Asean morning news for March 5

Asean morning news for March 5
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Series of targets fixed to ensure completion of RCEP talks in 2019
Commerce ministers of Asean and its key partners have agreed on a series of monthly targets to ensure that talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) cross the finish line this year.
— The Straits Times

AirAsia launches a $60M fund to help startups get into Southeast Asia
Budget airline AirAsia is getting into the VC game after it unveiled a venture capital fund that aims to invest in startups across the world.
— TechCrunch

Expert speakers at AustCham event to highlight ‘Doing business in Asean’
AustCham Thailand, together with partner Chambers and the Australian Alumni, invite members to attend a panel discussion on “Doing business in Asean: What does it really mean?”
— The Phuket News

Trade barriers stall Asean integration, say experts
ASEAN integration is “not going anywhere” if trade regulations between Asean countries are not reformed, a recent forum heard.
— The Nation (very annoying pop-ups)

Axiata Digital joins Singtel’s cross-border m-payment alliance
Singtel Group and Malaysia’s Axiata Digital have signed an agreement to collaborate in the areas of mobile financial and digital services to promote the growth of the ASEAN digital economy.

Asean key to peace in South China Sea
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) continues to play a crucial role in maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea, including the disputed claims over the Spratlys.
— New Straits Times

Asean battles marine debris
Bangkok declaration by ministers today to focus on cooperative efforts and measures in the region to tackle this serious environmental threat.
— The Nation (very annoying pop-ups)

ASEAN FX Eye BNM Rate Decision, Philippine CPI. USD May Appreciate
ASEAN Fundamental Outlook ASEAN currencies saw mixed week with the Philippine Peso gaining the most Malaysian Ringgit eyes BNM rate decision, USD/PHP awaits CPI data ahead The US Dollar may rise if sentiment deteriorates on soft US economic outcomes Trade all the major global economic data live and interactive at the DailyFX Webinars .

Center for Southeast Asian Studies receives $2.5M grant for sixth time
The Center for Southeast Asian Studies was recognized as an outstanding cultural center after being awarded $2.5 million in government funding which will be allocated to the center and its students’ educational expenses.
— Northern Star

Asean must continue to engage N Korea
The second Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi failed to produce an outcome that would enable regional partners to play a bigger role.
— Bangkok Post

India to deepen ties with Asean
India is expected to strengthen economic ties with Thailand and the Asean region in 2019 through joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and its participation in the on-going trilateral highway project.
— The Nation (very annoying pop-ups)

Moon to visit Brunei, Malaysia, Cambodia next week
South Korean President Moon Jae-in will embark on a three-nation Asian tour next week that will take him to Brunei, Malaysia and Cambodia, his office Cheong Wa Dae said Monday.
— The Korea Herald

Ten nations to compete in swimming competition
Ten nations have registered their interest in competing at a prestigious regional swimming tournament set to be held in Cambodia for the first time in June.
— Khmer Times

Sexual and reproductive health in SE Asia
Southeast Asia Junction, which aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia, is holding a closed event, “Southeast Asian Learning Exchange on Sexual and Reproductive Health”, at the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre tomorrow (March 5) from 2 to 5pm.
— The Nation (very annoying pop-ups)

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PM Hun Sen Calls on Compatriots to Join Population Census (Video isnide)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called on people to join General Population Census of Cambodia, which will start from 3-13 March 2019.
— Fresh News

Svay Rieng reverses decision, gives Women’s Day the green light
Ministry of Interior secretary of state Bun Hun said on Sunday that the Svay Rieng provincial authorities have allowed Hek Samnanh villagers in Romduol district’s Meunchey commune to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), after their request had previously been denied by commune authorities.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Not a Chinese Vassal: Hun Sen
Prime Minister Hun Sen has dismissed concerns that Cambodia is becoming a Chinese vassal state after criticism over the country’s pivot to Beijing amid souring relations with the west over human rights and democratic decline.
— VOA Cambodia

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IA-CEPA to not only cover trade sector: vice president
The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) will also cover the investment and service sectors, such as health and education, in addition to the trade sector, Vice President Jusuf Kalla stated.
— Antara News

As Trade War Bites, Indonesia Chases Deals to Push Exports
Indonesia is going all out to strike trade pacts with about a dozen countries and blocs as the U.S.-China trade war hurts its shipments and threatens to worsen a current-account deficit.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia and Australia sign long-awaited free trade deal
After more than nine years of talks, Australia and Indonesia have signed a free trade agreement. The deal had been delayed after Australia signaled its support for Israel, sparking outcry from Muslim-majority Indonesia.
— DW

