Asean morning news for November 12

Asean morning news for November 12
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu


Big data: five ways tech is making Asean governments more effective
A new study contends that technology can greatly improve the effectiveness of governance, and a new assessment of Asean governments has been made with tech factored in.
— AEC News Today

ASEAN scores major achievements in economic development, integration, says secretary-general
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has scored major achievements in economic development and integration since the beginning of this year, Secretary-General of ASEAN Lim Jock Hoi said.
— CGTN (media release)

Asean meetings to take stock, boost regional cooperation
Singapore will be in the spotlight this week as leaders of all 10 Asean members gather for the 33rd Asean Summit and several related meetings at the Suntec Singapore convention centre.
— The Straits Times

ASEAN’s role in global food security
The global population is expected to hit eight billion in 12 years. By 2050, that number will reach nine billion.
— The Asean Post

Asean parliamentarians target election results
Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights on Friday called on Southeast Asian leaders to put crises of human rights in Cambodia and Myanmar at the top of the agenda as they gather for the Asean Summit in Singapore tomorrow.
— Khmer Times

Escaping poverty through microfinancing
Much has been written about the importance of financial inclusion for rural communities in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam.
— The Asean Post

Launch of ASEAN Super 8 — A Mega Trade Event Combining 8 Leading Events Within the Construction, Energy and Built Environment
Deputy Minister of Works, YB Tuan Haji Anuar Mohd Tahir announced and officiated the launch of the ASEAN Super 8 mega exhibition held in conjunction with International Construction Week (ICW) at a press conference held on 25 October 2018 at MITEC.
— AEC News Today/ PRNewswire (media release)

China, ASEAN to unveil new blueprint for cooperation
After 15 years of strategic partnership, China and the Association of Southeastern Asian Nations (ASEAN) will soon unveil a blueprint for upgraded cooperation, synergizing their development plans in the coming decade and beyond.

ASEAN Summit to begin in Singapore with Trump absent
The bustling heart of Singapore is preparing to grind to a halt, with Asia-Pacific leaders and representatives from the 10-member states of the ASEAN bloc set to converge this week for the second and final summit of the island nation’s chairmanship.
— The National

5,000 police officers deployed to guard land and sea during Asean Summit
Singapore Police Force (SPF) is deploying 5,000 officers to provide land and sea security for the five-day Asean Summit which began on Sunday (Nov 11).
— The Straits Times

A low-key meeting in 1991 gave rise to the ASEAN Free Trade Area
To this day, when Thai schoolchildren learn by rote the main achievements of their past prime ministers, they are taught that Anand Panyarachun was responsible for the creation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ Free Trade Area (AFTA).
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Vietnamese businesses still fumbling on the way to AEC market
Though the door to the ASEAN market has opened wide with the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), Vietnamese goods still cannot approach it.
— VietNamNet Bridge

A lost history: how the Great War shaped Southeast Asia’s century
World War I introduced nations around the world to deadlier weapons, bloody battles and each other.
— Southeast Asia Globe

The Future of ASEAN-UK Cooperation, Post-Brexit: Minister Field
FCO Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field gave a speech to the Chatham House and SIIA UK-ASEAN dialogue in Singapore on 8 November.
— AEC News Today/ PRNewswire (media release)

Asean Business Awards recognise enterprises with global potential
The Asean Business Awards 2018, which will be presented to leading businesses in the region at a gala dinner this evening, recognise Asean enterprises with the potential to grow beyond their home country and the region to become global players.
— The Business Times

ASEAN chair: Singapore has achieved far more than anticipated, says Dr Balakrishnan
As ASEAN Chair, Singapore has achieved far more than anticipated, said Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.
— Channel NewsAsia

Asean plans to explore Rohingya repatriation
Despite concerns of genocide and discrimination, leaders of Asean at their summit this week here will explore the possibilities of early but safe repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar’s strife-torn Rakhine state.
— The Nation

4th Beijing ASEAN Students’ Games kick off
The 4th Beijing ASEAN Students’ Games (BASG) opened on the playground of Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) Saturday.
— Xinhua

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Compiled by Sreypov Men          @MenSreypov


EBA removal won’t affect development projects: EU
The potential cancellation of the Everything-but-arms (EBA) scheme will not have an impact on development projects in Cambodia funded by the European Union, according to George Edgar, the EU Ambassador to Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian National Police: law enforcement gets a make-over (video)
A recent government information video showing young officer-cadets being drilled in everything from jungle combat to dance is providing a visually stunning insight into the ideals behind Cambodia’s police training regimen.
— AEC News Today

Vietnam & Cambodia’s grisly museums of war & death appeal most to visitors (videos)
When it comes to the regions arts, culture, and history it seems it is the grisly past that appeals the most to Asean visitors. The regions two most popular museums being testimony to war, pain, death, and destruction.
— AEC News Today

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu


Indonesian rescue teams call off search for passengers of Lion Air flight
Indonesian authorities say they’re calling off the search for passengers of the Lion Air flight JT610, almost two weeks after the jetliner plunged into the Java Sea killing the 189 passengers and crew on board.
— The Thaiger

Obesity not necessarily caused by sweetened condensed milk: Nutritionist
There is no scientific evidence to indicate that the consumption of susu kental manis (sweetened condensed milk) is the cause of various health issues, such as obesity and diabetes, a nutritionist has stressed.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Police DVI Team Receives 195 Body Bags
Raden Said Sukanto National Police Hospital’s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team members received 195 bags containing body parts of victims of Lion Air flight JT 610 that crashed into the Java Sea on Oct 29.

