Asean morning news for February 28

Asean morning news for February 28
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China-Backed Trade Pact Faces Fresh Hurdles Amid Bali Talks
A bid to kick-start a China-backed trade pact that would cover a third of the global economy is facing a fresh hurdle as upcoming elections across Asia and the Pacific threaten to stall progress on reaching a deal.
— Bloomberg

ASEAN Business Meet 2019 concludes on a high note with 18 MoUs signed worth 98,000 crores
After the incredibly successful two days of ASEAN Business Meet 2019 held at The Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru, the final day of the Summit witnessed over 2000+ delegates and more than 2500 visitors.
— APN News

President urges parliament to ratify ASEAN-HK accords
President U Win Myint on Tuesday urged parliament to ratify the ASEAN-Hong Kong Investment Agreement and ASEAN-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement, because it could help attract more investment from China’s autonomous regions.
— Myanmar Times

Asia’s travel boom is in trouble as a pilot shortage worsens
An unprecedented travel boom in Asia has spawned new budget carriers and millions of first-time fliers, but a shortage of pilots is threatening to choke that demand.
— The Jakarta Post

Taiwan confirms first imported dengue cases from the Philippines
Members of the public are advised to take precautions against mosquito bites before visiting the Philippines, after Taiwan confirmed the first imported dengue cases this year from the Southeast Asian country last week.
— Taiwan News

Filipinos have better work-life balance than Singaporeans, Malaysians — study
Filipino working professionals have better work-life balance experiences compared to their counterparts in Singapore and Malaysia, according to a study by a Singapore-based website.
— The Philippine Star

AirAsia puts profit over expansion as local rivals fight back
Budget airline AirAsia took a hit from fierce local competition throughout Southeast Asia last year, earnings released Wednesday show, prompting the Malaysia-based powerhouse to pause expansion and focus on profit after diving into Vietnam this summer.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Parade of national pride
National dress code is not only representing the country but also an identity of the nation.
— Khmer Times

RoK seeks to make inroads into ASEAN agricultural market
Korea Agro-Fisheries Trade Corporation (aT) has announced plan to diversify its agricultural exports, focusing on areas in the New Southern Policy and New Northern Policy that the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s government is promoting.
— Vietnam Plus

S&P Global Platts: Coal industry to continue seeing growth in Southeast Asia
Despite uncertainties over the U.S.-China trade dispute and a rise in demand for renewable energy, Deepak Kannan, managing editor for Asia Thermal Coal at S&P Global Platts, sees coal to continue powering Southeast Asia.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Universities, schools jointly hold Model Asean Meeting
Around 100 students from 16 universities and high schools in Phnom Penh successfully organised the Model Asean Meeting at the American University of Phnom Penh on February 26.
— Khmer Times

Cloud Computing Market to Gain Exponential Growth in Southeast Asia along with Primary Players – Amazon, Akamai Technologies, CA Technologies, Alibaba, Cisco Systems and Google Inc.
The study covers the Southeast Asia cloud computing market value for a period ranging between 2012 to 2025, where 2012 to 2017 imply the actual annual consumption with forecast between 2018 and 2025.
— openPR

Southeast Asian counter-terrorism officials gather in Singapore to assess Interpol-backed project targeting foreign fighters
Interpol last week brought together counter-terrorism officials, law enforcement officers and immigration agents from across Southeast Asia for a conference in Singapore intended to evaluate the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters in the region.
— Illicit Trade

ASEAN, India hold 19th meeting of joint cooperation committee
The 19th ASEAN-India Joint Cooperation Committee (AIJCC) Meeting took place in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 26.
— VietNamNet Bridge

Youth engagement crucial for Asean’s bright future
One of the areas that Asean as a community is striving to develop for the economic growth and the environmental sustainability of the region is energy.
— Khmer Times

CyberScout Develops Innovative Cyber Insurance Distribution Model with Two New Partnerships in Southeast Asia
CyberScout, the gold standard in identity and data defence services, is pleased to announce two new global partnerships that will introduce accessible cyber insurance solutions in Southeast Asia.
— Cision

China starts training journalists from Asia-Pacific, Africa
The China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA) on Wednesday formally opened here its annual training program for media members from countries in the Asia Pacific and Africa.
— Philippine News Agency

President urges parliament to ratify ASEAN-HK accords
President U Win Myint on Tuesday urged parliament to ratify the ASEAN-Hong Kong Investment Agreement and ASEAN-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement, because it could help attract more investment from China’s autonomous regions.
— Myanmar Times

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Drought a ‘grave concern’
Local communities in rural areas across the Kingdom have expressed grave concerns over the severe lack of water for their daily consumption amid a prolonged drought that has caused streams, creeks, lakes and ponds to gradually dry up.
— The Phnom Penh Post

US Congressmen Introduce Cambodia Trade Sanctions Bill
Two US congressmen have introduced a bipartisan bill to review Cambodia’s preferential trade treatment over the country’s human rights record.
— VOA Cambodia

Cambodia, China to Kick Off Annual Joint Military Exercise Amid Waning Western Influence
Cambodia and China will kick off preparations for their third annual joint “Golden Dragon” military exercise on Feb. 28, Cambodia’s National Defense Ministry announced Wednesday, highlighting improved ties between the two countries as Western influence in the Southeast Asian nation wanes.
— Radio Free Asia

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Dozens feared buried after landslide at Indonesia gold mine
A grueling search and rescue effort has saved 19 people from the debris of a collapsed gold mine in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province but officials said several dozen remain trapped.
— Al Jazeera

Indonesia stops e-ID issuance for foreigners until after elections
The Indonesian Government would temporarily stop the issuance of electronic identity card (e-ID) for foreigners until after the 2019 general elections to end polemics on the issue, a top government official said.
— Antara News

Jokowi: Superb Judicial Institutions Boosts National Economy
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said that the support provided by Indonesia’s judicial institution is critically needed to improve the country’s economy. He says that the current natural resources have not been maximized to its fullest potential.

