Asean morning news for November 29

Asean morning news for November 29
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Asean’s share of global GDP may overtake eurozone’s in 5 years
ASEAN could add nearly as much to global output as the eurozone over the next five years, a HSBC report has suggested, as it called the region’s growth in importance “too big to ignore”.
— The Business Times

India seeks review of trade agreements with ASEAN, Japan after RCEP withdrawal
Weeks after India decided not to join Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the government on Wednesday said that it had sought a review of its existing trade agreements with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan.
— The New Indian Express

Mekong countries approves 5-year drought fighting plan
Officials from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam have approved a 5-year strategy on drought management strategy for the Mekong subregion.
— Newsline (video)

Beijing turns South China Sea code into barrier for US and Japan
China has changed tack on a proposed South China Sea code of conduct with Southeast Asian countries, potentially paving the way to exclude rivals, including the U.S. and Japan, from the hotly contested waters.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Indonesia encourages ratification of UN convention against torture
The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs encouraged the ratification of the UN Convention against Torture in ASEAN countries and the Asia-Pacific region through the 2019 Regional Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI) Seminar.
— Antara News

Mekong Nations Promise Cooperation But Skip Disputes Over Damming The River
South Korea embraced the five Southeast Asian nations on the Mekong River in a seemingly bold plan for developing the river in the interests of “people, peace and prosperity” but glossed over the dangers facing its existence.
— Forbes

M’sia reaffirms commitment to Asean +3 cooperation in combating terrorism, transnational crime
Malaysia reaffirms its commitment to further strengthening Asean Plus Three cooperation in combating terrorism and transnational crime, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
— The Sun Daily

ASEAN Smart City Network: Thinking Beyond Ceremonial Paradiplomacy
On November 3, ASEAN conducted its 35th summit in Bangkok, Thailand.
— The Diplomat

5 countries with the most medals in SEA Games history
Not long to go now until the first medal at the 2019 SEA Games is handed out.
— FOX Sports

SE Asia economies under pressure to diversify amid trade tensions – ADB
Economies in Southeast Asia are now hard-pressed to diversify their economic base as they feel the pinch of trade tensions, said the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
— The Philippine Star

S Korea urged to finalise Asean economic pact
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn urged South Korea to finalise the comprehensive economic partnership for Asean countries as soon as possible.
— The Phnom Penh Post

China, ASEAN vow to deepen pragmatic cooperation in security
China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) pledged on Thursday to further strengthen pragmatic cooperation to safeguard regional security.
— Xinhuanet

Coal to keep big share in Asean’s power-generation mix
Adoption of cleaner technologies for coal-fired power plants is vital for Southeast Asian countries like the Philippines considering that this fossil fuel will continue to cover a significant part of the region’s electricity supply amid rising demand, according to the International Energy Agency.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

EU, Southeast Asian nations discuss human rights
The European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations – Asean, reaffirmed their commitment to the protection of fundamental freedoms, on 27 November in Brussels.
— News Europe

Malaysian companies lead in corporate disclosure practices in Asia
MALAYSIAN companies lead in corporate disclosure practices in Asia, followed by India and Singapore, according to FTI Consulting.
— The Business Times

FIFA Rankings: Malaysia, Vietnam climb big, Thailand fall by four spots
The latest FIFA World Rankings have been released officially, and as expected, we can see a few changes.
— FOX Sports

ASEAN ‘co-prosperity’
Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, had his hands in his pockets and a bored expression on his rugged face as President Moon Jae-in extolled high-tech Korean manufacturers on the big day of his summit with the leaders of 10 Southeast Asian countries.
— The Korea Times

Southeast Asian Games woes spoil Duterte’s coming-out party
The 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which the Philippines is hosting, were touted as a showcase for President Rodrigo Duterte’s “golden age of infrastructure.”
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Mekong countries, S.Korea agree to deepen cooperation
Five Mekong countries of Southeast Asia and South ­Korea on Wednesday agreed to deepen cooperation after holding their inaugural Mekong-­Republic of Korea (ROK) summit in the South Korean southern port city of Busan.
— Global Times

