Asean morning news for August 19

Asean morning news for August 19
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ASEAN youth face disruptive job market
With technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) rapidly permeating society, ASEAN’s youth will need to reinvent themselves to stay relevant in the job market.
— The Asean Post

US freedom of navigation operations in SCS mere deterrent to those who disobey int’l laws
The purpose of the freedom of navigation operations (Fonops) being conducted by the United States in the Indo-Pacific region, including the South China Sea, is to “highlight” and deter those that do not follow rules-based international order following reports that Chinese warships were recently spotted making unauthorized passage in the southern part of the Philippines.
— Manila Bulletin

S. Korea-ASEAN summit in Nov. to address free trade amid Japan’s export curbs: Cheong Wa Dae
South Korea plans to focus on seeking ways to bolster the free trade order during a November special group summit with Southeast Asian nations, Cheong Wa Dae said Sunday, as Tokyo maintains its retaliatory export restrictions against Seoul.
— The Korea Herald

Labor policy helps Thailand stay competitive in ASEAN
Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon chaired a meeting of executive officials of the Ministry of Labor and instructed them to instigate major development plans for the employment of Thai workers in the ASEAN labor market.
— NBT World (video)

For a prosperous future we must rethink the ‘Asean way’
This year, Thailand is chairing Asean, and we just had an Asean Summit here in Bangkok.
— Bangkok Post

New statistics highlight trapping threat for international trade of Asia’s most popular songbird
A new analysis of the trade in White-rumped Shamas in Southeast Asia over the past decade finds incredible numbers of the birds seized and recorded in markets, leading to calls for greater protection and regulation for the popular songbird.
— Traffic

South-east Asia’s small businesses face talent crunch
SMALL and local businesses in South-east Asia, and companies in traditional sectors, could lose out on talent in the future, as young people in the region spurn such jobs.
— The Business Times (paywall)

ASEAN youths place soft skills over STEM
Emerging technology and relentless changes in labour markets have forced young people in Southeast Asia to constantly upgrade their skills, research released yesterday by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Singaporean-based internet company Sea has revealed.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia seek to promote Development Triangle efficiency
Officials in charge of external affairs from parliaments of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia gathered in the northern province of Quang Ninh on August 17 during their seventh conference that focused on the role of parliament in realising agreements reached by the three countries in the Development Triangle.
— Vietnamplus

Thailand moves up 13 notches on LPI
Thailand is now ranked the second best country in ASEAN in terms of logistics infrastructure, and 7th in Asia.
— NBT World (video)

Saving the environment with circular fashion
The fashion industry’s desire to be on-trend drives its business operations by reducing collection periods and accelerating inventory turns.
— The Asean Post

ASEAN food festival kicks off in Myanmar
The 2019 Food Festival of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) kicked off in Mandalay city of Myanmar on August 17.
— Vietnamplus

Southeast Asia Construction Equipment Rental Estimated to Discern 2X Expansion by 2019-2025
In 2018, the market size of Southeast Asia Construction Equipment Rental Market is million US$ and it will reach million US$ in 2025, growing at a CAGR of from 2018; while in China, the market size is valued at xx million US$ and will increase to xx million US$ in 2025, with a CAGR of xx% during forecast period.
— Amazing Newspaper

QFA, Asean members join hands to develop football across Asia
Qatar Football Association (QFA) has signed a co-operation agreement with Asean Football Federation member countries to develop the game across the region.
— Gulf Times

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Cambodia to ban online gambling, cites threat to social order
Cambodia said on Sunday it is banning online gambling, which helped propel a wave of Chinese investment in casinos in the country, saying that the industry had been used by foreign criminals to extort money.
— Bangkok Post

Cambodia, Japan Trade Increases by 16 Percent
The Bilateral trade between Cambodia and Japan amounted to US$1,048 million in the first half this year, up 16.8 percent compared the same period last year.

Cambodia cancels holidays to boost growth but stalls on key rights issues for EU trade
On August 7, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that Cambodians would have 22 public holidays next year, reduced from 28 in 2019.
— Asean Today

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Suspected ‘IS’ sympathizer attacks Surabaya Police officers on Independence Day
An unidentified man assaulted two Wonokromo Police officers working at a Police Integrated Service Center in Surabaya, East Java, using a sickle on Saturday afternoon.
— The Jakarta Post

Police accused of using excessive force against protesters, journalists outside State of Nation venue
As President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo delivered his State of the Nation address on Friday, a rally protesting against an amendment to the Manpower Law was blocked from taking place outside the legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, where the annual national event was being held.
— The Jakarta Post

Only 18 Bondol eagles left in Seribu Islands
The Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) said that based on the 2014 data, the population of Bondol eagle (Haliastur indus) is only 18 in Seribu Islands District, Jakarta Special Region.
— Antara News

