ASEAN to sign Hong Kong free trade deal in November

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is to sign a free-trade agreement with Hong Kong in November, a Philippine government official said Saturday, September 9, following three years of talks. Keep reading  ...

AFP News Staff

Mekong region racing to bolster cross-border logistics

Southeast Asian countries around the Mekong River are accelerating the improvement of transnational distribution networks, via such hard infrastructure as bridges and roads as well as “soft” measures that include abolishing intraregional tariffs.A focal point of the work is the system of “economic corridor” highways ...

Hiroshi Kotani

Japan looks to spread its customs system in Southeast Asia

Japan aims to broaden exports of its customs management system to Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines, helping Southeast Asia build a regional customs network while easing Japanese businesses’ expansion into the region. Keep reading ...

Nikki News Staff

Asean free trade still a distant notion

Southeast Asia is edging toward a single processing window for cross-border trade, but it all may be a waste of time unless the more advanced nations in the region agree to allow more products over their borders.Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia have already linked their ...

Alan Boyd

Hydro plants power Laos into middle-income status

Speaking at the official opening of the Xenamnoy 2-Xekatam 1 hydropower plant in Champasak province on Friday, Minister of Energy and Mines Dr Khammany Inthirath said the landlocked country has progressed rapidly in producing electricity, which it now supplies to local communities as well as ...

Wichit Chaitrong

Korea, 5 Mekong nations agree to widen cooperation

South Korea and five Southeast Asian countries surrounding the Mekong River agreed on Friday to strengthen diplomatic and economic cooperation during an annual high-level meeting in the southern port city of Busan.Keep reading ...


App combines computer vision and crowdsourcing to explore Earth’s biodiversity, one photo at a time

Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection was developed in large part from the observations and collections of plants, animals and fossils that he made in the Galapagos islands and other stops during his voyage aboard the HMS Beagle. However, Darwin was an amateur ...

Colleen O'Brien

Govt urged to establish Belt and Road taskforce

The Myanmar government is urged to take a proactive role and form a taskforce to carve out its involvement in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). An adviser to the National League for Democracy-led government stressed the need to scrutinize debt while others voiced the ...

Su Phyo Win, Chan Mya Htwe, and Thompson Chau

East Asia, Latin America vow to strengthen cooperative relations

Leaders from 36 countries in East Asia and Latin America have committed to further strengthen their cooperative relations in areas ranging from politics to economics, trade and people-to-people exchanges. Foreign ministers from the two regions met at the 8th FEALAC Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in ...

Somsack Pongkhao

World Bank provides 250b kip for prevention of natural disasters

The World Bank has provided financing of more than 250 billion kip (US$31 million) to Laos, to implement the Lao Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Management project. The project will invest in urban flood risk management in Oudomxay province, and in more reliable hydro-meteorological services across ...

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