Smart manufacturing trend rising in Southeast Asia
The trend of smart manufacturing has begun to spread in Southeast Asia as more manufacturers are looking to move some of their production lines away from China in the wake of the US-China trade disputes, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
— Digitimes

China can decarbonise by 2050 with minimal economic disruption
A new report outlines an economically and technologically feasible roadmap to China’s decarbonisation. If it does not materialise, the failings will be purely political.
— Asean Today

Taiwan embraces Southeast Asian migrant workers, one book at a time
Yun-Chan Liao remembers it was about ten years ago when she first heard Southeast Asians in Taiwan saying that Taiwanese people treat cats and dogs well, but they weren’t so nice to migrant workers.
— The Interpreter

Photos emerge of SEA Games 2019 athletes village facilities after early infrastructure criticism
The Southeast Asian Games (SEA) 2019 came in for some serious criticism after it became clear that the Philippines were struggling to have the infrastructure ready in time for the grand event.
— FOX Sports

Southeast Asian furniture industry seeks to achieve prosperity together
Furniture companies and industries in Southeast Asia should pool their strengths and enhance co-operation to achieve prosperity and sustainability, a forum heard in HCM City on Wednesday.
— Viet Nam News

SEA Games 2019: Medal Tally and Standings
The 2019 SEA Games are here. Over the next two weeks, ASEAN’s best will compete in over fifty sports, hoping to bag a medal for their country in the process.
— FOX Sports

Vietnam finishes third in regional army rifle tournament
Vietnamese troops took third place at the 29th ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM 29) that wrapped up in Bandung City in Indonesia Wednesday.
— VnExpress International

SEA Games press hail ‘modern’ Clark int’l broadcast center
Just two more days to go before the 30th SEA Games officially begins, journalists are pleased with the readiness of the ASEAN Convention Center here, which is the main press center and International Broadcast Centre (IBC) for journalists from around the globe covering the biennial games.
— Philippine News Agency

New report provides a bluebrint for circularity of PET bottles in Southeast Asia
GA Circular has launched a new report “Full Circle: Accelerating the circular economy for post-consumer PET bottles in Southeast Asia” in collaboration with The Coca-Cola Company.
— Circular

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Cambodia Exports Over 3.7 Million Tons of Agro-products to International Market
In nearly 11 months of this year, Cambodia has exported more than 3.7 million tons of agro-products to the international market, according to the data released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
— AKP 

Kem Sokha’s Cabinet Chief Denounces Claim over Sokha-Rainsy Phone Call
Kem Sokha’s cabinet chief Muth Chantha has dismissed a message posted on social media that President of court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Kem Sokha and former opposition leader Sam Rainsy had recently made a catch-up call.
— Fresh News

Subsidies spark cheaper energy
Cambodia plans to spend more than $100 million on subsidies by 2021 to reduce electricity tariffs in a move to spur economic growth and relieve the financial burden on businesses and households, a senior government official said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Indonesia, world’s biggest downloader of VPNs
Indonesian netizens have recently broken another record by making Indonesia the country with the most virtual private network (VPN) downloads over the last 12 months, as the 2019 Global Mobile VPN Report reveals.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Faster with AI’: Indonesia to replace ministerial aides with machines
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said the government will replace some civil service positions with artificial intelligence, instructing ministers to remove two ranks of public servants.
— The Jakarta Post

Rupiah strengthens amid rekindling of US-China trade war
The exchange rate of the rupiah, circulated between banks in Jakarta on Thursday afternoon strengthened amidst the rekindling of the trade war between the United States (US) and China.
— Antara News

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Mekong-ROK leaders praise success of cooperation framework
Leaders of the Mekong countries and the Republic of Korea have praised the results of past cooperation and observed that the cooperation framework has continuously grown.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao, Korean agriculture centres lead farmers’ livelihood improvement efforts
Representatives of the two agricultural entities, including project investigators, gathered on Tuesday to evaluate the achievements of four cooperative projects over the past year as well as plan future activities focused on income generation and rural livelihood improvement.
— ANN/Vientiane Times 

Nam Che 1 hydropower plant officially opened
The ceremony was chaired by the Minister of Energy and Mines, Dr Khammany Inthirath.
— ANN/Vientiane Times 

