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EU donates K2.3 billion to ‘Mora’ victims in Rakhine

The European Union (EU) has donated K2.3 billion (US$1.68 million) to help tens of thousands of victims of tropical cyclone ‘Mora’ in the northern part of Rakhine State, the union said in a statement. The cyclone damaged nearly 50,000 structures in Myanmar, including more than 21,000 ...

EU launches World Cities Vietnam

The European Union launched a project yesterday, entitled World Cities Việt Nam, which aims to promote the exchange of experience and best practice on regional and urban development policies. Two Vietnamese cities – Hà Nội and HCM City – are being paired with two European ...

EU launches call for proposals to support UXO clearance

The European Union has made available 2.4 million euros to be spent on projects that implement activities to support the removal of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Laos. The EU is calling for project proposals that are designed to reduce the number of UXO casualties, to ...

Energizing EU-ASEAN trade

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström visited Manila recently to discuss trade with ASEAN Economic Ministers. The summit was a milestone in itself as the Ministers discussed the next steps toward the resumption of the ASEAN-EU Free Trade Agreement negotiations as well as ways to enhance ...

Thai fishing industry: abuses continue in unpoliced waters, Greenpeace claims

An international crackdown on human rights abuses in the Thai fishing industry has resulted in vessels travelling thousands of miles further into remote and lawless waters, where trafficked men continue to be beaten and sold at sea, a 12-month Greenpeace investigation alleges. According to the ...

EU pressure effective?

In recent years, communities displaced by sugar plantations have attempted to reclaim their land by targeting the plantations’ investors and buyers overseas, but a study published last week in the peer-reviewed Journal of Civil Society suggests such efforts may disappoint. Author Young Sokphea notes that ...

Agricultural products exported to EU must meet health standards

Farms, market gardens, packaging units and companies that export plants and other agricultural products to the EU are required to register with the relevant authorities. This will enable them to obtain certification from district agriculture and forestry offices, according to a recent announcement by the Ministry ...

European companies plan to up trade, investment in ASEAN

Most European companies will increase trade and investment in an integrated Association of Southeast Asian Nations over the next five years, according to a survey, although many also expressed frustration at existing trade barriers. The 2016 EU-ASEAN Business Sentiment Survey showed that 85% of European respondents ...

Cambodian traders test derivatives market

Sitting in a cafe on Phnom Penh’s Sothearos Boulevard in August, a group of young Cambodians gazed at their computer screens, watching the movement of currency around the globe. During their regular weekday trading session in the foreign exchange market, dubbed forex or FX, they anticipate ...

Survey: EU businesses planning to expand in ASEAN

Majority of European businesses are planning to expand their investment and operations in ASEAN, including the Philippines, as the region grows in global importance and increasing profits, but they also said that trade barriers in the region hamper their ability to reach maximum economic potential, ...

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