Asean morning news for April 30

Asean morning news for April 30

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 29 — active cases continue to fall in Malaysia & Thailand
As of 01:00 GMT April 29 there was 29,899 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 839 or 2.89 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Four Asean nations among 38 to get Avigan drug from Japan for clinical trial
Japan is preparing to send Avigan, a drug used for treating influenza, to 38 countries this week, with four Asean countries — the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar — joining the trial for Covid-19 patients.
— The Star Online

China flexes muscles in South China Sea as world battles pandemic
While most of the world is preoccupied attempting to reign in the galloping COVID-19 pandemic, Beijing is using every opportunity available to flex its muscle internationally, including in the South China Sea.
— AEC News Today

US Navy ship sails through Chinese-claimed waters in South China Sea
A US Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed through waters near the Paracel islands in the South China Sea challenging China’s claim to the area, the Navy said on Wednesday (Apr 29).

Virus Puts Focus on Deforestation’s Risk to Public Health in ASEAN
Just across the river from downtown Ho Chi Minh City, a tract of land is being turned into a bustling financial center.
— VOA Khmer

AirAsia X reports a sad tale of Q1 setbacks
First quarter 2020 results for AirAsia X predictably present a dire outlook for the low-cost airline as passengers carried dropped 25% ahead of a network shutdown.
— TTR Weekly

At a strategic crossroads: ASEAN centrality amid Sino-American rivalry in the Indo-Pacific
China’s rise over the past decade has represented both a rapid shift in the regional balance of power and a direct assault on the legitimacy of the U.S.-led liberal international order.
— Brookings Institution

ASEAN to integrate efforts to revive tourism in the region
Tourism Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed to integrate efforts to revive tourism in the region after the end of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), reported Thai News Agency.
— The Edge Markets

In Pictures: Asean countries continue efforts to contain spread of coronavirus
While a few countries have eased restrictions, others continue to monitor the situation closely, with some even extending the lockdown period.
— The Straits Times

ASEAN, 5G and the great tech game
For many economies, 5G innovation promises an opportunity to scale the economic ladder in a technological arena that will undergird the connectivity-based and data-driven Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
— East Asia Forum

‘Post-pandemic, SEA will see a sustainable leapfrog into the digital age’: Cathay Innovation report
There is no a clear answer to this question. But one thing is certain: this pandemic will force some behavioural changes — not just on the people but also industries.
— e27

ASEAN Countries Vow to Revitalise ASEAN Tourism
The ASEAN Tourism Ministers this morning attended a Special Meeting on COVID-19 via Video Conference under the chairmanship of H.E. Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism of Cambodia.

China’s Guangxi donates anti-epidemic materials to missions of ASEAN countries
Permanent missions of the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) received medical materials donated by China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region here on Wednesday, including masks and thermometers.
— Xinhuanet

Fighting COVID-19: Time-tested lessons for Indonesia, ASEAN
As Indonesia continues its battle against the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, I cannot but help wonder “what might Harold say”.
— The Jakarta Post

ASEAN+3 Finance Ministers need to hold talks over COVID-19 economic impact
An ASEAN+3 Finance Ministers Meeting should be convened to coordinate the stimulus programmes of individual countries to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a regional think tank said.
— The Edge Markets

Mobilizing the Indo-Pacific infrastructure response to China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia
China has become a significant financier of major infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia under the banner of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
— Brookings Institution

Southeast Asia’s Princelings
The latest political princeling set to break through the ranks in Southeast Asia is Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the 32-year-old son of Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. He became the sole candidate for Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) in this year’s mayoral election in Surakarta, the historic royal capital on Java, after other candidates pulled out of the race last week.
— The Diplomat

ASEAN and SAARC must put children’s rights at the heart of COVID-19 response
Asian leaders must ensure that millions of children are protected from domestic violence and other forms of abuse as part of their COVID-19 response strategies, seven major international child rights agencies warned today.
— Reliefweb

Grab: From business-school project to game-changer in Southeast Asia
In Malaysia, taxi drivers not using meters were once a common sight. And women, fearful of possible assaults, avoided riding alone in taxis.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

SE Asia Stocks-Tick up on easing restrictions; Fed decision in focus
Southeast Asian stock markets edged higher on Wednesday, as investors cheered easing coronavirus curbs in some parts of the world while awaiting preliminary
estimate for first-quarter U.S. economic growth and the Federal Reserve’s policy decision.
— Reuters

Which is Southeast Asia’s most advanced clean energy nation?
Southeast Asian nations are racing to bring clean, affordable power to their people, but one country is outrunning them all.
— Eco-Business

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Cambodia’s Law on the Management of the Nation in State of Emergency Promulgated
Law on the Management of the Nation in State of Emergency (LMNSE) was promulgated on Wednesday, 29 April.
— Fresh News

Coronavirus brings trouble to Cambodia’s garment industry
Hundreds of garment factories in Cambodia and elsewhere in Asia are facing serious financial problems because clothing brands have either canceled their orders or stopped placing new ones over the past several weeks.
— DW

Call for reduced sentences and pardons of 273
Minister of Justice Koeut Rith led a meeting of the National Commission of Cambodia to review and request a reduction in sentences or pardons for 273 inmates that Prime Minister Hun Sen can give to the King during the Visak Bochea ceremony on Wednesday, May 6.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


