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Singapore hosts 44th ASEAN Ports Association Meeting

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have hosted the 44th ASEAN Ports Association (APA) Meeting on 27 and 28 November 2018. The annual meeting was officially opened by the Chairman of MPA, Mr. Niam Chiang Meng, at the Conrad Centennial Hotel this morning.
Date: 27 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Maritime and Port Authority

Vietnam attends workshop on ASEAN in Algeria

ALGIERS, Nov 28 (VNA) - Vietnamese Ambassador to Algeria Pham Quoc Tru has highlighted the importance of joining ASEAN to the socio-economic development of Vietnam, as well as the country’s role in ASEAN at present at a workshop in Algiers on November 27.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vietnam News Agency

Solutions to end Sexual Harassment against Women, Girls in Public

HCM City, Nov 28 (VNA) - The White Ribbon Breakfast 2018 and safe orange bus journey were launched in Ho Chi Minh City on November 28 in response to the Action Month for Gender Equality and prevention of gender-based violence and the 16-day global campaign on ending violence against women and girls.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vietnam News Agency

Cabinet drafts Resolution on Socio-economic Development Tasks for 2019

HANOI, Nov 27 (VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired a cabinet meeting on November 27 on the drafting of Resolution No.01 on major tasks and solutions to implement the socio-economic development and State budget estimate for 2019.
Date: 27 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vietnam News Agency

Government called on to halt ‘Judicial Politicisation’

Six global union federations on Monday issued a joint statement calling on the government to drop charges against local union leaders over involvement in a series of minimum wage protests between 2013 and last year.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Palace releases Bersamin's Appointment Paper as Chief Justice

MANILA, Nov 28 (PNA) - Malacañang released on Wednesday the appointment paper of former Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin as Supreme Court Chief Justice.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOLE urged to follow Labor Code in hiring Foreigners

MANILA, Nov 28 (PNA) - A labor group on Wednesday urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to observe the Labor Code in providing alien employment permit (AEP) for foreign workers.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Indonesia encourages Respect for Democracy, Human Rights in ASEAN

JAKARTA, Nov 28 (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government continues to encourage the promotion of democracy and human rights in the Southeast Asian region, Foreign Ministry Director General of ASEAN Cooperation, Jose Tavares, said in Jakarta on Tuesday.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Indonesia seeks to build Asean-China Mutual Trust in Negotiation

JAKARTA, Nov 28 (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government seeks to build mutual trust between ASEAN and China to encourage progress in the Code of Conduct (CoC) negotiations in the South China Sea dispute region.
Date: 23 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Malaysian Bar condemns Involvement of Lawyers in Unlawful Actions

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Bar today condemned in the strongest terms any involvement by any lawyer in unlawful actions, which it said would amount to gross professional misconduct and a serious breach of professional ethics.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Two Law Firms deny hiring Thugs in Temple Riots Case

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 (Bernama) - Legal firm Skrine today denied that its lawyers were involved in the hiring of thugs that led to the riots near a Hindu temple in Selangor early Monday and yesterday.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

ASEAN Committee in Rome delivers Talk on ASEAN at Scuola di Politche

ROME Nov 23 - The ASEAN Committee in Rome (ACR), in cooperation with the Scuola di Politiche (SdP) and the Italy-ASEAN Association, held the first ASEAN Ambassadors’ Talk with the students and alumni of SdP on 15 November 2018.
Date: 23 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

Visayas and Luzon SMEs back Lower Corporate Income Tax, EODB Reforms

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from Visayas and Luzon have rallied behind the Duterte Administration’s proposed reforms in corporate taxation, which, they said, would enable them to expand their businesses, raise their employees’ salaries and hire more workers.
Date: 23 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Finance

Last Leg of ‘Sulong’ 2018 SME Workshops to be held in Clark, Davao

‘Sulong Pilipinas,’ the annual consultative forum held by the Duterte administration with the private sector, will focus on tax reform and the ‘Build, Build, Build’ infrastructure program this year, with the last two legs to be held at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga and in Davao City on Nov. 26 and 28, respectively.
Date: 25 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Finance

SC revises ETF Guidelines to Boost Retail Participation

The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) today revised its Guidelines on Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), allowing for the issuances of a more diversified range of ETFs in the market. These include futures-based ETFs, synthetic ETFs, physical commodity ETFs, and smart beta ETFs.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Securities Commission

Conservation Organizations propose Regulations on Wildlife Protection

HÀ NỘI, Nov 27 - The Centre for Wildlife Research and Conservation and representatives of 15 domestic and international conservation organisations operating in Việt Nam have proposed additional regulations to protect the country’s wildlife.
Date: 27 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Viet Nam News

