Asean morning news for September 19

Asean morning news for September 19
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Asean lagging behind in sustainability efforts, experts say
Southeast Asia is lagging behind in sustainability efforts despite being most vulnerable to climate change, say experts at the BNP Paribas Sustainable Future Forum on Wednesday.
— The Edge Markets

Building ASEAN Banking Cybersecurity resilience
Technological revolutions come with their own form of risk: cyber risks. The more “digital” banks become, the more channels for potential points of attacks from cyber criminals, who are constantly evolving to exploit new loopholes.
— Thailand BusinessNews

Expo, summit to further drive ASEAN-China cooperation forward
The 16th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) and the 2019 China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (CABIS) will take place in Nanning, capital of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, from September 21-24.
— Vietnam+

Can Asean thrive amid a US-China trade war that is not just about trade?
Not unlike during the Cold War, the world today is about to split into two trading blocs with deeply-rooted opposing ideologies: One faction led by the United States and the other controlled by communist China.
— The Edge Markets

The U.K. Looking to Become a Dialogue Partner with Asean after Brexit
Heather Wheeler, parliamentary undersecretary of state at the U.K.’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, mentioned this Tuesday during a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Prak Sokhonn at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, according to the Meas Kimheng, undersecretary of state at the Foreign Ministry, who spoke to the press after the meeting.
— Themy Themy

Asian firms’ sentiment bounces from low but recession fears grow
SINGAPORE: Confidence among companies in Asia lifted slightly in the September quarter from 10-year lows, but most firms do not plan on hiring or expect business to pick up as they see a risk of a global recession looming, a Thomson Reuters/INSEAD survey found.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN telcos teased with annual $6 billion 5G boon by 2025
A study conducted by global consultancy A.T. Kearney has concluded that 5G technology could deliver operators up to $6 billion in bonus annual revenues across the ASEAN region by 2025.

Bamboo eyed as sustainable livelihood source
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will establish a regional network that will explore the vast potential of bamboo for environmental sustainability and economic resiliency amid worsening climate change.
— The Manila Times

Celebrating ASEAN’s entrepreneurs
Over the weekend, the second ASEAN Lifestyle Week 2019 (ALW2019) was held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Malaysia to showcase the best that ASEAN small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have to offer in the lifestyle sector.
— The Asean Post

Asean-NZ air service agreement on the table
Cambodia and New Zealand this week discussed establishing an Asean-New Zealand regional air service agreement to create more growth opportunities in the aviation sector.
— Khmer Times

ASEAN countries join hands to combat cross-border crimes
Hundreds of delegates from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), some other countries and international police organizations are seeking measures to prevent and fight against emerging crimes in the region, Vietnam News Agency reported on Wednesday.

Haze crisis: Forget Asean, work on national interest
MALAYSIA’S energy, science, technology, environment and climate change minister is to write to the Asean Secretariat, if she has not already, on the haze crisis.
— New Straits Times

Challenges loom for Asia’s digital landscape
Last week, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released its first ever annual Digital Economy Report (2019).

Chinese vice premier to attend China-ASEAN expo
Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng will attend the opening ceremony of the annual expo, business and investment summit between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang announced Wednesday.
— Xinhuanet

ASEAN Energy Business Forum 2019
ASEAN Energy Business Forum took place in Bangkok, 3 – 5 September 2019, while the ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) took place on 4th September 2019.
— PV Magazine

ASEAN Warehousing And Distribution Logistics Market Outlook and Opportunities in Grooming Regions : Edition 2019-2024
ASEAN Warehousing And Distribution Logistics Market – Growth, Trends And Forecast (2019 – 2024)
— Scoopjunction

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Ministry issues flood warning for 11 provinces
The Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry yesterday warned that 11 provinces risk flooding from heavy rainfall until next week.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia-US Trade Volume Reaches $3B in First Semester of 2019
Within the first seven month of 2019, Cambodia-US trade volume has reached over USD 3 billion, an increase of 29 percent compared to the same period in 2018, which was USD 2.3 billion.
— Fresh News

World Bank approves $1 billion in development assistance
The World Bank has officially approved the disbursement of $1 billion to develop priority sectors in Cambodia, the Ministry of Economy and Finance announced Monday.
— Khmer Times

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House declaws KPK in dubious process
In a move that may lead to the collapse of the decades-old fight against corruption in the country, the House of Representatives passed a law amendment that neuters the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in a plenary session on Tuesday afternoon with the blessing of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia and India deal to reduce each others gluts, but not everyone is happy
Indonesians will soon find their sugar a little bit sweeter following a government-to-government deal last week that will see Jakarta ease quality restrictions on sugar imports from India in exchange for reducing some of its glut of palm oil.
— AEC News Today

