Asean morning news for March 11

Asean morning news for March 11

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ASEAN gains China’s support on RCEP
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been assured of China’s support in realizing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement, Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Deputy Representative of International Trade Negotiations Wang Shouwen said.
— Philippine News Agency

Chinese medicine, meth, and Asean’s role in pushing pangolins to the brink (video)
When China brought the hammer down on the ivory trade at the end of 2017 it was good news for elephants, but not so good for species such as the pangolin, or scaly anteater, as they are also known.
— AEC News Today

Rakhine crisis – Role of Asean
Since August 2017, perceived widespread persecution and violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar have forced hundreds of thousands of primarily Muslim minority residents to flee their homes and seek refuge in Bangladesh.
— Khmer Times

Asean trade window tops agenda
CONCLUDING THE Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations and fully implementing the Asean Single Window (ASW) for all 10 Asean members by the end of this year are Thailand’s two top economic priorities as Asean chair, according to a senior official from the Commerce Ministry’s Department of Trade Negotiations (DTN).
— The Nation (very annoying pop-ups)

Japan spearheads pan-Asia alliance to tackle cybersecurity
Japan will work with dozens of other countries and organizations to create the Asia-Pacific’s first alliance to fight cyberattacks, hoping to enhance the region’s cybersecurity by enlisting Russia and China, Nikkei has learned.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Southeast Asian Women Call For Greater Opportunities, Lament War and Repression
International Women’s Day was celebrated throughout Southeast Asia on Friday with peaceful processions calling for equal opportunities for all women and personal appeals for greater female involvement in politics in the traditionally conservative, male-dominated region.
— Radio Free Asia

India, ASEAN clock fastest growth for e-commerce, digital trade sectors: FICCI-KPMG
India and 10-member ASEAN are among the fastest growing economies in the world with even faster growth rates for e-commerce and digital trade sectors, according to a new report by industry body FICCI and consulting major KPMG.
— Business Standard

External position snapshot of large Asean economies
With a more dovish US Federal Reserve (Fed) and positive developments in global trade disputes, emerging markets (EM) have benefited from a substantial recovery in risk sentiment.
— The Peninsula Qatar

Asean set to outperform other key EMs in growth, overall dynamism: QNB
uffered by relatively strong external positions, the Asean countries are set to outperform other key emerging markets in terms of both growth and overall dynamism, QNB has said in an economic commentary.
— Gulf Times

ASEAN SOM in Thailand looks at important issues
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung, who is head of Vietnam’s ASEAN SOM, attended the ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) held in Chiang Rai, Thailand, from March 6-8.
— Saigon Giai Phong

RoK to promote cultural, people-to-people exchanges with ASEAN
President of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Moon Jae-in on March 10 vowed to promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and expand practical cooperation with the regional organisation.
— Saigon Giai Phong

Moon kicks off tour of 3 Southeast Asian nations
President Moon Jae-in on Sunday departed for a tour of three Southeast Asian nations, continuing his push for the New Southern Policy.
— The Korea Herald

A digital ASEAN for everyone
As an economic bloc, ASEAN is the fifth largest economy in the world. However, this is not reflected in its adoption of digital transformation.
— The Asean Post

Military medicine exercise of ASEAN, ASEAN plus countries to be conducted in Lucknow
The third cycle of the Expert Working Group on Military Medicine will be co-chaired by India and Myanmar and the Field Training Exercise (FXT) 2019 is scheduled to be conducted at Lucknow from March 11 to 16.
— United News of India

Making waves and ways for ASEAN Cinema
With the centennial celebration of Philippine cinema, despite the many box office failures of recently shown motion pictures, hope springs eternal still for this artistic and commercial medium.

ASEAN’s delicious food is a goldmine
ASEAN countries should do more to promote their cuisine globally via gastrodiplomacy and tap into the vast potential it offers.
— The Asean Post

VN to build plan for trade promotion in CLV development triangle area
Representatives of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam have agreed to assign Vietnam to devise an action plan for effectively implementing the Agreement on Trade Promotion and Facilitation in the CLV Development Triangle Area, signed in 2016 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

CLV Releases Report on Development of Triangle Area
The 9th Social and Environmental Sub-Committee Meeting was held on 8 March 8 in Cambodia Kratie Province
— Fresh News



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Cambodia trade push sharpened
The Export-Import Bank of Thailand has officially opened a representative office in Phnom Penh to facilitate the operations of Thai exporters and investors and Cambodian importers of Thai products, says the bank’s president Pisit Serewiwattana.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian Farmers Struggle Against Changing Climate
Built atop the bones of the dead, Trapaing Thmar reservoir is largest irrigation project built by the Khmer Rouge regime. Today, it is running dry amid one of the worst droughts to hit Cambodia in living memory.
— Relief Web

NSSF baby bonus figures
In the first two months of this year the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) paid out over $1.3 million to nearly 13,000 garment workers who gave birth in that time period.
— Khmer Times

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Life is about to change for 25mln Indonesians: the Internet is coming (video)
The lives of millions Indonesians could be about to change forever. They’re about to get access to the Internet. However, the high price and slow data speeds might mean that many remain ‘offline’.
— AEC News Today (video)

Jokowi Orders Handling of Armed Criminal Group Issue in Papua
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has ordered security authorities to deal with the issue concerning the armed criminal group in Papua Province. His order came following the murders of three military officers by the group on Thursday (Mar. 7).

