Over $13 billion worth of commodities traded on CIC, to grow winning products with RCEP
By Celine ChenCommodities Intelligence Centre (CIC), a B2B e-trade platform for physical commodities, plans to groom one unique commodity from each member-country of the recently inked Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to be a global champion.Powered by blockchain technology and bolstered by supporting services like financing and logistics, CIC is a global trading platform for physical commodities such as ferrous and non-ferrous metals, chemicals and plastics, oil and petroleum, and agri-commodities.As it seeks to uncover new trading opportunities and promote global trade faci...
NNA Business News
Taiwan PChome's SEAsia online expansion with local partners sees early success
By Gloria ChoTAIPEI, NNA - Taiwan’s largest e-commerce group PChome Online seems to have made the right move to expand in Southeast Asia in September to capitalize on the rising appetite for Taiwanese products.After PChome SEA was launched to cater to consumers in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam, it organized its first 'Double-11' or Nov. 11 sale to much success.The sales event, which is widely regarded as the world's busiest online shopping activity but with far more frenzy in Asia, saw the Taiwanese platform competing with formidable rivals such as Shopee and Lazada in Southeast A...
NNA Business News
US’ crackdown on Chinese transshipment via Vietnam has no practical significance: analyst
The signing ceremony of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement is held via video conference in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: XinhuaMoves by the US to increase pressure on Vietnam, an emerging Southeast Asian manufacturing hub, over its transshipment role for Chinese-made goods, have no practical significance, and if this practice is halted, all parties will lose, analysts told the Global Times.US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said in a recent Bloomberg interview that he had told Vietnamese leaders that they must curb "illegal re-routi...
Television Q&A: Is 'Roswell, New Mexico' returning?
You have questions. I have some answers.Q: I just heard that “Riverdale” will be back with a new season. What about “Roswell, New Mexico”?A: That will be a midseason offering on the CW, which in this case means around March or April 2021, or possibly later. Because of the pandemic’s effect on production, the network delayed launching what would have been its fall lineup most years until early 2021. For example, among returning shows: “Batwoman,” with new star Javicia Leslie, will be on Jan. 17; “All American” on Jan. 18, “Riverdale” and “Nancy Drew” on Jan. 20, “Legacies” on Jan. 21, “Charmed”...
Tribune News Service
Stranded at sea: Crew members weigh COVID-19 trauma as they decide whether to return
Princess Cruises crew member Gan Sungaralingum has spent the last two months taking care of his elderly parents, eating home-cooked meals, and doing what he loves most: walking on the beach near his home in Mauritius. But instead of returning to his position as an onboard watch salesman after a few months of rest at home, he’s leaving the industry.“Maybe I’ll come back as a passenger, but not as a crew,” he said. He’s been a crew member with several cruise lines since 2014.Sungaralingum is part of a growing number of cruise ship workers who say they will not be returning to their posts when cr...
V.League Teams Already Gearing Up for 2021 Shortly After 2020 Season Ends
It's only been 10 days since the end of the 2020 V.League 1 season, which saw Viettel FC lifting their first league title in 22 years. However, many V.League teams are already performing chops and changes to their squad in preparation for the upcoming season. Dethroned Hanoi FC released two of their foreign contingent and brought in one of last season's best players, while SHB Da Nang showed ambition by bringing in a trio of players into their ranks.Both Pape Omar Faye and Papa Ibou Kebe were let go last week by 2020 runners-up Hanoi, the former having sustained an injury that kept him out for...
Football Tribe Asia
These Southeast Asian snack boxes use food to share refugee and migrant stories
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For those who have ever hankered for durian paste and want it delivered right to their doorsteps, Tuk Tuk Box is at their service — with a twist that uplifts Southeast Asian refugees and migrant stories.Founded by Christy Innouvong and Sacramento State alumna Beatriz Aurelio-Saguin, Tuk Tuk Box is a monthly subscription snack box that delivers Southeast Asian snacks and ingredients like hot and sour seaweed and banana chili chips.But for Tuk Tuk Box, food is also a vehicle to raise awareness about ongoing issues in the Southeast Asian community, such as racism, colorism an...
The Sacramento Bee
Digital collaborations, RCEP free trade to help power ASEAN economy beyond pandemic
By Celine ChenSINGAPORE, NNA - The long-awaited launch of RCEP, the world's largest trade deal, is expected to spur trade and the digital economy even further in the Asia Pacific as its 15 members will collaborate in digitalization efforts to enhance cross-border connectivity, trade and integration.ASEAN, the 10-member bloc of Southeast Asian countries, signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement together with China, the second biggest economy in the world, and the developed nations of Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand on Sunday (Nov. 15) after eight yea...
NNA Business News
Asia-Pacific nations sign free-trade agreement covering 2.2 bn people
After eight years of negotiations, Asia-Pacific nations signed the world's biggest free-trade agreement on Sunday at a virtual summit hosted in Hanoi, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on Sunday."I am very pleased that, after eight years of negotiations full of difficulties, today we end negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and officially sign it during the 37th ASEAN Summit," Phuc said at an ASEAN summit on Sunday.The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) covers 2.2 billion people and 29 per cent of global economic output.The world’...
37th ASEAN Summit closes in Hanoi after major trade deal signed
After four days of meetings, the 37th ASEAN Summit and related meetings closed Sunday in Hanoi, with the major event the signing of the world's biggest free-trade agreement.“The conclusion of the RCEP Agreement between ASEAN and its Partners and officially signing demonstrates the strong commitment and determination of the countries in the region to promote economic liberalization and integration, very encouraging,” Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) covers 2.2 billion people and 29 per cent of global economic output, and was signe...