Three Examinees drop out of Four-Week Bar Exams: SC

MANILA, Nov 27 (PNA) - Only three examinees did not complete the grueling four week Bar Examinations, the Supreme Court (SC) said Tuesday.
Date: 27 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Conference looks to improve Vietnam’s Labour Market

HANOI, Nov 26 (VNA) - Creating jobs and improving workers’ skills in the context of international integration are important goals for Vietnam, which holds a large workforce, said Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MoLISA) Doan Mau Diep.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vietnam News Agency

Group Appeals SC ruling vs Filipino in College Curriculum

MANILA, Nov 26 (PNA) - A group on Monday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to take a second look at its ruling, which declared as constitutional the order issued by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) excluding Filipino, Panitikan and Philippine Constitution from among the core subjects in the general education curriculum in college.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Nga urges Cabinet to discuss Abolition of Death Penalty with Select Committee First

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 (Bernama) - Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Nga Kor Ming today urged the Cabinet to discuss the proposal to abolish the death penalty with the Consideration of Bills select committee set up by Parliament in August.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

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MITI, MIDA, Intel hold IoT Forum to review Progress

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Intel Malaysia conducted the Internet of Things (IoT) Malaysia Forum 2018 yesterday to review IoT’s progress since its introduction five years ago.

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Unions request Government to set Workers’ Minimum Wage

Unions have asked the government to set the minimum wage for the construction and service sectors and to solve the five other major problems facing them, a statement released on International Human Rights Day on Monday said.

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Dewan Rakyat adjourns, Reform Agenda implemented - Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The reform agenda of the Parliament was implemented at the second meeting of the first term of the 14th Parliament which came to a close today after sitting for 30 days since Oct 15.

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Court proposes Mediation in Theresa Kok's Suit against Jamal

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The High Court today proposed that Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok who filed a libel suit against Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos over alleged misuse of Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) funds, resolve the case via mediation.

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Vietnam, Laos boost Judicial Cooperation

Hanoi, Dec 10 (VNA) - Vietnamese Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and his Lao counterpart Xaysi Santivong agreed to work closely together to launch a bilateral cooperation programme for 2019, during their talks in Hanoi on December 10.

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Nation marks Constitution Day

BANGKOK, 10th December 2018 (NNT) - Today marks National Constitution Day, observing the importance of the administrative document and celebrating its 20 incarnations throughout the democratic history of Thailand.

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Court has Final Say on Trillanes' Travel Abroad: DOJ

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will not prevent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from traveling abroad if no travel ban is handed down by the courts against him.

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Government concerned about Readiness of SMEs to adopt Industry 4.0

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) - The Government is concerned about the readiness of local industries, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to adopt Industry 4.0.

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Memorandum of Understanding between Bank Negara Malaysia and Dubai Financial Services Authority

On 28 November 2018, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on supervisory cooperation for effective supervision of banking and insurance/ takaful/ reinsurance institutions operating in both countries.

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DFA holds first ever Gender and Development Assembly

MAKATI, Dec 6- As part of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) programs to continually mainstreaming gender and development (GAD) policies in its programs and activities, it hosted the agency’s first ever Gender and Development (GAD) Assembly at the Makati Diamond Residences on 06 to 08 November 2018.

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Vietnam, Cambodia PMs attend Business Forum

Vietnam and Cambodia could make their two-way trade value at US$7-8 billion by 2020 as they have established sound cooperation across sectors and their governments have regularly taken measures to remove difficulties for businesses, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said.

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Cambodia, Laos set to boost Bilateral Trade

Cambodia and Laos have pledged to boost trade and investment across their border, while trade volume between the two countries last year was just over $27 million, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.

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Revenue Department says it does not collect Higher Tax from Online Merchants

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - The Revenue Department has insisted that the Revenue Code Amendment Act draft is not intended to make online merchants pay more tax but to analyze the behavior of taxpayers.

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New e-Payment Taxation to facilitate Online Retailers: RD

BANGKOK, Dec 7 (NNT) - The new e-payment taxation is designed to support the growth of electronic transactions and to help online retailers pay the tax more conveniently, said Revenue Department's (RD) Spokesman Pinsai Suraswadi.

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Education minister stresses the Importance of “Rule of Law”

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin has attended a conference with education related officials, stressing the importance of the “rule of law” when introducing policies.

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Go hails Silay City for Fair implementation of Law

MANILA, Dec 7 (PNA) - Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Friday commended Silay City for its fair implementation of laws and ordinances even if it resulted in the removal of a tarpaulin bearing his name at the city plaza.

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JBC opens Application for SC, LEB Vacancies

MANILA, Dec 7 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Friday opened the application for the vacancy in the 15-man Supreme Court (SC).

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Supreme Court suspends Judge over alleged Graft Case

Jakarta, Dec 8 (ANTARA News) - The Supreme Court has decided to temporarily suspend a Semarang district court judge after the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named him a suspect in a graft case.

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