Asean morning news for July 29

Asean morning news for July 29
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ASEAN, China complete first reading of draft COC as tensions simmer
A dispute between Southeast Asian nations and China is expected to come into focus as Thailand hosts the ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting (AMM) in Bangkok this week, with ASEAN and China inching closer to completing the elusive code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

ASEAN foreign ministers descend on Bangkok for annual five-day summit
ASEAN foreign ministers will meet in Bangkok today for a five-day summit.
— Foreign Brief

Commentary: Pirates and other dangerous activities remain pesky challenges for maritime enforcement in South China Sea
Two reports over the past week that concerned the South China Sea had been striking in contrast.
— Spratly Islands

Will ASEAN let more Rohingya die?
When the 34th ASEAN Summit concluded last month in Bangkok, Thailand, it came as no surprise that the bloc was met with heavy criticism for suggesting Rohingya refugees will repatriate back to Myanmar within two years.
— The Asean Post

Medical tourism on the rise
A recent report which estimates that medical tourism generates at least one-third of private hospitals’ revenue in most ASEAN countries is more proof – if needed – of the sector’s huge potential.
— The Asean Post

Millennial Backpackers Turn ‘Begpackers’ In Southeast Asia, Beg Locals For Money To Travel
In a new trend that is wreaking havoc in countries across South East Asia are travellers–or ‘begpackers,’ primarily Australian, British or Russian–begging for money from locals and other tourists to continue their tour.
— India Times

ASEAN Media Forum tackles economic issues
The ASEAN Secretariat will hold the 3rd ASEAN Media Forum in Bangkok, Thailand tomorrow, bringing together about 30 media leaders and prominent bloggers from ten ASEAN member countries to dialogue with the region’s thought leaders on vital economic issues affecting ASEAN.
— Thailand Business News

What’s the average cost of a data breach in Southeast Asia?
The financial impact of a data breach in Southeast Asia continues to rise with the average cost of an attack now standing at US$2.62 million.
— Channel Asia Singapore

Asean offers silver lining for logistics players as global trade slows
SOUTH-EAST Asia has emerged as a key investment target for logistics players as US-China trade tensions reroute the flow of goods and services in the region.
— The Business Times (paywall)

How fintech & P2P lending are driving SME growth in ASEAN
The rapid evolution of information technology (IT) has profoundly altered the banking and financial services industries across the world.
— Asean Today

A record-breaking disaster in Southeast Asia
IN MY town in the United States — as is not especially unusual — we have big memorials in prominent public places marking some of the most catastrophically immoral actions of the past.
— Newage

Thailand pushes for ASEAN joint bid to host 2034 World Cup
The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) has discussed with the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs the potential joint bid by ASEAN nations to host the 2023 FIFA World Cup, according to local media.
— Vietnamplus

How fintech is setting Southeast Asia’s SMEs free
Around 1.7 billion people globally are still unbanked–either having no proper savings or access to credit — according to the 2017 Global Findex Database.
— The Philippine Star

ASEAN+3 singing contest opens in Ha Long city
The ASEAN+3 Singing Contest 2019 officially opened in Ha Long city, in the northern province of Quang Ninh, on the evening of July 27.
— Nhan Dan Online

Iran, ASEAN have high potentials to boost coop.
Secretary General of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Lim Jock Hoi said that Islamic Republic of Iran and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) enjoy high potentials and capabilities for boosting bilateral ties.
— MEHR News Agency

Broadcasters from across ASEAN assemble for DAB+ workshop
Radio experts from several countries across the ASEAN region attended the “NBTC / RTA / PRD / WorldDAB Workshop on Digital Radio Services Implementation and Business Models” which took place on July 24 at Bangkok, Thailand.
— Asia Radio Today

ASEAN – Japan Music Festival 2019 held in Hanoi
The music festival titled “ASEAN-Japan Music Festival 2019” with the participation of singers who represent ASEAN countries and Japan will be held for the first time in Vietnam on July 28.
— Sggp News

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Two women arrested in connection with human trafficking
Phnom Penh anti human trafficking and juvenile protection police officials have arrested two women who are said to be ringleaders of a human trafficking syndicate and rescued four victims, including two minors on Friday in Boeng Keng Kang district’s Olympic commune.
— Khmer Times

TOP NEWS: Cambodian Police Chief Pledges to Arrest Sam Rainsy and Accomplices at All Cost
National Police Commissioner General Neth Savoeun announced on Saturday that the national police has received a warrant to the arrest convict Sam Rainsy, former opposition leader in exile, and his accomplices.
— Fresh News Asia

NBC warns against local loan provider
The National Bank of Cambodia has warned the public against Phnom Penh Loan Company, a local firm that promises quick access to cash.
— Khmer Times

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North Sumatra Prosecutor’s Office investigates misuse of JKN funds by 40 hospitals
The North Sumatra Prosecutor’s Office is investigating 40 hospitals and clinics in North Sumatra suspected of misappropriating national health insurance (JKN) funds since 2014, with each institution believed to have misused as much as Rp 5 billion (US$357,980).
— The Jakarta Post

Drug money allegedly ending up in hands of officials, wardens: BNN
The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) is investigating the possibility that money from drug trafficking has ended up in the hands of regional officials and jail wardens.
— The Jakarta Post

Government evacuates 2,632 Indonesian citizens from Yemen
The Indonesian government has evacuated a total of 2,632 Indonesian citizens from Yemen in response to the protracted conflict in the country, acting spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Teuku Faizasyah said.
— Antara News

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Severe Drought in Mekong Region Reduces Rice Planting in Laos
Lao farmers have planted rice on less than half the country’s cultivable land this year because of a persistent drought in the Mekong River region that has seen severely reduced water levels and the delay of seasonal monsoon rains, which have yet to begin.

