Asean morning news for June 27

Asean morning news for June 27

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Thai PM to outline Asean agenda at G20
Ahead of this week’s G20 meeting, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reaffirmed Thailand’s and Asean’s support of rule-based, free and open multilateral trading.
— Khmer Times

‘Asean won’t intervene in trade war’
Asean nations will not intervene in the trade war between the United States and China as they are “too insignificant” in the eyes of the superpowers, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
— The Star Online

After 17 Years, China, Southeast Asia Aim to Sign Initial Deal for Disputed Sea within Months
China and a group of Southeast Asian countries, long at odds over control of the sea between them, aim to finish phase one of a maritime code of conduct within months after 17 years of trying to resolve Asia’s widest-reaching sovereignty dispute.

Encouraging start, but Asean has to go beyond its pledge to tackle marine waste
Governments in Southeast Asia must tackle the root cause of plastic pollution by rolling out policies to cut the amount of single-use plastics produced, said environmentalists, even as they welcomed the latest pledge by regional leaders to combat marine debris.
— Eco-Business

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In Southeast Asia, Trade War Is Curbing Imports as Well
A slump in Southeast Asian exports amid a worsening U.S.-China trade war is having a knock-on effect on imports.
— Bloomberg (paywall)

ASEAN demand for managed security services heightens
Customer demand for managed security services (MSS) is increasing across ASEAN, with the market reporting 18.6 per cent year-on-year growth.
— Channel Asia Singapore

Asean has spoken on the Indo-Pacific – now it must act on it
Asean will look back at the unveiling of its Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) at the 34th Asean Summit in Bangkok as a moment of truth.
— The Straits Times

Commentary: Don’t rule out ASEAN’s bid to host 2034 World Cup
Back in 2009, there was widespread incredulity when Qatar announced its bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Warburg Pincus Closes $4.25 Billion China-Southeast Asia II Fund
Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing, today announced the successful close of Warburg Pincus China-Southeast Asia II, L.P. (“Warburg Pincus China-SEA II”).
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Asean electric vehicle market to take off from 2025: Bain
GROWTH of Asean’s electric vehicle market is likely to be led by taxis and commercial fleets — or even two-wheeled vehicles — rather than passenger cars, according to a new Bain & Company report, Finding a New Route to Southeast Asia’s Electric Vehicle Future.
— The Business Times

Get ready for a plant-based protein diet
Global meat consumption is on the rise, and based on a report by Asia Research and Engagement, Asia’s seafood and meat consumption will rise by 78 percent in 2050.
— The Asean Post

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Electric cars in Asean economies: a slow evolution
ELECTRIC vehicles will be one of Asean’s largest growth segments in the next decade.
— The Business Times

UOB and Zilingo tie up to drive growth of Asean’s fashion industry
United Overseas Bank (UOB) and Zilingo, the fashion and lifestyle e-commerce platform, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the growth of Asean’s fashion industry.
— The Edge Singapore

Making ASEAN travel accessible
ASEAN’s tourism objectives filtered through during last week’s high powered ASEAN summit in Bangkok with a call for renewed commitment to pursue sustainable, inclusive and balanced tourism development.
— TTR Weekly


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Cambodia jails translator over ‘fake news’ sex trafficking film
A Cambodian court jailed a fixer and translator for two years on Wednesday for his role in making a documentary about sex trafficking in the Southeast Asian country which the government said contained “fake news”.
— Reuters

Environmentalists say Sihanoukville building collapse needs broader probe
Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen has moved quickly to head-off anti-Chinese sentiment in the wake of the country’s worst-ever construction accident, ordering an inquiry into the building’s collapse and inspections of all other construction projects in progress.
— AEC News Today

Illegal construction projects under fire after building collapse
Days after Prime Minister Hun Sen created a committee tasked with inspecting construction permits in Preah Sihanouk province, Interior Minister Sar Kheng today reported that it has already found five projects operating without proper permits.
— Khmer Times

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Thunberg proved ‘we are not alone’, say young Indonesian tree planters
Thousands of young Indonesians have spearheaded a three-day mass tree-planting drive across the sprawling archipelago in an effort to fight climate change and stop deforestation.
— Intellasia

Govt urged to ratify convention against violence, harassment in workplace
Indonesian labor unions have applauded the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) new convention that aims to combat violence and harassment in the workplace, and urged the government to immediately ratify the treaty to provide better protection for workers in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian immigration developing QR code tech to monitor movement of foreigners
QR (quick response) codes have become ubiquitous in Indonesia in recent years, particularly in the use of e-payment systems, but the tech may soon be used for Black Mirror-esque surveillance of foreigners if the Immigration Office gets its wish.
— Coconuts

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Laos, EU conclude negotiations on tackling illegal logging
The European Union (EU) and Laos held their third round of face-to-face negotiations on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) in Brussels, Belgium from June 17-21.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos launches national single window
Laos has officially opened a national single window (LNSW) system at a container yard – Thanaleng – to bring in transparency and facilitate trade. This move will optimise the flow of goods for the benefit of the people of Laos.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

