Southeast Asia

Nestlé Highlights Nature-based Solutions at Climate Week NYC 2020

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 6:00pm

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Restoring and protecting forests is one of the ways Nestl is harnessing nature to fight climate change.

Key Points: 
  • ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Restoring and protecting forests is one of the ways Nestl is harnessing nature to fight climate change.
  • This week Nestl announced its latest reforestation initiative Project RELeaf, a program that will plant three million indigenous trees in Malaysia over the next three years.
  • Nestl will invest approximately $4.4 million (equivalent to CHF 4 million)1 into Project RELeaf over the three-year period.
  • Project RELeaf builds on the pioneering Kinabatangan Rileaf Project, established by Nestl in 2011, which helped plant one million trees in Sabah.

Global Dimethyl Succinate Market Report 2020: Analysis and Forecast 2015-2025, by Manufacturers, Regions, Technology, Application - ResearchAndMarkets.com

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 1:19pm

The "Dimethyl Succinate Global Market Insights 2020, Analysis and Forecast to 2025, by Manufacturers, Regions, Technology, Application" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Key Points: 
  • The "Dimethyl Succinate Global Market Insights 2020, Analysis and Forecast to 2025, by Manufacturers, Regions, Technology, Application" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
  • This report describes the global market size of Dimethyl Succinate from 2015 to 2019 and its CAGR from 2015 to 2019, and also forecasts its market size to the end of 2025 and its CAGR from 2020 to 2025.
  • The key countries for each region are also included such as United States, China, Japan, India, Korea, ASEAN, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, CIS, and Brazil etc.
  • The report includes global key players of Dimethyl Succinate as well as some small players.

Ontario Teachers’ Expands Presence in Asia Pacific With New Singapore Office

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 2:00am

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board (Ontario Teachers) opens a new office in Singapore today to enhance its existing capabilities in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.

Key Points: 
  • Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board (Ontario Teachers) opens a new office in Singapore today to enhance its existing capabilities in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.
  • Expanding our presence in Asia is critical to our future growth, said Ben Chan, Regional Managing Director, Asia, who will oversee operations for the Singapore office.
  • Ontario Teachers Hong Kong office, established in 2013, will continue to focus on the north APAC geographies including Greater China, South Korea and Japan.
  • Ontario Teachers Infrastructure and Natural Resources (INR) team covering Asia Pacific, led by the recently hired Bruce Crane, Managing Director, INR, APAC, will be based in the Singapore office, given the proximity to the growth opportunities in India, ASEAN and ANZ.

Strengthening EU-ASEAN partnership, an urgent necessity

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 12:05am

With its ten member states, this association, founded in 1967, now has a population of 650 million inhabitants, more than the 450 million of the European Union.

Key Points: 
  • With its ten member states, this association, founded in 1967, now has a population of 650 million inhabitants, more than the 450 million of the European Union.
  • In 2018, the combined GDP of the ASEAN has been $3 trillion, compared with $16 trillion for the European Union.

A very rapid economic growth


    The ASEAN countries have benefited in particular from the growing desire of many economic actors, whether Chinese or Western, to find places outside China, but in its vicinity, to set up production facilities or to find subcontractors in sectors such as textiles, electronics or automobile equipment.  

Less integration than in the European Union


    The degree of integration of ASEAN is, however, hardly comparable for the moment with that of the European Union: unanimity remains the basic rule in all domains for decision making and the means available to the organisation's central bodies are still very limited. However, this could change under the impact of both the current crisis and the growing strategic rivalry between the United States and China.  

“The shock of the COVID-19 crisis remains very strong in the ASEAN region. Especially since the social protection systems are still limited in those countries.”

    • The health crisis as such has been quite well managed by the ASEAN countries.
    • However, the current economic crisis is expected to lead this year to a recession estimated at 2.6% of GDP in the region and unemployment is rising rapidly.
    • Especially since the social protection systems are still limited in those countries.
    • 11 million people are at risk of falling into poverty this year in the ASEAN.

“Europe has mobilised over €800 million through the Team Europe initiative to help the ASEAN region to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, more than any other partner of the region."

