Malaysia expects FDI from Japan to exceed 6 billion USD this year

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida co-chaired a press conference following their talks in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on November 5.

Malaysia is optimistic that foreign direct investments (FDI) from Japan will exceed 30 billion RM (6.33 billion USD) in 2023, signifying Japanese investors’ unwavering confidence towards Malaysia, Ibrahim said.

The two leaders witnessed the exchange of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on cooperation in information and communications, and touched upon collaboration in education, national defence and security, energy security, and energy transition.

Regarding the ASEAN-Japan dialogue relationship, Malaysia appreciated Japan’s support over the years, which has contributed to ASEAN’s community-building efforts. The two countries pledged to continue their cooperation with ASEAN member countries to further strengthen the ASEAN-Japan relationship, towards its 50th anniversary in December.

Fumio paid a visit to Malaysia on November 4-5. This was his first trip to this country since taking office in October 2021./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Mongolian President arrives in Laos

The President of Mongolia Khurelsukh Ukhnaa, spouse and a high-ranking delegation of Mongolia arrived in Vientiane this morning beginning an official visit to Laos at the invitation of President Thongloun Sisoulith.

The Mongolian top leader and his delegation were welcomed by Head of the Presidential Office Khemani Pholsena, and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The President of Mongolia Khurelsukh Ukhnaa is on a working visit to Laos, Nov 5-6, to strengthen the longstanding friendly relations between the two countries.

On the occasion of his official visit to the Lao PDR, President of Mongolia Khurelsukh Ukhnaa will have a bilateral meeting with his Lao counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith at the Presidential Palace in Vientiane.

Source: Lao News Agency

Timor-Leste President Ramos-Horta to visit PH Nov. 10

Timor-Leste President José Ramos-Horta is set to visit the Philippines on Nov. 10 to further strengthen bilateral relations between the Philippines and Timor-Leste, according to the Presidential Communications Office on Sunday. President Ramos-Horta’s visit will tackle the various areas of cooperation between the Philippines and Timor-Leste in terms of technical, political, educational and economic partnerships. Philippine agencies that will be present during the visit include the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Justice, Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Social Welfare and Development. During a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 42nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Indonesia last May, President Marcos assured Timor-Leste of the Philippines’ continued support for its move towards becoming a full-fledged member of the regional bloc. ‘In the Philippines, you have a partner. We have always been supportive,’ President Marcos told Timor-Leste Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak. Timor-Leste joined the 42nd ASEAN Summit as an observer. President Marcos expressed elation over its journey towards becoming a democratic state and eventually becoming an ASEAN member state. ‘It is a great honor and privilege to participate, for the first time, in this grand summit of ASEAN leaders,’ Ruak said in his speech at the summit. ‘Today, finally, thanks to the actions we have taken, I can stand here as Prime Minister of Timor-Leste and say: Timor-Leste will meet all its obligations for full membership in ASEAN.’ To be granted full membership, Timor-Leste must fulfill various agreements in the political, security, economic, and socio-cultural aspects.