New Certificate Requirements for Foreign Traders in Laos
As of June 27, 2019, foreign traders in Laos who have no registered business in the country will need a Trading Rights Certificate from the Department of Import and Export, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, in order to import or export goods.
— Lexology

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Govt to finance highway deal through RM6.2 bil bond issuance, says Guan Eng
Finance minister says the issuance of the bond comes at no cost to the federal government.
— FMT News

Natural gas industry can play pivotal role in Malaysia’s sustainable future
Malaysia’s natural gas industry can play a pivotal role in fuelling a sustainable future for the country. Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said as the world’s fourth largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, Malaysia holds a significant position in the global market.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia’s CPI increases 0.2% in May 2019
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.2% in May 2019 to 121.4 as compared to 121.1 in the same month of the preceding year.The main groups that contributed to the overall increase in the index were housing, water, electricity, gas & other fuels (+1.8%), alcoholic beverages & tobacco (+1.3%), food.
— The Sun Daily

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Myanmar must give Rohingya ‘pathway to citizenship’ – U.N. investigator
Myanmar must grant citizenship to stateless Rohingya with roots in the country, a senior U.N. investigator said on Wednesday, as she urged the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi to “be the democrat she once told us she was”.
— Reuters

ICC prosecutor asks to open an investigation on Bangladesh, Myanmar
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court took the next step toward opening a full investigation into alleged crimes against the Rohingya people who were driven from Myanmar to Bangladesh, a statement from the prosecutor said on Wednesday.
— Yahoo News

Myanmar Journalists Reject Army Criticism of Coverage as Politicians Defend Rakhine Internet Shutdown
Days after Myanmar’s powerful military criticized domestic media for reporting only negative stories about the armed forces, some journalists fired back on Tuesday, saying they are not tools for disseminating army propaganda in the Southeast Asian nation.
— Radio Free Asia

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‘PHL growth faster than regional powerhouses’
GROWTH of the Philippine economy will be faster than other regional economic powerhouses under the Duterte administration, the Department of Finance (DOF) said on Wednesday, citing the World Bank (WB) for such projection.
— Business Mirror

Philippines loses six places in economic freedom rankings
THE Philippines’ economic freedom ranking slipped six places to 49th out of 162 countries, Canadian think-tank Fraser Institute said in its 2018 Economic Freedom of the World report.
— BusinessWorld Online

Duterte: We don’t have sovereignty over our EEZ
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said that the Philippines cannot assert sovereignty over its exclusive economic zone and drive away Chinese fishermen as he claimed that no country in the world has that right.
— GMA News

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Singaporean companies make a strong showing in the 2019 Sustainable Business Awards
The winning companies of the 2019 Sustainable Business Awards were announced on Tuesday (25 June) in the presence of Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Amy Khor.
— The Online Citizen

S’pore drug development gets another shot in the arm
A*STAR officially opened the new Experimental Drug Development Centre (EDDC) on Wednesday to take more made-in-Singapore drugs from early-stage drug discovery to clinical trials and commercialisation.
— The Business Times

Brace for greater headwinds: Chan Chun Sing
SINGAPORE must brace for greater economic headwinds in the year ahead, though the country’s strong fundamentals and strategies will help it tackle these challenges, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

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41 percent of vegetables in Thai markets exceed contamination standards
Pesticide watchdog Thai-PAN has today (Wednesday) published its most recent survey, which reveals that 41% of all vegetables in Thailand’s fresh markets are contaminated with chemical pesticides to a level that exceeds internationally acceptable standards.
— Thai PBS World

Constitutional Court takes cases against 32 govt MPs; no suspension
The Constitutional Court on Wednesday accepted petitions against 32 government MPs who are accused by the opposition of breaching the charter’s rule on shareholdings in media firms, but did not suspend the MPs.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand orders phone users in Muslim-majority south to submit photos
An order for mobile phone users in Thailand’s restive south to submit a photo of themselves for facial recognition purposes is causing uproar from opponents who see it as further curtailing the rights of the Muslim-majority population.
— The Independent

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Việt Nam develops forestry industry, explores collaboration with US
Việt Nam has been moving towards building a sustainable wood processing industry that uses legal materials in accordance with international and Vietnamese law as well as regulations of major export markets like the US, EU and Japan.
— Viet Nam News

EVN supports for one price at 9.35 US cents for rooftop solar power
Electricity of Việt Nam (EVN) has agreed with continuing the current FiT rate at 9.35 US cents/kWh for rooftop solar power projects nationwide until 2021 as proposal of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam warns advertisers over anti-state channels
YouTube advertisers should stop posting on channels that feature “toxic” anti-state content, a Vietnamese official said Tuesday at a meeting with major brands including Yamaha and Grab.
— The Asean Post

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