Asean morning news for August 15

Asean morning news for August 15
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu


Philippines hardest hit as dengue cuts a deadly path through Asean
The Philippines remains the hardest hit of Asean member states reporting outbreaks of the debilitating and frequently fatal mosquito born disease dengue this year, with more than 720 deaths and a further 167,000 people infected between January 1 and July 27.
— AEC News Today

ASEAN hedges in dynamic regional order
Regional order in the Asia-Pacific is getting more complex and contested due to real politics and great power rivalries.
— Khmer Times

Over-the-top tax bid for Asean
Thailand will propose a tax on over-the-top (OTT) service providers to Asean members when the region’s telecom regulators meet in Bangkok next week, says the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).
— Bangkok Post

Upgrading the ASEAN–China Free Trade Agreement
In 2015, ASEAN and China signed an upgraded protocol to improve the original Framework Agreement for the ASEAN–China Free Trade Area (ACFTA). The upgraded protocol entered into force in July 2016 and implementation will start from August 2019.
— East Asia Forum

Hong Kong airport closure disrupts tourism in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asian countries remain concerned about adverse effects on tourism caused by the closure of Hong Kong International Airport, even though flights partially resumed after several days of anti-government protests.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Belt and Road Investment in Southeast Asia Jumps: Report
China’s Belt and Road Initiative has made a renewed push into Southeast Asia, according to a recent report.
— Caixin

Universities in Southeast Asia tackle Fourth Industrial Revolution
Universities in six Southeast Asian countries have converged in a faculty forum at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture and the University of the Philippines Los Baños to discuss the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Boosting Asean’s stature in pivot to regional democracy
THE recent meet-up among Asean leaders (namely foreign ministers) in Bangkok represented an opportunity for the countries to consolidate regional matters and, more importantly, solidify regional diplomacy.
— New Straits Times Online

PH losing banana experts to regional players
The Philippines is losing its banana experts to its Southeast Asian neighbors after being pirated by other banana players in the region who have sought to become a significant force in the global banana trade, Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) executive director Stephen Antig said.
— Manila Bulletin

Deal aims to empower Asean youth
The Asean Foundation and Maybank Foundation have signed a three-year extension agreement for the Empowering Youths Across Asean programme.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Chinese influence on SE Asia began with ”boots of soldiers”, India”s with monks, traders: Ram Madhav
Chinese influence over Southeast Asia first began with “boots of soldiers”, while the impact of Indians on the region was due to monks and traders, senior BJP leader Ram Madhav said on Wednesday.
— Outlook India

4 key points to consider when scaling in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia’s internet economy hits an inflexion point. Internet users in the region are considered one of the most engaged in the world.
— e27

Promoting Philippines to Asean
For the past few years, more and more Philippine companies are taking the ASEAN center stage as they showcase Filipino creativity and innovation.
— The Philippine Star

TAT Mumbai hosts ASEAN-Indian film fest to reel in tourists
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Mumbai, in cooperation with the tourism boards of the ASEAN countries and India, recently held a three-day film festival at the National Museum of Indian Cinema (Film Division).
— TTG Asia

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Minister wants young generation to produce research documentaries
MINISTER of Information Mr Khieu Kanharith (pic right) on Saturday urged the young generation to produce more research documentaries, affirming that any kind of support including printing and financing will be given to those who come up with a viable proposal.
— Khmer Times

Senior Official Encourages Regular Legislation and Government Reform Reflection
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng has encouraged regular discussion on law and government reform, and intimate cooperation among relevant stakeholders.

Sar Kheng asks officials to identify root causes of human trafficking
The National Committee for Counter-Trafficking yesterday told government officials to identify and address the causes of human trafficking in the Kingdom in order to have Cambodia removed from the US government’s Tier 2 Watch List.
— Khmer Times

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Indonesia’s Trillion-Dollar Economy Is About to Get a Reboot
Indonesian President Joko Widodo is set to unveil measures to lift Southeast Asia’s largest economy from the stagnation that’s marked his first term, amid rising risks from a global slowdown and escalating trade war.
— Bloomberg

Adelaide social media influencer and model detained in Bali over prescription medication
An Adelaide social media influencer and model has told her followers she was detained in Bali for four days over prescription medication and is crowdfunding to claim back almost $40,000 in alleged extortion payments.

N. Sumatra Police nab health workers for allegedly siphoning insurance funds
The special crimes directorate of the North Sumatra Police arrested on Wednesday seven employees at a puskesmas (community health center) in North Rantau district of Labuhan Batu regency, North Sumatra, for allegedly embezzling funds allocated for the puskesmas from the National Health Insurance (JKN) and Operational Health Aid (BOK).
— The Jakarta Post

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Lao Capital Villagers Balk at Below-Market Payment For Land Lost to Expressway
Residents of 18 villages in two districts of Laos’ capital Vientiane have refused to accept state compensation for loss of land to a local toll expressway project, saying that the amount offered is much lower than market value.

