Asean morning news for August 28

Asean morning news for August 28
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Indonesia only bid from ASEAN as Thailand, Myanmar withdraw joint effort for FIFA U20 World Cup 2021
Football Association of Thailand (FAT) and Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) have withdrawn from their joint bid to host the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2021.
— FOX Sports

How Thailand and Indonesia rank for women in fintech
As technology-led disruption continues and the financial industry seeks ways to keep up, fintech (financial technology) has become a fast-growing industry worldwide.
— Human Resources Online

ASEAN members agree to promote circular economy
International representatives from the government and private sectors across Southeast Asia vowed to co-operate to address the resource constraints through the circular economy with a focus on “resource maximisation, waste separation and proper disposal” in the manufacturing and consumption cycle at a symposium in Bangkok on Monday.
— Viet Nam News

China’s investment in Southeast Asia shows good momentum
China’s investment in Southeast Asia has showed good momentum in the first half of 2019, as it reached US$11 billion (RM4.21 per dollar), almost doubling year-on-year, according to a Maybank report.
— Borneo Post Online

Vietnam, Malaysia to work closely to ensure peace in South China Sea
Vietnam and Malaysia agreed to work closely with other ASEAN members to ensure peace, stability, safety and freedom of navigation and overflight in the disputed areas in South China Sea.
— Borneo Post Online

Regional meet starts with anti-drugs call
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has opened the Asean Inter Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) by calling on it to increase efforts against narcotics and marine debris.
— Bangkok Post

Mekong nears tipping point as US-China rivalry grows
The Mekong River, which originates on the Tibetan Plateau and flows nearly 5,000 km through China, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam to the South China Sea, is in danger of drying up.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

China says US ‘maliciously hyping up’ South China Sea issue
China accused the United States on Tuesday (Aug 27) of maliciously hyping up the South China Sea situation and making warrantless criticism, after the Pentagon said China was carrying out coercive interference in waters claimed by Vietnam.

Oil spill contingency in Southeast Asia
One of the key elements in oil spill contingency planning is to define the communication channels to be used by cooperating parties when facing such an event.
— The Manila Times

ASEAN should maintain unity, central role: Deputy PM
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh hosted a reception for visiting Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Lim Jock Hoi in Hanoi on August 27.
— Vietnamplus

ASEAN hajj consuls concur on forming ASEAN Hajj Forum
Hajj consuls from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states have reached a common agreement to set up an ASEAN Hajj Forum at their meeting held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, August 26, 2019.
— Antara News

Asean construction sector feeling effects of US-China trade war
As the US-China trade war continues to brew, construction activity in Asia is at risk of becoming collateral damage, economists at Oxford Economics say.
— The Business Times

Chemicals, plastic makers to focus on curbing Southeast Asia plastic waste
A global alliance of plastic makers and consumer goods companies said on Tuesday it would prioritize much of its $1 billion (£814 million) funds to curb plastic waste in Southeast Asia.
— Euronews

Dangerous thinking that threatens #EUASEAN trade deal
European Union and ASEAN diplomats have been working diligently for over a decade on a trade deal.
— Eureporter

Thai Ministries Team Up to Host ASEAN Smart Cities 2019 under “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability” Vision with 26 Pilot Smart Cities in ASEAN
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DE) collaborated with the Ministry of Energy, the Transport Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to host ASEAN Smart Cities Network: ASCN 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.
— Yahoo Finance

ASEAN and Korean youth workshop ideas for waste and traffic management
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Korea Youth Network Workshop is bringing out ideas from participating youth for sustainable solutions to pressing urban challenges like waste and traffic management.
— The Sociable

A Conversation on the Mekong and a Changing Southeast Asia
While the Mekong River – one of the world’s longest and largest rivers – has long been in peril, its future has gotten more attention over the past few years both on its own terms as well as within the context of other geopolitical trends such as the development of mainland Southeast Asian states and the rise of China.
— The Diplomat

Video streaming on the rise in Southeast Asia
The internet has changed the way we engage with television (TV) and video. Programmes, such as sports and news can be watched online, either by streaming ‘live’ or downloading it for later viewing.
— The Asean Post

Thailand Ministry of Energy set to host 2019 ASEAN Energy Business Forum
On 3-5 September 2019, Thailand, as ASEAN Chairman for 2019, and dmg events will host the ASEAN Energy Business Forum (AEBF) in conjunction with the 37th annual ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) at the The Athenee Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.
— Yahoo Finance

NA leader calls for stronger AIPA-ASEAN partnership
The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) actively supports regional efforts to realise and associate the ASEAN Vision 2025 with the UN Agenda 2030 on sustainable development.
— Viet Nam News

Korea-ASEAN ties
South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook (4th from R) and students from Thailand, Myanmar and Laos attend the “Splash ASEAN! Water, a Celebration of Life” exhibition at the ASEAN Culture House in the southeastern city of Busan on Aug. 27, 2019, in this photo released by the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.
— Yonhap News Agency

Philippines ready to host ASEAN Para Games
Over 2,500 athletes and team officials from 11 countries will see action when the Philippines plays host to the ASEAN Para Games 2020.?
— The Philippine Star

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Experts Say US-Cambodia Relationship at “Crisis Point”
In the run-up to the 2017 commune election, U.S. relations with Cambodia were starting to fray. Senior government members had used every public platform to accuse the Western nation, along with the European Union, of attempting to orchestrate a so-called “color revolution” in the country.

