“We are now moving closer toward achieving the strategic goal of a common regional market.” 


Dominguez III, 

finance secretary of the Philippines, speaking as the representative of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, on the increasing economic cooperation between the bloc’s members.


“We should learn from our past and restore the canals, as the canal network can drain water far better than the sewage system.”

Terdkiat Sakkhamduang, 

former chairman of the Thai Urban Designers Association, on Bangkok’s drainage problems. The Thai capital has been hit by flooding in recent weeks. 


“The government will no longer subsidize state enterprises.” 

Thongloun Sisoulith, 

prime minister of Laos, speaking to the country’s National Assembly about plans for the coming year, including reform of state-run companies to ensure they operate efficiently.

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