Source: Philippines News Agency

UST dominates Cel Logistics athletics tourney

University of Santo Tomas won the men’s and women’s team titles in the Under-20 category of the CEL Logistics, Inc. Weekly Relay Series finals at Philsports track and field stadium in Pasig City on Sunday. Gerald Mark Casimiro ruled the 400 meters as the men’s team collected nine gold, seven silver and eight bronze medals in the tournament organized by the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association headed by Terry Capistrano. Casimiro clocked 50.53 seconds to beat Adamson University’s Emanuel Morales (51.33s) and Ateneo’s Nash Candelario (51.89s). Adamson placed second while Perpetual Help was third. Jeanne Arnibal, a freshman taking up Fitness and Sports Management, claimed victories in the long jump, high jump, triple jump, 100m hurdles and 4x100m relay to lead the women’s team which garnered 17 gold, 12 silver and two bronze medals. “Actually, hindi po talaga ako makapaniwala sa mga naging resulta ng performance ko lalo na po ngayong araw na alam ko po sa sarili ko na may iniinda po akong sakit sa katawan. Pero sa tingin ko naman na deserve ko ‘tong mga napanalunan ko dahil sa bawat laro ko naman ay ginagawa ko ang lahat ng makakaya ko (I really can’t believe the results of my performance, especially today, when I know that I have a physical illness. But I think that I deserve what I won because in every game I do my best),” the 19-year-old from Montalban, Rizal said. Other winners were Joana Marie Bandal (discus throw), Mailene Pamisaran (100m and 200m), Rashied Faith Burdeos (shot put) and Jash Mae Duhaylungsod (1500m). Meanwhile, Dasmariñas City Athletics Team and University of the East (UE) were crowned champions in the Under-18 category. Dasmariñas, coached by Leolito Dinco, dominated the men’s division with 17 gold medals, seven silvers and five bronzes, while UE topped the women’s division with 13 golds, 16 silvers and 12 bronzes.

Source: Philippines News Agency

Israel: We will remain in Gaza until we win

Israel will continue its operations in Gaza until it achieves victory, even if that takes a full year, the nation’s defense minister said Saturday. ‘We will remain in Gaza until we win, even if it takes a year,’ Yoav Galant said in a public address broadcast by the Israeli Broadcasting Authority. He added, “After this war, no threat will remain in Gaza that will be able to terrorize Israel from the southern border. We’ll have full operational freedom to act within the strip,” according to Israeli media sources. He added: “The army has besieged Gaza City, and after the war there will be no Hamas.” Galant said that 12 military commanders from the Palestinian group Hamas have so far been eliminated, adding that “the fighting is going well for the Israeli forces.” “We will eliminate (Hamas leader in Gaza, Yahya) Sinwar,” he vowed. He also said Israel has no intention of entering a war on the northern front with Lebanese Hezbollah, but warned: ‘If Hezbollah’s (Secretary-General Hassan) Nasrallah makes Sinwar’s mistake, the consequences will be dire for Lebanon.” Earlier Saturday, Galant said during a trip to the northern border that ‘Tel Aviv is not interested in waging a war with Hezbollah,’ but added: ‘Israel is ready nonetheless.’ This week the Israeli army expanded its air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip, which has been under relentless airstrikes since a surprise offensive by Hamas on Oct. 7. Nearly 11,000 people have been killed in the conflict, including 9,488 Palestinians and more than 1,538 Israelis.

Source: Philippines News Agency

Indian gov’t offers 7 helicopters for PCG rescue, humanitarian efforts

The Indian government is offering the Philippines at least seven helicopters that will be used for the rescue and humanitarian efforts of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said India’s offer will boost efforts to build up the country’s capabilities in terms of rescue and humanitarian efforts, according to a news release from the Presidential Communications Office on Sunday. ‘We’re trying to build up our capacity — our capabilities in terms of our coast guard, in terms of our — of course, the search and rescue is always the primary consideration,’ President Marcos said. President Marcos made the remarks during the courtesy call of Indian Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Shambhu Kumaran, last week when they discussed continuing efforts to strengthen the bilateral relations between the Philippines and India. Kumaran said there are already ongoing talks between the Indian government, the PCG and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for the supply of seven helicopters. The PCG is an attached agency of the DOTr. ‘The discussion is going on very well. The Coast Guard is very interested — they’ve flown the helicopter … I would request your consideration because that would be a very positive [program],’ Kumaran told President Marcos. Kumaran said the helicopters that will be provided to the PCG are built for India’s Navy and Coast Guard, can be used for more active security operations, and can carry more people and load. ‘So, these [seven helicopters] is really an optimal solution, given the changing requirements for the Philippine Coast Guard to play a more active role and its security,’ Kumaran added.

Source: Philippines News Agency