Author: Ismail Dimas Ervya

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Mekong Development Research Institute (MDRI), yesterday in Hà Nội presented key findings of the study “Assessment of Disability Inclusion in Local Governance in 2023.” HÀ NỘI – People with disabilities (PWDs) have a low level of engagement disaster risk management and access to information, according to a UNDP study. The UN Development Program (UNDP) in collaboration with the Mekong Development Research Institute (MDRI), yesterday in Hà Nội presented key findings of the study “Assessment of Disability Inclusion in Local Governance in 2023.” Addressing broader issues of disability inclusion in public administration…

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Dec 8 (Reuters) – Thailand and conflict-torn Myanmar will create a task force to boost humanitarian assistance to people displaced by fighting and could expand that to include other aid agencies, Thailand’s foreign ministry said on Friday. Thailand hopes the plan will lead to constructive engagement between military-ruled Myanmar, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional bloc, and the international community, it said in a statement. Violence has intensified in Myanmar’s border regions as an alliance of ethnic minority armies carry out coordinated attacks against the military, emboldening pro-democracy resistance fighters to target security forces elsewhere. The United Nations estimates more…

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SINGAPORE, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s biggest bank Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) (MBBM.KL) said on Friday it had appointed Alvin Lee Han Eng as chief executive officer for Maybank Singapore, effective Jan. 1. Lee is also appointed as the new country CEO and CEO of Malayan Banking’s Singapore branch, Maybank said in a statement. Lee will be responsible to drive the entire spectrum of Maybank’s operations in Singapore, which the bank counts as one of its home markets, Maybank added. Lee is currently Maybank’s head of community financial services in Singapore and Group Wealth Management head, according to the statement. He will…

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On ASEAN, there is broad agreement on two points. First, effective economic integration in ASEAN has serious potential. Second, ASEAN has so far failed to realize much of this potential, despite ambitious roadmaps. Consequently, business confidence in ASEAN as a region is starting to erode. Valuable opportunities to enable resilient and sustainable value chains in the region are thereby lost. To realize the potential of ASEAN in practise, however, it is essential to collect input from multinational businesses operating in Asia. They are, after all, vital end users of the ASEAN internal market. For this reason CompaRe, the Leiden Jean Monnet…

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Prime Minister and Finance Minister Srettha Thavisin on Wednesday told the world and business leaders attending the APEC CEO Summit 2023 that now is the time to invest in Thailand. The Thai PM noted that the government is ready to work with all partners, old or new, public or private, to push economic development under the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Srettha is in the US this week for the 30th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in San Franciso, being held from November 11-17. Government spokesperson Chai Wacharonke on Thursday reported the gist of the PM’s address to the summit, which opened with Srettha…

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If we want to find a stock that could multiply over the long term, what are the underlying trends we should look for? Typically, we’ll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it’s a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. So on that note, Harrisons Holdings (Malaysia) Berhad (KLSE:HARISON) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital. What Is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)? If you haven’t worked with ROCE before, it measures the ‘return’ (pre-tax profit) a company generates…

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The prime minister cannot say one thing to Westerners and another to his Malaysian audience. Essentially, affirmative action is a public policy designed to address the socio-economic grievances among those who are disadvantaged in competing with the more dynamic social segments of society. More often than not, affirmative action programmes are based on the needs of social segments without consideration of race or religion. In some specific instances, affirmative action programmes can be applied to a particular ethnic group to uplift them and eventually place them on par with advantaged groups. There is nothing wrong with assisting a specific ethnic…

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Valencia, Turin, Madrid (28/11 – 25) Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia retained his MotoGP world title with many records; there are nevertheless signs that the Ducati rider will face sterner competition next season. The Italian rider won the 2023 season-ending MotoGP Grand Prix in Valencia on Sunday to clinch his second world title in a row. The protege of Valentino Rossi becomes the third rider to take back-to-back MotoGP titles since the introduction of the class in 2002. Only Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez previously managed to do that. Bagnaia is the first rider to successfully race and defend #1 in the…

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Accordingly, motor vehicle owners from ASEAN member states transiting or traveling to Việt Nam must register for compulsory civil liability insurance of motor vehicle owners. HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam has successfully connected to the ASEAN Compulsory Motor Insurance (ACMI) system, the Vietnam National Agency implementing Protocol No 5 on the ASEAN Compulsory Motor Insurance programme (VINABAI) announced on Wednesday. Accordingly, motor vehicle owners from ASEAN member states transiting or travelling to Việt Nam must register for compulsory civil liability insurance of motor vehicle owners. ACMI – the ASEAN compulsory motor insurance database system – is used as a data hub for member states participating in…

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Dramatic new video has emerged showing members of an uncontacted Indigenous tribe in Indonesia warning outsiders to stay away, just a few meters from bulldozers destroying their forest. Campaigners have warned that it shows a human rights catastrophe is unfolding on Halmahera island, where logging and nickel mining operations are now penetrating the rainforest of uncontacted Hongana Manyawa people, risking their genocide. Survival International’s Director Caroline Pearce said today: “Survival has been campaigning against this potential genocide since last year, and this video is unequivocal proof of what we’ve been saying – that the mining operations on Halmahera are now penetrating deep into the rainforest…

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