Asean morning news for February 19

Asean morning news for February 19

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Vietnam: Asean economic integration meeting in Hanoi a success
Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Trần Quốc Khánh talks to Vietnam News Agency about what went on at the recent meeting on Asean economic integration in Hanoi.
— The Star Online

ASEAN workers facing burnout
The World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2019 recognised burnout as a diagnosable condition, which was entered into the international classification of diseases (IDC-11).
— The Asean Post

Asean-EU ties: seeking a middle path
Joseph Borrell, the new EU foreign minister, revealed down-to-earth pragmatism in a recent article, writing: “We Europeans must adjust our mental maps to deal with the world as it is, not as we hoped it would be.”
— Bangkok Post

Funding ASEAN’s trade engine: Technology and collaboration
We frequently hear that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the engine of the economy. Looking at ASEAN’s member states, SMEs make up between 89 per cent and 99.9 per cent of businesses, as well as employing between 52 per cent and 97 per cent of workers.
— The Business Times

ASEAN 2020: Vietnam chairs first meeting of ACCC in 2020
Head of the Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to ASEAN, Ambassador Tran Duc Binh chaired the first 2020 meeting of the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC) in Indonesia on February 18.
— Vietnamplus

Asean, China, India to feature more in exposure for tertiary students
OVERSEAS attachments for tertiary students as part of pre-employment training are going to be slanted even more towards the growth economies in Asia.
— The Business Times

ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting Working Group meets in Hanoi
A meeting of the ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting Working Group (ADSOM WG) was held on February 18 in the framework of the 2020 ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Retreat (ADMM Retreat) in Hanoi.
— Vietnamplus

Combating COVID-19: Toward closer China-ASEAN community
China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) will be held in Laos on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

ASEAN nations hit by data breaches, ransomware attacks and cryptojacking last year, Interpol says
Southeast Asia experienced “significant” levels of cyber crime in 2019, including major data breaches, crippling ransomware attacks and a huge rise in cryptojacking, according to a new report from Interpol.
— Illicit Trade

ASEAN 2020: Defence ministers of Vietnam, Laos meet in Hanoi
Minister of National Defence Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich had a meeting with his Lao counterpart Gen. Chansamone Chanyalath in Hanoi on February 18 within the framework of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Retreat (ADMM Retreat).
— Vietnamplus

Malaysia Airlines offers cheaper Asean and South Asia fares with no check-in luggage (VIDEO)
In the past few days, Malaysia Airlines has been teasing a new economy offering that offers a premium flying experience with a touch of personalisation.
— Malay Mail

Asean’s tourist hubs court local market as coronavirus shuts Chinese out
Southeast Asia’s holiday hotspots, hit by billions in lost business from Chinese tourists, are turning to markets closer to home to soften the blow from travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus epidemic.
— Malaysiakini

Vietnamese university listed in top 10 ASEAN research universities
Ton Duc Thang University has become the only representative from Vietnam to be named among the top 10 excellent research universities in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), according to US Web of Science data.
— Vietnamplus

South China Sea of brewing troubles and its implications for India
For years, China, Brunei, Taiwan, Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam have contested overlapping claims to hundreds of coral reefs, features, and islets in the South China Sea.
— Modern Diplomacy

UK-Asean investment forum eyed
United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to the Philippines Richard Graham has proposed to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to hold an investment forum between the UK and the 10 member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).
— Philippine News Agency

ASEAN Exchanges Selects Refinitiv’s Digital Solutions to Power Investors
ASEAN Exchanges, a collaboration of six exchanges from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, has selected Refinitiv’s digital solutions to power its online platform, providing critical data and insights to retail and institutional investors and helping to promote investment in the ASEAN region.
— Viet Nam News

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Cambodia’s carelessness over coronavirus could bring disaster
When passengers from the MS Westerdam disembarked in Sihanoukville, Cambodia on Valentine’s Day last week, it was smiles and handshakes all around, as Prime minister Hun Sen greeted them with roses. Protective masks were nowhere to be seen.
— The Thaiger

No Cambodian Students in Wuhan Infected with Covid-19, Says PM Hun Sen
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen confirmed that no Cambodian students in Wuhan, China infected with coronavirus; they are in good health, speaking at the graduation ceremony on Tuesday.
— Fresh News

PM Hun Sen Says No Comments on EU’s Decision to Partially Withdraw EBA
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said that he has no comments on the European Union’s decision regarding the partial withdrawal of preferential tax system of EBA, speaking at the graduation ceremony on Tuesday.
— Fresh News

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Govt May Evacuate Coronavirus-positive Patients from Japan
The three Indonesians on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship who have been tested positive for the coronavirus or COVID-19 cannot be evacuated yet.

