of the United States Navy was sentenced to two years and nine months in jail on Friday (July 6).
— Today Online

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First Thai Teen Football Players Emerge From Flooded Cave – Live Streaming (HD video)
Shortly before 6.30pm local time (GMT +7) on July 8, 2018 local Thai media Fresh News reported that three of the Thai teen soccer players had been evacuated from the cave and were being assessed at medical facilities at the cave entrance.
— AEC News Today (video)

Next operation to bring the rest to safety to begin in 10-20 hours: ex-governor Narongsak
Former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn announced Sunday night that four survivors were safely extracted out of the flooded cave and are now in the hands of doctors at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital.
— Thai PBS

Four Thai boys saved from cave as rescue postponed until morning
Four of 12 Thai schoolboys were rescued from a flooded cave on Sunday as divers launched a daring and dangerous mission to free the children and their soccer coach who have been trapped underground for more than two weeks, officials said.
— Reuters

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Vietnam begins work on $218mn solar power project
Designed with the capacity of 204 megawatts, this is considered the largest solar power project in the country so far.
— Tuoi Tre

Cashew sector calls for 800 million USD credit package
The Vietnamese cashew sector is calling for an 800 million USD credit package from commercial banks to better serve its exports, as heard at a seminar held in Ho Chi Minh City on July 6.
— VietnamPlus

Pompeo urges North Korea’s Kim to follow Vietnam’s example
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday urged North Korea to follow the example of Vietnam, saying President Donald Trump believed Pyongyang could replicate Hanoi’s path to normal relations with Washington and to prosperity.

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