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Malaysia Can Become Hub For ASEAN Market

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HONG KONG – Malaysia can become a hub for distributing products from overseas to the ASEAN market for which Hong Kong has grown itself into for decades. Hence, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi urged Malaysian investors to take advantage of the vast opportunities before them with the signing of the Free-Trade…

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ASEAN Way Brings Stability, Prosperity To Region

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  KUALA LUMPUR – The ASEAN way, as it has been called, has brought stability and prosperity to the region, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He said many authorities were now saying that it was a far more suitable model for ASEAN members, and for other developing nations, than those of other…

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30th Asean Summit Opens

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MANILA – The 30th Asean Summit themed, “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World,” the first of the two leaders-level summits the Philippines will host in 2017 as part of its chairmanship, was officially opened today. The theme reflects the Philippines advocacy to promote unity with and among its 10 member states and its global partners.…

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ASEAN Should Take Bold Measures To Maintain Momentum

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MANILA – The 10-member regional grouping, ASEAN which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year should take bold measures as it moves forward, Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said today. “It is the 50th year and we have to do big things. We have to ensure that ASEAN continues to gather…

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Bring Down Tariff To Zero, Eliminate NTB – Najib Tells Asean

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MANILA – The 10-member Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) must work vigorously to bring down tariffs in the region to zero and eliminate non-tariff barriers, as there is no other alternative to create a seamless economy, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He said ASEAN have made great strides in the last 50…

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Malaysia To Step Up Trade With ASEAN, Asian Countries

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KOTA BHARU – Malaysia will step up trade with ASEAN countries and Asian countries with the official withdrawal of the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Jan 23. International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said ASEAN member states would the main focus of Malaysia’s trade, followed Northeast Asian countries like China,…

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Anifah: Asean Should Coordinate Aid To Rakhine

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has proposed recommendations for the Myanmar government on the way forward to address the Rohingya issue. “Firstly, I believe the most urgent matter is the humanitarian conditions of the people in the affected areas. Like others, we call for an unimpeded humanitarian access to the affected areas,” said Datuk Seri Anifah Aman…

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Nazir Razak A Prominent Difure In Malaysia, Asean

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HANOI – International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed has acknowledged CIMB Group Holdings Bhd’s Group Chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak as one of the prominent figures in Malaysia and ASEAN, who has been very vocal in expressing views and providing thought leadership towards improving the ASEAN Economic integration. Speaking in jest at…

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Asean Move To Remove Non-Tariff Barriers Among Members Positive

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KOTA BHARU – The Association of South-East Asian Nations’ (Asean) move to remove non-tariff barriers among members is positive as the countries involved progressively find a common platform to resolve the problem. Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Chua Tee Yong, said even though the members faced problems yet they kept engage with…

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Rising Protectionist Sentiment Temporary, Says Mustapa

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KUALA LUMPUR – The rising tide of protectionism against trade globally is expected to be temporary and would depend on respective governments’ efforts to tackle the issue, said Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. The International Trade and Industry Minister said the rise of the anti-globalisation movement is evidenced by Brexit, the vote by British citizens to…

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Security Issues To Figure In Malaysia – Thailand Annual Consultation

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BANGKOK – The sixth Malaysia-Thailand Annual Consultation here Friday is expected to discuss several security issues, among them human trafficking, border security and the unrest in southern Thailand. The discussions are expected to cover also economic, industrial, trade, educational and cultural issues, said Malaysia’s Ambassador to Thailand Datuk Nazirah Hussain. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib…

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Indonesia Pushes For ASEAN – Japan Maritime Partnership

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JAKARTA – Indonesia is pushing for strengthening cooperation in maritime and human resource fields between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members and Japan since they can be regional partners, Indonesia’s Antara news agency reports. Indonesian president Joko Widodo gave a call for this at the 19th ASEAN-Japan Summit at the National Convention Center,…

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ASEAN Summits Kick Off In Vientiane

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  VIENTIANE – The three-day 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and Related Summits kick off Tuesday at the National Convention Centre here, with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak leading the Malaysian delegation to the meetings. Najib is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with his counterparts from the other ASEAN countries as well…

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Zahid Calls On Asean Members To Revive Action Plan Over Haze Issue

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is urging Asean member countries to revive its high priority cooperation in tackling the transboundaryhaze for the region to be haze free by 2020. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said some of the activities have been dormant for “quite some time” due to lack of resources. “Let us…

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Kerry Says Satisfied By ASEAN Statement Supporting Rule Of Law

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MANILA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday he was very satisfied that Southeast Asian countries could issue a joint communique that championed the rule of law, and its omission of reference to an arbitration case on the South China Sea did not detract from its importance. On a visit to…

