Asean morning news for February 14

Asean morning news for February 14

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

Chinese university publishes epidemic prevention notice in 7 ASEAN languages
Teachers from the Guangxi University for Nationalities have written letters in seven ASEAN languages to students to remind them to protect themselves amid the outbreak of pneumonia.
— Xinhuanet

Covid-19 to cause damage worth US$2.4-3.4 billion to ASEAN
The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) will cause damage worth US$2.4-3.4 billion to Southeast Asian nations, the Kasikorn Research Center estimated.
— Pattaya Mail

€50m EU fund to support green infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has secured €50m ($54.9m) in funding from the European Union (EU) to support the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) Catalytic Green Finance Facility (ACGF).
— Power Engineering International

Dengue seen to be another major concern in SEA
While the coronavirus or Covid-19 is the present threat, Southeast Asia must also be aware of an old but lingering enemy that seems to be reawakening again which is the dengue fever.
— New Straits Times

How ASEAN’s major economies fare in manufacturing productivity
ndonesia’s manufacturing industry has scored below the ASEAN average for productivity, a new survey by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) has revealed.
— Human Resources

ASEANjoins hands to fight Covid-19
Given the rapid spread of Covid-19, health monitoring at airports and border gates has been strengthened in any countries’ fight against the disease.
— Vietnamplus

Coronavirus exposes Southeast Asia’s public health shortfalls
The death of a Chinese man in the Philippines from the novel coronavirus has made the public skeptical of the government’s capacity to handle a public health emergency — a sentiment echoed across Southeast Asia.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

SCGP sets up B7.6bn budget for region
SCG Packaging (SCGP), the packaging and paper producer, has allocated 7.6 billion baht in its 2020 budget to expand manufacturing in the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam.
— Bangkok Post

All-at-sea cruise ship finally gets permission to berth
Aboard a US cruise ship that was rejected at Asian ports over coronavirus fears, stoic passengers kept their spirits up with poolside yoga, spin classes, comedy shows and a few drinks.
— New Straits Times

ASEAN Paragames postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus outbreak
The 10th ASEAN Paragrames has been postponed indefinitely due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Philippine Sports Commission chief of staff Marc Velasco confirmed on Thursday.
— GMA News

RoK’s airline reduces flights to Southeast Asia
Asiana Airlines, the Republic of Korea’s second-largest carrier, said it will suspend or reduce flights to Southeast Asia due to declining demand amid the spreading COVID-19 outbreak, according to Yonhap.
— Vietnamplus

US Must Recapture Lost Ground in Southeast Asia or Risk Being Shut Out
Observers of U.S.-Southeast Asia relations have worried for many years about declining American influence in that region, and the growing skepticism and negativism with which the region views the United States.
— The Diplomat

Coronavirus Puts Southeast Asian Anti-Fake News Laws to Test
A bevy of new laws across Southeast Asia barring dissemination of fake news are being put to the test by the spreading coronavirus, with bloggers in at least two countries facing possible prison time for postings as short as one sentence.
— Voice of America

Mekong nations to address choking plastic pollution
Vietnam and three Mekong neighbors will join hands to assess plastic waste leakage into the river system in a bid to fight plastic pollution in the region.
— VnExpress International

10 ASEAN women entrepreneurs to receive 78 linkages through AJWELP
Ten promising women entrepreneurs from ASEAN received 78 linkages and pledges for support to help grow their businesses from 24 businesses and agencies at the culmination of the 4th ASEAN-Japan Women Entrepreneurs’ Linkage Program (AJWELP) in Brunei.
— Biz Brunei

Meeting suggests cooperation activities for ASEAN’s economic integration
The High-Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Integration convened the 37th meeting in Hanoi on February 12-13, proposing some important recommendations and cooperation activities for the bloc’s economic integration.
— Vietnamplus

We’ll make all efforts to facilitate India’s entry into RCEP: Vietnam envoy
Vietnam’s Ambassador to India Pham Sanh Chau on Wednesday said that his country will undertake all possible efforts in order to facilitate India’s entry into the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
— Yahoo News

