Asean morning news for July 10

Asean morning news for July 10
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ASEAN Trade Ministers persuade India to speed up talks on RCEP
Pressure is piling up on India from other members of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), especially the ASEAN, to end its stalemate with China on market opening offered under the proposed pact.
— The Hindu BusinessLine

Losing one island cost Japan a war. That’s a warning for the South China Sea
In early July 1944, on a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean, the United States clinched a devastating defeat over Japan in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.
— Spratly Islands

ASEAN Got Multilateral Cooperation Right – The EU Got it Wrong
Controversial currency speculator George Soros recently authored an article stating that the European Union (EU) is on the verge of collapse and even went so far as to compare what is happening in Europe to what happened in the Soviet Union in 1991.
— Eurasia Future

Meeting focuses on cutting non-tariff measures
The Commerce Ministry plans to speed up the trade facilitation framework for Southeast Asia with Asean officials this week, focusing on a reduction in non-tariff measures in the region.
— Bangkok Post

China ups aggression in South China Sea through military exercises
China is holding military exercises in the South China Sea (SCS) ahead of third anniversary of the PCA ruling in favour of Philippines reinforcing its claims in the world’s most critical trade route via sea.
— Economic Times

Industry not convinced that RCEP will create win-win situation for all: Commerce Minister
The domestic industry is not convinced that the proposed mega free-trade agreement RCEP will create a win-win situation for all, the commerce ministry said Tuesday.
— Economic Times

Asenso raises US$1.2M to help MSMEs get access to capital, technology in Southeast Asia
Singapore-based fintech and retailtech startup Asenso Tech has received US$1.2 million investment from CARD MRI, a microfinance institution in the Philippines, and Talino Venture Labs, an enterprise venture accelerator targeting underserved markets.
— e27

RCEP to be endorsed this year
Since 2012 ASEAN member nations along with China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India agreed to a proposal that a trade pact among them should be established under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RECP) framework.
— NBT World (video)

New investment agreement between Hong Kong and ASEAN
The Agreement on Investment among the Governments of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (“AHK-IA”) introduces investment protection and transfer guarantees for investments between Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand and Hong Kong from 17 June 2019.
— Lexology

Why Malaysia’s New Proposal Could Change Southeast Asia’s Drugs Debate
Scientific reason broke through the dominant political rhetoric on drugs in Southeast Asia last month.
— The Diplomat

US-China trade war will hit ASEAN economy harder
The outlook for major Asian economies has once again been revised downward, due to the negative influence of the U.S.-China trade war, which has caused exports to fall across the region.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

BoT chief describes SE Asia’s ‘new value chains’
Three driving forces are shaping new forms of value chains, with implications for Southeast Asia.
— Bangkok Post

Leading Southeast Asian tech companies share insights on user engagement
#GROWTH19, a conference hosted by MoEngage, was held at Grand Ballroom Kempinski, Jakarta, with a series of panel discussions and fireside chats with leading tech companies in Indonesia on how they utilise marketing technology to increase user engagement and brand awareness.
— e27

A message of hope for the ASEAN’s threatened biodiversity
The ASEAN region’s relentless campaign to conserve and protect its rich but highly threatened biodiversity and ecosystems took centre stage with the recent International Conference on Biodiversity hosted by Thailand.
— Philippine Information Agency

ASEAN Foundation and Microsoft extend support to create future-ready youth in Sri Lanka
Microsoft concluded a nine-day Train the Trainer (TOT) workshop to equip underserved youth with future-ready skills.
— Daily Mirror

Auto industry in ASEAN sees vibrant development
The development of electric vehicles (EV) is gaining momentum in Southeast Asian nations, as such vehicles require fewer parts and barriers to market entry are lower compared to engine-powered vehicles, according to The Yomiuri Shimbun.
— Vietnamplus

Cooperation with Huawei benefits SE Asian countries
Could Cambodia surpass the US by any chance? Many may regard it a fantasy.
— Global Times

National ASEAN 2020 Committee holds third meeting
The National ASEAN 2020 Committee held its third session on July 9 under the chair of the committee’s chairman – Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh.
— Vietnamplus

Siem Reap Hosts ASEAN Tourism Marketing Meeting
Regional tourism experts from ASEAN member countries gathered in Siem Reap province yesterday in the 6th ASEAN Tourism Marketing Partnership Workshop Group meeting.

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U.S.-ASEAN Business Council Eying More Investment Opportunities in Cambodia
The U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, led by its President and CEO Mr. Alexander Feldman, paid a courtesy call on Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport H.E. Sun Chanthol, at the ministry office yesterday.

Cambodia, Thailand reconnect a Cold War-cut link
Tourists, gamblers, traders and others can now travel by train between Bangkok and the Thai-Cambodian border for the first time since tracks were cut 45 years ago at the end of the US-Vietnam War.
— Asia Times

“It’s your fault!” – Domestic abuse in Cambodia
Some Cambodians are blaming domestic abuse on the victims. At least this is what the findings from several studies suggested, including a recent joint study conducted by three NGOs (Non-governmental organisations) – Klahaan, Urban Poor Women Development, and People in Need.
— The Asean Post

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UNHCR, Komnas HAM push for education rights for refugee children
The National Commission on Human Rights (KOMNAS HAM) has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to continue their advocacy and human rights protection of refugees and asylum seekers currently in Indonesia, this time focusing on children’s right to education.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to send back Australian paper waste ‘contaminated’ by dirty nappies and electronics
Indonesian customs officials say they will send eight shipping containers of paper back to Australia after they found household garbage including used nappies and electronics inside.

