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HONG KONG

HK ENJOYS INDEPENDENT JUDICIAL POWER

 

The Department of Justice has released a statement stating that HK enjoys independent judicial power including final adjudication. The State Council's Information Office's white paper explains the situation concerning the 'One country, two systems' policy. Full story here.


INDONESIA

Birds ties up with two Indonesian firm

 

Bird & Bird has forged strategic alliances with two leading Indonesian law firms – IP boutique firm K&K Advocates and business law firm Nurjadin Sumono Mulyadi & Partners (NSMP) – as it looks to increase the breadth of its services in that country. Full story here.

 

Indonesia 'sets mining export tax cut in draft regulation'

 

Indonesia is drafting a new mining export tax that would more than halve the base rate to be paid by miners. But doubts remain whether it would be accepted by major copper miners and end a five-month-old dispute that has halted concentrate exports. Full story here. 


KOREA

KOREAN E-GOVERNMENT PLACES FIRST IN UN SURVEY

 

Korea's system of online government services has earned first place in the 2014 United Nations (UN) e-Government Survey. The biannual survey has now given Korea the top rank in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Full story here.

 

IMPACT OF NORTH KOREA-JAPAN DEAL ON EFFORTS TO END NUKE PROGRAM

 

South Korea's foreign minister has announced on June 30, 2014 that a recent deal between North Korea and Japan is feared to impede cooperation among Seoul, Washington, and Tokyo in resolving the issue of the North's nuclear weapons program. Full story here.


MALAYSIA

 

I-CARDS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS TO BE ISSUED JULY 1, 2014

 

The Department of Immigration will begin issuing a new identification card for international students called I-Card starting on July 1, 2014. Full story here.

 

MALAYSIA TO FORGE CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION FOR SABAH SECURITY

 

Bi-lateral Cooperation; Security; Philippines; Indonesia; Brunei;

Malaysia's Ministry of Defence will be working alongside the Philippines, Indonesia and Brunei to strengthen security in Sabah. Full story here.

 

LAJIM RETAINS SEAT AFTER FEDERAL COURT DISMISSES APPEAL

 

The Federal Court has dismissed an appeal from a Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate to nullify the election result for the Klias state seat, which was won by Sabah opposition chief Datuk Lajim Ukin. Full story here. 


MYANMAR

MYANMAR TO GRANT LICENCES TO FOREIGN BANKS IN AUTUMN

 

The central bank of Myanmar has plans to grant licenses to foreign banks with some restrictions by September 2014 to boost cash flow to local businesses. Full story here.

 

MYANMAR, CHINA HOLD TALKS ON BILATERAL COOPERATION

 

President U Thein Sein has visited China to attend the Myanmar-China Summit where bilateral strategic cooperation was discussed. Full story here. 


PHILIPPINES

 

NG RECORDS PHP 11.8 BILLION FISCAL SURPLUS FOR MAY 2014 YEAR-TO-DATE FISCAL SURPLUS AT PHP 8.5 BILLION

 

The National Government (NG) has recorded PHP 11.8 billion fiscal surplus in May2014, resulting to a year-to-date surplus that amounts to PHP 8.5 billion. Full story here.

 

PH WIDENS TOURISM CAMPAIGN WITH PHP 554.4 MILLION FUND

 

The Department of Budget and Management has released PHP 554.4 million to the Tourism Promotions Board to put its marketing and promotional activities into action. Full story here.

 

DRILON TO DBM: MAKE SURE NO PORK IN 2015 BUDGET

 

Senate President Franklin Drilon has called on the Executive through the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Jun 27, 2014 to ensure that the 2015 national budget that is currently being drafted will not include "pork" or anything that resembles the Priority Development Assistance Fund. Full story here.

 

END-APRIL INFRA SPENDING SURGES TO 24.5 PER CENT Y-O-Y

 

Government spending for infrastructure and capital outlay has risen to PHP 93.7 billion as of April 2014, 24.5 per cent higher compared to PHP 75.2 billion in April 2013. Full story here.

 

DOF GIVES ONE-MONTH EXTENSION FOR CUSTOMS BROKERS, IMPORTERS TO FILE FOR ACCREDITATION

 

The Department of Finance has extended the application deadline for importers and brokers from June30, 2014 to July 31, 2014. Full story here.

 

PALACE RELEASES MIDTERM UPDATE OF PHILIPPINE DEVELOPMENT PLAN

 

The Palace has released the midterm update of the Philippine Development Plan for 2011 to 2016 from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) on June 29, 2014. This report can be accessed through the NEDA website. Full story here.

 

AQUINO TO SUBMIT PROPOSED BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW TO CONGRESS AFTER SONA, SAYS PALACE

 

The Malacañang has announced on June 30, 2014 that President Benigno S. Aquino III will submit the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to Congress for ratification after he delivers his State of the Nation Address on July 28, 2014. Full story here. 


SINGAPORE

 

HAZE BILL TO BE TABLED IN PARLIAMENT ON JULY 7, 2014

 

Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan has announced that the Transboundary Haze Pollution Bill, which provides for civil and criminal liability of entities that cause haze in Singapore, will have its first reading in Parliament in July. Full story here.

 

PM RESPONDS TO BLOGGER'S REQUEST FOR MORE DETAILS

 

Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong has responded on June 25, 2014 to blogger Roy Ngerng's request for more details to support Mr Lee's claim for aggravated damages. Full story here.


TAIWAN

Executive Yuan applauds DPP's concern for Taiwan's economy

 

Executive Yuan Spokesperson Sun Lih-chyun has announced on June 29, 2014 that he is happy to send representatives if the government is invited to attend the citizens' economic conference planned by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). He also said that the government applauds the DPP's concern for Taiwan's economic development. Full story here.

 


THAILAND

 

JOINT PRESS BRIEFING BY THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, MINISTRY OF LABOR AND THAI FROZEN FOODS ASSOCIATION ON THE SITUATION ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND FORCED LABOR IN THAILAND

 

On 27 June 2014, M.L. Puntarik Smiti, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labor, Mr. Songsak Saicheua, Director General of the Department of American and South Pacific Affairs and Mr. Poj Aramwattana, President of Thai Frozen Foods Association briefed the press on the progress in explaining the situation on human trafficking and forced labor in Thailand. Full story here.

 

THAI JUNTA EASES MIGRANT WORKER REGISTRATION

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is setting up one-stop service centers to register migrant workers under its pressing measures to fight long-running transnational labor troubles. Full story here.


VIETNAM

 

PM ORDERS IT DEVELOPMENT, APPLICATION

 

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has chaired the first meeting of the National Committee on Information Technology (IT) on June 26, 2014 to focus on developing the IT sector and discuss measures to apply the technology to State agencies. Full story here.

 

PRIME MINISTER APPROVES SEAPORT DEVELOPMENT PLAN

 

The Prime Minister has approved development plans to adjust the seaport system by 2020. This plan will focus on building gateway ports and aims to ensure that imports, exports and exchanges between regions meet socio-economic development requirements. Full story here.

 

VN, JAPAN HOLD HIGH-LEVEL DIALOGUE ON AGRICULTURE

 

Vietnam and Japan have held their first dialogue on agricultural development cooperation in Ha Noi on June 26, 2014 to discuss a bilateral co-operative programme on Vietnam's agricultural sector. Full story here.

 

SURROGACY LAW MIGHT FAIL ITS TARGET DEMOGRAPHIC

 

Newly drafted detailed provisions has made the Surrogacy law stricter for women incapable of child-bearing, which happen to be the law's primary demographic. Full story here.

 

 

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