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Plastic waste recycling factories sanctioned by DoE
Like an infection, the plastic waste malice has spread beyond the ports. Recycling plants in this industrial town have become the latest flashpoint of this environmental problem.
— The Sun Daily

Immigration: Over 40,000 foreigners barred from entering Malaysia this year
The Immigration Department has barred 44,941 foreigners from entering Malaysia this year for failing to fulfil terms of entry.
— The Star Online

MITI, Malaysian companies to undertake trade and investment mission to Japan
The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), 60 Malaysian companies and Government officials will be undertaking a trade and investment mission (TIM) to Japan beginning from tomorrow until Dec 5, 2019.
— The Edge Markets

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ADB approves $195 million financing package for development
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $195 million financing package for a project that will develop climate-resilient and market-oriented infrastructure and livelihoods in 2,942 villages in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady, Chin, Sagaing, and Tanintharyi regions.
— Mizzima

Local e-commerce firms call on govt to ease regulations
Online sales at on November 11 – the Chinese shopping holiday known as 11.11 – tripled compared to last year, according to Myanmar’s largest e-commerce platform, and it sold more than 30 times the usual daily volume of goods.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Tycoon Open to Foreign Investment in Wake of Ayala Deal
Myanmar tycoon Win Aung is open to foreign investment in the listed industrial-estate provider he oversees, following Ayala Corp.’s tie up with a firm traded on the nation’s fledgling stock exchange.
— Bloomberg

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Duterte says there will be ‘no sacred cow’ in SEA Games ruckus
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will not spare organizers of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games from punishment if allegations of corruption against officials including his ally Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano are proven.
— BusinessWorld

China: Grid security fears ‘groundless’
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China described as “groundless” the concerns raised by Filipino senators over Beijing’s ability to remotely shut down the Philippines’ power infrastructure.

Senate OKs pay hike for nurses
THE Senate approved Wednesday a long-awaited basic salary increase for nurses in state-run hospitals.
— Business Mirror

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Income growth slows in Singapore; median salary now above S$4,500: MOM report
Workers in Singapore received a bump of 2.2 per cent in their income in 2019, according to the Labour Force in Singapore Advance Release report released on Thursday (Nov 28).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NEA urges public to mosquito-proof their homes before travelling as dengue cases increase five times from last year
On Wednesday (November 27), the National Environment Agency (NEA) advised people who are going on vacation for the year-long holidays to ensure their homes are mosquito-proof, amid an increase of dengue cases in the country.
— The Online Citizen

Government accepts all data security recommendations by review committee; to roll out 80% by end 2021
The government will be rolling out recommendations from the Public Sector Data Security Review Committee in 80% of its systems by the end of 2021, and the remaining 20% by end of 2030.
— The Online Citizen

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Chemicals ban derailed by ‘4 forces’
BioThai, an anti-farm chemical pressure group, has alleged that four major forces” were behind the decision to scrap the ban on the herbicide glyphosate and delay the prohibitions against the herbicide paraquat and pesticide chlorpyrifos.
— Bangkok Post

Prayut calls for unity after defeat
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has called on coalition parties to honour their original gentleman’s agreement, after the government suffered a shock defeat in its bid to prevent formation of a panel to scrutinise Section 44.
— Bangkok Post

BTS contracts to be extended by 40 years
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will propose to the cabinet the extension of BTS’ operation concession contracts by another 40 years, with fares capped at not more 65 baht per trip throughout the period.
— Bangkok Post

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Hanoi proposes ODA funding of $1.32 bln for metro section
Hanoi wants to borrow VND30.57 trillion ($1.32 billion) in official development assistance (ODA) to construct a downtown metro section.
— VnExpress

Vietnam to Increase Minimum Wage from January 2020
Vietnam will increase the minimum wage by an average of 5.7 percent in 2020. The government issued Decree no 90/2019/ND/CP which will take effect on January 1, 2020.
— Vietnam-Briefing

Vietnam jails third activist this month in crackdown on Facebook posts
Vietnam has jailed a third activist this month for anti-government posts on social media platform Facebook, state media said on Thursday, handing him a nine-year term for defaming the ruling Communist Party and the government.
— Gulf Today

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