Asean morning news for October 24

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


Maritime security: Time for Asean to reach beyond low hanging fruit
During its year as Asean chair Singapore has continued the association’s work in developing measures to help mitigate tensions in the South China Sea.
— AEC News Today

Joint statements released following ASEAN Defence Minister’s meeting
Minister of Defence Ron Mark attended a successful Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defence Ministers’ Meeting – Plus (ADMM-Plus), which was held on 19 and 20 October in Singapore.

Malaysia’s Subang airport tapped as next Asean air hub
Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SAAS) at Subang, Malaysia, is the best choice to become the next business aviation hub in the Asean region, according to a recent survey by the global research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.
— AEC News Today

Talks on China-led regional trade deal “80-85 percent” complete – Indonesia
Indonesian’s trade minister said on Tuesday negotiations on a China-led regional trade deal were “80-85 percent” complete and a deal could be signed in early 2019.
— Business Standard

More and larger exercises between China and ASEAN is ‘way forward’: Ng Eng Hen
It is important for China is to engage more with external parties, and to continue to assure others that the rise of the country is peaceful, said Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Tuesday (23 Oct).
— Channel NewsAsia (video)

ASEAN must adapt its approach to Marawi
Manila continues to grapple with the challenges of countering violent extremism.
— East Asia Forum

Asean addressing Rohingya issue as a family — Saifuddin
Efforts made by Asean foreign ministers in assisting the Rohingya community in Bangladesh to go back to Myanmar is on the principle that such an issue should be undertaken by the Asean block as a family, said Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
— Borneo Post Online

For Vietnamese exporters, ASEAN market remains bridge too far
Vietnamese companies are struggling to sell their products to ASEAN member countries despite the abolition of tariffs within the bloc.
— VnExpress International

Bangkok to host Asia Lifestyle Expo 2019
Bangkok prepares to host the inaugural 2019 “Asia Lifestyle Expo” aimed at capturing the fast growing markets in Southeast Asia ‑ which is now home to about 630 million consumers.
— The Phnom Penh Post

China, ASEAN to uphold multilateralism and free trade
China is willing to work with the ASEAN countries to uphold rules-based multilateralism and free trade system, and uphold core role of the United Nations in international affairs, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
— CGTN (media release)

Impact of renewable energy on rural health
Renewable energy is set to change the energy landscape of the region and its benefits are plentiful.
— The Asean Post

Is Southeast Asia China’s new middleman for US soybeans?
China’s retaliatory tariffs on soybeans have prompted the U.S. to slash exports to the country, but a 90% jump in shipments to regions like Southeast Asia suggests Chinese buyers may have found a back door for imports of the grain.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Singapore to host RHT ASEAN Summit 2018 to boost sustainable growth
In an effort to throw more light on sustainable growth in Southeast Asia, Singapore will host the RHT ASEAN Summit 2018 on Wednesday (Oct. 24) at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Center.
— The Jakarta Post

Bilateral relations, security and Asean issues to take centrestage in Dr M’s official visit to Bangkok
Bilateral and economic relations, trade, investment, security as well as Asean-related matters are set to be the key highlights of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s two-day official visit to Bangkok, which begins on Wednesday.
— Yahoo News

Shipping venture to target ASEAN
Eyeing shipping business opportunities in Southeast Asian nations, four state-run companies and one private firm have established a new firm in Singapore, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said yesterday.
— Taipei Times

These 8 Cosy Hotels In Southeast Asia Offer The Best Bargains As Voted By TripAdvisor
Comfort is a luxury, and this is a steal price.

ABS-CBN sells content to Thailand and Laos
Multi-media giant ABS-CBN Corporation has inked a deal with JKN Global, the top content provider and channel operator in Thailand, for the airing of more Filipino dramas in Thai and Laos television.
— Manila Bulletin

Digitisation in Southeast Asia: making cash-intensive economies work for ecommerce
China and India have long dominated Asia Pacific, but head further south and the region is proving to be one of the most dynamic growth zones with digital integration accelerating at rapid speed.
— The Paypers (media release) (blog)

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Compiled by Sreypov Men          @MenSreypov


Cambodia’s casino boom town, created by Chinese money
Chinese money has transformed the once-sleepy backpacker destination of Sihanoukville, Cambodia into a gambling resort hub with 30 casinos, and 70 more being built. It’s touted as the “New Macau”. But all that new wealth is eluding many local Cambodian businesses – which are being shunted aside. Read more, and watch the full series here.
— Channel NewsAsia

Cambodia devoted to globalisation and fair, open trade: Hun Sen
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said that Cambodia is fully committed to working with the international community to ensure fair and open trade, as well as maintain regional and global peace, security and stability.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia needs solar to drive down electricity prices
According to the UNDP, a full economic evaluation of the costs and advantages of solar energy in the country is necessary, as Cambodia’s government is planning to expand its power system through coal and hydro.
— PV Magazine

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Indonesia`s tourism sector growth ranks ninth in world
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said the tourism sector continues to record achievements with the highest growth, ranking ninth in the world, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
— Antara News