School obliges students to exchange used plastic bottles for admissions forms
The student admissions committee at SMPN 1 Jogonalan junior high school in Klaten, Central Java, is requiring all applicants to bring in used plastic bottles in exchange for admissions packets.
— The Jakarta Post

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Officials Trained On Food Security
Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs funded a three-week training course on “Building Food Security” for 14 Lao government officials from Jul 1-5.

E-visa Launched Allowing Foreigners Apply For Lao Visas Online
Lao e-visa, a system that allows foreigners to apply for visas to the Lao PDR online, was launched on Jul 9 at the Wattay International Airport, Vientiane Capital.

Young entrepreneurs call on Lao govt to back special fund
The Young Entrepreneurs Association of Laos (YEAL) has called on the government to set up a special fund to enable emerging businesspeople make a contribution to the economy.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

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National cars overcome shortage of skilled manpower in automotive industry: Mahathir
The production of the national cars not only aimed to expand the manufacturing industry in the country, it was in fact a platform to train many skilled workers in the automotive industry, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
— The Sun Daily

Najib’s tax suit case management on July 25
The government lawsuit against Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak seeking him to pay RM1.69 billion in income tax which he still owed the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) for.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Fish bomb: Police nab 10 men, inspect 95 fishing boats in Semporna
In an operation to combat fish bombing practices, police detained 10 people and conducted an inspection on 95 fishing boats in Semporna waters, up to yesterday.Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah said the operation was also aimed at searching for suspects involved in the fish bombing incident that killed two Chinese tourists.
— The Sun Daily

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CMP export increases by over 20 % in nine months
Over the nine months of this fiscal year in Myanmar, exports of the CMP increased over 20 percent and there was a 1.3 billion US dollar increase in revenue of other exports, said a source from the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

UN: Possible fresh war crimes in Myanmar
Myanmar security forces and insurgents are committing human rights violations against civilians in restive western states that may amount to fresh war crimes, a United Nations investigator said on Tuesday.
— Gulf News

Myanmar, Japan revive talks on building Hanthawaddy airport
Myanmar and Japan will form a joint venture and sign an agreement next year to kickstart the long postponed Hanthawaddy International Airport project located 80km north of Yangon near Bago.
— Myanmar Times

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Coup possible, Palace warns
President Rodrigo Duterte has warned the public that the military could mount a coup d’etat because problems on corruption, illegal drugs, terrorism and rebellion persist, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
— The Manila Times

Petition to protect WPS dismissed? SC ‘cannot confirm’
The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday said it “cannot confirm” the claims of Solicitor General Jose Calida that both petitioners and respondents have agreed to dismiss the petition to protect the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

PhilHealth investigating around 15,000 cases involving healthcare institutions, doctors
The country’s health insurance provider is investigating thousands of allegedly anomalous benefit claims involving doctors and partner institutions.
— CNN Philippines

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Clean water from humid air? Just add sunlight
An NUS research team has developed a gel that can, with natural sunlight, harvest clean water from humid air, including evaporation from water bodies like the reservoirs.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Checks for 4 SIA A-380s after safety agency alert
Four of Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) Airbus A-380 airplanes will have to be inspected after the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (Easa) issued an alert about cracks in a part of the wing in the early models of the aircraft type.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Solar power for six CapitaLand properties
More than 21,000 solar panels will be installed on the rooftops of six CapitaLand buildings by the year end, in a partnership with Sembcorp Industries, both groups said separately yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Thailand’s Minimum Wage Is Set for Second Increase in Two Years
Thailand is set to increase minimum wages for a second straight year as it looks to attract workers amid an aging population and shortage of labor in key industries.
— Bloomberg

PM issues final S44 order
The last order under the sweeping powers of Section 44 has been issued by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, lifting media bans and transferring all cases involving offences against his orders to civilian courts.
— Bangkok Post

FTI: Trade war pummels electronics
The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) says the US-China trade war is hurting exports of electronics and components after overall shipments of these products fell by 11.3% year-on-year to 347 billion baht during the January-April period.
— Bangkok Post

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WB explores ways to maximize finance for Vietnam’s electricity and gas sectors
Private sector and commercial financing are among recommendations which the World Bank has made.
— The Hanoitimes

Vietnam’s medicine spending per capita to increase
Vietnam’s medicine spending per capita rose by 10.6 percent to 53.5 U.S. dollars in 2018, and is forecast to rise further in the near future, the Health Ministry said.
— Xinhua

Vietnam Airlines to raise carry-on weight limit to 12-18kg
Vietnam Airlines is raising the weight limit for carry-on bags from 7kg to 12-18kg starting August 2019, the national flag carrier said Monday.
— Vietnam Insider

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