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Quicken Pace, Asean Told

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KUALA LUMPUR: Asean needs a complete transformation to achieve its potential and speed up the pace to be one of the brightest stars of the Asian century. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Asean needed a transformation of rules, procedures and habits. “But we also need a transformation of the mind, as we…

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ASEAN Education Ministers Call On Najib

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KUALA LUMPUR – A delegation of ASEAN education ministers today called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at Parliament House. The ministers were accompanied by several representatives of education ministries in the ASEAN countries. Malaysian Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid and Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh were also at the…

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ASEAN To Evaluate FTA Potential With EAEU In August

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KUALA LUMPUR – A meeting of ASEAN Senior Economic Officials (SEOM) in August will evaluate the potential of a free trade agreement between the regional grouping and the Eurasian Economic Union(EAEU). Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said Malaysia needs to obtain consensus from among the other ASEAN members first and…

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Maybank Outlines 5 Strategies To Be Asean Leader

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) has outlined five strategic objectives for the group to unlock potential within Asean and become the region’s leading financial services provider. Maybank, which has a presence in every Asean country, said it recognised the “significant potential” within the region, arising from its growing middle-class, young population, SME segments as…

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Asean Does Not Need Single Currency, Current Model Fits

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KUALA LUMPUR: Asean’s current development model is appropriate at this point in time and it does not need a single currency, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar. He said the current development model, which consisted of three main pillars, namely political-security community, economic community and socio-culture community, fitted well…

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Establish ASEAN News Agency To Strengthen Cooperation – Salleh

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KUALA LUMPUR: Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak has proposed the establishment of a regional news agency or ASEAN News Agency in an effort to strengthen cooperation on many fronts in line with the spirit of the ASEAN Community. He said through their own network of news agencies, the proposed ASEAN…

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Anifah To Lead Malaysian Delegation To Asia Cooperation Meeting

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KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman will lead the Malaysian delegation to the 14th Asia Cooperation Dialogue Ministerial Meeting (ACD MM14) in Bangkok scheduled for March 8 to 10. A Wisma Putra statement said Anifah would also hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts. It said Malaysia was committed to making the ACD an…

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ASEAN Family Day In Mexico

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MEXICO CITY: Diplomatic missions of ASEAN member countries in Mexico held an ASEAN Family Day, Sunday to cement friendship and connection among them, reports Vietnam News Agency (VNA). Opening the event, Thai Ambassador to Mexico Surasak Chuasukonthip, rotating chair of the ASEAN Committee in Mexico, underlined the significance of such activities among ASEAN members, particularly…

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M’sia To Push For A More Closer And Integrated ASEAN Community

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BANGKOK: Malaysia will maintain its leadership role towards ensuring the newly-established ASEAN Community grows closer in all sectors of the economy. International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said a closer and integrated ASEAN would drive many benefits to member countries, whether in trade, investment or tourism. “ASEAN has been doing very well compared…

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ASEAN Leaders Want Peaceful Resolution To South China Sea Issue

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  SUNNYLANDS (California), – ASEAN leaders have reiterated their stand on wanting a peaceful resolution to the overlapping territorial claims in the South China Sea, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The Malaysian Prime Minister said the issue must be settled based on international laws and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the…

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ASEAN Needs Full Preparation Moving Towards Digital Economy

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  SUNNYLANDS (California), – The ASEAN Community needs full preparation, including further promotion of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, as the region moves towards the digital economy, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The Malaysian Prime Minister said STEM education was important to fill the job needs of such an economy and should…

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Malaysia’s Najib At US-ASEAN Leaders Summit Hosted By Obama

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SUNNYLANDS (California) – Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and other Southeast Asian leaders join President Barack Obama at the two-day US-ASEAN Summit currently underway here. The focus of the leaders’ gathering on Monday (Tuesday in Malaysia) is on strengthening ASEAN’s economic growth through innovation and entrepreneurship. Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman…

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US Recognises Strategic Importance Of ASEAN – Najib

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From Jamaluddin Muhammad SUNNYLANDS (California): On the eve of the US-ASEAN Leaders Summit here Monday (Tuesday in Malaysia), Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the summit represents a recognition by the United States of the diplomatic, economic and strategic importance of ASEAN. “It is a significant meeting for both ASEAN and the…

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US-ASEAN To Further Strengthen Ties

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LOS ANGELES – In the post-Cold War era, rarely has a United States President mentioned the words “Southeast Asia” in the State of the Union address. However, President Barack Obama did it last month. It has never happened before for an American president to invite leaders from the small region located some 14,000km away for…

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ASEAN Community Formally Comes Into Being

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KUALA LUMPUR – The ASEAN Community is formally established yesterday, with 2015 ASEAN chair Malaysia welcoming the significant milestone in the history of the 10-member grouping of Southeast Asian nations. In a statement, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman reiterated Kuala Lumpur’s unwavering support to further deepen the community building and regional integration process. He…

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