Asean News

'Unemployment could rise in future due to shortage of skills, not jobs'

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN)- Shortage of skills, not jobs, could cause rise in unemployment in the future, said Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say.

More young investors entering into Malaysian market

KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/ANN) - The increase in Central Depository System accounts among the young is a result of targeted efforts to attract young investors.

Asean foreign ministers will meet U.S. counterpart this week

PHNOM PENH (Rasmei Kampuchea Daily/ ANN) - The Asean foreign ministers will meet their U.S. counterpart in the new American administration this week, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia’s news release.

 “This upcoming event will be the first meeting between Asean Foreign Ministers and Secretary of State of the United States of America since the new administration of President Donald Trump took office in January this year”, it underlined.

De Lima slams ‘old man’ Duterte as having ‘EQ of six-year-old’

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Detained Senator Leila de Lima admonished President Rodrigo Duterte’s continued attacks against media outlets, calling him an old man with childish vindictiveness.

Detained Senator Leila de Lima called President Rodrigo Duterte an “old man” that has an “EQ of a six-year-old.”

De Lima made the remark in reaction to Duterte’s continued attacks against some media outlets, particularly ABS-CBN and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Lao U-15 girls to challenge group of death in AFC tournament

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Laos’ young female footballers will face the so-called group of death in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-15 Girls Championship to be held in Vientiane from May 8-20.

Laos is in Group A, which also comprises Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand. Group B consists of Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore.

Bolster alliance, Brunei's sultan tells Asean

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - Asean’s economic and security interests are closely tied to developments beyond the region, and therefore, the grouping needs to strengthen cooperation with its partners in areas of mutual interest and ensure stable relations among them, as both are vital to continued peace, stability and prosperity.

Lao actress promotes screen performance at Asean Film Festival

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) -  A Lao actress has been promoting her film, “Dearest Sister”, to audiences at the 2017 Bangkok Asean Film Festival held in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday.

Tot Vilouna spoke about her impressions of the experience to Vientiane Times on Thursday after coming off the red carpet.

“I really appreciated being a representative of Lao film to Thai people as well as people from across Asean who were excited to catch a glimpse of the new film,” she said.

Asean reporters beef up on Silk Road developments

HUNAN (Vientiane Times/ANN) -  Asean reporters are now better placed to gather important information about the Maritime Silk Road in China next year after taking part in the “Jointly Building 21st  Century Maritime Silk Road” programme in Hunan and Jiangxi provinces, China, from April 17-27.

After sharing in the event last month, editors and journalists will now have the opportunity to visit the Silk Road project in China.

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong urges Asean to press on with economic integration

MANILA (The Straits Times/ANN)- Unity, integration will secure group's future and relevance on international stage

Asean keen to seal major trade pact

MANILA (The Straits Times/ANN) - Leaders to take stock of progress on regionwide free trade pact when they meet in Manila today.

Asean leaders have instructed officials to try and conclude a regionwide free trade pact by the end of this year, the grouping's top official said.