Asean morning news for October 7

Asean morning news for October 7
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Asean ‘confident’ RCEP done by year’s end
Asean Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi on Sunday expressed his confidence that the long-awaited Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will be completed in principle before Thailand’s chairmanship ends at the end of this year.
— Bangkok Post

S. Korea seeks to conclude FTA talks with 3 ASEAN nations before Busan summit
South Korea is working hard to conclude free trade talks with Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia before November when leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meet in the country, a presidential aide said Sunday.
— Yonhap News Agency

RCEP leverages political security through economic security
ASEAN cooperation arrangements and APEC are important international assets.
— East Asia Forum

Trade spat will not affect RCEP: Asean
The secretary-general of Asean, Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, expressed his confidence that the long-awaited Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will be completed in principle before Thailand’s chairmanship ends at the end of this year.
— Bangkok Post

India, Asean exchange practices in applying City Biodiversity Index
Representatives from India and Asean shared experiences and best practices in applying the City Biodiversity Index to promote biodiversity in their respective cities in a workshop in Singapore last week.
— Business Mirror

China investment returns to Asean amid trade war
CHINESE investment is flowing into Asean once more, as projects under the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) see a recovery and ongoing trade tensions with the United States are prompting Chinese companies to invest in parts of South-east Asia, Maybank Kim Eng noted in a report.
— The Business Times (paywall)

SE Asia’s internet economy grows to $100bn
Southeast Asia’s internet economy is on course to reach US$100bn this year, representing a 39% increase from $72bn in 2018, and is then expected to triple in size to $300bn by 2025.

Vietnam, Indonesia lead ASEAN in internet economy growth
The Southeast Asian internet economy has expanded by 39 percent this year to hit 100 billion USD for the first time, according to a recent report by Google, Temasek and new partner Bain & Company.
— Vietnamplus

BARMM looks to Asean neighbors for best practices in education
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is looking at its Southeast Asian neighbors for the best applicable model of an educational system.
— Business Mirror

Human rights in Southeast Asia suppliers become priority in Japan
Japanese companies are paying more attention to human rights abuses in their supply chains, spurred in part by the United Nations and other international organizations.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

How Chinese money is driving Southeast Asia’s tech start-up scene
Chinese investment in Southeast Asian start-ups ballooned to US$1.78 billion in the first seven months of this year, an eightfold increase over the same period in 2018, according to fintech firm Refinitiv.
— South China Morning Post

Vietnam has the highest share of working females in ASEAN, but it won’t last
A new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) revealed that Vietnam has consistently outperformed other ASEAN nations in its share of females at work. Just under half of all Vietnamese women are in full-time employment.
— Asean Today

Philippines settles for bronze anew, loses to Indonesia in Asean Grand Prix
The Philippines dropped a four-set heartbreaker to Indonesia, 25-21, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21, Sunday night to settle for the bronze medal in the Asean Volleyball Grand Prix second leg at Sta. Rosa multi-purpose gym in Laguna.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

ASEAN confab for sports set
Sports Ministers from 10 ASEAN member-countries and Japan gather in Manila today, as the 5th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports (AMMS-5) and other Related Meetings kicks off its series of gatherings spread across a five-day schedule.

Coal remains main source of energy in Southeast Asia
Several of the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have adopted clean-energy policies, and yet the use of coal continues to increase in the region.
— SGGP News

How to make EV viable within Asean
If there is a region that could use a mobility revolution, it is Southeast Asia. Much of the area grapples with persistent congestion, expanding environmental concerns, and surging oil demand to serve transit needs.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN Strives For Strengthened Resilience in Disaster Management
ASEAN Secretariat) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministers and officials celebrated the annual ‘ASEAN Day for Disaster Management’ with the theme ‘Bridging Disaster Recovery to Resilience’ on Oct 4 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

ASEAN ministers to discuss environment-related issues in Cambodia
They will gather at the 15th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (15th AMME) and related meetings, scheduled for Oct. 7-10 in northwest Siem Reap province, said Environment Ministry Secretary of State and Spokesman Neth Pheaktra.
— Themy Themy

Cambodia to Host 15th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment in Siem Reap Next Week
The Ministry of Environment of Cambodia is going to host the 15th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (AMME) and Related Meetings in Siem Reap province next week, according to a press release issued yesterday.

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Cambodia civil groups slam court ruling on RFA journalist spy – porn case
A group of 37 Cambodian civil society organisations today (Oct 4) issued a statement condemning a decision by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to order additional investigations into two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists charged with espionage and producing pornography.
— AEC News Today

Cambodia, VN sign MoUs to improve investment, trade
Cambodia and Vietnam last weekend signed several memorandums of understanding (MoUs), according to a joint statement issued by Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Saturday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Rejects Eliminating Tourist-Visa Fees
“Some people have requested free visas for tourists, but tourists do not mind spending $30 for a visa,” he said during a university graduation ceremony on Oct. 2. “We spend hundreds of dollars when going to other countries.”
— Themy Themy

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Indonesia Set to Have Four New Military Bases
The Indonesian Military, or TNI, will have four new bases in the country’s eastern region to improve its combat readiness and better coordinate its three forces in maritime border areas, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Saturday.
— Jakarta Globe

Police to Dismiss Officer Exposed to Radicalism
The Indonesian National Police (Polri) is has confirmed that it will dismiss Second Police Brigadier Nesti, a female officer at Maluku Utara Regional Police after being exposed to radicalism.