Indonesia Central Bank May Cut Key Rate as Coronavirus Hits Economy: Reuters Poll
A slim majority of analysts polled by Reuters expect Indonesia’s central bank to resume its easing cycle at its policy meeting this week to provide a cushion for the expected economic impact from the coronavirus outbreak.
— The New York Times

All 362 Indonesian Citizens Working aboard MS Westerdam are Healthy: Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi
All 362 Indonesian citizens working aboard the MS Westerdam cruise liner currently docked in Cambodia are healthy, said Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Monday (Feb 17).
— Fresh News

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Laos to Experience Electricity Shortage During Hot Season
Electricity generation will not be sufficient to supply all areas in Laos during times of peak consumption from March to June, according to authorities, who are urging the public to cut energy usage during this period.
— The Laotian Times

Mekong, Chinese ministers’ meeting to push sub-regional ties
Foreign ministers from countries in the Mekong basin and China will gather in Vientiane this week to discuss regional cooperation with Laos and China co-chairing the meeting, which opens on Thursday.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Laos to host regional meetings on economy, virus control
Laos will play host to the Special Asean-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on measures to control the coronavirus outbreak, and the 5th Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on economic cooperation.
— Vientiane Times

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World Bank reviewing covid-19 impact before revising Malaysia’s GDP growth target
The World Bank is in the midst of reviewing the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on Malaysia’s economy before deciding whether to revise the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth target.
— Malay Mail

Italy is using Malaysia as a dumping ground for plastic waste
Anger mounts as Italian companies found illegally delivering waste to Southeast Asia in move that risks locals’ health.
— Aljazeera

100,000 Malaysians could lose jobs if coronavirus threat persists
Up to 100,000 Malaysians could be sent packing from their jobs this year if the Covid-19 outbreak persists until year-end.
— The Sun Daily

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State Counsellor pushes for speeding up e-Governance plans to ensure development
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in her capacity as Patron of the e-Government Steering Committee, made a speech at the 4th e-Government Conference & ICT Exhibition held at the Myanmar International Convention Center II in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Health official slams lax enforcement of tobacco law in Myanmar
The enforcement of the country’s anti-smoking and anti-tobacco law remains weak decades after it was enacted, a senior health official said.
— Myanmar Times

Yangon waterbus ready to face fuel company case
The operator of Yangon Water Bus said it is ready to respond legally to the accusation of a local fuel firm over alleged nonpayment of debt amounting to K70 million (US$ 48,000).
— Myanmar Times

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End of VFA paves way for China build in Scarborough Shoal –Carpio
The abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) will send a message to China that it is free to build air and naval bases on the Scarborough Shoal, retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

8 more Filipino crew of Japanese cruise ship catch novel coronavirus
Eight more Filipinos working on the Japanese cruise ship Diamond Princess have contracted the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of infected Filipino crew members to 35, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday, February 18.
— Rappler

DOH starts locating active polio cases in C. Visayas
With the discovery of poliovirus in water samples from the Butuanon River, which flows from here to Mandaue City, the Department of Health (DOH) in Central Visayas will start locating active cases of polio in the region.Dr. Jaime Bernadas, DOH-7 regional director, said the DOH central office has directed them to intensify active flaccid …
— Philippine News Agency

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1-year-old baby among 5 COVID-19 patients discharged, 4 new cases: MOH
Five more COVID-19 patients have been discharged after making a full recovery, including a one-year-old baby, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (Feb 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Expansionary Budget could run deficit of $10.9b
Armed with a $6.4 billion arsenal to fight the coronavirus and its fallout on the economy, this year’s expansionary Budget could run a historic deficit of $10.9 billion – the highest in recent times.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore doubles down on tighter foreign worker quotas
AFTER foreign labour caps in the services sector were tightened in last year’s Budget, the same fate has now befallen the construction, marine and shipyard and process industries.
— The Business Times

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Nine day holiday for Songkran ditched by PM
The idea of a nine day holiday over the Songkran festival this year, to promote domestic tourism following a sharp decline in tourist arrivals, especially from China, appears to have been nipped in the bud by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
— Thai PBS News

1 dead, 1 injured in Bangkok mall shooting, gunman escapes
One woman is dead and a bystander injured after a gunman opened fire at a shopping mall in downtown Bangkok on this afternoon.
— The Thaiger

138 Thai evacuees from Wuhan expected to go home on Wednesday
The 137 Thai evacuees from the Chinese city of Wuhan, who have been under observation in guest houses at the Sattahip naval base since February 4th, are expected to return home to re-join their families tomorrow (Wednesday) after final medical check-ups.
— Thai PBS News

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Material autonomy key for Vietnam to fully tap EVFTA
Textile stocks have been on a temporary upswing thanks to the recent ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) but textile enterprises still face difficulties due to heavy dependence on imported raw materials and machinery as well as reduced demand worldwide.
— VietnamPlus

Vinaconex to gain $35.8 million from VCP shares
Vinaconex corporation has registered to divest all of its 16 million shares in Vinaconex Power Investment Construction and Development JSC.
— Viet Nam News

Two more patients discharged in Vietnam’s coronavirus hub
Two natives of Vinh Phuc Province who were infected with the Covid-19 were discharged from a hospital in Hanoi Tuesday.
— VnExpress

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