    • The European Union has not remained inactive to help the region to face that crisis.
    • In ASEAN alone, we mobilised over 800 million through the Team Europe initiative, more than any other partner of the region.
    • In August, China inked a deal with Indonesia for the supply of 40 million doses of vaccine from November 2020.
    • Reboot the economy The second priority for ASEAN, as for Europe, is of course to reboot the economy.
    • Meanwhile the disruptions of the global value chain heavily hit manufacturing in ASEAN countries, forcing them to reflect on their positioning.
    • Japan effectively encourages this trend, heavily subsidising domestic manufacturers to transfer their overseas production bases from China to Southeast Asia.

“Having been the number one source of Foreign direct investment (FDI) in ASEAN over many years, the EU is committed to stepping up our economic partnership to speed up recovery.”

    • Having been the number one source of Foreign direct investment (FDI) in ASEAN over many years, the EU is committed to stepping up our economic partnership.
    • The EU is negotiating agreements with other ASEAN countries and we should pursue these with renewed urgency.

Building up on our numerous EU-ASEAN programmes

    • In parallel, we will build on our numerous EU-ASEAN programmes to facilitate trade and integration to speed up economic recovery.
    • The launching of the EU-supported ASEAN Customs Transit System later this year is one example.
    • We look also forward to finalise an Air Transport Agreement with ASEAN as soon as possible.
    • The agreement would be the first of its kind, creating the world's biggest aviation market for over one billion people.
    • An immediate common objective should be to establish an EU-ASEAN energy dialogue to tap into the potential of sustainable connectivity and the green recovery.

“Around 40% of the EU’s foreign trade goes through the South China Sea. The EU cannot allow countries to undermine international law and maritime security in that area.”

    • The EU cannot allow countries to unilaterally undermine international law and maritime security in the South China Sea.
    • Any disruption or instability affects trade flows for everyone: around 40% of the EUs foreign trade goes through the South China Sea.
    • The EU looks forward to the conclusion of the talks on a substantive and legally binding Code of Conduct in the South China Sea between ASEAN and his neighbours.

Asian security is closely linked to European security

    • Asian security is closely linked to European security.
    • Thats why, for example, we are working with our ASEAN partners to deploy counterterrorism advisors in several of our European Union Delegations across Asia.
    • Last year, the EU signed also an agreement on Vietnams participation in our European military and civilian missions, which are deployed from the Indian Ocean to Africa.
    • I hope it will be the first of many with our friends in ASEAN, because our missions do not only serve European interests.
    • They serve the interest of peace and security in some of the most troubled parts of the world.

The significance of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP)

    • In this context, the planned signature of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP), negotiated since 2012 with China, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand at the ASEAN Summit next November has much gained in significance.
    • Despite India dropping out the agreement, the signing of RCEP will be for ASEAN a major statement in favour of its own centrality and of an open multilateral trade system.
    • And neither ASEAN nor the EU are ready to become part of any sphere of influence.

“ASEAN will always find in the EU a trustworthy, reliable and predictable partner. We have only a clear and public agenda: to defend the rules-based international system. ”

    • Therefore I gave to my counterparts and to the public in the region the strong message that they will always find in the European Union a trustworthy, reliable and predictable partner.
    • We have no hidden agenda, only a clear and public one: to defend the rules-based international system.
    • And we share with ASEAN the special responsibility to uphold the global, multilateral order.

Disruptive Global Pandemic Calls for Business Innovations in the Asia-Pacific Energy and Environment Industry, 2020

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 2:10pm

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has brought in new opportunities and business ideas in the midst of economic disruption.

Key Points: 
  • NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has brought in new opportunities and business ideas in the midst of economic disruption.
  • The entire value chain in energy and environment industries is affected and it is almost certain that most industry players will register a decline in growth rates in 2020.
  • In the microgrid segment, behind-the-meter application will come into sharp focus in the ASEAN region in 2020.
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ASEAN-EU Ministerial Conference: Remarks by High Representative/

Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 12:03am

Today the European Union participated in the ASEAN Regional Forum following which the High Representative co-chaired with Singapore Foreign Minister VivianBalakrishnanthe ASEAN-EU Ministerial Conference.