Indonesia puts $100m render trade with Australia on ice
Indonesia has suspended the $100 million trade of rendered meat from Australia following an audit of two processing plants.
— The Australian

Indonesia quake ‘punishment from Allah’ for gay activities: Former Malaysian DPM
Malaysia’s opposition leader said Tuesday (Oct 23) that the recent quake-tsunami that killed thousands in neighbouring Indonesia was “punishment from Allah” for the activities of gay people, sparking a storm of criticism.
— Channel NewsAsia

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SK E&C’s attempts to cut costs led to design changes that resulted in collapse of dam in Laos
SK E&C attempted to earn excessive profits with changes to the format and design of a dam in Laos that eventually collapsed last July, an internal document confirmed on Oct. 14.
— Hankyoreh

Commercial banks race to expand foreign investments
The most lucrative destinations are Laos and Cambodia which attracted 32 percent of the banks’ total overseas investment of 105.8 million USD in the first nine months of the year.
— Vietnam Net Bridge

Govt needs over 6 trillion kip for flood recovery
The government estimates it will need at least 6 trillion kip to recover from the damage done by floods around the country this year, with the greatest need being in the transport and agriculture sectors.
— Vientiane Times

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Malaysia can save RM300 billion from cancellation of HSR, other projects: Mahathir
Cancellation of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR), East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) and trans-Sabah gas pipeline projects can help reduce the government’s debt burden by more than RM300 billion, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday (Oct 22).
— Channel NewsAsia

Malaysia’s Subang airport tapped as next Asean air hub
Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SAAS) at Subang, Malaysia, is the best choice to become the next business aviation hub in the Asean region, according to a recent survey by the global research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.
— AEC News Today

Broadband pricing down 56pct
The recent announcement made by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) saw broadband pricing in Malaysia reduced by up to 56 per cent and made the new pricing applicable to all including telecommunication companies’ (telcos) existing customers.
— New Straits Times

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Yangon Government Wants Published Apology From Jailed Eleven Media Journalists
Government officials in Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon said Tuesday that they will drop a court case against three jailed journalists accused of committing offenses against the state if the trio issues a written apology in state-owned newspapers.
— Radio Free Asia

Thailand, Singapore to push Myanmar on Rohingya repatriation
travel to Myanmar “soon” to thrash out a deal for the safe repatriation to Myanmar of the more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

If human rights shelved in North Korea talks, U.N. expert warns: look at Myanmar
A United Nations investigator voiced concern about human rights being sidelined during U.S. and South Korean talks with North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, warning on Tuesday: look at what happened in Myanmar.
— Reuters

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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Infra spending jumped 70.5% in Aug
Government infrastructure spending jumped 70.5 percent year-on-year to P68.4 billion in August as more roads were built alongside purchases made by the military for communication equipment that month.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Almost 5,000 killed in government’s drug war as of September 2018
Almost 5,000 drug personalities have died in police operations since July 2016, the latest data from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) released on Tuesday showed.
— Philippines Magazine

Q3 fiscal deficit nears government full year target
The government’s aggressive spending program remains within target.
— CNN Philippines

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How Singapore is redesigning retirement using biometrics
The Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board of Singapore has redesigned its mobile app to make information on retirement savings easier for citizens to access.
— Gov Insider

Singapore core inflation dips to 1.8% in September
SINGAPORE – Singapore’s core inflation came in at 1.8 per cent last month, dipping slightly from August’s 1.9 per cent.
— Straits Times

Nearly half of low-income students in Singapore attend the same schools: OECD report
Nearly half of low-income students in Singapore are concentrated in the same schools, a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has highlighted
— Straits Times

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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PM orders supportive measures for Thai rice trade in world market
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered government agencies to find supportive measures for the competitive trading of the Thai rice in the world market.
— News Today (video)

Phuket smartens up to bring tourists back
Reeling from a deadly boat accident this summer, Thailand’s Phuket Island is using “smart” technologies to tackle issues like safety and traffic in an effort to get back on track amid the Southeast Asian tourism boom.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Probe into Thaksin’s alleged influence over Pheu Thai underway
The Election Commission (EC) is investigating what is seen by many as attempts by ousted prime minster Thaksin Shinawatra to exert influence over Pheu Thai Party, EC secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma said today.
— Thai PBS World

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Ceiling rates for airfares unchanged
The Ministry of Transport will keep the ceiling rates for airfares unchanged despite proposals from airlines to increase the rate.
— VietnamNet Bridge

Stung by scandals, Vietnam tightens food safety laws (video)
The Vietnamese government has increased penalties for food safety violations by 350 per cent after a string of embarrassing scandals, including the sale of chemically enhanced shrimp and coffee made from dirt and batteries.
— AEC News Today (video)

State Audit completes 96 percent of annual plan
The State Audit of Vietnam (SAV) has carried out 222 audits out of total 232, equivalent to 95.7 percent of its yearly plan, recovering nearly 8.4 trillion VND (360.5 million USD) for the State budget in the last nine months.
— VietnamPlus

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