Asean morning news for July 18

Asean morning news for July 18
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Medical tourism generates over 30% of SE Asian private hospital revenue: new report
Medical tourism generates one-third or more of revenue for private hospitals in most South-east Asian countries, according to a new report by Zion Market Research, which found Asia-Pacific dominating the growing medical tourism market in 2017.
— TTG Asia

ASEAN’s Indo-Pacific Concept and the Great Power Challenge
Indonesia has often spoken of its vision for an “ASEAN-style Indo-Pacific.”
— The Diplomat

Canberra urged to be wary of joining ASEAN
The prospect of Australia joining ASEAN was pushed before the re-election of the Morrison government, a foreign policy initiative which will gain momentum, but analysts are warning the prime minister should think twice.

Military Modernization of ASEAN States: The New Agenda
The discourse about the international security and defense affairs have always been impregnated with the dynamics of security dilemma.
— Modern Diplomacy

Preparations underway for ASEAN defence-military events in 2020
The Ministry of Defence’s steering committee on ASEAN 2020 held a conference in Hanoi on July 17 to implement a project on organising ASEAN defence-military events in 2020 when Vietnam assumes the ASEAN Chair.
— Vietnamplus

ASEAN capable of resolving conflicts, says envoy
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has developed mechanisms for resolutions of the conflicts amongst countries and built a relationship through understanding in contrast with economic, socio-cultural and political growth.
— The Express Tribune

Asean lays groundwork ahead of 11th ministerial meeting on youth
Senior officials from member countries yesterday discussed preparations for the 11th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Youth (AMMY XI) which is focusing on enhancing young people’s role in sustainable development and regional integration.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Opportunities aplenty for Asean members in building Smart Cities
CHARLES Dickens described the social conditions at the dawn of the first Industrial Revolution in A Tale of Two Cities as both the best and worst of times.
— The Business Times

Hundreds attend Southeast Asia construction risk management and insurance seminars
More than 400 insurance professionals from Southeast Asia attended a series of seminars organised by the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF).
— Insurance Business Asia

Moving ASEAN Toward Sustainable Defense Cooperation
The 13th ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM), held on July 11, in Bangkok, Thailand, was a considerably quiet affair — there were no controversies, no public disagreements, and no last-minute decision to cancel a joint statement.
— The Diplomat

Sweden, Asean to enhance economic ties
Six ambassadors representing the Asean Committee in Stockholm (ACS) recently engaged Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade Ann Linde in a dialogue.
— Business Mirror

6th Southeast Asia Port Expansion Summit
The sixth edition of the Port Expansion Summit was organized by Noppen Group, a leading international company facilitating businesses across Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America.
— Sea News

UOB and Zilingo tie up to drive the growth of ASEAN’s fashion industry
United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) and Zilingo, a fashion and lifestyle e-commerce platform, today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the growth of ASEAN’s fashion industry.
— Retail News Asia (press release) (blog)

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: ASEAN sides Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia drawn into same group
Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia — were on Wednesday drawn into the same group for the second round of 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Joint-Qualifiers.
— FOX Sports Philippines

LNG demand in South and Southeast Asia to quintuple by 2040
LNG demand from the South and Southeast Asia region will grow over five times to reach 236 million tpy by 2040.
— Hydrocarbon Engineering

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Japan Gives Cambodia $4M in Grant Aid
Cambodian foreign affairs minister Prak Sokhonn, and Excellency Horinouchi Hidehisa, ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Cambodia signed the Exchange of Notes and related documents on Japanese Government’s Grant Aid up to the amount of five hundred million Japanese Yen on 17 July 2019, at 08:30 a.m at the ministry, according to the ministry’s press release dated Monday.
— Fresh News Asia

Foreigners to be barred from 10 types of jobs – including running small businesses
The Labour Ministry is preparing a directive to bar foreign nationals from self-employment in 10 categories of work, including as managers of human resources or administration in private companies.
— Khmer Times

Illegal logging poised to wipe Cambodian wildlife sanctuary off the map
As you approach Beng Per Wildlife Sanctuary, five hours north of Phnom Penh, it’s difficult to tell exactly where the park begins.
— Mongabay

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Govt relaxes fines for underpayment of import/export duties
The government has relaxed fines imposed on exporters and importers who fail to pay import and export duties to the government or who do not pay the full amount due.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry projects Rp 140 trillion shortfall in 2019 state revenue
The Finance Ministry has projected a revenue shortfall of Rp 140 trillion (US$10.02 billion) from the revenue forecast of Rp 1.58 quadrillion in the 2019 state budget, and thus expects to collect Rp 1.44 quadrillion in revenue by the end of the year.
— The Jakarta Post

Passengers amused by handwritten menu on Garuda flight face defamation charges
An Instagram photo depicting a handwritten menu for in-flight meals on a Garuda Indonesia flight from Sydney, Australia, to Denpasar in Bali has caused a stir on social media and prompted some workers of the national flag carrier to seek legal recourse.
— The Jakarta Post

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Severe form of dengue strikes as cases continue to mount
Laos is facing an outbreak of the most virulent form of the dengue virus this rainy season.
— Vientiane Times

After Relocating for Dam Construction Project, 1,400 Lao Villagers Face Difficulties
Around 1,400 people in Laos are finding it difficult to support themselves three months after relocating for a local dam construction project.

