Asean morning news for September 9

Asean morning news for September 9
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Peace pact aims for smoother waters
The Asean-China Ministerial Meeting culminated last month with the early completion of the Single Draft Negotiating Text of the Code of Conduct (CoC) for the South China Sea.
— Bangkok Post

Asean to narrow development gap between member states
Asean member countries have reaffirmed their commitment to narrow the development gap within the economic bloc in the pursuit of shared prosperity and an inclusive economic community.
— Malaysiakini

Laos, Malaysia and Thailand Agree to Expand a Trilateral Power Deal
Laos, Malaysia and Thailand have agreed to expand a trilateral power deal, under which Lao electricity will be sold to the Malaysians via the Thai grid, Thailand’s minister of energy said Thursday.

Start of Latest Mekong Dam Draws Fears of River’s ‘Tipping Point’
Critics of the 1,285-megawatt Xayaburi hydropower dam in northern Laos fear recent upgrades to the controversial project won’t be enough to save the Mekong River from a critical tipping point when it starts churning out electricity at full throttle next month.

Southeast Asia beaches go quiet as Chinese tourists stay home
From quiet beaches in Bali to empty rooms in Hanoi’s hotels, pangs from China’s economic malaise and weakening yuan are being felt across Southeast Asia’s vacation belt.
— Business Mirror

Unregulated firm closes, investors say accounts frozen
Unregulated British firm has closed down, according to a notice on its website, and four investors said their accounts had been frozen.
— Reuters

RCEP meet: ASEAN members, partners reaffirm their resolve to conclude free trade deal talks
The 7th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) ministerial meeting of the 10 members of ASEAN countries and their six FTA (free trade agreement) partners, including India, said the ongoing global uncertainties have added to the urgency to conclude the mega free trade agreement between these nations.
— Business Today

Japan agrees with ASEAN on use of big data
Economy ministers from Japan and ASEAN member states have agreed to cooperate in promoting business by using big data.
— NHK World

2019 National ASEAN Photography Contest
The Public Relations Department of Thailand and the Royal Photographic Society of Thailand have organized a photography exhibition for the winners of the National ASEAN 2019 Photography Contest, which was held this year on the occasion of Thailand assuming the ASEAN Chairmanship for 2019.
— NBT World (video)

Asean pressed to oppose trade war
Southeast Asia’s private sector has called on Asean heads of state and governments to make a collective statement for world economic peace as the simmering trade war threatens the global economy.
— Bangkok Post

Fake medicine giving ASEAN a headache
ASEAN’s reputation as a hub for fake medicine is nothing to sneeze at.
— The Asean Post

Photo contest to depict SEA ‘agripreneurs’
An intergovernment treaty organization hosted by the Philippine government has opened a photo contest on vibrant images that depict enterprising and innovative Southeast Asia young “agripreneurs” who are actively engaged in agriculture now and in the future.

Building an inclusive digital Asean by 2040
Digital for development is more critical than digital development. It is high time Asean countries cooperate to address the digital gap within a country and between countries, to ensure an inclusive Digital Asean by 2040.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Long work hours making ASEAN less productive
Although it is commonly accepted that productivity decreases as hours worked increases, three ASEAN countries rank in the top-10 of a list of countries where people work the most hours per week.
— The Asean Post

Higher trade and foreign investments for Asean in 2018
Asean collectively recorded higher trade and foreign direct investments (FDIs) last year despite current global economic uncertainties and the ongoing trade war between China and the United States (US).
— Malay Mail

Heavy traffic in South China Sea: US vies with China in joint naval drills with Asean members
“Imitation is the sincerest [form] of flattery,” the 19th-century English writer Charles Caleb Colton once famously said.
— South China Morning Post

Cambodia to host Southeast Asia textile and apparel expo
Cambodia will be the venue next month of one of the biggest and most important gatherings of stakeholders in the garment sector in Southeast Asia.
— Khmer Times