Indonesia’s Aceh says wildlife poachers to get 100 lashes
Poachers who threaten endangered orangutans, tigers and other wildlife could receive up to 100 lashes under new rules in Indonesia’s Aceh province, which usually reserves whipping for morality crimes under Islamic law.
— Coconuts (paywall)

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Lao ride-hailing service app set to be featured at Mekong start-up meet
A ride-hailing service operating in Laos will be represented at the Mekong Innovation Startup in Tourism (Mist) meeting in Thailand this week.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Imported rice is cheaper than rice grown in Laos
Over the years the price of rice grown in Laos has become higher and higher and there have never been any cuts in the price. The reason for this is that large swathes of rice-growing areas are often unable to produce expected yields, either because of prolonged dry spells or flooding.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Enough pork for local consumption despite African swine fever outbreak in Laos
The outbreak has affected 103 villages in 42 districts of 15 provinces, according to the Department of Livestock and Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

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Malaysia’s Petronas Sets Up $350-Million Startup Fund
Malaysia’s state-backed oil and gas company Petronas has set up a $350-million venture capital fund in order to make direct investments in technology startups around the world, primarily through picking a minority stake in early growth-stage firms.
— Investvine

Development in Sabah and Sarawak will not affect NCR land
The government will ensure any development taking place in Sabah and Sarawak will not violate native customary rights (NCR) land there.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia to be among first in Asia to roll-out 5G demo projects
Malaysia is set to be among the first in Asia to deploy the fifth-generation network (5G) technology with the nationwide roll-out of 5G project demonstrations.
— New Sarawak Tribune

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Over 4.15 bln USD of foreign investment enter Myanmar in FY 2018-19
Over 4.15 billion U.S. dollars of investment capital from the permitted foreign enterprises entered Myanmar in the fiscal year 2018-2019 which ended in September, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) on Saturday.
— Xinhua

Thailand and Myanmar Agree to Push Ahead With Dawei Special Economic Zone
Myanmar and Thailand have published their nine-point agreement to push through the implementation of the long-delayed US$8-billion (12.23-trillion-kyat) Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in southern Myanmar’s Tanintharyi Region, which is set to be Southeast Asia’s largest industrial complex.
— Irrawaddy

Renewed conflict in Myanmar slows China’s Belt and Road projects
A recent decision by the Myanmar military, or Tatmadaw, not to extend a cease-fire aimed at ethnic armed organizations excluded from a nationwide peace agreement puts the country’s Belt and Road projects in further limbo.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

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China sweetens joint energy exploration deal
HINA has expanded its offer in its proposed oil and gas exploration deal with the country in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), according to President Duterte.
— Business Mirror

PHL among infra-challenged countries–ADB
POOR infrastructure continues to hinder the Philippines from maximizing its manufacturing potential, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
— Business Mirror

Philippines’ Duterte reveals new health problem
hilippine President Rodrigo Duterte has disclosed that he suffers from an autoimmune disease that can potentially have serious complications, the latest condition for a leader whose health has been subject to speculation.

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OECD’s proposed tax changes may hit revenue for Singapore
THE international community is considering resetting the rules that could fundamentally change the global tax landscape.
— The Business Times

Singapore cannot jump the gun on economic bail-out
WITH factory output and exports falling year on year, business sentiment darkening and gross domestic product (GDP) growth grinding to a halt, no one would say that the Singapore economy is in tip-top shape.
— Business Times

SFA suspends import of quail eggs from Malaysian farm due to drug residues
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has suspended the import of fresh quail eggs from a Malaysian farm that contributes about 20 per cent of Singapore’s total supply.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Pheu Thai calls for urgent probe about alleged meddling in Yala’s judicial affairs
The Pheu Thai party is urging the government to investigate alleged meddling with the judiciary after a judge in the Yala provincial court shot himself on Friday in an apparent suicide bid related to unwarranted interference.
— The Thaiger

Six wild elephants drown after slipping off waterfall in Thai park
BANGKOK: Six wild elephants drowned after slipping off a waterfall at the Khao Yai National Park in Thailand.

Journalist barred from interviewing Thai activist
Meanwhile, in Thailand yesterday Phnom Penh-based Belgium journalist, Kris Janssens, was reportedly removed from his hotel room in Bangkok and taken by five Thai immigration police to the Immigration Bureau in Suan Plu.
— AEC News Today

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Vietnam developer and Sumitomo join to build $4bn smart city
Leading Vietnamese developer BRG Group and Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp. will spend 450 billion yen ($4.21 billion) to develop a smart city on the outskirts of Hanoi, the partners said Sunday.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Vietnam has the highest share of working females in ASEAN, but it won’t last
Vietnam’s male-dominated political and business landscapes have made little progress in improving economic opportunities for women.
— Asean Today

US firm gets nod for $5 bln power plant in Vietnam
Vietnam has given U.S. firm AES the go ahead to build a $5 billion liquefied natural gas power plant in central Binh Thuan Province.
— VnExpress

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