World Bank: Malnutrition costs 2.4 percent of Lao GDP annually
High levels of childhood malnutrition present a staggering, yet avoidable, loss of human and economic potential for Laos, according to the World Bank.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Putrajaya studying plastic trash-for-fuel tech to clear illegal dump sites
The Housing and Local Government Ministry is looking to tap the mountains of plastic trash in the country as an alternative fuel and source for producing cement, Zuraida Kamaruddin said today.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia can exceed RM1t total exports target: Darell
Malaysia is capable of exceeding the RM1 trillion total exports target this year, boosted by strong collaboration between various government agencies and private sectors, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Darell Leiking.
— The Sun Daily

Mystery 90 kilogram load was added to cargo flight list on MH370
French investigators looking into the disappearance of the Malaysian Boeing 777, flight MH370, say they have discovered a previously undeclared 89 kilogram load that was only added to the cargo list after takeoff.
— The Thaiger

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US Targets Myanmar Military Leaders Over Rohingya Killings
The United States has announced restrictions on Myanmar’s military Commander-in-Chief and other military leaders over the killings of Rohingya Muslims in 2017.

A border economic zone will be soon built in Myanmar-China border
An economic zone will soon be built in Kanpaiktee at the Myanmar – China border, according to Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

Suu Kyi’s bid to reform charter sparks rival protests in Myanmar
Hundreds of people demonstrated in Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, on Wednesday in support of proposed constitutional amendments that would reduce the power of the military.
— Reuters

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SONA 2019: The Philippine Economy in figures
For this Monday’s state of the nation address of the President, I endeavor to present in a table the macroeconomic performance of the Philippine economy beginning with the last year of the former president in 2016 up to the latest quarter of the year when data is available.

Ex-DFA chief rebuts Duterte: Military pact with US not for starting war
Former Philippine top diplomat Albert del Rosario on Wednesday countered President Rodrigo Duterte’s invoking of the defense pact between Manila and Washington, saying the treaty cannot be used to wage war.
— CNN Philippines

TS Falcon displaces 3,191 families – NDRRMC
A total of 3,191 families were displaced due to heavy rains brought by tropical storm Falcon and enhanced by the southwest monsoon (Habagat), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Wednesday night.
— Manila Bulletin

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Smart City Kitchens files competition complaint against GrabFood, Deliveroo
SMART City Kitchens (SCK), a shared kitchen operator, has filed a formal complaint against food delivery players Deliveroo and GrabFood with the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) for alleged anti-competitive actions, the company said on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

Cleaning robots to be available island-wide by March 2020
MADE-in-Singapore robots that clean up public spaces – and sing and rap while at it – will be available island-wide by March next year.
— The Business Times

Singapore prepares for rising seas; people urged to join effort
Singapore is fortifying its defences against climate change, with $400 million being pumped into upgrading and maintaining its drains over the next two years and $10 million more channelled to studying sea level rise.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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MOPH tackles dengue fever after 62 deaths reported
The Ministry of Public Health has launched a set of measures to cope with the rising number of dengue fever patients.
— NBT World (video)

Govt speeding up drought relief work
The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) is speeding up efforts to mitigate the impacts of the looming drought after water levels in several major reservoirs fell below the levels of last year.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Shies Away From Rate Cut in Tussle With Mighty Baht
The Bank of Thailand reiterated its concern about the baht’s persistent strength on Wednesday, but said cutting the key interest rate may have only a limited impact in dealing with the currency’s ascent and instead flagged a preference for using a range of tools.
— Bloomberg

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Viettel successfully tests eSim service
Viettel has become the first Vietnamese network operator to successfully test eSim (electronic Sim) technology on smart watch devices.
— Vietnam Insider

VN industrial market seizes opportunities from the automotive sector
The development of the domestic auto industry offers more opportunities for Việt Nam’s industrial market, according to the consulting firm CBRE Vietnam.
— Viet Nam News

IMF sees Vietnam’s economic growth slowing to 6.5% in 2019
The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday said Vietnam’s economic growth was expected to slow to 6.5% in full-year 2019 from a 10-year high of 7.1% in 2018, reflecting weak external conditions.
— Reuters

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