The Truth About Cambodia’s So-Called Corruption Crackdown
Over the past few weeks, we have seen some indications of calls for greater focus on anti-corruption in Cambodia. While these indications may be notable, they obscure both the extent of the challenge and underestimate the degree to which they relate to issues of broader political power in the country.
— The Diplomat

Demolition of 14 unsafe buildings in Sihanoukville ordered
Preah Sihanouk Provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun has ordered authorities to demolish 14 recently-constructed buildings in Sihanoukville after they were deemed unsafe.
— Khmer Times

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Better human capital ‘key’ to escaping lower middle-income trap, economist says
Indonesia may escape from the lower middle income trap that the country has faced since 1985 by improving its human capital through increased attention on the quality of education, an economist has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi orders strict monitoring of waste imports
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has ordered strict monitoring of waste imports as their poor management has the potential to damage the environment.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s capital city isn’t the only one sinking
Indonesia has said the country would be relocating its capital city, in part because it’s sinking into the Java Sea.

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Govt, FAO review indicators on path to sustainable development of agriculture
Government officials and FAO officials are meeting in Vientiane to discuss agriculture, nutrition, and land holding and use in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao Migrants Fleeing Poverty Defy Dangers to Work in Thailand
Lao workers, many of them young and some still in their teens, have poured in growing numbers this year into neighboring Thailand, braving exploitation and unsafe work conditions in search of employment to help support families back home, sources in the Southeast Asian nation say.

Lao’s first digital forensics lab opens
The country’s first digital forensics laboratory opened on Friday at the General Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security.The opening ceremony was attended by members of the police force and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) Global Programme on Cybercrime.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

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Miti completes preliminary investigation of anti-dumping of imported cold rolled coils
The government has completed a preliminary determination on the investigation on anti-dumping of cold rolled coils or non-alloy steel (CRC) measuring more than 1,300mm in width from countries abroad and found sufficient evidence to continue investigating.
— The Sun Daily

Guan Eng emphasises need to diversify financing ecosystem
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng says diversifying the country’s financing ecosystem will help fund small and medium enterprises.
— FMT News

Malaysia: DSTE Capital set to be largest producer of MD2 pineapples
More than 400 guests attended the groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of DSTE Capital Limited’s first phase of MD2 pineapple planting. This first phase sees the planting of 40 ha of MD2 pineapples in DSTE owned farms in Padang Lembu, Kedah. This will add up to two million MD2 pineapple plants in DSTE farms.
— Fresh Plaza

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Myanmar Navy to Join US-led Maritime Exercise in South China Sea
Myanmar’s navy said on Monday it is traveling to the Gulf of Thailand to take part in a five-day maritime exercise led by the United States with seven ASEAN navies.
— Irrawaddy

Ministry plans to take ADB loan for upgrades of rural roads
Deputy Minister for Construction Kyaw Lin submitted a plan to take a loan of 51.20 million US dollars from the Asian Development Bank for rural road projects in Magway and Ayeyawady Region at the session of Union Parliament on August 26.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar Court Allows Appeal of Decision to Drop Lawsuit Against Editor
Township court dropped case accusing Myanmar Now chief of defaming ultranationalist monk U Wirathu, but Mandalay District Court agrees to review.
— Irrawaddy

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PH speeds up infra dev’t; H2 GDP seen rising to 6.4%
The government is fast-tracking the implementation of priority infrastructure projects, as it redoubles efforts in public spending to boost the economy in the second semester and the next few years.
— Philippine News Agency

Neda sets completion of evaluation, approval of infrastructure flagship projects
The national government is keen on completing the evaluation and approval of all its listed infrastructure flagship projects (IFPs) by the end of the Duterte administration, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).
— Business Mirror

House panel OKs tax reform package
The House of Representatives’ committee on ways and means on Tuesday approved Package Four of the Duterte administration’s comprehensive tax reform program, which deals with capital income taxation.
— Manila Standard

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MOM warns of fake employment pass application website
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has warned members of the public of yet another fake website that is pretending to be the ministry and duping users into providing their personal information.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Better factory data but economists divided on whether Singapore will dodge technical recession
Economists continued to have mixed views about the possibility of a technical recession here, even as the manufacturing sector performed far better than expected last month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore top choice for Hong Kong real estate investors in first half of 2019: Report
Lured by Singapore’s stable political environment and relatively strong office rentals, Hong Kong investors pumped a total of US$1.4 billion (S$1.94 billion) into the Republic’s real estate in the first half of 2019.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Ombudsman calls Thai PM’s incomplete oath unconstitutional
Thailand’s ombudsman has ruled that the prime minister’s failure to recite a key sentence in his oath of office was unconstitutional, and will refer the matter to the Constitutional Court to rule on whether the government is legally installed.
— The Washington Post

Seoul Endorses Intelligence Pact With Bangkok After Ending Such Deal With Japan – Reports
The South Korean government on Tuesday approved the signing of a military intelligence-sharing pact with Thailand to boost bilateral defense cooperation after scrapping a similar agreement with Japan, media reported
— UrduPoint

Thailand’s July foreign tourist arrivals rise 4.7% y/y – ministry
Thailand saw a rise of 4.72% in July from a year earlier, after rising 0.89% in tourist arrivals in June, the tourism ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
— Reuters

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Vietnam intends to provide a 5G network without China’s tech
Vietnam is intent on being the first Asean nation to provide a 5G network — without China’s tech powerhouse Huawei Technologies Inc. Bloomberg reports.
— Vietnam Insider

MoIT accepts new C/O form E for imports
The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) late last week informed the Ministry of Finance’s General Department of Customs to accept a new C/O (certificate of origin) form E in accordance with the ASEAN-China Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation.
— Viet Nam News

Banks required to tighten control over credit cards
The State Bank of Vi?t Nam (SBV) has directed commercial banks to tighten control over credit card payments to prevent the improper use of credit cards.
— Viet Nam News

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