Asean morning news for September 2

Asean morning news for September 2
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu


Thailand gets ready for ASEAN Summit in November
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha held a meeting on the preparation for an ASEAN Summit to be held in Thailand from November 2 to November 4.
— NBT World (video)

China rejects UK, France, Germany call to respect SCS ruling
China has rejected as “unwelcome” the call of the United Kingdom, France and Germany on the South China Sea claimants to respect the arbitration ruling of 2016 and the rules-based framework laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
— The Philippine Star

Seoul eyes intelligence-sharing pact with Bangkok as President Moon Jae-in seeks pivot to Asean
As the US-China trade war intensifies and South Korea’s spat with Japan shows no sign of abating, Seoul is doubling down on its diplomatic pivot to Southeast Asia.
— South China Morning Post

Rohingya focus moves to summit
Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen is urging Thailand, as the current chair of Asean, to deepen the bloc’s engagement in the creation of a conducive environment in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, after the second attempt to repatriate Rohingya Muslims stalled last month.
— Bangkok Post

Duterte, Xi agree to ‘fast track’ code of conduct in South China Sea — Palace
President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to fast track the negotiations to finalize the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea.

Why Asean holds the edge in a digital future: it’s the youth factor
Today, Malaysia celebrates its 62nd anniversary of independence, led by the country’s 94-year-old but digitally savvy Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
— South China Morning Post

Asean joins negotiations on global pact to safeguard life on earth
Asean member-states (AMS) and the Asean Center for Biodiversity (ACB) joined talks last week on a global agreement to safeguard all forms of life on Earth.
— Business Mirror

ASEAN-US drills need not raise eyebrows
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) kicks off its first joint military drill with the US in the Gulf of Thailand Monday.
— Global Times

Europe’s business confidence in Asean still high
MORE European companies expect to boost their business engagements with Asean in the next five years, but have growing concerns over non-tariff barriers in South-east Asia, a survey found.
— The Business Times

China Eyes Stake In Southeast Asia’s Newest Oil Frontier
One of the world’s youngest countries, East Timor in Southeast Asia, could turn to Chinese investment to help it develop a large oil and gas field estimated to hold US$50 billion worth of resources.
— Yahoo Finance

Asean growth story holds potential for some SGX stocks
DESPITE challenging economic conditions amid the United States-China trade war, Asean continues to see resilient growth on the back of manufacturing diversification, trade diversion and favourable demographics, said analysts.
— The Business Times

Will Bangkok host Korea-ASEAN financial center?
Bangkok has been mentioned as the strongest candidate site for the Korea-ASEAN Financial Cooperation Center, given that Korea Federation of Banks (KFB) Chairman Kim Tae-young has accompanied President Moon Jae-in on his visit to Thailand from Sept. 1 to 3, according to financial industry officials, Sunday.
— The Korea Times

Moon’s tour of Thailand, Myanmar, Laos aims at strengthening ties with ASEAN
South Korean President Moon Jae-in is seeking to broaden Seoul’s partnership with Southeast Asian nations in order to diversify the country’s revenue channels.
— The Korea Times

India, 9 Southeast Asian Countries Collaborate with WHO to Fight Emerging Diseases
India and nine south-east Asian countries have decided to come together under the World Health Organisation – South East Asian Regional Organisation (WHO-SEARO) to defeat the threat of emerging diseases across the world.
— News18

E-Sports on the rise in Southeast Asia | Video
Singapore is set to host a major gaming trade show next year, and companies here are hoping it will boost the gaming industry.
— CNA (video)

ASEAN Air Compressor Market Anticipated to Reach $1.13 Billion by 2024: P&S Intelligence
According to the market research report published by P&S Intelligence, ASEAN air compressor market size is expected to reach $1.13 billion by 2024, registering a CAGR of 3.6% during the forecast period.
— Yahoo Finance

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PM Hun Sen Orders to End Online Gambling Businesses by 2019
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered to stop all forms of online gamblings by the end of 2019, according to a press release from the Council of Ministers dated Friday.
— Fresh News

Cambodia sees drop in foreign tourists to famed Angkor
Cambodia has seen an 11-percent decline in the number of foreign tourists to the famed Angkor Archeological Park during the first eight months of 2019, said an official statement on Sunday.
— Xinhua

Official Calls for Meeting With Critical Microfinance Report’s Authors
A government spokesman has called for a closed-door meeting with the authors of a critical report on the nation’s microfinance sector, which found that loan debt had resulted in “serious and systematic human rights abuses” against borrowers.

