Asean morning news for October 4

Asean morning news for October 4
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Southeast Asia internet economy exceeds $100B, online population hits 360M
The Southeast Asian internet economy has expanded by 39% to hit $100 billion for the first time this year, with Indonesia and Vietnam clocking growth rates of more than 40%, while Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines register growth of between 20% and 30%.
— ZDNet

New Zealand’s minister of state for trade and export growth heads to Bangkok next week for an additional round of talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and said a deal by November is still achievable.

South China Sea tensions surge: Vietnam urges India to back them against Beijing
SOUTH CHINA SEA tensions are heating up ahead of a visit by China’s president to New Delhi as a Vietnamese envoy said he hoped India would intervene as a force for peace in the escalating situation which he described as “serious”.
— Express

Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines named as likely 5G laggards
Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines will lag behind other Asian countries in the deployment of fifth-generation mobile networks, although Singapore is poised to lead the race, a recent report said.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

What Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution Do for Sustainable Development?
With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the potential to integrate technology into the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is reaching new heights.

Cambodia has one of the lowest corporate tax rates in SEA
Cambodia is making itself more attractive to foreign investors by having one of the lowest corporate tax rates in Southeast Asia.
— Khmer Times

Growing interest seen in sustainable finance, says Asean capital market regulators
There have been US$2.6 billion worth of green and sustainable bonds issued carrying the Asean Green or Sustainable Bond labels in the past two years, according to capital market regulators in Asean.
— The Edge Markets

Transforming economies in ASEAN: Southeast Asia needs to keep pace with a changing job market
From September 11-13, 2019, the UN hosted a series of events in Bangkok as part of its “Transforming Economies for Better Jobs” series.
— Asean Today

Besides the upskilling path for Grab drivers and their families, the Microsoft-Grab partnership has started a tech talent development initiative, based on academic partnerships with universities in Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore, to enhance core skills and tools for people just entering the workforce.

Temasek seeks sane valuations from Asean ‘aspiring unicorns’
TEMASEK Holdings is actively focused on “aspiring unicorns” out of South-east Asia, and expects to announce a couple of deals in the pipeline in the next few months, its senior executive told The Business Times on Thursday.
— The Business Times (paywall – extremely annoying popups)

India Economic Summit To Strengthen India’s Role In Region
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has been working closely with Indian companies and the Indian government for 35 years.
— BW Businessworld

Statelessness and human trafficking in ASEAN member-states
IN 2017, the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide came at a record rate of 44,400 every day. More than 68 percent of all refugees worldwide came from just five countries: Syrian Arab Republic (6.3 million); Afghanistan (2.6 million); South Sudan (2.4 million); Myanmar (1.2 million) – underscoring supplied; and Somalia (986,400).
— Panay News

Thailand prepares for joint bid with ASEAN to host FIFA World Cup
Thailand is ready to launch a joint bid with Southeast Asian countries to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup, according to a Thai News Agency report citing Tourism and Sports Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakan.

Myanmar lowest among ASEAN countries in passport index
Myanmar ranks 95th out of 107, the lowest among ASEAN nations, in the latest Henley Passport Index, mainly due to a lack of economic freedom.
— Myanmar Times

LOOK: Updated ASEAN Grand Prix schedule and team rosters
Four teams will vie for the title with first leg winner powerhouse Thailand looking to extend its reign while Indonesia, host team Philippines and Vietnam are all raring to get a piece of the glory in the tournament that also serves as a preview of the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila in November.

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$49 mln ADB package to boost rural hygiene for 400,000 in Cambodia
A $49 million financing package from the the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help the Cambodia Government in achieving its 2025 goal of providing universal access to improved water supply and sanitation services in the country’s rural areas.
— AEC News Today

Kingdom’s rice exports rise 2%
Cambodian rice exports in the first nine months of the year rose two per cent year-on-year, led by the Chinese market, a Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF) report said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian judge orders reinvestigation of spying case against reporters
A Cambodian judge on Thursday ordered a reinvestigation of the espionage case against two former Radio Free Asia journalists, saying he could not rule on their guilt or innocence without enough evidence
— Reuters

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New capital city to accommodate population of three million: minister
The new capital city to be located in an area straddling the border between North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan, will have a three-million accommodation capacity, National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro affirmed.
— Antara News

Six policemen face questioning for allegedly shooting demonstrators
The police investigated six of its personnel allegedly violating the standard operating procedures (SOP), resulting in deaths of two students at a rally against controversial bills in the Southeast Sulawesi provincial capital of Kendari recently.
— Antara News

335 lawmakers absent from plenary session a day after their inauguration
Indonesia’s newly appointed legislators don’t seem to be trying to at least pretend that they care about representing the people, even when all eyes are still on them on the first days of their job.
— Coconuts