One year on from Laos dam collapse, insurers urged to help
A year on from a devastating dam collapse in southern Laos, rights groups are pushing major insurance firms to help make compensation available for thousands of victims still reeling from the disaster.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Public urged to prevent dengue mosquitoes from breeding
Over 300 local residents and officials gathered in Xaythany district on Saturday for a public campaign to encourage people to play their part in keeping the dengue virus at bay.
— Vientiane Times

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Penang LRT project: State govt must meet 30 conditions set by APAD
The Penang state government has disclosed that there are 30 conditions set by the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD) for its Light-Rail Transit (LRT) project.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in war of words with Najib Razak over sex scandals
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has rubbished claims by his ex-protege Najib Razak that a sex allegation surrounding a member of his current Cabinet team has been handled differently compared to the scandal in 1998.
— The Straits Times

Minister: MSPO certification will enable palm oil to fetch higher price
The recognition accorded to the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) by foreign countries will enable the country to sell its palm oil at a higher price.
— Malay Mail

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Police among 18 feared killed in landslide at Myanmar jade mine
A landslide at a Myanmar jade mine killed 14 people including at least one policemen in the early hours of Sunday (Jul 28) as earth and mud engulfed a guard post, and four people were missing and feared dead, police said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups) 

Rohingya call for recognition as Myanmar holds fresh repatriation talks
A top-level Myanmar government delegation began repatriation talks with Rohingya leaders in a Bangladesh refugee camp on Saturday, an official said, with many of the Muslim minority fearing for their safety if they return home.
— The Guardian

Myanmar’s women trafficked to China at risk of sexual violence
Traffickers are increasingly preying on the despair of women who feel they have no choice but to seek work across the border.
— Aljazeera

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Philippines deadly earthquake: Region hit by 200 aftershocks
Thousands of residents stayed outdoors overnight in a town in the Philippines’ northernmost province, amid nearly 200 aftershocks following a series of strong earthquakes that left eight people dead.
— 7News

Nearly 3K villagers affected by Batanes quakes: OCD
Almost 3,000 people were affected by the four earthquakes that shook Itbayat, Batanes on Saturday, Cagayan Valley regional civil defense officials reported on Sunday.
— Northbound Philippines

Tobacco sin tax to generate P15.7 billion in additional revenues
The newly enacted tobacco sin tax law is expected to generate P15.7 billion in additional revenue next year, narrowing down the projected financing gap for the government’s Universal Health Care (UHC) program, the Department of Finance (DOF) said over the weekend.
— The Philippine Star

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Singapore June factory output down 6.9%, less than expected
SINGAPORE’S industrial output fell 6.9 per cent in June, deepening from May’s 2 per cent fall and marking the fourth straight month of year-on-year decline, according to preliminary estimates from the Singapore Economic Development Board on Friday.
— The Business Times

Private home prices up 1.5% in Q2; 2019 could end in positive territory
PRIVATE home prices rose 1.5 per cent quarter-on-quarter in Q2 in the first increase since last July’s cooling measures, and analysts suggest that private residential prices for 2019 could grow slightly year-on-year on the back of new launches.
— The Business Times

Jobless rate for Singaporeans inches up to 3.3% in Q2: MOM
The unemployment rate for Singaporeans continued its upward trend in the second quarter of 2019, according to preliminary figures released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in its Labour Market Report on Friday (Jul 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Moody’s raises Thai rating outlook to positive
Moody’s Investors Service has raised the outlook on Thailand and its government from “stable” to “positive.”
— NBT World (video)

UTCC opposes 400-baht daily minimum wage
Thai and foreign chambers of commerce have voiced their disagreement with the proposed 400 baht minimum wage hike.
— NBT World (video)

Maths lags in innovation race
The government should put more effort into improving children’s mathematics skills to handle changes in the current world, an academic said, amid signs that the country is lagging regional competitors in innovation development.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam seizes 55 pieces of rhino horn hidden in plaster
The 125-kilogram haul discovered at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport on same day suspects found with seven tiger carcasses.
— Aljazeera

Vietnam Electricity to add 1,480 MW into national grid
In the first six months of 2019, EVN added 4,753 MW into the national grid, of which solar power projects amounted to 4,397 MW, resulting in total power generation capacity in Vietnam of 53,326 MW as of June.
— The Hanoitimes

South China Sea: Vietnam extends operation of oil rig on Vanguard Bank as stand-off with Beijing continues
Vietnam said it has extended the work schedule of an oil rig on Vanguard Bank, showing no sign of backing down from a confrontation with Beijing over drilling operations in the South China Sea.
— South China Morning Post

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