Online workshop on physical inspection of timber shipments in the Lower Mekong Region hosted by the CITES Secretariat

The Lower Mekong Region is home to around 100 CITES-listed tree species. These include CITES Appendix-II timber-producing species of rosewoods (genus Dalbergia), yew trees (genus Taxus spp.), and agarwood (genus Aquilaria), some of which are highly valuable for international trade. This has made some of these species a target ...

Laos pushes into crypto as it authorises mining and trading

Laos has authorised the mining and trading of cryptocurrencies, in a policy shift by the debt-laden south-east Asian nation that positions it to profit from the crackdown on digital currency mining in China. Analysts said the move was a logical step for the landlocked, communist-ruled country ...

John Reed

Thailand Starts Factory Worker Vaccine Drive to Protect Exports

Thailand has launched a pilot program to test, vaccinate and isolate factory workers to limit Covid-related disruptions to its export-driven manufacturing industry, one of the few bright spots in an economy crushed by the virus.  The “Factory Sandbox” initiative aims to protect 3 million jobs and ...

Randy Thanthong-Knight

Plastic waste imports are 'unwanted'

More than 100 environmental groups have called on the government to prohibit the import of plastic waste and instead encourage the use of domestic plastic waste for recycling as a way to safeguard the environment and promote the circular economy. The network of 107 civil society ...

POST REPORTERS

Foreign Secretary visits Vietnam to strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation on trade and global challenges

In his second visit within 9 months, the Foreign Secretary has met counterpart Vietnamese Foreign Minister, Minister Bui Thanh Son, to discuss the implementation of the UK-Vietnam Strategic Partnership Agreement, in addition to subjects such as the global health security, climate change and Myanmar. The visit ...

FCDO Communication Team

Bear paws, pangolin scales: Wildlife trade flourishing in Mekong

A new study by TRAFFIC, a group that monitors the illegal trade in wildlife, has found thousands of animal parts and products – from pangolin scales to ivory and bear bile – for sale in five countries in mainland Southeast Asia, underlining the region’s struggle ...

AL JAZEERA

Mekong Delta farmers face difficulties due to rising agricultural supply prices

The prices of animal feed climbed sharply Mr. Nguyen Thanh Binh, Director of Chau Thanh Fisheries Production and Service Cooperative in Dong Thap Province, said that from the end of 2020 to now, the price of fish feed has escalated sharply. On the contrary, the price ...

SGGP

Asia Pacific Leaders Make Joint Appeal for Free, Fair Trade

Asia Pacific leaders set aside differences Friday with their first joint communique in three years, calling for free and predictable trade to help a global economy laid low by the coronavirus pandemic. Leaders of the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which included U.S. President Donald Trump ...

Reuters

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta ships out $783M in seafood

Seafood exports by Vietnam’s Mekong Delta provinces are picking up after a lull caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Ca Mau, one of the largest shrimp producing provinces, struggled earlier this year, but exports have been improving recently due to authorities’ support and businesses’ own efforts. Shrimp exports ...

Asia News Network

Myanmar agricultural exports hit over USD3.6 billion

Data released by the Myanmar Commerce Ministry on Monday showed that the country saw more than USD3.61 billion from agricultural exports in more than 11 months of the current fiscal year (FY) 2019-2020. The agricultural exports of the current fiscal year expanded USD500 million in comparison ...

MENAFN

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