Asean morning news for January 1

Asean morning news for January 1
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


In pictures: Asia rings in 2020 new year
From Pyongyang to Singapore, Asia welcomed the new decade – some with festivities and fireworks; others with protests and slogans.

In 2020, Southeast Asia must bridge the technology skills gap
BUSINESSES today are in the thick of the 4th industrial revolution, where technology is the key differentiator in competitive, saturated industries, and possessing the right skills is critical to growth.
— Tech Wire Asia

Assessing Southeast Asia in the 2010s: 5 Big Strategic Trends and How They May Shape the 2020s
While there was no shortage of significant developments in Southeast Asia over the past decade, there was also a shorter list of major trends that ran throughout the decade.
— The Diplomat

From coffee to dentistry: The top 10 funding news that rocked the Southeast Asian startup ecosystem in 2019
There are many reasons why a piece of funding news can rock a startup ecosystem.
— e27

South China Sea maritime border dispute to keep on boil
Beijing’s contested claims over the South China Sea look set to once again dominate regional relations in 2020 with Malaysia formally staking claim to territory off its continental shelf, and Indonesia launching its strongest pushback in years to Chinese incursions in its waters.
— The Australian

Analysts pick London, Ho Chi Minh, Singapore for property investors seeking to avoid Hong Kong’s woes
The new year is promising to be a brighter place for property investors looking for opportunities outside Hong Kong, as industry consultants favour several tried-and-tested locations in Europe and Southeast Asia.
— The Edge Markets

A decade in the Asia-Pacific region: 2010 to 2019
The year 2019 marks the end of a decade defined by natural disasters, political upheavals and mass displacements in the Asia-Pacific region.
— Aljazeera

ASEAN Chamber of Commerce working with MoF to help Malaysian entrepreneurs
The ASEAN Chamber of Commerce seeks to work together with the Finance Ministry in opening up opportunities for Malaysian entrepreneurs to explore markets in the region.
— The Edge Markets

Vietnam ready for ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020: ambassador
The Vietnamese Permanent Mission to ASEAN has completed all preparations for the ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020, a diplomat has said.
— Vietnamplus

KOICA to expand budget for countries in Asia Pacific, Eurasia
Korea’s official development assistance agency will increase its budget for projects in the Asia Pacific by more than 30 percent next year.
— Arirang News (video)

ASEAN 2019 Year in Review: Part 1
2019 was a whirlwind of a year for Southeast Asia. The region experienced tragedies, achievements and faced many challenges in between.
— The Asean Post

Asia Pacific lending reverses to two-year low
Syndicated lending in Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, marginally declined to US$464.24bn in 2019 after briefly flirting with growth a year earlier as the global economy stuttered from the protracted trade tensions between China and the United States.
— Reuters

Asean farm center backs Golden Rice
Another international institution has backed the controversial Golden Rice amid calls of a green group to revoke its approval.
— The Philippine Star

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Cambodia taxpayers to see E-filing system in new year as collections rocket
Cambodia’s General Department of Taxation (GDT) is set to begin rolling out an electronic tax filing (E-filing) system in the new year, the latest move to streamline tax compliance and remove face-to-face contact between taxpayers and tax office employees.
— AEC News Today

Hun Sen’s grand plan to hand power to his son
Cambodia’s politics have been so tumultuous in recent years that it is difficult to predict what will happen over the next few weeks, let alone the coming year. But it won’t take long to get a hint of what to expect in 2020.
— Asia Times

Thousands lose jobs, casinos shut as Cambodia bans online gambling
More than 7,000 Cambodians have lost their jobs and dozens of casinos have been shuttered since a ban on online gambling in August, with more losses expected when the government begins inspections this week, officials said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

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Pollution kills more than 230,000 Indonesians per year: Report
Almost a quarter of a million people in Indonesia die every year because of exposure to toxic air, water or soil or other forms of pollution, making it the country with the fourth-highest number of premature pollution-related deaths in the world.
— The Jakarta Post

Six thousand Indonesians saved from potentially being trafficked
The Indonesian Directorate General of Immigration saved 6,941 Indonesians from potentially falling victim to the criminal act of human trafficking during 2019.
— Antara News

Bakamla: Chinese Ship Trespassing Indonesian Waters Again
The Maritime Security Board (Bakamla) said China’s coast guard vessels have again trespassed North Natuna waters today, December 31.

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Lao Youth Takes Part in Me My Body My Planet My Future Campaign
Hundreds of young people gathered at the campus of the National University of Laos on Dec 29 to take part in cleaning up the campus and interactive sessions on solid waste management and reduction of single-use plastics.