Key Points: 
  • Today the European Union participated in the ASEAN Regional Forum following which the High Representative co-chaired with Singapore Foreign Minister VivianBalakrishnanthe ASEAN-EU Ministerial Conference.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic is the last in a series of global challenges that require amultilateral response, which our two organisationsare attachedto.
  • None of us neither ASEAN nor the EU is ready to become part of any sphere of influence, not to say new Cold Wars.
  • The EU has been at the forefront of the global response to the Coronavirus.
  • We have also assistedourpartners around the world in tackling the virus and its socio-economic impact.
  • In ASEAN alone, wemobilised over 800 million in assistance, more than any other partner ofASEAN.
  • Andtoday, I would propose that our experts - fromtheEU andfromASEAN - get together to see how best we can cooperate on vaccine security.
  • We will build on our numerous EU-ASEANprogrammesto facilitate trade and integration andtobuild infrastructure to speed up economic recovery.
  • The launching of the EU-supported ASEAN Customs Transit System later this year is just one example of this support.
  • The agreement would be the first ofthiskind, creating the world's biggest aviation market for over one billion people.
  • We are focusing onCOVID-19 and the economic impact,butwe shouldalsobe vigilant about the undercutting of the international rules-based order in other domains.

HR Tech Festival Asia Online 2020 Unites the HR Community in Asia to Navigate the New Era of HR and People Management

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 12:30am

"Year 2020 is an exceptional year that herald in the new era of HR and the workplace.

Key Points: 
  • "Year 2020 is an exceptional year that herald in the new era of HR and the workplace.
  • To show solidarity with the HR community, we have decided to offer complimentary access to our flagship event, HR Tech Festival Asia Online.
  • "The HR Tech Festival Asia Online 2020 is the ideal platform for practitioners in human development to find out what's new across ASEAN.
  • HR Tech Festival Asia Online 2020 will take place from 29 September-1 October 2020 from 10am-4pm (GMT +8) daily.

CIFIT 2020's Country Guest Of Honour Philippines Teases New Multimarket Brand For International Investors

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 12:00am

China and ASEAN investors attending the Fair will also experience the first unveiling of the Philippines' new international investment brand "Make It Happen In The Philippines" the Philippines' first sustained and unified multi-sector, multi-market campaign designed to drive foreign investment leads.

Key Points: 
  • China and ASEAN investors attending the Fair will also experience the first unveiling of the Philippines' new international investment brand "Make It Happen In The Philippines" the Philippines' first sustained and unified multi-sector, multi-market campaign designed to drive foreign investment leads.
  • Promoting the market's resilience, adaptability and positive 'make it work' mindset, the 'Make It Happen In The Philippines' investment brand will be brought to life at CIFIT with bespoke content, marketing brochures and a selfie wall.
  • Investors will be able to experience the new brand and the scale of the Philippines' economic growth success story by visiting www.philippines.business through monitors and laptops on the stand.
  • We look forward to sharing our "Make It Happen" story and partnering with the world's investors at CIFIT 2020 and beyond."

The New Normal Brings in a New Era but We Can Navigate Through the Path: a Strong Message Given at the ASEAN 53rd Anniversary Online Symposium Organized by AJC

Friday, August 21, 2020 - 10:24am

Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN, delivered his keynote address (Photo: Business Wire)

Key Points: 
  • Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN, delivered his keynote address (Photo: Business Wire)
    The Symposium was opened by H.E.
  • Mr. Myint Thu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Japan and ACT Chair.
  • Dato Lim also acknowledged that the post-pandemic world would present fundamental changes in the way ASEAN economic activities were structured.
  • AJC organizes the ASEAN Anniversary Symposium since 2017 to commemorate the establishment of ASEAN, bringing together ASEAN stakeholders and the Japanese public and private sectors to discuss the current issues in ASEAN.

Indonesia: Statement by the Spokesperson on the 15th anniversary

Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 12:05am

15 August 2020 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement.

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  • 15 August 2020 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement.
  • The peace agreement brought an end to 30 years of conflict.
  • Acehs example serves as an inspiration of how, through negotiations and strong political will, peace can be achieved even in the most dire of circumstances.
  • We remain committed to Aceh's socio-economic development and to the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding.