Asean morning news for March 22

Asean morning news for March 22

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U.S., Korea pursue Mekong nation capacity building partnership
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Korean Water Corporation (K-water) are deepening their partnership for capacity building and more.
— DVIDS (media release)

China’s US$7 billion railway link to Laos is almost half done, on schedule to begin service in 2021
China’s railway line to Laos is almost half complete, putting it on schedule to begin service in December 2021, said the chief of Lao Railways.
— South China Morning Post

UN Ranks Singapore as Happiest Country in Southeast Asia, Malaysia Takes 4th Place
One of the most positive reports ever, the World Happiness Report has just released its 2019 edition, and lo and behold – Malaysia is the fourth happiest country in Southeast Asia!
— WORLD OF BUZZ (media release) (blog)

Mercer ranks Phnom Penh last among ASEAN cities for personal safety
Cambodian capital Phnom Penh has been deemed the worst city in East and Southeast Asia for personal safety according to Mercer’s latest quality of living index.

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CLM must prepare for ‘Industry 4.0’
The phrase “Industry 4.0” has become a buzzword in Thailand. From agriculture to education, every sector aims to upgrade to “smart” status.
— Bangkok Post (annoying pop-ups)

China commits in drafting South China Sea Code of Conduct – FM Wang
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin has met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday (March 20) where the two officials discussed matters pertaining to issues that concern both countries.
— UNTV News

S’pore, US ink deal on Asian infrastructure
Singapore and the United States will work together to promote infrastructure development and investment in Asia, under an agreement inked on Wednesday.
— The Straits Times

Indonesia forges regional cooperation to stabilize rubber prices
Indonesian rubber farmers have been hit by falling prices since Q4 of 2018, prompting the government to find ways to stabilize rubber prices, among other things, by forging cooperation with neighboring countries.
— Antara News

ASEAN workshop on fighting fake news opens in Bangkok
ournalists from member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathered here to further strengthen the fight against the prevalence of fake news and disinformation.
— PTV News

LMC countries proud to work together to build community of shared future: Cambodian FM
Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn said on Wednesday that the six Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) countries are proud to work together to build a community of shared future.
— Xinhuanet

Realising smart cities in ASEAN
Rapid urbanisation poses concerning implications across ASEAN by straining infrastructure, raising inequality and compromising public safety.
— East Asia Forum

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Priority Communications collaborates with PR agencies in ASEAN
Priority Communications PR in Malaysia has teamed up with five other agencies in ASEAN to form a partnership of integrated independent communications agencies named PROI ASEAN.
— Marketing Interactive

The Automation & Control Market in Emerging SEA (Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar): Forecast to 2022 – Investment in Key Infrastructure Vital for Attracting Global Manufacturing Companies –
This research service provides information about the industrial automation and process control market in the growing countries of Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
— Business Wire

Industry ministry seeks to beef up economic ties with ASEAN members
South Korea’s industry ministry on Thursday vowed to bolster the country’s economic ties with Southeast Asia through free trade agreements and seek to come up with viable results ahead of Seoul’s summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations slated for November.
— Yonhap News Agency

Asean restaurant associations to exchange ideas, help members enter regional markets
Diners here can look forward to more innovative dining concepts from South-east Asia, as restaurant associations in the region come together to share their ideas and creations.
— The Straits Times

ASEAN civil servants interacts with Women Self-Held Groups
Dr MCR HRD Institute arranged a field visit o the Asean Civil Servants to Chilkur Village, Ranga Reddy District.
— United News of India

Backpackers Delight: Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
Southeast Asia is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in the world. This corner of the Asian continent is big and diverse offering many great activities for everyone.
— The Traveller


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Kingdom may hire Turkish power ship
Cambodia is considering negotiating with Turkey to hire a 200MW-capacity power ship to meet electricity demands as the country faces an ongoing electrical shortage, according to the prime minister.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Warrants Issued for 8 Former Cambodian Opposition Leaders Charged With Treason
Warrants have been issued for senior members of Cambodia’s former main opposition party linked to treason charges filed against the party’s leaders.

Special educational needs / How Cambodia’s ‘invisible’ children are getting left behind
Children with difficulties or disabilities have long been overlooked or excluded from Cambodia’s education system – that could change with the opening of the country’s first school dedicated to their learning and new government backed teacher training manuals
— Southeast Asian Globe

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New era of Indonesia- South Pacific engagement
Indonesians and the people in countries of the South Pacific belong to one family. We call the Pacific Ocean our home.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia threatens to ban European goods
Indonesia has threatened to ban imports of some goods from the European Union (EU) in retaliation for the bloc’s move to impose stricter limits on how palm oil can be used in green fuels.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia’s Lion Air in early stages of long-delayed IPO – sources
Indonesia’s Lion Air has begun preliminary work on an initial public offering (IPO) that has been delayed multiple times over the past five years, sources familiar with the matter said.
— Reuters

