Asean morning news for September 12

Asean morning news for September 12
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RCEP Negotiations Reach Critical Stage – Likely to be Inked by Year-End
In the sixth Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) ministerial meeting held in Singapore, the negotiations for the conclusion of the proposed RCEP reached a critical stage; the top leaders from the 16-member coalition came together and pledged to endorse a package of outcomes by year-end.
— Asean Briefing

China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative meets resistance in Southeast Asia
Asean countries are beginning to display caution towards China’s massive infrastructure investments.
— Southeast Asia Globe

More than 2,700 exhibitors gather in Nanning for CAEXPO
The 15th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) will be held September 12-15 at the International Convention & Exhibition Center in Nanning, capital of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
— CGTN (media release)

ASEAN Parliamentarians and civil society call for greater regional refugee protection
This week, ASEAN parliamentarians, lawmakers and refugee experts have convened in the Philippines for a series of refugee forums.
— Reliefweb

Migrant workers face looming obstacles
ASEAN countries receive up to 2 million migrant workers annually. In the process of migration, Vietnamese workers face barriers such as social security or foreign workers quota.
— Vietnam Plus

WEF advocates multilateral trading system, 4th industrial revolution
The World Economic Forum (WEF) strongly believes in and focuses all efforts on maintaining the multilateral trading system and promoting the fourth industrial revolution, WEF founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

US-China trade spat looms over regional WEF meeting
Threats by US President Donald Trump to slap more punishing tariffs on Chinese goods are set to dominate a meeting of Asian business bigwigs and leaders that opens Wednesday in Hanoi.

Asean youth upbeat but guarded about technology: Survey
Youth in Asean are mostly optimistic about the impact of technology on the job market and many aspire to be self-employed, a survey by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Singapore-based internet company Sea has found.
— The Straits Times

Telehealth apps rise in Southeast Asia due to doctor scarcity
Bayu Surya is a 28-year-old editor based in Jakarta who suffers from eye problems and pressure sores due to sitting in front of a computer screen for hours on end.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

China-ASEAN in numbers: Trade ties
China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have had a long established, friendly relationship since a dialogue mechanism was established in 1991, and the two sides have witnessed increased benefits in a broad array of areas like trade and tourism.
— CGTN (media release)

Making Southeast Asia energy efficient
In tandem with a renewable energy policy, energy efficiency will be key to building a reliable and sustainable energy system for the future of Southeast Asia.
— The Asean Post

AirAsia taps Indonesian firm in bid for Clark project
Malaysian budget carrier Air Asia is teaming up with Indonesia’s Perum Angkasa Pura in a bid for the operations and maintenance of Clark International Airport in Pampanga province, a potential alternative to Manila’s congested air gateway.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Industry must help build Asean digital community
WHEN Kelvin Choa established his home hardware firm 20 years ago, he was already looking beyond Singapore’s small market.
— The Business Times

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China donates rice to Cambodia
China has pledged $1 million worth of jasmine rice to Cambodia to help aid flood victims, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Khmer Times

Cambodia Holds 7-Day Funeral for Dr. Beat Richner
Kantha Bopha Hospital is holding one-week funeral for Dr. Beat Richner, the founder of Kantha Bopha Hospitals in Cambodia.
Fresh News

Trial of British offender hits Supreme Court
The Supreme Court heard the case of an alleged British rapist on Monday who has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a 2009 incident in the capital.
Phnom Penh Post

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Indonesia, South Korean firms agree to pursue $6.2 billion worth of deals
Indonesian and South Korean companies agreed to pursue $6.2 billion worth of deals at a bilateral business forum in Seoul attended by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, authorities in Jakarta announced on Tuesday.

Indonesia braces for prolonged drought
Hydro-meteorological disasters have over many years dominated natural disasters in Indonesia, which is often flooded during rainy season and very dry and even extremely dry in certain regions during dry season.