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BNN confiscates assets of drug convict accused of continuing business behind bars
The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) has confiscated several assets belonging to Muhammad Adam, a convicted drug dealer it accuses of controlling international drug transactions worth Rp 28 billion (US$1.95 million) from behind bars.
— The Jakarta Post

AIIB to approve $500m loan for PLN power transmission improvement
Beijing-based multilateral development lender Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is set to approve a government loan proposal for the improvement of the country’s electricity distribution.
— The Jakarta Post

Private sector, taxpayers to pay bill for new capital
The government is banking on state budget funds and private sector investments to finance its capital city relocation plan, which is expected to cost Rp 466 trillion (US$32.73 billion).
— The Jakarta Post

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Why agriculture investment in Lao is lacking
While the Lao PDR government recently called for increased investment in agriculture to boost its export market, there are several issues that have to be tackled before foreign investors come knocking.
— The Asean Post

Wife, Rights Organizations Remember Missing Lao Activist on International Day of the Disappeared
Sombath Somphone, a Lao activist who has been missing for seven years amid stonewalling by his country’s communist government, was commemorated in Bangkok on Friday, the International Day for the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.

Ecological tourism helps local impoverished people get rid of poverty in Lingyun County, China’s Guangxi
Lao Ketuan hands out life vests to tourists at the Haokun Lake scenic spot in Lingyun County, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Aug. 31, 2019.
— Xinhua

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MTUC proposes RM500 cost of living allowance, higher retirement age
The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has proposed an immediate introduction of a RM500 minimum monthly cost of living allowance (COLA) for all workers and to increase the mandatory retirement age to 65 in its Budget 2020 proposals.
— The Sun Daily

Fixed and mobile broadband services set to drive Malaysian telecom growth
The total telecom and pay-TV services revenue in Malaysia is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of two per cent between 2018 and 2023, according to new findings.
— Channel NewsAsia

HDC: Malaysia’s halal cosmetics, personal care products in high demand in India
Malaysia’s halal cosmetics and personal care products are in great demand in India despite the slower sales growth recorded in 2018, said Halal Industry Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (HDC).
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar army says to punish soldiers in Rohingya atrocities probe
Myanmar’s army will court-martial soldiers after a new finding in an inquiry into atrocities in Rakhine state, from which more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims fled a 2017 army-led campaign the United Nations says was executed with “genocidal intent”.
— The Daily Star

PTT wins deal to develop electricity supply for New Yangon City
PTT Group announced today that it has won a deal for the development of an electricity production system for New Yangon City in Myanmar.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar lifts internet shutdown in conflict states
Myanmar has partially lifted a months-long internet shutdown in two western states where government troops are battling ethnic insurgents, a leading telecoms operator said on Sunday, amid peace talks seeking to end the fighting.
— Deccanherald

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Beijing tells Duterte its position on S. China Sea ‘not up for negotiation’
Beijing told visiting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that its position on the South China Sea was not up for negotiation, Manila’s spokesman said on Friday.
— Spratly Islands

P4.1-trillion budget bill withdrawn
The Duterte administration’s proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 has been withdrawn at the House of Representatives, Appropriations Committee chairman and Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab said on Sunday.

Health care, Bangsamoro laws among 2020 fiscal risks
THE interagency Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) has flagged a number of measures and recently signed laws as the sources of fiscal risks for next year.
— The Manila Times

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Crime up 7% in first half of 2019, mainly due to rise in scam cases: Police
The total number of reported crimes in Singapore increased by 7 per cent in the first half of 2019 to 16,745 cases, compared to 15,649 cases for the same period in 2018, the police said on Friday (Aug 30).
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

Singapore to reduce Semakau waste by 30% under first Zero Waste Master Plan
Singapore plans to reduce the waste sent to its only landfill by 30 per cent each day, under the country’s first Zero Waste Master Plan.
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

PM Lee asks The Online Citizen to remove article and Facebook post that repeated ‘false allegations’
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday (Sep 1) asked The Online Citizen to remove an article and Facebook post that repeated several false allegations and for the news outlet to publish a full and unconditional apology.
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

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The 10th dead dugong of this year found on Koh Libong
A dead dugong was found beached near an estuary on Libong Island in Thailand’s southern province of Trang on Sunday morning.
— Thai PBS News

New storm to bring more rain to Isan
The northeastern region is braced for more rain, heavy in some locations, until Tuesday due to the impact of a less severe storm currently over China.
— Bangkok Post

9th dead sea turtle found this year in Sattahip
A green sea turtle was found dead and floating in the sea off the Na Chom Thien beach in Sattahip district of Thailand’s eastern province of Chon Buri on Saturday.
— Thai PBS News

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Investors expect positive changes in Vietnam’s PPP investment law
The absence of guarantees related to minimum returns and foreign exchange risks have kept investors away from Vietnam’s large transport infrastructure projects.
— The Hanoitimes

Vietnam’s surprise GDP revision risks damaging economic credibility
At the stroke of a pen, the Communist-ruled country is revising upward the size of its gross domestic product — by a whopping 25.4% — for the seven-year period from 2011 to 2017.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Hanoi pledges favorable conditions for startups
Hanoi expects its startup community can find solutions to the city’s urgent problems at the forum by exchanging experience with foreign experts.
— The Hanoitimes

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