Laos-China railway flicks switch on power supply project
The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by the Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines, Mr Thongphath Inthavong; Managing Director of Electricite Du Laos (EDL), Mr Boun Oum; Vice President of China Southern Power Grid Co., Ltd. (CSG), Mr Chen Yunpeng; and Director of the Yunnan Energy Bureau, Mr Ding Xingzhong.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Top Laotian Times News Stories of 2019
For Laos, the year of 2019 was marked by the impact of natural disasters, including severe and long-lasting drought, as well as flash flooding caused by a succession of tropical storms. Additionally, an earthquake in northern Laos caused damage to several structures and upset the livelihoods of local people, while those in the capital dealt with a prolonged, hazy smog.
— The Laotian Times

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Visa exemption will make Malaysia more attractive holiday destination for 2020
The 15-day visa-free stay in Malaysia next year that has been extended by the government for tourists from China and India will make the country more competitive in attracting them to come for their holiday.
— The Borneo Post

Year 2019 sees Malaysia working consistently to solve bilateral issues with Singapore
An encapsulation of several events in the year 2019 has shown that bilateral relations between Malaysia and Singapore, under the Pakatan Harapan administration, is dynamic and strong amidst outstanding bilateral issues that.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia receives first littoral mission ship from China
The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) officially received ownership of its first littoral mission ship (LMS) from China today.

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Tax rates for vehicle ownership changes may differ after Sept 2020: official
Tax rates for vehicle ownership changes may differ after September 2020 and the vehicle owners may pay 15 per cent of their car market price as a tax after September, said Lian Cin Mang, Director of Road Administration Department (Myinthar) on December 27.
— Eleven Myanmar

Five sectors in Myanmar to watch this year
The Myanmar economy is expected to expand by 7.1 percent in fiscal 2019-20, up from 6.8pc in the previous fiscal year, buoyed by reform momentum, improving business sentiments, strong growth in garment and other manufacturing products, an expansion of tourism-related services and stronger fiscal spending, according to the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office.
— Myanmar Times

Regional trade touched nearly $1 bln in Oct, reports Ministry of Commerce
The value of Myanmar’s regional trade with ASEAN countries through the sea route and border gates was estimated at US$998.18 million in the month of October in the 2019-2020 financial year, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Duterte ramps up media oppression as The Nightcrawlers focuses on media defiance (video)
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has doubled down on his war of words with the Philippines media using a visit to earthquake victims to tell media conglomerate ABS-CBN Corp. that they should sell the company.
— AEC News Today

Typhoon Phanfone death toll in Philippines hits 50 and is expected to rise in New Year
The number of people killed by a powerful storm that pommelled the central Philippines over Christmas has risen to 50, authorities said Tuesday, making it the nation’s deadliest storm of 2019.
— South China Morning Post

Wider current account deficit seen amid strong $ outflow
The Philippines may incur a wider current account (CA) deficit this year on the back of stronger outflows to support the massive infrastructure program of the Duterte administration, according to economists.
— The Philippine Star

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More than 6,000 caught riding e-scooters on footpaths in December
More than 6,000 people were caught riding their e-scooters on footpaths in December, despite a ban on doing so being announced last month.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Offshore and marine sector on board with stricter fuel rules
Offshore and marine players here have been gearing up for stricter fuel rules that kick in today.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bank lending up 0.5% in Nov, but housing loans slide
Bank lending rose slightly in November although housing loans continued to slide, according to data out yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Central bank plays down baht appreciation to under ฿30 to US$1
The Bank of Thailand has played down the steady appreciation of the Thai baht currency, which strengthened to under ฿30 against the US greenback on Monday.
— Thai PBS News

New Year road death toll exceeds 200 in 4 days
Road accidents numbered 1,988, killing 208 and injured 2,031 others during the four days of New Year travel from Friday to Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thai policeman arrested as key suspect in human trafficking of Rohingya
Police have arrested a man who they believe has trafficked at least 200 Rohingya refugees into Thailand on their way to Malaysia.
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam eyes $300 bln exports in 2020
Vietnam targets its export revenues of $300 billion next year despite concerns over trade deficits amid a global economic slump.
— VnExpress

Economy lift to Vietnam from the US-China trade war may ease in 2020
The manufacturing boost from supply-chain shifts into Vietnam could yet narrow on capacity limits, as well as concern over possible backlash from the United States, according to a flash note by Citi analysts Ang Kai Wei and Johanna Chua.
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnam Airlines reaches record profit in 2019
National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines estimates its consolidated pre-tax profit for 2019 at an all-time high of VND3.37 trillion ($146.14 million).
— Vietnam Insider

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