Looking back, moving forward: Reflecting on the Mekong Commons after six years
It is now six years since we started the Mekong Commons website and the writing workshops for young writers in the Mekong Region.
— Mekong Commons

Meet the environment defenders fighting for clean energy in Southeast Asia
Harassment, death threats, kidnapping. It’s not easy campaigning for renewable energy in Southeast Asia.
— Eco-Business

Lao-Thai-M’sia project enhances Asean multilateral power trade
The first Lao-Thailand-Malaysia Power Integration Project (LTM-PIP) is seen as a milestone to enhance multilateral electricity trade in the Asean Power Grid (APG) and the region towards energy security, sustainability and cost efficiency.
— Daily Express

South Korea-Asean, common concerns
The third summit between South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is still two months away in November, but it is already being promoted in the media.
— The Manila Times

Southeast Asia’s lucrative tuna industry
Tuna is the world’s most valuable fish. It can be found in inexpensive cans on a supermarket shelf or on the auction block being sold at high prices for its premium flesh, destined for high-end Japanese restaurants that serve sushi and sashimi.
— The Asean Post

Vietnam to host ASEAN peacekeeping meeting
Vietnam officially assumed the role of the host of the 8th Annual General Meeting of ASEAN Peacekeeping Centres Network (APCN) in 2020 within the closing session of the 7th APCN held in Malaysia on September 6.
— Nhan Dan Online

D&L among most favored ASEAN firms; Lao in top CEOs
D&L Industries has been ranked as the fourth of only six most honored companies in ASEAN by New York-based Institutional Investor in its 2019 All-Asia Executive Team survey.
— Manila Bulletin

Rising wedding costs in Southeast Asia
In Southeast Asia, traditional weddings have become national identities, with cultural dresses worn for ceremonies.
— The Asean Post

Why Southeast Asia shouldn’t worry about ‘brain drain’
The brain drain is a myth that reduces skilled migration to a zero-sum game in which one country “gains” brain-power which is “drained” out of another.
— VnExpress International

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Potential Loss of EU Trade Benefits for Cambodia, Could Impact Borrowers
In February, the European Commission launched an official process that could see Cambodia being temporarily withdrawn from Everything But Arms (EBA) benefits, due to a significant decline in human rights and democratic standards.

Couple shot dead over land dispute
Police in Mondulkiri province yesterday arrested a woman suspected of killing her neighbours over a land dispute in Koh Nhek district’s Rovak village.
— Khmer Times

Flooding Forces Thousands to Be Evacuated in Stung Treng Province
Around 2,000 families Saturday were moved to higher ground in Stung Treng Province due to flooding along the Mekong River, a spokesman says.
— Themy Themy

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Indonesia to launch cultural capital index to boost development
In a bid to boost cultural and artistic development in the country, the government is set to launch the cultural capital index next month to help formulate better cultural programs, in addition to the hefty cultural endowment funding initiated by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserves soar to 17-month high in August
Indonesia’s foreign exchange (FX) reserves increased to US$126.4 billion in August, the most since February last year, prolonging an upward trend that has been seen since May.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia nickel-ore export U-turn throws up investor red flag: analysts
Indonesia’s surprise plan to roll out a nickel-ore export ban two years early could scare foreign investors away from Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, analysts say, as it cements a reputation for policy flip-flops.
— Coconuts

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Lao political activist disappears
A Lao activist working in Bangkok has disappeared after criticising his country’s government online and in public protests, Lao sources say.
— Bangkok Post

Over 122,800 Households Affected By Flood In Southern Laos
Mr Vilayphong Sisomvang, Acting Director, Department of Social Welfare, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare gives an interview to journalists about flood in southern Laos on Sep 8, 2019

Laos, Malaysia and Thailand Agree to Expand a Trilateral Power Deal
Laos, Malaysia and Thailand have agreed to expand a trilateral power deal, under which Lao electricity will be sold to the Malaysians via the Thai grid, Thailand’s minister of energy said Thursday.