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Flood-hit communities receive more relief supplies
Savannakhet province: Government officials led by Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sonexay Siphandone on Wednesday delivered emergency supplies worth over 161 million kip to communities in Xonbouly district that suffered in the recent floods.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao Citizen Arrested for Smuggling Heroin to Vietnam
Two people, including one Lao citizen, have been arrested in Houaphan Province for smuggling heroin from Laos to Vietnam.
— The Laotian Times

Laos, Vietnam ink deals to broaden cooperation
They agreed to further cement ties during the ongoing three-day official visit to Vietnam (October 1-3) by Mr Thongloun, his spouse and delegation at the invitation of Mr Phuc, according to a joint statement issued after their talks.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

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Malaysia proposes RM86 million fine on Grab for abusive practices
The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) proposed a fine of over RM86 million on ride-hailing firm Grab for violating the country’s competition law by imposing restrictive clauses on its drivers.
— The Borneo Post

Huawei officially lands role in Malaysia’s 5G rollout
Huawei Technologies has officially become a hardware supplier for Malaysia’s 5G network rollout, marking a break for the Chinese telecom equipment provider after it was locked out of several markets over espionage fears.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Johor expecting RM15m from 2020 Budget for causeway
The state government is hoping for an allocation of about RM15 million from the 2020 Budget for the construction of a sheltered walkway across the causeway from here to Woodlands in Singapore.
— The Sun Daily

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Myanmar lowest among ASEAN countries in passport index
Myanmar ranks 95th out of 107, the lowest among ASEAN nations, in the latest Henley Passport Index, mainly due to a lack of economic freedom.
— Myanmar Times

Thilawa SEZ set to benefit from East West Economic Corridor
The Thilawa Special Economic Zone near Yangon is set to become a vital link in the East West Economic Corridor linking Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam says an official from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
— Myanmar Times

FDI forecast to remain flat at US$5.8B in fiscal 2019-20
Myanmar is expected to draw foreign direct investments (FDI) totaling US$5.8 billion in the 2019-20 fiscal year beginning October 1, said U Thant Sin Lwin, Director General of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) and Secretary of Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).
— Myanmar Times

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Bilibid hospital chief says 20% of maximum security inmates die every year
About 20% of maximum security inmates at the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) die every year mostly due to overcrowding inside the jail, the NBP hospital chief Ernesto Tamayo told senators on Thursday, October 3.
— Rappler

Woman dies of meningococcemia in Batangas
The Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed that a 53-year-old woman died of meningococcemia in a hospital in Tanauan City here in late September.
— Rappler

LRT2 will not resume operations on October 4
Following a carriageway fire which stopped the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT2) from operating on Thursday, October 3, the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) said the LRT2 be out of commission on Friday, October 4, following several technical and safety concerns preventing the resumption of …
— Rappler

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Singapore takes top spot in inaugural global smart city citizen survey
SINGAPORE has taken top spot in a new citizen-centric global smart city index (SCI) which surveyed 120 citizens from each of the 102 cities that took part.
— The Business Times

Singapore hasn’t entered recession yet but Government keeping very close eye: Indranee
Singapore’s economy probably hasn’t slid into recession yet, though the government is monitoring conditions closely and will step in with support measures if needed, said Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fake news law is good but it shouldn’t be used to stifle dissent: Singapore’s startup community speaks out
“The jail cells in Singapore are not bad, food is quite good, too,” quipped an entrepreneur when we sought his comment on the new ‘fake news law’, enacted by one of the world’s wealthiest countries.
— e27

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CP Group given Oct 15 deadline to sign B225bn rail deal
The government has given agro-industrial conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) until next Tuesday to sign an investment agreement for the 225 billion baht high-speed train project after wining the bidding, or face blacklisting.
— Bangkok Post

Several public holidays approaching, likely booze ban in Thailand
October 13, 2019, marks the third anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s death. The government has designated Oct. 13 as a national holiday, and since this year the date falls on a Sunday, a bank holiday will be observed on Monday, Oct. 14.
— The Pattaya News

Thai marine biologist pleads for dugong conservation plan
A top marine biologist has urged Thailand’s government to speed up conservation plans for the dugong, an imperiled sea mammal, after their death toll for the year…
— Thai PBS News

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MoIT imposes highest tax on Chinese aluminium products
The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) decided to officially impose the highest rate of anti-dumping duties on aluminium products originating from 16 Chinese producers.
— Viet Nam News

Luxury Vietnam Apartment Owners Left Hanging as Land Seized
A luxury residential project jointly developed by Novaland Investment JSC, one of Vietnam’s biggest property firms, is in limbo.
— Bloomberg

Vietnam’s automobile import surges 50.9 pct in 9 months
Vietnam spent nearly 5.5 billion U.S. dollars into importing completely-built automobiles and components for assembly in the first nine months of this year, posting a year-on-year rise of 50.9 percent.
— Xinhua

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