Vietnam, Indonesia Vow to Fight Illegal Fishing, Boost Trade
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo says his country and Vietnam have agreed to cooperate more in fighting illegal fishing and hope to boost two-way trade.
The New York Times

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Vietnam implements biggest mining project in Laos
The Lao Government and Viet Phuong Group (VPG) of Vietnam on September 11 signed a contract for exploiting and processing bauxite ore and building an alumina factory in Sekong province of Laos.
— Viet Maz

Providing a safe place for flood-affected children
Weeks after the collapse of a dam in south-east Laos, SOS Children’s Villages is helping children whose families were displaced by the disaster and heavy monsoon rains.
— ReliefWeb

Floods claim more lives
The body of a man was recovered from Huaythahao Lake in Kaenghaed village, Xaybouly district, Savannakhet province, on Sunday, while another man is still missing and presumed drowned.
— Vientiane Times

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Malaysia: Unions, socialists slam new govt over minimum wage decision
The Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC), several other trade unions and the Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM) have slammed as “humiliating” and “beggarly” the new Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) federal government’s announcement that it would increase the country’s minimum wage by just RM50 (A$17) a month to RM1050 ($350) from January 2019.
— Green Left

Malaysia Telecom, Mobile, and Broadband Market Witnesses Growth with Advances in Fiber Optics
Developments pertaining to sub-segments such as broadband, mobile, and fixed line network, play a pivotal role in the growth of Malaysia telecom industry.
— Digital Journal

Strong consumer demand driving cashless payments
Malaysia, together with several major economies across the globe, are progressing ahead in adopting cashless technology across a wide range of sectors.
— New Straits Times

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Ethnic Political Parties Merge to Seek Stronger Representation in 2020 Election
Homegrown political parties in Myanmar’s ethnic areas have been merging together in the hope of winning a majority of seats in both national and regional parliaments in the upcoming 2020 general elections, a victory that would grant them more authority to improve their rights.
— The Irrawaddy

Get Ride Launches Its Community-based Ride Hailing Platform in Mandalay
Get Ride, a local community-based ride hailing platform, has officially launched in Mandalay, Myanmar.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Bangkok Airways removes planned Phuket-Yangon direct flights from schedules
Bangkok Airways has removed from its flight schedule the Phuket-Yangon direct flights that were to launch in November as the route has yet to be confirmed, Bangkok Airways staff told The Phuket News today.
— The Phuket News

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Health care inflation seen topping 13% in 2018
INFLATION in health care costs will remain in the double digits in 2018, driven by non-communicable diseases, an international employee benefits firm said.
— BusinessWorld Online

Trade gap widens further: Imports up 31.6%, exports stay flat
The country continued to incur a trade deficit in July as imports significantly outpaced the flat growth in exports, data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed.
— Malaya

Duterte taunts military over alleged plan to oust him
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday dared the Philippine military to stage a coup to remove him amid speculation of a hostile takeover attempt by the opposition.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

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Singapore Plans New Bill to Attract More of World’s Millions
Singapore, one of the world’s easiest places to do business, is making it simpler for investment managers to register funds locally as the city-state goes after a bigger slice of the $69 trillion global asset-management industry.
— Bloomberg

Singapore stocks hit 1.5-year low as Southeast Asian markets fall
Most Southeast Asian stock markets ended lower on Tuesday, with Singapore hitting a one-and-a-half year low and Philippines extending losses to a fifth session amid fears of further escalation in the US-Sino trade war.
— Channel NewsAsia

Ministry still studying how to implement Vers
Even as anticipation over the Voluntary Early Redevelopment Scheme (Vers) builds up, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong has urged patience about the details, noting that the more immediate policy to watch is an expanded upgrading programme.
— The New Paper

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Thai police shut down journalists’ panel about Rohingya
Police in Thailand on Monday shut down a forum organized by foreign journalists to discuss whether senior military officers in Myanmar should face justice for alleged human rights abuses committed by their forces against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities.
— Pattaya Mail

MRT allowed to go to Chiang Mai, Phangnga, Phuket
Bangkok’s subway operator has been allowed to invest in and run two light rail projects in Chiang Mai, Phangnga and Phuket worth a combined 52 billion baht.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok meet fails to finalize draft on climate change rules
An international meeting in Bangkok fell short of its aim of completing fruitful preparations to help an agreement be reached in December on guidelines for implementing the 2015 Paris climate change agreement.
— Chiang Mai Mail/ AP

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Vietnam’s FDI up 9.2% to US$11.25b in August
Vietnam’s foreign direct investment (FDI) from January to August hit $11.25b which is a 9.2% YoY increase, the investment ministry said.

Vietnam denies entry to rights advocates
Vietnam has denied entry to two prominent rights campaigners invited to attend this week’s World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN 2018 in Hanoi, as the one-party communist state continues its hard line on critics of its dismal rights record.
— The Asean Post

Vietnam startups lack government support when it matters most
Vietnamese startups do not get the financial support they need from the government at the discovery and validation stages.
— Vietnam Insider

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