Millions may risk jail as Indonesia to outlaw sex outside marriage
Indonesia is poised to pass a new penal code that criminalizes consensual sex outside marriage and introduces stiff penalties for insulting the president’s dignity – a move rights groups criticized as an intrusive assault on basic freedoms.
— Reuters

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Lao govt decides on measures to address flood impact
Measures to address this year’s flood disaster were approved by the government at its meeting on Monday, with Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith presiding over discussions.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Vietnam, Laos central banks foster collaboration
The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) and the Bank of the Lao PRD (BOL) held a conference on September 17 to share experience in macro-economy management, particularly in the finance-banking area.
— Vietnam Plus

Laos to Establish Fund to Subsidize SMEs
The Prime Minister of Laos has issued a decree to set up a fund to subsidize small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country.
— The Laotian Times

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Malaysia PM suggests law to force companies to stop fires abroad
Malaysia may have to pass a law forcing its companies to tackle fires on land they control abroad, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Wednesday, as forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia spread haze across the region.

Govt should allocate support incentives for SMEs in Budget 2020, say industry experts
Automation revolution industry experts have opined that the government should allocate support incentives for the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as a conducive environment for them to thrive.
— The Sun Daily

Penang to offer compensation to fishermen affected by land reclamation after Oct 2
Compensation packages to fishermen affected by the ambitious Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project will only be revealed when the state executive council meets to approve it on October 2.
— Malay Mail

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Nobel Peace Laureate Could Face Prosecution Over Myanmar Military’s Actions
Myanmar’s civilian leader, a Nobel laureate once extolled as a champion of democracy, could face prosecution for crimes against humanity because of the military’s attacks on Rohingya Muslims and other minority groups, United Nations investigators said on Tuesday.

Myanmar’s gas export increases in 11 months of 2018-2019
Myanmar’s natural gas export hit 3.5 billion U.S. dollars in the first 11 months (Oct.-Aug.) of the fiscal year 2018-2019 ending September, according to the Ministry of Commerce Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Myanmar and Thai agree to fight against human trafficking
With the aim to fight against human trafficking in persons, a meeting was held at the hall in Tak Province, Thailand, yesterday morning.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Duterte Says He Ordered a Politician Killed; a Spokesman Says He Misspoke
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines appeared to admit in a speech this week that he had ordered an assassination attempt on a politician last year, a startling statement even for a president known for bloody, provocative rhetoric.

Preferably dead: Philippines’ Duterte seeks freed inmates’ capture
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has renewed an offer of big bounties for hundreds of convicted murderers and rapists set free in a corrections bureau blunder, and said he would be happier if they were caught dead rather than alive.

250 live pigs from Negros Occidental barred from entering Cebu
Cebu provincial authorities say they are only allowing the entry of livestock raised in commercial farms in the Visayas and Mindanao. The Negros Occidental shipment were backyard swines.
— Rappler

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All Firefly flights between Singapore and Malaysia on Wednesday cancelled due to haze
All 12 flights operated by Firefly between Singapore and Malaysia on Wednesday (Sept 18) were cancelled due to poor visibility caused by the haze.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Focus on jobs that technology has created, not on jobs that were lost: Josephine Teo
When it comes to the 4th Industrial Revolution, marked by digitisation, robots and artificial intelligence, there is an “obsession” with trying to estimate the scale of the impact on jobs, particularly job losses.
— The Straits Times

Internet access incident not caused by cyberattack: StarHub
A cyberattack has been ruled out as the cause of the Internet access incident that affected StarHub users on Tuesday (Sep 17) evening.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thai PM Prayut skirts debate on oath-taking amid grilling by MPs
September 19, 2019 5:00 AMThai opposition MPs called for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s resignation yesterday following a debate in Parliament where they grilled him for hours on an incomplete oath of office taken in July, to no avail.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Thai MPs call for PM Prayut to resign following oath omission
Thai opposition MPs demanded premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha’s resign following weeks of uproar over the ex-military head’s omission of a vow to uphold the constitution during his inauguration, raising questions of his legitimacy.

Prayuth Carries Report on ‘Plot to Sabotage Nation’ to Parliament
A “classified” report seen on PM Prayuth Chan-ocha’s desk during a parliament session on Wednesday is raising eyebrows on social media.
— Khaosod English

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Vietnam to Abolish Import Tax on Crude Oil From November
Vietnam will abolish an import tax on crude oil from November, the government said on Tuesday, as the Southeast Asian country becomes more reliant on imported crude for its refineries.
— Irrawaddy

Foreign Investors in Vietnam: New Regulations on Foreign Exchange Management
The Vietnamese government’s new regulations on foreign exchange took effect on September 6. Circular No 06/2019/TT-NNN (“Circular 6”) now governs foreign exchange in foreign investment activities in the country.
— Vietnam Briefing

Vietnam Becomes a Victim of Its Own Success in Trade War
Vietnam is finding it’s hard to win a trade war even when businesses are trying to hand you victories.
— Bloomberg

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