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New water tariffs for all states in the offing
The new rates for water tariff in all states maybe announced at the latest by the end of the year. Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar said however before the announcement by his ministry, the matter will be brought to the cabinet for discussion.
— The Borneo Post

Bill to control vaping, e-cigarettes soon
The Health Ministry will be tabling a new Bill on the usage of tobacco, vape, electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) and shisha in Parliament by March 2020 sitting.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Malaysia rejects Philippine Foreign Affairs secretary’s statement on Sabah
Malaysia has unequivocally rejected the statement of Philippine Foreign Affairs secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr concerning Sabah at the Budget Briefing of the Committee on Appropriation on Sept 4.
— The Star Online

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Myanmar State Counsellor calls on public not to panic over banking industry rumours
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi conveyed a message through MPs from her party to people not to panic over the current rumours related with the banking and finance industry.
— BNI Online

US voices concern over Myanmar army’s lawsuit against religious leader
The United States said on Thursday (Sep 5) it was deeply concerned about the Myanmar army’s filing of a lawsuit against a religious leader who told President Donald Trump the military oppressed Christians in the Buddhist-majority country.
— Channel NewsAsia

Marine export earnings hit over 670 m USD in 11 months
Till August 30 of 2018-2019 fiscal year, export earnings from marine products reached 674.048 million US dollars, up 25.427 million US dollars compared with 648.621 million US dollars last year, according to the figures released by the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Another suicide bombing hits Sulu
A suicide bomber, suspected to be a woman, was killed when the bomb strapped to her body went off at the entrance of a military detachment in Indanan, Sulu on Sunday, the military said.
— The Manila Times

PEZA locators threaten to exit over new tax bill
Foreign companies operating in economic zones are preparing to exit the country once the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act is passed into law, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority said over the weekend.

House to begin debates on proposed 2020 budget on Sept. 10
The House of Representatives will start deliberations for the proposed ₱4.1-trillion budget for 2020 on Tuesday, September 10.
— CNN Philippines

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Singapore payment firms to tap specialised legal expertise on compliance under new plan
THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) have rolled out a payments regulatory evaluation programme to help connect the payments industry with legal service providers.
— The Business Times

Firms must ensure minimal impact on commuters if they offer courier services: LTA
A growing number of ride-hailing and taxi drivers are expected to take on courier jobs during off-peak period, but commuters need not worry about this affecting the number of rides available.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Funky Fields organic vegan spreadable recalled due to ‘undisclosed allergen’
A recall has been issued for Funky Fields Organic Vegan Spreadable, an alternative to butter, due to the presence of whey protein, an undeclared allergen.
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

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Thailand dangles 50% tax cut for manufacturers fleeing China
Thailand announced a package of incentives Friday, including a 50% tax cut, for companies to relocate production to the slowing Southeast Asian economy from China amid the Sino-American trade war.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Lao activist latest asylum-seeker to go missing in Thailand: right groups
A political activist from Laos who fled to Thailand has gone missing after seeking refugee status with the United Nations, the latest in a series of disappearances of refugees and asylum-seekers in the region, rights groups said on Friday.
— Reuters

Leading Thai retailers to stop handing out plastics
Giant retailers, plastic manufacturing titans, and department stores reached an agreement on Friday (Sept 6) to stop handing out single-use plastic bags to customers starting early next year.
— The Phuket News

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Vietnam becomes the world’s fifth largest fish exporter
Vietnamese exports of fish and shellfish reached US$5.52 billion in the first eight months of the year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported on Saturday.
— Plenglish

Việt Nam’s fiscal deficit forecast to be at 6.6% of GDP in 2019
Việt Nam’s fiscal deficit, including principal repayments, would come in at 6.6 per cent of GDP in 2019 and 2020, up from 5.9 per cent in 2018, Fitch Solutions Macro Research forecast.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam among top targets for phishing in Southeast Asia
Vietnam is among the top three target countries for phishing websites in Southeast Asia in the first half of the year, according to the global cybersecurity company Kaspersky.
— VietnamPlus

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