Asean Morning News For June 1

Asean Morning News For June 1

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu    @stmarisewudolu


Southeast Asia Could Have A $200B Internet Economy With Improved Skills & Leadership
The Southeast Asian startup scene is strong and getting stronger. Across the region, companies are emerging in fintech, edtech, insurtech, blockchain and many other areas.
— Forbes

Southeast Asian cities use AI and satellites to tackle traffic jams
Emerging economies in Asia are turning to the “internet of things,” artificial intelligence and satellites to alleviate their cities’ traffic jams.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Southeast Asia Between the United States and China: A CFR Workshop Report
Although the Barack Obama administration rhetorically made Southeast Asia a centerpiece of its “rebalance to Asia” strategy, the administration still largely focused on the Middle East and Europe, and Southeast Asia remained a low U.S. policy priority.
— Council on Foreign Relations (blog)

“EU-SHARE” shares hope for better Asean education
The European Union hosted a two-day conference on EU Support to Higher Education in Asean Regional programme [EU-SHARE] on Wednesday and Thursday.
— Khmer Times

Risks expand for debt-heavy Southeast Asian markets
The pressure on emerging markets in Southeast Asia is set to increase as the strengthening dollar aggravates concerns about debt in the region.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Banking Southeast Asia’s unbanked
Southeast Asia is one of the most rapidly developing regions in the world with projected economic growth rates averaging 5.1 percent for member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
— The Asean Post

Manila Water seeks to expand portfolio in Southeast Asia
Manila Water eyes growing its Southeast Asia portfolio as it seeks to address water security in the region, its president said Thursday.
— ABS-CBN (video)

U.S. dairy demonstrates commitment to Southeast Asia with partnership
The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the Food Innovation & Resource Centre (FIRC) at Singapore Polytechnic signed a partnership agreement in May that furthers the U.S. dairy industry’s commitment to food innovation to meet the needs of Southeast Asian customers and consumers.
— Feedstuffs

Ideas to build a vibrant Asean community
Discussions about Asean tend to focus on the political, security and economic issues, but a new book explores different sociocultural aspects of the regional community.
— The Straits Times

Policy Report Calls for Data Management to Localize SDGs in ASEAN Cities
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) released a policy report on how “frontrunner” cities in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries are localizing the SDGs.

SFP targets SE Asia reduction fisheries
Improving the sustainability of reduction fisheries, which provide the bulk of the fishmeal and fish oil for the global aquaculture feed industry, is essential – in particular in Southeast Asia – according to a new report.
— The Fish Site

Asia has recorded the most drastic increase in potato production
One of the most anticipated speakers in the World Potato Congress, held in the city of Cusco, was Barbara Wells, general director of the International Potato Centre (CIP), who addressed several issues related to the production of this tuber worldwide.
Fresh Plaza 

Is Japan’s soft power making a comeback in Southeast Asia?
The massively successful all-female band, named BNK48, is firmly capturing the hearts of the younger generation in Thailand.
The Nation

Asean and India set to enhance ICT cooperation
INDIA’S Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Singapore this week, primarily to participate in the Shangri-La Dialogue.
— The Business Times 

Southeast Asia Between the United States and China: A CFR Workshop Report
Although the Barack Obama administration rhetorically made Southeast Asia a centerpiece of its “rebalance to Asia” strategy, the administration still largely focused on the Middle East and Europe, and Southeast Asia remained a low U.S. policy priority.
Council of Foreign Relations

What’s Driving North Korea’s Ties With South and Southeast Asia?
In mid-May, India sent a junior foreign minister to Pyongyang for an official visit, the first such visit by an Indian government minister to North Korea in almost 20 years.
World Politics Review 

The Indo-Pacific and Asean centrality
Even though US President Donald Trump repeatedly alluded to it in his speeches at Asean-led summits in Danang and Manila late last year, and despite its reference in both the United States National Security Strategy and National Defence Strategy, the geographic notion of a “free and open Indo-Pacific” (FOIP) straddling both the vast Pacific and Indian oceans has been given short shrift in many capitals.
Bangkok Post 

ASEAN to forge closer cooperation on cyber security
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), under the chairmanship of Singapore this year, is giving a priority to cyber issues, especially cyber security.
Antara News 

ANALYSIS – Toyota under pressure in ASEAN region
Toyota’s dominance of the ASEAN vehicle market has come under significant pressure this year despite brands such as Chevrolet and Ford having significantly downsized their product ranges and activities in the region in the last few years.

Ideas to build a vibrant Asean community
Discussions about Asean tend to focus on the political, security and economic issues, but a new book explores different sociocultural aspects of the regional community.
The Straits Times 


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Compiled by Sreypov Men    @MenSreypov


Cambodian caught for spreading fake news about Prayut
A Cambodian man has reportedly been arrested in Phnom Penh after allegedly posting fake news about the Thai prime minister on the internet while six Thais have been detained in Bangkok for sharing it, according to Thai police.
— Bangkok Post

PM issues warning against fake voters
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday warned that anyone pretending to vote in the July national poll by putting unofficial ink on their fingers will be prosecuted.
— Khmer Times

National Assembly Adopts Four Draft Law
The National Assembly at the 10th session of the fifth legislature on Thursday, presided over by President of the National Assembly Heng Samrin, enacted the four draft laws.
— Fresh News