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Labour ministry projects high demand for construction workers
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has unveiled a new study, which delivers a strong message that the construction industry is suffering from a shortage of Lao workers and that a policy intervention is needed to address this deficiency.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Indian govt supports training for local techies
The Indian government is supporting a course for technical staff at the Laos-India Centre of Excellence in Software Development and Training (CESDT) of the Institute of Information and Communication Technology as part of a US$1.3 million project.
— Vientiane Times

11 die in early morning passenger van collision in Sa Kaew
Eleven people have been killed and four others seriously injured after a chartered van carrying Lao workers collided with an 18 wheel truck in Sa Kaew province, east of Bangkok on the Cambodian border, early today (map below).
— The Thaiger

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Smart farming policy can modernise Malaysia’s agricultural landscape, says Azmin
The government will announce a new policy on smart farming in the near future, said Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
— Malay Mail

Lawyer moots Putrajaya-backed class action lawsuit, tribunal as alternatives to MH17 trial
Getting a group of family members of those aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to launch a lawsuit together against Ukraine can be considered as an alternative to a criminal trial against four men suspected of being.
— Malay Mail

Hundreds of protesters gather to slam Malaysia’s decision on Lynas
Anti-Lynas protesters slammed the Malaysian government’s U-turn in allowing an operating licence extension for the rare earth company at a three-hour rally on Sunday (Aug 18).
— The Straits Times

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Rescue worker killed in attack on ambulance in northern Myanmar: Army
One rescue worker was killed and several others were wounded when an ambulance came under fire in northern Myanmar amid clashes between troops and ethnic rebels in the region, an army spokesman and a witness said on Saturday (Aug 17).

Myanmar extends visa exemption, visa on arrival for 4 countries
Myanmar will extend visa exemption for Japanese and South Koreans as well as visa on arrival for Chinese and Indians for one more year, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
— Dhaka Tribune

Teenage Brides Trafficked to China Reveal Ordeal: ‘Ma, I’ve Been Sold’
She did not know where she was. She did not speak the language. She was 16 years old.
— New York Times

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Duterte urged to cancel China deals on 3 islands
DETAINED Sen. Leila de Lima has urged President Rodrigo Duterte to call off the agreements with Chinese firms to develop three strategic islands in the country to avoid security risks posed by China’s aggressive military activities in the Asia Pacific region.
— The Manila Times

Philippines dangles tax perks to drive businesses out of Manila
Businesses located in some of Manila’s offices, hotels and casinos could lose their investment incentives over the next five years as the Philippines looks to overhaul its corporate taxation.
— Gulf Times

720 deaths in the Philippines: Metro Manila on verge of dengue epidemic
Metro Manila could be facing a dengue epidemic and officials are rushing steps to forestall such a possibility.
— Gulf News

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NDR 2019: Climate change one of the ‘gravest challenges facing mankind’, impact on S’pore to worsen, says PM Lee
Climate change is one of the gravest challenges the human race faces and Singapore is already feeling its impact – which is likely to worsen over the next few decades, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday (Aug 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Retirement and re-employment ages, CPF rates to go up: PM Lee
THE retirement and re-employment ages will be raised, as will Central Provident Fund (CPF) contribution rates, to enable older Singaporeans to continue working and be more financially independent, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally speech, adding that no changes are being made to CPF withdrawal policies and ages.
— The Business Times

18 typhoid fever cases in 3 weeks
The authorities are investigating after 18 people were hospitalised for typhoid fever in about three weeks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Thailand plans stimulus to spur $6.5-billion economic boost
Thailand plans stimulus spending that the government hopes will spark a $6.5-billion economic boost, as officials try to counter a slowdown caused by the US-China trade war and currency strength.
— Business Mirror

11 die in early morning passenger van collision in Sa Kaew
Eleven people have been killed and four others seriously injured after a chartered van carrying Lao workers collided with an 18 wheel truck in Sa Kaew province, east of Bangkok on the Cambodian border, early today (map below).
— The Thaiger

Baby dugong Mariam is dead
Mariam, the orphaned baby dugong and darling of many netizens in Thailand for her much-publicized four month struggle to survive under the care of veterinarians, died of shock shortly after midnight Friday night.
— Thai PBS News

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South China Sea alert: Fears of war surge as Vietnam confronts Beijing over ‘violations’
Like many countries in the region, Vietnam has clashed with China over certain areas which Beijing considers within its nine-dash line policy.

Majority of Chinese firms consider Vietnam preferred investment destination
Since last June, 33 listed Chinese companies have informed China`s two stock exchanges of their plans to follow their foreign counterparts out of the country to mitigate the prolonged trade war between China and the US.
— The Hanoitimes

Steep plunge in rice exports to China as import rules tighten
Vietnam Customs data show rice exports to China in the first seven months fell 65.7 percent year-on-year to 318,000 tons.
— VnExpress

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