Bank Indonesia to Hold More Auctions to Boost Rupiah Liquidity
Bank Indonesia will conduct regular open market operations of repo and foreign exchange swap auctions three times per week to boost rupiah liquidity in the banking system, the central bank said in a statement,
— Bloomberg

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Govt considers tax to protect environment from industrial pollution
Industries that produce pollution may have to pay more taxes now that the government has embraced the National Green Growth Strategy.
— Vientiane Times

Lao president hopes to see Sun Paper bring more benefits to locality
Bounnhang Vorachith, general secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee and president of Laos, inspected the Sun Paper Holdings Laos Co., Ltd. (Sun Paper Laos) on Sunday, hoping that the Chinese company will further help promote local economic development.
— Xinhua

Lao president vows to advance building of community of shared future with China
Bounnhang Vorachith, general secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee and president of Laos, has vowed to further advance the building of a community of shared future with China.

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Malaysia slaps anti-dumping tax on steel imports
Malaysia’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has announced anti-dumping tax on steel imports from Vietnam and China.
— New Straits Times

China and Islam: bright lights for Malaysia tourism revival
Malaysia’s tourism figures in 2018 bucked the regional trend and declined, slightly, but an analysis shows it wasn’t a bad thing; unless you focus only on quantity.
— AEC News Today

Malaysia is fifth safest country in Asia-Pacific for women, says study
MALAYSIA has been ranked the fifth safest country for women out of 14 countries in the Asia Pacific.
— The Star Online

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Eye on EU tax, Myanmar cuts exports of long-grain rice
In spite of the European Union imposing a tax on imports of long-grain rice, Myanmar’s rice exports to the EU have not declined as traders are shipping rice varieties that don’t fall in the new tax bracket, according to the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF).
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Marine exports up $26 mln in five months
MYANMAR earned about US$364 million from the export of fisheries products in the first five months of the 2018-2019 fiscal year, increasing by $26 million from the corresponding period last 2017-2018 FY, according to official figures issued by the Ministry of Commerce.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Rice and broken rice exports expected to decline
From April 1, 2018 to March, 2019, Myanmar’s rice and broken rice exports are expected to reach about 2.3 million tons, down about 1.2 million tons compared with the same period last year.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Gov’t borrowings reach P947 B in 2018
The national government’s total borrowings rose to P947.55 billion in 2018 as it increased its credit from foreign lenders and other development partners, according to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr).
— The Philippine Star

Scepticism of Duterte’s flirting with Beijing mounts
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the Philippines in November 2018 was the first by a top Chinese leader in more than a decade, marking the culmination of an ongoing rapprochement between the two countries.
— AEC News Today

Reenacted budget seen until August — Lacson
The government may continue to operate on a reenacted budget, at least until August, and this could affect the country’s growth as it remains uncertain when the Senate and House of Representatives can transmit the P3.7-trillion General Appropriations Bill (GAB) for 2019 to President Duterte for signing into law, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

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Singapore to lure air, sea traffic with infrastructure push
Singapore is transforming its infrastructure to fend off competition from the seas to the skies.
— The Edge Singapore

MOH ‘looking into’ SMC decision to fine doctor after petition
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is looking into a Singapore Medical Council (SMC) decision to fine a psychiatrist $50,000 after he was duped into giving up a patient’s information.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Drowning detection system to be installed in 11 public pools by Apr 2020
The government will install a drowning detection system, which alerted a lifeguard early after a man became unconscious while swimming, in 11 public pools in Singapore by April 2020. Speaking during Committee of Supply debate on Friday (8 March), the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace.
— The Online Citizen

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Phuket fights back against rainy season floods
As the upper region braces for the drought, Phuket City is working against the clock to prepare for the floods that will likely hit when the rainy season starts in June.
— Bangkok Post

Siam Songkran: Bangkok set to host Thailand’s largest Songkran music festival (video)
Bangkok’s annual celebration of the Thai New Year has garnered the city a reputation for hosting the world’s largest water fight.
— AEC News Today

Distressed Rubber Lands Could Upend Thailand’s Electoral Map
Only a headlamp helps Wanna Graikoom navigate the darkness in southern Thailand as she works through the night with her husband and son harvesting rubber sap from more than 1,000 trees.
— Bloomberg

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Vietnam to see big inflow of FDI in 2019
Vietnam’s foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction is expected to make a leap, especially in quality, in 2019 as more foreign investors, including big names, in the world’s high-tech manufacturing and services industries are choosing the country as their destination.

Vietnam featured in world’s top 10 emerging markets logistics
Vietnam ranked above Thailand to join the top 10 markets in Transport Intelligence’s 2019 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index, which evaluates the overall competitiveness of 50 emerging markets based on logistics strength.
— VietnamNet Bridge

Vietnam manufacturing sector frets as power prices rise
Manufacturing firms are worried about having to produce at contracted prices with costs pushed up by higher power prices.
— VnExpress

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