Will Southeast Asia become a football superpower?
After decades of languishing in the footballing wilderness, Asia appears to be discovering a taste for the sport at last.
— Asean Economist

Maritime Security in the Asia-Pacific: Measuring Challenges and Progress
In the realm of foreign and security policy, the maritime space is often overlooked.
— The Diplomat

Plastic bans in Asia: weak tea for complex problems
The turn of the decade is seeing substantial efforts to reduce plastic pollution across Southeast Asia.
— East Asia Forum

As ASEAN embraces managed services, expect channel M&A to rise
As the shift to managed services gains momentum in Southeast Asia, mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity is expected to heighten in a channel challenged by significant business model changes.
— Channel Asia

What healthcare transformation in Asia will look like in 2020
Asia has more space to heath tech startups than anywhere else.
— e27

ASEAN’s shift to biogas
The push towards renewable energy has seen biogas emerge as a viable option for Southeast Asian countries looking to diversify their energy mix.
— The Asean Post

EU, ASEAN reaffirm to boost comprehensive cooperation
A meeting of senior officials from the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that took place in Brussels on February 10-11 reaffirmed to boost cooperation in the areas of shared interests.
— Vietnamplus

Can AI give retail a boost?
The retail industry has undergone multiple transformations during the past century, with those who adapt and innovate continuing to survive.
— The Asean Post

Can Automation increase employee engagement?
We are already seeing technologies such as automation transforming businesses and how we work.
— HRM Asia

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy

 

PM Hun Sen to Visit Sihanoukville to Welcome Passengers of Westerdam
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen will travel to Sihanoukville port tomorrow, 14 February 2020, to welcome passengers of Westerdam cruise, according to his Facebook post on Thursday.
— Fresh News

No passengers of Westerdam allowed to leave the ship until test of specimens is released
Cambodian authorities said that none of more than 2,200 passengers and crew aboard Holland MS Westerdam cruise ship docking at Sihanoukville will be allowed to disembark until test result of the 20 passengers specimens is released.
— Khmer Times

Analyst Says Partial EBA Withdrawal Costs Cambodia $100M per Annum
Director of the Center for Policy Study Chan Sophal said that the impact of partial withdrawal of the European Union’s “Everything But Arms” (EBA) preferential tariff affects 20 percent of Cambodia’s total exports to the EU.
— Fresh News

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Health Ministry declares 68 of 70 patient samples negative for coronavirus
The Health Ministry’s research and development agency has examined 68 out of 70 samples from patients suspected of being infected by the Wuhan coronavirus, now called COVID-19 by the World Health Organization.
— The Jakarta Post

Mount Merapi Erupts, Prompting Cold Lava Warning
The Research and Technological Development for Geological Disaster Agency (BPPTKG) announced Mount Merapi had briefly erupted on Thursday, Feb 13, at 05:16 Indonesia Western Time (WIB).
— Tempo.co

Ministry denies entry to 89 foreign nationals into Bali
The Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Office in Bali Province barred 89 foreign nationals from entering the resort island as of Thursday as part of the precautionary measures against the spread of coronavirus.
— Antara News

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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Laos to Introduce New Income Tax Rates for Businesses and Employees
Laos will implement new income tax rates for businesses and employees on February 17, in a move to improve tax compliance as well as boost productivity.
— The Laotian Times

Govt drafts next five-year socio-economic development plan
Members of the government’s steering committee in charge of drafting the 9th five-year National Socio Economic Development Plan (2021-2025) met on Wednesday to review the implementation of the 8th five-year National Socio-economic Development Plan (2016-2020).
— Vientiane Times

Lao service sector to lose US$ millions from coronavirus fallout: economist
The nation stands to lose US$250 million to US$300 million in first-quarter revenue from the service sector, including tourism, due to fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, a senior economist has said.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Minister downplays lower 2019 economic growth, says government taking steps to mitigate
Malaysia’s economy expanded more than some regional neighbours last year, Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said when acknowledging the country’s lower gross domestic product growth.
— Malay Mail