BI projects 0.18 percent inflation rate in April 2020
Bank Indonesia (BI) estimated that the inflation rate in April 2020 will touch 0.18 percent based on results of a weekly price monitoring survey by 46 representative offices of the central bank across the nation.
— Antara News

COVID-19 palm oil depression: Indonesia sees volumes fall drastically for country’s top export commodity
Indonesia has seen export volumes for its palm oil, its top agricultural commodity, drop drastically since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, with even bigger slumps set to come.
— Food Navigator-Asia

Indonesia Sees Increasing Number of Covid-19 Recoveries
The Indonesian government Covid-19 Task Force spokesman, Achmad Yurianto, reported that 137 more patients recovered as of today, April 29.

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


All three Luang Prabang Covid-19 patients discharged, no new cases for 17 days
All the three Covid-19 patients being treated at the Luang Prabang Hospital have been discharged after they tested negative for the virus, while no new infections have been reported across Laos for 17 straight days.
— Vientiane Times

Key tunnel of China-Laos railway drilled through: constructor
China Railway No. 5 Engineering Group (CREC-5) told Xinhua on Wednesday that it has drilled through the Ban Konlouang Tunnel, a key bottleneck project of the China-Laos railway, 43 days ahead of schedule.
— Xinhua

Health Ministry finds face masks don’t meet quality standards
Many face masks and hand sterilisation gels being sold across the country have not passed tests for quality standards after authorities sent samples to laboratories for checking.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Covid-19 update: 94 new cases reported, no new deaths
Malaysia reported 94 more Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (Apr 29), bringing the total number of Covid-19 infections in the country to 5,945.
— The Star Online

39,002 dengue cases reported until April 25: CPRC
A total of 39,002 dengue cases were reported from Dec 29 last year to April 25 this year, according to the Current Situation of Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika in Malaysia Year 2019 and 2020 Report.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia faces several challenges in growth trajectory: Moody’s
Malaysia is currently facing several challenges in continuing its growth trajectory, despite having made commendable progress over the past four decades, said Moody’s Analytics.
— The Sun Daily

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


UPDATE: Myanmar COVID-19 case count now at 150
Myanmar’s COVID-19 case count is now at 150 after the health ministry reported a new case at 7am on April 29.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Govt to Probe Fatal Shooting of WHO Driver Transporting COVID-19 Swabs
The President has authorized an investigation committee to probe the shooting death of a WHO driver who was attacked while transporting COVID-19 swabs in Rakhine State.
— Irrawaddy

UN rapporteur urges new probe into possible Myanmar ‘war crimes’
Myanmar army accused of launching air raids in Rakhine, Chin states burning villages and torturing civilians.
— Aljazeera

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


‘Foreign travel unlikely this year’
Plans to travel abroad after the two-month enhanced community quarantine will have to wait until next year, according to the Department of Tourism.
— Philippine Star

PH virus cases hit 8,212, deaths 558
The number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 has reached 8,212 as 254 new cases were confirmed Wednesday.

China flexes muscles in South China Sea as world battles pandemic
While most of the world is preoccupied attempting to reign in the galloping COVID-19 pandemic, Beijing is using every opportunity available to flex its muscle internationally, including in the South China Sea.
— AEC News Today

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


March visitor number to Singapore hits 17-year low amid pandemic
THE number of visitors to Singapore in March plunged 85 per cent from a year ago to 240,000, the lowest since the Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak in 2003
— The Business Times

Singapore construction sector to shrink 10.3% this year from Covid-19 measures: Fitch Solutions
Singapore’s construction sector is poised to take a hard hit from the Covid-19 outbreak in the short-term, and is now expected to contract sharply by 10.3 per cent this year in real terms, according to Fitch Solutions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Five more clusters emerge as S’pore reports 690 new cases
Five new clusters have been identified, as foreign workers continued to form the majority of the 690 new Covid-19 cases reported here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ


Restaurants, markets and parks among venues to reopen as Bangkok relaxes COVID-19 control measures
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will relax certain COVID-19 control measures in the Thai capital as its order to temporarily close venues with risks of infection comes to end on Thursday (Apr 30).

COVID-19 causes about one trillion baht in damage to Thai economy
The overall damage Thailand’s national economy, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, is currently estimated at about one trillion baht, while business confidence for the first quarter of this year has dropped to 47.2, which is the lowest in almost two years, according to the forecast by the Centre for Economic and Business Forecasts of the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC).
— Thai PBS News

March factory output drops 11.25%
The manufacturing production index (MPI) declined for the 11th straight month in March, down 11.25% from a year earlier, hurt by lower production of cars, sugar and petroleum, the industry ministry said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


MoIT proposes removing rice export quota
The current quota means firms were allowed to export 400,000 tonnes of rice in April to ensure food security amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Viet Nam News

Hanoi licenses 235 new FDI projects from January-April
Hanoi licensed 235 new foreign-invested projects with a total registered capital of VD324 million in the first four months of 2020.

Hanoi to spend US$149 million to aid 1.4 million people hit by pandemic
Hanoi’s authorities will try to disburse a part of the money to support people in need before April 30.
— The Hanoitimes

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