Asia – rice
Philippines is the biggest rice importer of Asia and the world. With shortages due to the corona crisis the prices are high. Inquiries have been sent to the biggest producers Myanmar, Thailand, India, Cambodia and Vietnam. The last one has agreed to export to philippines. A contract for over 665000 tonnes had been signed.
Malaysia had some dispute with India over a diplomatic issue. Now they try to strengthen ties again. 100.000 tonnes of rice are being imported by Malaysia from India.
Asia – scams
In Thailand a taxi driver reached the news in Asia. The taxi driver got for 8 million baht of donations by sobbing sad stories about how poor he was. Especially during the lockdown crisis he coudn’t make money. The taxi owner found out about the 8.3 million baht donations and demanded the less than 14000 baht taxi rent. After his scam became public the donors want their money back. The driver wants to be left alone but it seems he had spent a lot already.
We know the movie slumdog millionaire. Now the Nepal police has arrested six street children aged between 9 and 16 years old. They were trying to break into showrooms and stores. Later 5 adults from Boudha and Kapan were arrested for sending the street children and to help breaking locks. The burglaries happened from rented rooms, fancy stores and closed hotels. Three of the children have been send to shelter homes.
Many countries trying to attract businesess that are now located in China but are looking to leave there. In recent times India has reached out to over 1000 US manufacturers to offer incentives for shifting from China. Thailand came with an incentive package last Sept. Companies relocating from China and investing a minimum of a billion baht can get 50% tax cuts. Malaysia plans to offer $238 mil. for high end technology and maufacturers for a 5 year period.
Vietnam has a hard time to compete with China and the other countries. Though, Apple has been looking for engineers and managers in Hanoi and HCM to produce over 3 million airpods. Google wants to start production of low cost smartphones with Vietnamese partners. Microsoft plans production of notebooks and desktop computers this year in Vietnam.
Airports of the world ranking list is out again. Hanoi airport Noi Bai is ranked 87th. Singapore’s Changi airport is voted the best of the world for the 8th consecutive year. Indonesia, Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta 35th place. Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur 63rd place. Thailand, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi 48th place.
Also five more Asian airports are in the top 10. Seoul Incheon, Tokyo Haneda, Tokyo Narita, Hong Kong, Chubu Centrair Nagoya.