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Japan grants 1.4 billion kip to set up school libraries in Vientiane province
The Japanese government has provided grant assistance of more than 1.4 billion kip (US$170,429) to build school libraries and foster pupils’ reading skills in Vientiane province.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos Stops Chinese-backed Tourism Development After Villagers Complain
A Chinese development project in Laos has been suspended indefinitely after pushback from local villagers and merchants.
— RadiO Free Asia

Thailand Visa Applicants Beware: Fortnight Wait As Consulate Appointment Bookings Bank Up in VTE
Foreign nationals seeking visas to ever-popular Thailand for residence or travel can expect waits of up to two weeks for appointments for visa application or renewal via the country’s consulate in Vientiane, Laos.
— The LaotianTimes

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MACC confirms probes on Penang tunnel project
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today confirmed that it is investigating the Penang undersea tunnel project.

Malaysia to export US$891m of palm oil to China
Malaysia has signed four agreements with Chinese parties for the export of 1.62 million tonnes of palm oil, worth US$891mil based on current prices.
— The Star Online

Electronics and LNG shipments lift Malaysia’s January exports
Malaysia’s January exports rose 3.1% from a year earlier thanks to robust shipments of electronics and liquefied natural gas.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

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Myanmar suggests tax exemption to firms investing in new Yangon project
Myanmar is offering zone-wise tax exemption to enterprises investing in the new Yangon city project.
— Sggp news

Myaungmya Bridge construction completed over 90%
The construction of new Myaungmya Bridge in Ayeyawady Region has completed by over 90 percent on March 3, and officials will test how much the bridge can withstand by allowing traffic on March 20.
— Eleven Myanmar

Chinese import of bananas from Myanmar will peak next month
The price of bananas has been stable in banana production areas in recent days. This is the result of stronger demand. The overall temperature in banana production areas was not too high in recent days, and some areas suffered from excessive rainfall, which could reduce their supply volume.
— Fresh Plaza

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Government debt rose to P7.5 trillion as of January
The government’s outstanding debt surged P768 billion or 11.4 percent to P7.494 trillion as of end-January from P6.726 trillion a year ago, data from the Bureau of Treasury show.

Construction begins on Manila subway in bid to curb billions in losses (video)
Construction of the Philippines first underground railway system commenced last Wednesday (Feb 27) with Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade and representatives from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) conducting an official ground breaking ceremony.
— AEC News Today (video)

NFA ends regulatory function; rice liberalization begins
Filipinos can expect more imported rice to enter the country as the law liberalizing the local rice industry takes effect today.
— The Philippine Star

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New programme to help local furniture and lifestyle product designers expand overseas
Established local furniture and lifestyle product designers looking to expand beyond Singapore can now apply for DesignSingapore Council (DSG)’s new Business of Design (BOD) programme.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Plans S$300 Million to Spur Innovation in Digital Push
Singapore will allocate a further S$300 million ($222 million) to spur research in digital innovation as the government transforms the economy through technology.
— Bloomberg

Parliament: Singapore to launch pilot for digitising shipping documents
A pilot project is starting later this year to turn paper-based bills of lading into electronic ones to reduce delays when container ships, especially those carrying perishable goods, dock and unload here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Not enough water left for rice farmers in Northeast
A WATER SHORTAGE is threatening to soon strike several northeastern provinces.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Central bank says it has acted on rapid moves in baht
The baht is likely to remain volatile and the central bank has taken action on excessive moves in the currency to help the private sector adjust, the Bank of Thailand said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Train talks derailed by contract fees
Thai and Chinese authorities failed to find common ground on a contract they were supposed to sign under the Thai-Sino high-speed railway project when they met late last month, Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said Monday.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam Extends List Of Countries Eligible For E-Visa To 80
Vietnam has extended the list of countries qualifying for e-visas by 34 to 80 and extended the scheme to January 31, 2021. The new countries include major source markets in Europe.
— Investvine

Export of marine products to reach $3.5 billion this year
Despite likely hurdles, export of marine products is expected to rise by 17 per cent to US$3.5 billion this year, according to the Việt Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (Vasep).
— Viet Nam News

Vietnamese pork banned in several countries due to swine fever fears
Many countries are banning pork imports from Vietnam following the recent outbreaks of African swine fever in the country.
— VnExpress

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