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China’s US$7 billion railway link to Laos is almost half done, on schedule to begin service in 2021
China’s railway line to Laos is almost half complete, putting it on schedule to begin service in December 2021, said the chief of Lao Railways.
— South China Morning Post

Villagers in Laos Refuse Dam Developer’s Compensation Offer for Relocation
An estimated 125 families from seven villages in Vienthong district of central Laos’ Bolikhamxay province, who would be displaced after construction of a new dam are refusing to accept compensation from the developer, saying what they have been offered is not enough.
— Radio Free Asia

First major tunnel over 5,000 meters drilled through along China-Laos railway
A Chinese railway engineering company on Thursday drilled through Boten Tunnel, the first major tunnel over 5,000 meters along the China-Laos railway.
— Xinhuanet

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World happiness index: Malaysia plunges from No 35 to 80 in one year
Malaysia is ranked the 80th happiest nation in the 2019 World Happiness Report, a massive drop of 45 places compared with 2018 when it was ranked 35th.
— The Star Online

Malaysia has never allowed dual citizenships
Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today rubbished claims that Malaysia allowed dual citizenships since the 1980s.
— New Straits Times

Malaysia’s automotive sector needs improvement in many areas, says deputy minister
The national automotive landscape involves many areas of engineering that need to be upgraded, including adapting to new technologies, said Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Dr Ong Kian Ming.
— Malay Mail

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China’s gender gap sees young women from Myanmar sold as brides into sexual slavery
Seng Moon was 16 when she was trafficked from Myanmar’s Kachin State to south-western China and sold to a Chinese family as a bride.

Myanmar permits over 100 foreign investments in 5 months
Myanmar Investment Committee (MIC) permitted 109 foreign investments as of February in present fiscal year 2018-2019 which started in October last year, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration.
— Xinhua

Burmese trucking logistics company Kargo receives over US$130K from Yoma Bank
The Myanmar-based service plans to use the Unsecured SME financing to implement same-day payments to truck drivers.
— Yahoo News

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Ex-PH officials bring China’s Xi to Int’l Criminal Court
Two former Philippine officials and a group of fishermen filed a complaint against Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity over environmental damage in the South China Sea.
— Rappler

Philippines happier now based on World Happiness Report 2019; ranked 69th
Apparently, it is, at least based on the 2019 World Happiness Report released yesterday that says the Philippines is among the top 20 “gainers” this year.
— Coconuts Manila

Metro Manila water shortage to affect economic competitiveness
Businessmen expressed concern over the water shortage in Metro Manila, saying it could affect the country’s economic competitiveness.

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Singtel well positioned to weather competition, looking cheap at current prices: UOB Kay Hian
UOB Kay Hian is maintaining its “buy” call on Singtel with a target price of $3.58, while highlighting that the stock, at the price of $3.02, is currently below its mean EV/EBITDA with a 5.8% dividend yield.
— The Edge Singapore

MAS clamps down hard on money laundering and financial services breaches, according to latest Enforcement Report
Money laundering, market abuse, and financial services misconduct were the three key areas of targeted by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in its probe against breaches of the Authority’s regulations, as revealed in its latest Enforcement Report on Tue (19 Mar).
— The Online Citizen

Another cyber threat to Singapore government data revealed
The Government Technology Agency (GovTech), Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Singapore Police Force and National University of Singapore’s learning management system are among those affected sites.
— Open GovAsia

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Army Has Sent Soldiers to Raid Election Candidates’ Homes
BANGKOK — Politicians from both sides of the fence said Thursday their homes had been searched by armed soldiers this past week.
— Khaosod English

Traffic tickets soar on nonchalant drivers
The number of traffic tickets issued jumped 39% to 11.7 million in 2018 and a repeat offender receiving 144 tickets during the year as penalties were light and no points were deducted from drivers’ licences, police said.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

Feb exports unexpectedly rise 5.91% year-on-year
Customs-cleared exports unexpectedly rose in February, after contracting for three consecutive months, due to one-time shipment of arms and weapons, the Commerce Ministry said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

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Vietnam is the region’s fintech hub
Vietnam’s strong economic growth in recent years has led to the flourishing of the nation’s digital economy. The country’s economy in 2017 was deemed to be one of the best performing in the region. Its economy saw a 6.8 percent increase in gross domestic product (GDP) – higher than the government’s initial target of 6.7 percent – making it one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia.
— Vietnam Insider

Gas may bully coal in Vietnam’s $7.8 billion power project
Vietnam’s latest plans for $7.8 billion in gas-fired power projects may see the nation become one of the world’s newest liquefied natural gas importers and cut its coal use.
— The Jakarta Post

LNG may replace coal in Vietnam’s $7.8 billion power project
Vietnam’s latest plans for $7.8 billion in gas-fired power projects may see the nation become one of the world’s newest liquefied natural gas importers and cut its coal use.
— World Oil

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