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‘Commissions’ Required of Companies Bidding for Building Work in Flood-hit Lao Province
Construction firms bidding for approval to build permanent homes for flood victims in Laos must pay between 10 to 26 percent of the total cost of the project to local authorities if their bids are approved, sources in the country say.
— Radio Free Asia

BOL warns non-bank microfinance bodies not to deal in foreign currencies
The Bank of the Lao PDR (BOL) has warned the public not to exchange, buy or sell foreign currencies through five categories of non-bank microfinance institutions.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Laos, UN join forces to mitigate effects of climate change
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, United Nations Environment Climate Change Adaptation Unit and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) are collaborating to support the improved effectiveness and impact of climate change adaptation in Laos.
— Vientiane Times

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Tourism sector contributed RM84.1 billion to Malaysia economy in 2018
The tourism sector contributed RM84.1 billion (US$20.7 billion) to Malaysia’s economy last year, up by 2.4 per cent compared to the RM82.2 billion the previous year, said Malaysia’s Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Mohamaddin Ketapi on Wednesday (Feb 27).
— Channel NewsAsia

Malaysia ranks 19th globally on the Total Workforce Index
ManpowerGroup Solution’s latest Total Workforce Index (TWI) has ranked Malaysia as the 19th most favourable country for business based on productivity, cost efficiency, regulation and skills availability.
— Human Resource Online

Incentives for the property market in March 2019
Governments play an important role in any property market because they act as influencers.

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Rohingya crisis: UN investigates its ‘dysfunctional’ conduct in Myanmar
The UN has launched an inquiry into its conduct in Myanmar over the past decade, where it has been accused of ignoring warning signs of escalating violence prior to an alleged genocide of the Rohingya minority.
— The Guardian

Frenchman jailed for one month for flying drone in Myanmar
A French tourist has been sentenced to one month in prison with labour for attempting to fly a drone near Myanmar’s parliament, a court official said Wednesday (Feb 27).
— Channel NewsAsia

Bonus episode: Reuters arrests and press freedom in Myanmar
Last year, Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were sentenced to seven years in prison under Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act, in a case that brought widespread condemnation and accusations of a cover-up by Myanmar’s military.
— Frontier Myanmar

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Metro Manila Subway breaks ground in Valenzuela
The Metro Manila Subway Project, a 36-kilometer underground railway system dubbed as the “project of the century,” broke ground Wednesday.

In less than two months, measles kills 203 in the Philippines
More than 12,000 people have contracted measles while over 200 have died due to the highly-contagious disease in nearly two months, according to the report of World Health Organization and the United Nations Children Fund.
— The Philippine Star

Inflation seen to ease below 3% level in third quarter of 2019
Swiss investment bank UBS expects Philippine inflation to ease below three percent in the third quarter after falling within the two to four percent target set by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on easing oil and food prices within the next few months.
— The Philippine Star

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Singapore Airlines, Scoot flights affected by closure of Pakistan airspace, Indian airports
Six flights operated by Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its low-cost carrier Scoot were cancelled or rerouted on Wednesday (Feb 27) after heightened Pakistan-India tensions led to the closure of the Pakistan airspace and several Indian airports.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Criticising the PAP is now “undermining national unity”?
In Parliament yesterday (26 Feb 2019), Member of Parliament and Workers’ Party chief Pritam Singh brought the Merdeka Generation Package (MGP) and its timing into sharp focus on day one of the Budget debate yesterday.
— The Online Citizen

Here’s how Singapore’s organisations can retain their top talent
Fostering human connections is a significant factor in retaining employees who value job security, especially in Singapore.
— The Edge Singapore

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Two policemen abducted, shot dead in Thailand’s restive south
Two Thai policemen were executed after being abducted from a tea shop in the kingdom’s violent southern borderlands, police said Wednesday (Feb 27), as bloodshed again spikes in a 15-year insurgency.
— The Straits Times

THAI temporarily cancels flights to Europe after Pakistan closes airspace
Thai Airways International on Wednesday announced the cancellation of all flights to and from Pakistan and Europe after Pakistan closed its airspace amid rising tensions with India.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Frenchwoman deported for vaping
Karon police have responded to complaints made by a French tourist who was apprehended in Karon for possession of an e-cigarette.
— The Phuket News

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Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways and VietJet signed deals to buy 110 aircraft from Boeing during Donald Trump’s visit to Hanoi
Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways and VietJet just signed deals to buy 110 aircraft from Boeing during The US President Donald Trump’s visit to Hanoi for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
— Vietnam Insider

Chinese businesses control dragon fruit collection units in Vietnam
In Vietnam’s in Chau Thanh district, there are more than 8,000 hectares of red-flesh dragon fruit growing area, including 2,000 hectares of high tech cultivation.
— Fresh Plaza

FDI in first two months of 2019 reaches $8.5 billion
Foreign investors have poured US$8.47 billion into Việt Nam this year as of February 20, 2.5 times higher than the same period of last year, data from the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment revealed.
— Viet Nam News

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