Asean morning news for September 3

Asean morning news for September 3
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RCEP countries to sign e-commerce deal in Nov.
The Philippines and other Asean members are poised to sign with the region’s dialogue partners in November an agreement on the electronic commerce (e-commerce) chapter of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), according to Ramon Lopez, secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
— Malaya

Pace of growth in ‘Asean-6’ robust: QNB
GDP growth in South-East Asia remained robust in the second quarter of the year despite headwinds from slower world trade and tightening monetary policy.
— The Peninsula Qatar

Trump’s Asia summit snub fuels doubts
President Donald Trump will skip two major summits in Asia in November, a move that could stoke concerns in the region about the United States’ (US) reliability as a counterweight to China.
— The Asean Post

OECD finds improvements in Southeast Asian SME policy framework
THE Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said it found an improved policy environment for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Southeast Asia since its last survey in 2014, particularly in terms of e-commerce access.
— BusinessWorld Online

CIMB supports Asean talent growth with scholarships to 18 students
CIMB Group gave out scholarships to 18 recipients from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam recently, under CIMB’s 2018 Asean Scholarship Programme.
— The Edge Markets

Seven key challenges for the future of ASEAN – and how to solve them
The ASEAN region, made up of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam, boasted a combined GDP of roughly $2.77 trillion as of 2017, with predictions for enviable GDP growth rates of around 5.3% per year through 2019.
— Qrius

Gaming: A lucrative profession
Poring over books in order to ace an important exam and land a place at a reputable university was once considered the only avenue to a high paying job and subsequently a comfortable life.
— The Asean Post

Cruise ship Voyager of the Seas returns to Southeast Asia
The Voyager of the Seas cruise ship by Royal Caribbean International will sail around Southeast Asia from September this year until June 2019.
— The Jakarta Post

Manila to host Asean Biodiversity Heroes forum
The Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) will hold the Asean Biodiversity Heroes Regional Forum in Manila on September 4 and 5.
— Business Mirror

Singapore trade minister says ‘broad deal in sight for RCEP
Singapore Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing has said that ministers from the 16 countries negotiating an Asia-wide free trade pact have decided on the key elements of the agreement that they would like to achieve by year-end.
— Bangkok Post

Ministers from 10 ASEAN countries observe agricultural activities
Ministers from 10 ASEAN countries have arrived in Chonburi to observe activities concerning agriculture and forestry in order to apply the knowledge to agricultural work.
— News Today

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Hun Sen to reshuffle National Police
PRIME Minister Hun Sen has requested King Norodom Sihamoni to approve the promotion of three senior National Police officers and the retirement of ten other police officials, according to two letters signed by Mr Hun Sen.
Khmer Times

AMK sells 80 per cent stake to bank from Shanghai
AMK Microfinance, the country’s fifth largest such institution by total assets last year, has sold 80 per cent of its stake to China’s Shanghai Commercial & Savings Bank (SCSB) for an undisclosed sum, an AMK executive confirmed on Thursday.
Phnom Penh Post

Kim Sok flees amid arrest threat
Political analyst Kim Sok, who walked free from prison last month, travelled to Thailand over the weekend after Prime Minister Hun Sen warned of his arrest for failing to compensate the CPP over a defamation conviction.
Khmer Times

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Olympic dreams as Asian Games close in Jakarta
The 18th Asian Games closed in a glittering ceremony in Jakarta on Sunday (Sep 2) as hosts Indonesia dreamed of stepping up to host the Olympics in 2032.
— Channel NewsAsia

Indonesia-Australia Reach Agreement on IA-CEPA
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Australian Prime Minister Scott Marrison have reached an agreement on Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) at a meeting in Bogor on Friday. They witnessed the signing of a joint declaration of IA-CEPA.

Malaria hits Lombok residents, raising concerns for quake survivors
The West Lombok Health Agency in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) has recorded some 32 malaria cases, with 27 cases in Bukit Tinggi village and five cases in Mekarsari village both in Gunungsari district in the regency.
The Jakarta Post

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In China’s ‘Silk Road’ project, nations fear walking into ‘debt trap’
China’s massive and expanding “Belt and Road” trade infrastructure project is running into speed bumps as some countries begin to grumble about being buried under Chinese debt.
— Deccan Chronicle

Australia offers additional assistance for Attapeu flood victims
The Australian government will provide an additional AU$2.2 million of assistance for ongoing relief and early recovery in nutrition, education, child protection and UXO clearance for affected communities in Attapeu province.
— Vientiane Times

Trade talks planned for Laos
Thai trade delegations are scheduled to attend a joint meeting with their Lao counterparts in Vientiane this week, aiming to raise bilateral trade to UScopy1 billion (360 billion baht) in 2021.
— Bangkok Post

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Langkawi International Airport expansion completed and opened for operations
Langkawi International Airport (LGK) can now handle four million passengers a year following the completion of its expansion by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd.
— New Straits Times

Petronas, Petros give courts a miss, sit down to discuss Sarawak oil & gas activities
After initially opting for a resolution at the courts, Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) and the Sarawak state government have now taken to the negotiation table as the national oil company holds active discussions with Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) to come up with a working arrangement that is acceptable for all parties in relation to oil and gas (O&G) activities in Sarawak.
— The Sun Daily

Rocky times feared for China investments in Malaysia
Investments and mega contracts linked to China will face rocky times ahead if Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad continues unchecked with his incessant tirade against Chinese endeavours in Malaysia, according to a report in the Sunday edition of The Star newspaper.
— The Straits Times

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The Road to East: Connecting India, Myanmar and Thailand; gateway to ASEAN
This is the ambitious project that seeks to connect India with Myanmar and onwards to Thailand, which Delhi hopes will be its gateway to ASEAN. The first 160 km stretch is called the India-Myanmar Friendship Highway (IMFH).
— The Indian Express

Reuters Reporters Face Verdict in Myanmar ‘state Secrets’ Case
Yangon, Sep 3 (AFP) Two Reuters journalists accused of breaching Myanmar’s state secrets law during their reporting of a massacre of Rohingya face a court ruling Monday that could see them jailed for up to 14 years.
— LatestLy

Bangladesh PM: Myanmar delaying Rohingya repatriation
The prime minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said Myanmar was delaying the Rohingya repatriation process without a specific cause.
— AA English

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GSIS allots P1.8 billion in loans to Luzon typhoon victims
The Government Service Insurance System has allotted P1.84 billion in emergency loans for its active members and old-age pensioners affected by calamities in seven areas in Luzon.

Government debt piles up to over P7 trillion in July
The national government’s debt pile rose further to another record-high of P7.044 trillion as of end-July due to net availment of both domestic securities and foreign loans, the Bureau of the Treasury said.
— The Philippine Star

ADB approves Malolos-Clark rail assistance package
THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT Bank (ADB) has approved a $2-million technical assistance grant for the 51-kilometer Malolos-Clark railway.
— BusinessWorld Online

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Singapore trade minister says ‘broad deal in sight for RCEP
Singapore Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing has said that ministers from the 16 countries negotiating an Asia-wide free trade pact have decided on the key elements of the agreement that they would like to achieve by year-end.
— Bangkok Post

Deal on China free trade pact likely in Nov: Singapore
Broad agreement on what would be the world’s biggest free trade deal is expected to be reached at a leaders’ summit in Singapore in November, the city-state’s trade minister said Saturday.
— The Nation

Malaysia-Singapore reach compromise over HSR postponement
Malaysia and Singapore appear to have reached a compromise over the implementation of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project.
— New Straits Times

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Myanmar-Thailand highway branded ‘ecological and social disaster’
Community and conservation groups in Myanmar have branded a planned highway linking a port project to Thailand an “ecological and social disaster”, saying it would uproot indigenous people from their homes and farms.
— Reuters

Men-only Police Academy will ‘hamper’probes into sex crime
RIGHTS advocates yesterday raised concerns over the Royal Thai Police’s new policy of banning female applicants from the police cadet academy, saying the move undermines women’s rights and affects the prosecution of sex crimes.
— The Nation

Victims of dengue already pass 50,000 this year
Thailand health officials say the number of people requiring treatment for dengue fever has already topped the 50,000 mark in the first eight months of 2018.
— The Nation

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Vietnam eyes $2.4 bln upgrade to all civilian airports
Vietnam’s airport operator has recommended a VND56.7 trillion ($2.4 billion) upgrade of 16 of the 21 civilian airports in the country.
— VnExpress

New decree removes barriers for rice exporters
According to a new governmental decree, rice-exporting businesses will no longer be required to own rice storage, paddy milling and grinding facilities with processing capacities of 5,000 tonnes of rice and 10 tonnes of paddy per hour, respectively.
— Bizhub

Vietnam in top 10 countries on belt and road property investment
Vietnam is among the top ten major makets that receive the most attention from Chinese belt and road property investors, according to a recent report.
— VnExpress

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