Asean News

Cave visit brings Lao folktale to life

LUANG PRABANG, Laos (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Luang Prabang is full of fascinating places to visit and a week’s holiday is not nearly long enough to see them all.

Lao govt bolsters support for renewable energy

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) -Ivestment in renewable energy is fully supported by the government to ensure power sustainability for domestic consumption as well as export to neighbouring countries.

According to a nine-month report for 2017 by the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the government is now focusing on the development of renewable energy including solar power, wind, biogas, and biofuel.

Laos: Nam Ngum reservoir plan seeking to shore up investors

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Vientiane province’s Department of Planning and Investment is still seeking developers for the “Five Zones” project around the Nam Ngum reservoir, for which the first plan was drafted in 2015.

An official involved with the project, Mr Ounheung Voravong, said yesterday the department has finished its final plan to turn the reservoir in Keo Oudom district into a major tourist destination, aiming to bring more visitors to the province.

Singapore tech firms to pilot innovations in India

SINGPAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - A new bilateral MOU aims to facilitate business partnerships and knowledge exchange between the two countries.

Singapore tech start-ups will have a much easier ride in India, thanks to an agreement signed yesterday (Jan 8).

The deal will let Singaporean firms pilot innovations in India and acquire best practices from tech companies in what has become a thriving innovation centre.

OPINION: Is Yingluck really wanted?

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Junta’s lack of effort suggests they would prefer she stayed overseas.

More than four months after fugitive former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra is known to have fled the country, the powers-that-be seem to still be in the dark over her current whereabouts. But, are they really unaware and are they serious about finding out where she has been in hiding?

Something for everyone at Asean-India event

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - The conference is dealing with issues like trade, held with activities like yoga. 

Yoga, Ayurvedic medicine and the art of pattachitra scroll painting were various facets of Indian culture which featured on the sidelines of a conference held at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre yesterday (Jan 6).

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).