News: 20 September 2023

Rempang Eco-City, Five firms bid for NAIA privatization, Chiang Mai Second Airport, Hanoi Line 5, China rail companies express interest in Vietnam railway projects

This week’s main article is about an island in Indonesia that I had hitherto not heard of before. There are over 17,000 islands in Indonesia, and I could probably name and place 30 islands off the top of my head.

Rempang is part of the Riau Islands, below Batam (which I visited last year). Rempang has been in the news this week as they want to turn the island into an industrial and tourism area. The project involves removing everyone from the island, which has been the cause of conflict.

The islanders of Rempang have been told they are being moved to the neighbouring island of Galang. This was another island I had not heard of, so I looked it up. It turns out that Galang was home to a refugee camp for boat people from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos from 1975 to 1996. More recently it was a quarantine island.

There is very little information about Rempang Eco-City(which is an odd name for an island that will house the second-largest glass factory in the world), so I have started a fact sheet to gather information about it.

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Rempang Eco-City is a proposed industrial, service, and tourism area on Pulau Rempang, Riau Islands, Indonesia.


🇰🇭 Cambodia

🇮🇩 Indonesia

🇱🇦 Laos

“Chinese investors have poured money into the small Lao town of Boten, believing a new railway would bring massive growth. But the hoped-for boom has yet to arrive.”

🇲🇾 Malaysia

🇵🇭 Philippines

“The completion of several major infrastructure projects may be delayed due to right-of-way issues, the transfer of utilities and budget constraints, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).”

🇸🇬 Singapore

“Singapore is rethinking its sweltering urban areas to dampen the effects of climate change. Can it be a model?”

🇹🇭 Thailand

“Business executives in Chiang Mai urged Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin to build a second airport in the northern capital and extend the operating hours of the current one”.

🇻🇳 Vietnam

“The Nhon-Hanoi Station metro line, meant to be a beacon for traffic connectivity and economic development, has been delayed seven times over the last 17 years.”

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