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

Compiled by Mark Roy         @electricnerve


Japan provides 5 billion kip for law enforcement, border security
The Japanese government has provided over 5 billion kip (US$700,000) for the iTWIN-Japan/Laos Project, which aims to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement and border security agencies, launched by Interpol.
— Vientiane Times

Interpol Launches A Project Designed To Strengthen Capacity Of Law Enforcement Agencies
The iTWIN-JAPAN/LAOS Project, which aims to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement and border security agencies, was launched by Interpol on Thursday.

Law on IP to strengthen trademark, copyright protection in Laos
Laos is seeking more effective protection of intellectual property with respect to trademarks and trade names to ensure that Lao brands are well safeguarded through a written legal process.
— Vientiane Times

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men          @MenSreypov


Malaysia influences SEA to introduce the digital tax
Malaysia is officially the second country in Southeast Asia (SEA) to introduce a Digital Tax which could apply to both local and international players.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia must become tech producer, says Dr Mahathir
PRIME Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad wants Malaysia to explore and embrace new technologies so it can have its own drone and artificial intelligence industry.
— Malaysian Insight

Petronas stresses strong financial profile after outlook lowered
Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) emphasises its declaration of dividends and also future dividends to the government will not impact its on-going operations due to its strong financial profile.
— The Star Online

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

Compiled by Mark Roy         @electricnerve


Myanmar prepares for first Rohingya returnees, but U.N. warns against rushing
yanmar officials said on Sunday the country was ready to receive more than 2,000 Rohingya Muslims sheltering in Bangladesh on Nov. 15, the first group from 5,000 people to be moved under a deal between the neighbors struck last month.
– Reuters

Rice exports expected to decline this FY
Due to illegal exports of rice via border gates, rice exports are expected to decline in 2018-2019 fiscal year, according to Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF).
– Eleven Media

One million dogs and cats to get vaccinated against rabies
A plan is under way to give rabies vaccines to one million dogs and cats in 2019-2021, according to a press conference on rabies vaccination in Yangon.
– Eleven Media

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu


External debt payment falls 8% as of July
The country’s external debt service burden dropped to $4.062 billion as of end-July, 8.12 percent lower than same period last year of $4.421 billion, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
— Manila Bulletin

Concerns about Duterte granting pardon to Imelda Marcos ‘speculative, premature’ —Palace
Concerns that President Rodrigo Duterte may grant pardon to Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos First Lady Imelda Marcos, who was recently convicted of graft, are “speculative and premature,” Malacañang said Sunday.
— CNN Philippines

Hard-hitting Philippine news portal faces tax evasion charge
Philippine prosecutors said Sunday they will file charges of tax evasion against a news website that has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte.
— Bangkok Post

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Mark Roy         @electricnerve


Changi Airport’s $323 million T1 upgrade ‘85% complete’
New check-in counters, baggage belts, carpets and floor tiles are in place at Changi Airport’s Terminal 1, where renovation work is 85 per cent complete.
— Straits Times

Facebook refuses Singapore request to remove post after critical website blocked
Facebook has rejected a Singapore government request to remove a post of an online article that the government said was “false and malicious”, prompting its Law Ministry to say the case illustrated the need to introduce legislation to stop fake news.
— Reuters

BlockShow Asia returning to Singapore (video)
Whether you are confused, bemused, or enthused by blockchain technology, Singapore is the only place to be later this month to uncover all of its possibilities, applications and direction.
— AEC News Today

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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Anxiety mounts over nuclear waste found in Laem Chabang Port
ACADEMICS HAVE urged authorities to fully disclose information about the radioactive waste found at Laem Chabang Port and investigate the shipment’s entire route.
— The Nation (annoying popup)

Traffic project tipped to cause chaos
The 900-day construction of three overpass projects over Na Ranong intersection is expected to trigger critical traffic woes around the area with motorists being advised to avoid the route.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

Opening the gates to salvage tourism
booming tourism industry is nonetheless experiencing uneasiness like never before amid safety concerns and growing discontent over declining arrivals from China.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Vietnam’s industrial property to boom amid projected rising FDI inflows
Property services company Savills Vietnam believes that growing foreign direct investment and moving up in the value chain mean Vietnam’s industrial real estate sector has a bright future.
— The Hanoi Times

Vietnam & Cambodia’s grisly museums of war & death appeal most to visitors (videos)
When it comes to the regions arts, culture, and history it seems it is the grisly past that appeals the most to Asean visitors. The regions two most popular museums being testimony to war, pain, death, and destruction.
— AEC News Today (video)

Vietnam posts trade surplus of US$7.21 billion in 10 months
Export value of the FDI sector in the first ten months of 2018 reached US$142.8 billion, up 14.9% year-on-year or US$18.49 billion, accounting for 70.7% of Vietnam`s total export value.
— The Hanoi Times

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