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Indonesia Eximbank to provide credit facility to PTDI
The Indonesian Export Financing Agency, or Indonesia Eximbank, is set to provide a Rp 354 billion (US$25.5 million) export credit facility to state-owned aircraft maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI).
— The Jakarta Post

Malaysia, Indonesia to launch manhunt for missing UMNO division chief Jamal Yunos
Malaysian and Indonesian authorities will launch a joint manhunt to locate Jamal Yunos, a division chief from the United Malays National Organisation, who has been missing since May 25.
— Channel NewsAsia

National Police Confirms Anyone Uttering Bomb Jokes Faces 8 Years in Prison
Head of the Public Information Bureau of National Police Public Relations Division, Brigadier General M. Iqbal confirmed that he would penalize anyone who deliberately jokes about bombs for disturbing public order.
— Netral News

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PM calls for greater development, protection of children
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has called for all stakeholders to increase their responsibility in properly caring for, developing and protecting children, to create an environment that enables them to enjoy their childhood.
Vientiane Times 

Laos, Myanmar move forward in energy cooperation
Laos and Myanmar have taken another step towards implementing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on power cooperation that was signed in January this year.
Eleven Myanmar 

Laos, Korea discuss major upgrade to Road No. 8
The Lao government and Korean experts have continued discussions about upgrading National Road No. 8 in Borikhamxay province to Asean highway standards.
Vientiane Times

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Singapore, Malaysia authorities agree to cooperate to recover lost 1MDB money
Several high-ranking officials from the Singapore and Malaysia task forces looking into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal met in Putrajaya on Thursday morning (May 31).
— Channel NewsAsia

Zero GST effective today
The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) strives to make sure that the old Goods and Services Tax (GST) would not be imposed on consumers, starting today.
— The Borneo Post

Najib resigns as Khazanah chairman
Khazanah Nasional Bhd says former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has resigned as chairman of the board effective Thursday.
— The Star Online

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Chinese Whispers in Yangon as Myanmar Weighs Rohingya Deal With UN
The Myanmar government is in a bind. In order to stave off Western sanctions for its alleged mistreatment of the Rohingya minority, it is considering signing a memorandum with UN agencies that would set terms for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh. But China does not want Myanmar to sign it.
The Irrawaddy 

Myanmar and UN announce deal for safe return of Rohingya
Myanmar’s government has announced an agreement with two UN agencies for their help in the return of refugees who fled violence in western Rakhine state.
The Guardian 

Myanmar’s Jade-Fueled War
In 2015, Naw Aung, a 30-year-old miner from Mogaung Township, watched as the hillside he and his friends were working on started to collapse.
The Diplomat (paywall)

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Economic losses from cybersecurity incidents could reach $3.5 billion
Cybersecurity incidents could cost the Philippine economy $3.5 billion, according to a study from Frost and Sullivan commissioned by Microsoft.
— Philippine Star

PCSO released P643M for medical aid in April
THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) through its Charity Assistance Department spent P643 million for 33,032 patients in April.
— The Manila Times

New Zealand gives P126-M aid for Mindanao agri
THE P126 million worth of support that the New Zealand Aid granted Mindanao through the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will be used to restore agricultural livelihood in the island-region by capacitating the farmers and fisherfolks.
— Sun Star

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NUS & NTU Drive Singapore Higher Education Up in New University Ranking
The Times Higher Education (THE) 2018 World Reputation Rankings are out for another year with Singapore the only Asean member represented in the global top 100.
AEC News Today

National Wages Council suggests S$50-S$70 pay hike, one-off bonus for low-wage workers
Amid the pick-up in economic conditions, the National Wages Council (NWC) on Thursday (May 31) recommended that low-wage workers earning a basic monthly salary of up to S$1,300 receive a pay increase of S$50 to S$70.
Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore is facing a tech talent shortage
Singapore has long been angling to become a leading global fintech hub, but a shortage of talent may pose a threat to those plans.
Business Insider 

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Election ‘11 months away’
THE NEXT election will take place about 11 months from now, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Kreangam said yesterday after the Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled the organic bill on the election of MPs as constitutional.
— The Nation

BoT touts Q2 economic growth, with caveats
The Thai economy got off to a good start in the second quarter, buoyed by solid exports and improved private consumption in April, but overall household purchasing power is not yet robust, says a senior official at the Bank of Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Don risks losing seat over shareholding
The Election Commission has ruled Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai might not be qualified as minister since his wife’s shareholding might be unconstitutional.
— Bangkok Post

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FDI disbursements up 10% in five months
Foreign direct investment (FDI) disbursements rose 10 per cent year-on-year to US$6.75 billion in the first five months of 2018, Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) statistics reveal.
— Bizhub

Multimillion-dollar bridge leading to Diamond Islet opens in Ho Chi Minh City
A multimillion-dollar bridge in Ho Chi Minh City was inaugurated on Wednesday as part of the city’s plan to reduce the volume of traffic on a nearby major road and facilitate access from District 2 to the downtown.
— Tuoi Tre

Agricultural sector rakes in nearly $16 billion from exports
The total export value of agricultural, forestry and fishery products in the first five months of this year rose by 9.9 percent year-on-year to reach US$15.6 billion, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).
— The Hanoi Times

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