PTMP: Construction work on LRT,PIL, PSR to begin by Q4 2020 , says Chow
The Penang government expects the construction work on the light rail transit (LRT), Pan Island Link (PIL) and Penang South Reclamation (PSR) projects under the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) to begin by the fourth.
— Malay Mail

Chinese woman, now in HKL isolation ward, identified as 19th victim of Covid-19
The Health Ministry has identified and confirmed the 19th local victim of the 2019 novel-coronavirus (Covid-19) today.
— The Sun Daily

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar exports only US$0.5 M worth of products to China after covid-19
Myanmar imported about US$20 worth of products to China daily previously before the outbreak of covid-19 and only about 0.5 million worth of products can be exported to China now, said Aung Htoo, Deputy Minister for Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar: Lift internet restrictions in Rakhine and Chin States
We, the 29 undersigned organizations, call on the Government of Myanmar to immediately lift restrictions on mobile internet communications in eight townships in Rakhine State and one township in Chin State.
— Reliefweb

Individuals’ border trade hits 12 mln USD in 4 months in Myanmar
Myanmar’s total border trade using Individual Trading Cards (ITC) exceeded 18 billion kyats (12 million U.S. dollars) in first four months of current fiscal year (FY) 2019-2020 which started in October, according to figures released by the Ministry of Commerce on Thursday.
— Xinhua

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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JobStart Philippines: helping young Filipinos gain a wage
After struggling to find full-time employment for more than a year after graduating with a Bachelor of Technical Teachers’ Education degree, Jundelyn Baylosis Sato’s’ life changed in August 2017 when she walked in to her local government unit’s (LGU) Public Employment Service Office (PESO).
— AEC News Today

‘No chance for Phl to contain ASF’
Efforts of the Philippines to contain the African swine fever (ASF) may be futile as even developed countries continue to suffer from the disease, according to an industry source.
— The Philippine Star

At least 11 Filipinos on Japan cruise ship infected with coronavirus
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced a total of 11 Filipinos aboard a cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama, Japan, tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of Thursday, February 13.
— Rappler

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Eight new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all linked to previous patients
Eight new cases of COVID-19 were announced by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (Feb 13), all linked to previous cases.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: About 40,000 eligible drivers will receive up to S$20 per day for three months
A S$77 million support package to help taxi and private-hire car operators was announced by the LTA and MOT.
— Mothership

MOM will not hesitate to revoke work passes and withdraw related privileges under the new entry rules in Singapore
In efforts to manage the coronavirus situation in Singapore, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said it would not hesitate to revoke work passes and withdraw related privileges from employers or laborers who do not comply with the new entry rules.
— The Online Citizen

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ

 

Growth may be less than 2%, says central banker
The economy may grow by less than 2% this year while exports are likely to contract, mainly from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, a senior central bank official said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Embassy in Beijing ordered to care for 3 locals stranded in Wuhan
Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai yesterday ordered the Thai embassy in Beijing to take care of three Thai citizens stranded in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.
— The Thaiger

Thailand Prepares For “Epidemic All Over The Country”
Thailand’s Disease Control Department is preparing for “an epidemic all over the country” because data proves the coronavirus can continuously double the number of infected people in less than a week.
— Scoop

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Vietnam Airlines Says Losing $10.8 Million in Revenue a Week Due to Virus
Vietnam Airlines said on Thursday it was losing up to 250 billion dong ($10.8 million) per week in revenue due to travel curbs resulting from the coronavirus.
— New York times

Vietnam quarantines commune of 10,000 over coronavirus
Villages in Vietnam with 10,000 people close to the nation’s capital were placed under quarantine on Thursday (Feb 13) after six cases of the deadly new coronavirus were discovered there, authorities said.
— Channel NewsAsia

Political will need to drive Vietnam’s economy forward
Identified by The World Bank (WB) as among the top three fastest growing economies in East Asia in 2019, Vietnam’s economy last year again demonstrated its resilience in the face of a falling Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) and dwindling business confidence globally.
— AEC News Today

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