Asean News

Stay united to be strong, Asean told

JAKARTA (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - The new Secretary-General of Asean Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi urged all member countries to stay united as different challenges lie ahead, saying the grouping must ensure it advances towards inclusive growth and sustainable development.

FEATURE: New Asean chief calls for unity


JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ANN) - ​He says this will allow the group to meet different challenges in a changing world.

Lim Jock Hoi takes over as Asean Secretary-General


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, a top trade official and diplomat from Brunei Darussalam, assumed office as the 14th Secretary-General of Asean on January 1, 2018.

Singapore economy beats forecasts to expand 3.1% in Q4

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - The economy was once again led by robust manufacturing growth and supported by the service sector.

The Singapore economy expanded 3.1 per cent in the last three months of 2017, lifted once again by robust manufacturing growth.

This was higher than economist expectations of 2.6 per cent growth but moderated from the 5.4 per cent expansion in the preceding quarter, according to Trade and Industry Ministry (MTI) advance estimates out on Tuesday (Jan 2).

Singapore: Workplace deaths fall to 13-year low

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - 41 workers died in accidents last year, the first time the figure has gone below 50 since 2004.

Fewer workers lost their lives in accidents last year, as workplace deaths dipped to a 13-year lowamid an ambitious push to halve the current fatality rate.

According to fresh figures from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), 41 workers died on the job in accidents, including falling from height and being hit by vehicles.

Regional highway brings prosperity to Laos’ northwest

BOKEO, Laos (Vientiane Times/ANN) -- Almost 10 years after completion, the Greater Mekong Sub-region Northern Economic Corridor Route (R3) has changed people’s living standards for the better along the road thanks to increased trade, transport and tourism.

The sounds of heavy trucks can be heard every morning at the Boten border crossing where drivers wait in long queues to haul their freight from China to Thailand via Laos.

Three major towns in Laos to be declared as cities

CHAMPASSAK, Laos (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The status of three major towns in Laos - Luang Prabang, Kaysone Phomvihane and Pakxe - will be upgraded and they will be declared cities in 2018, officials in charge have confirmed.

The government is keen to upgrade these towns into cities so as to fast track socio-economic development in their provinces and enhance relations with other cities in the region.

FEATURE: ISIS threat continues to haunt Marawi


MANILA (The Straits Times/ANN) - Rumours of the group attacking again are rife; they are already sending out recruitment videos and will always find new leaders after old ones are killed.

Thailand: King concerned over security of citizens in the deep South

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Commander sees improvment in 2018 after understanding with politicians.

His Majesty the King has expressed concern for the security of people in the southern border provinces and instructed the Army to step up protection, the southern Army chief said yesterday.

E-governance making progress in Thailand

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Within the next five years, more than 80 per cent of government offices will use e-documents for identification in the country.