Laos’ economic prospects remain bright: IMF
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is predicting a favourable outlook for Laos’ economic growth in the upcoming years despite the present difficulties.
— Vientiane Times (paywall) 

Lao media eyes bright future despite challenges
This was the general assessment of the managers of mass media and publishing when commemorating the 69th Mass Media and Publishing Day.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

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Johor Port Authority, Smart Crest sign deal to develop RM2b Bunker Island
Johor Port Authority (JPA) has entered into an agreement with a private company, Smart Crest Sdn Bhd, to develop a RM2 billion Bunker Island, near Tanjung Bin in Johor.
— The Sun Daily

MCMC denies issuing approval for Sabah telco tower project
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) denies that it had issued a letter of approval for the construction of 25 telecommunication towers and related works in Semporna, Sabah.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s CPI up 1.4% in July
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.4% in July 2019 to 121.5 as against 119.8 in the same month of the preceding year.
— The Sun Daily

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Five Civilians Charged Under Anti-Terrorism Act in Western Myanmar
Police have opened cases against five civilians from a village in Rakhine State’s Buthidaung Township under Myanmar’s Counter-Terrorism Law, including a village administrator and a school teacher, the suspects’ families have told The Irrawaddy.
— Irrawaddy

Nationwide power production declines in August
During this month, the country’s total power production has reached over 2,900 MW, according to the figures from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar’s currency black market thrives in banks’ shadow
Even as banks take on a growing share of foreign exchange trading in Myanmar, black market dealers remain firmly entrenched, with the short-lived crackdowns by the government when the kyat moves too sharply doing little to root out the problem.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

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US group sees expansion of PH drug war killings to crackdown on Left
Attacks on civilians in the Philippines now included the killing of members and leaders of protest groups branded as communists, aggravating the violence arising from the government’s bloody campaign against drugs and increasing risks of a free fall to authoritarian rule, according to a United States-based conflict research and analysis group.

Philippines hardest hit as dengue cuts a deadly path through Asean
The Philippines remains the hardest hit of Asean member states reporting outbreaks of the debilitating and frequently fatal mosquito born disease dengue this year, with more than 720 deaths and a further 167,000 people infected between January 1 and July 27.
— AEC News Today

Foreign researchers in EEZ must ‘turn over command, control’ to Filipinos
oreigners wanting to conduct maritime research within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) must “turn over command and control” to Filipinos, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Wednesday.

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Escalating US-China dispute will weigh on Singapore retail, industrial property markets: Colliers
Threats from frayed US-China trade relations and a gloomy economic outlook could stifle any recovery for Singapore’s retail and industrial property markets in the near term, according to two research reports released by Colliers International on Wednesday (Aug 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Electronic arrival card trial extended to more visitors to Singapore
More visitors to Singapore will be able to submit electronic arrival cards as the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) launches the beta version of its SG Arrival Card e-service on Wednesday (Aug 14).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

E-concierge platform makes finding a job easier for low-income single parents and the disabled
A stroke two years ago affected the left side of Mr Loo Poh Thye’s body and he underwent two years of rehabilitation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Drug-hit hosts Thailand fail to lift ban for weightlifting worlds
Thai weightlifters will not be allowed to compete at the world championships despite the country hosting the event, the sport’s global body confirmed Wednesday (Aug 14), dashing hopes of a late reprieve after a doping scandal.

Cambodia-Thailand trade sees steady growth
Two-way trade between Cambodia and Thailand rose steadily during the first half of the year, according to a report from the Thai Business Council of Cambodia (TBCC).
— Bangkok Post

Cops seek plotters’ extradition
Police are gathering evidence to seek arrest warrants for three more individuals suspected of involvement in bomb and arson attacks in Bangkok and Nonthaburi early this month, a police source said.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam launched Corporate Governance Code of Best Practices for Public Companies
The first Vietnam Corporate Governance Code of Best Practices for Public Companies was launched on August 13 by the State Securities Commission of Vietnam (SSC) in Ho Chi Minh City. Hong Nhung reports on Vietnam Economic Times.
— Vietnam Insider 

Kingdom, Vietnam promote border trade cooperation
Cambodian and Vietnamese officials held a meeting to discuss border trade cooperation, as the Kingdom’s trade deficit with Vietnam continues to widen.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Vietnam upgrades premium healthcare to attract high-spending patients
Vietnam is planning premium healthcare upgrades to allure high-spending patients who spend billions of US dollars a year on overseas treatment.
— VnExpress

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