Asean morning news for February 26

Asean morning news for February 26

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Southeast Asia isolates virus-stricken South Korea as pandemic fears mount
Countries are scrambling to put new travel restrictions in place for virus-hit countries amid the coronavirus outbreak as fears of a global pandemic spread.
— Coconuts Singapore

Pompeo Says US-ASEAN Summit To Go Ahead In Second Week Of March In Las Vegas
The United States is committed to going ahead with an upcoming joint summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) despite the current coronavirus outbreak, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on Tuesday
— UrduPoint News

Wildlife cybercrime on the rise in ASEAN
With social media already playing a major role in human trafficking, arms trading and drug smuggling, it is perhaps no surprise that the illegal wildlife trade is the latest cross-border crime to go online.
— The Asean Post

Coronavirus a ‘severe but temporary challenge’ for commercial property in Asia-Pacific, says Cushman and Wakefield
The gloom around the commercial property sector in Asia-Pacific is being tempered by expectations that the downturn, caused by the coronavirus, will be relatively short lived, according to a report released last week by Cushman and Wakefield.
— South China Morning Post

Massive Disinformation In ASEAN Countries: A Political Lesson For Foreign Investors – OpEd
In 2013, World Economic Forum (WEF) released its Global Risks Report that alerted among all, the risk of massive misinformation in the next 10 years.
— Eurasia Review

Air Pollution is Far Deadlier than the Coronavirus: New Data Ranks Health Threat in Cities from Worst to Best
Air pollution continues to pose one of the biggest threats to human health, with 90% of the global population breathing unsafe air.
— PRNewswire (media release)

Mekong pilot program to monitor impact of Lao dams on lower basin
Transboundary environmental impacts of Laos’ Xayaburi and Don Sahong dams will be monitored under a two-year program following a call for more data transparency.
— VnExpress International

ASEAN-Canada Joint Cooperation Committee holds 8th meeting
The ASEAN-Canada Joint Cooperation Committee (ACJCC) held its 8th meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat’s headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 25.
— Vietnamplus

Vietnam highlights ASEAN’s efforts in protecting children’s rights
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has shown its strong commitments to promoting and ensuring the rights of children through a multitude of important documents such as the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025.
— Vietnamplus

Australia remains eager to keep door open for India to join RCEP in future: Australian trade minister
After years of negotiations, India in November pulled out of the proposed RCEP over unresolved “core concerns” at a summit meeting of the participating countries in Bangkok.
— Financial Express

Indigenous youth in Asia Pacific find strength in unity
After seeing a family member get into a fight over a sack of rice, Jal Mustari knew he had to do something to help his community.
— Rappler

SE Asian giants Gojek, Grab in merger talks: Report
Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing and food delivery companies Grab and Gojek, both of who command valuations of over $10 billion each, are discussing a potential merger, according to The Information.
— Deal Street Asia

ASEAN and Investment in Digital Industry
According to the research study from ITD and Thammasat University, ASEAN region is the source of digital industry’s investment because the national government in ASEAN countries encourage digital economy and majority of laborers and middle classes use digital technology in their daily life more.
— QS WOW News

The Rise Of Youth Power In Southeast Asia And The Future Of Free Trade – Analysis
If there is a word to describe the multitude of public protests around the world in 2019, it will be the word ‘youth’.
— Eurasia Review

Gojek says it’s not in talks with rival Grab about a merger
Indonesia’s Gojek denied a report that it’s discussing a merger with rival Grab Holdings Inc, a deal that would combine the leading ride-hailing businesses in Southeast Asia.
— Bangkok Post

SE Asia Stocks-Steady as markets look for respite from coronavirus fears
Southeast Asian stock markets stabilised on Tuesday, after a steep sell-off in the previous session, as fears of the coronavirus rapidly spreading beyond China kept
gains in check.
— Reuters

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Kingdom’s Economic Growth May Be Lower than Previous Prediction
Cambodia’s economic growth in 2020 would not be at the same rate as previously predicted at 6.5 percent, said Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.

H5N1 also poses deadly threat, ministry warns
The Ministry of Health’s Communicable Disease Control (CDC) department has called on citizens to excise caution over H5N1 or bird flu that is spreading in the southern province of Vietnam.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Hun Sen’s Plan to Prop Up Economy Reveals Concerns Over EBA, Coronavirus
Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday the government will help factories pay 60 percent of workers’ minimum wage for up to six months and offer exporters tax breaks in an effort to mitigate effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and revocation of EU trade privileges.
— VOA Khmer

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Thousands caught in floods in Indonesia’s sinking capital
Floods that have crippled much of Indonesia’s capital worsened Tuesday, inundating thousands of homes and buildings, including the presidential palace, and paralyzing transport networks, officials and witnesses said.
— Fox News

COVID-19: 188 Indonesians from World Dream cruise ship to be quarantined on uninhabited island
Indonesia plans to evacuate 188 citizens working as crew members aboard the World Dream cruise ship to an island off Java amid concerns over the coronavirus, the government has said.
— The Jakarta Post

‘It is not COVID-19’: Indonesian health official mixes up disease and virus
A Health Ministry official said on Monday that the Japanese national who tested positive for the novel coronavirus upon his return from a trip to Indonesia was “not a case of COVID-19”.
— The Jakarta 

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Reporters get facts on HPV vaccine programme
Media personnel from newspapers, radio and television gathered in Vientiane on Tuesday to discuss reporting on the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme, which will be rolled out next month.
— Vientiane Times

PM Thongloun highly values the visit of China’s State Councilor Wang Yi
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith received on Friday a courtesy visit from China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi as the latter was on an official visit to Laos to attend the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) and the 5th Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Foreign Ministers’ Meeting between Feb 19-20.

Authorities, locals review Nam Poui protected area forest governance challenges
Villagers in Xayaboury province met with provincial and district authorities recently to discuss challenges in forest governance in relation to the Nam Poui National Protected Area (NPA).
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Perak customs seize contraband cigarettes, alcohol worth over RM2m
The Perak Customs Department confiscated two million sticks of cigarettes of various brands worth RM2 million (tax included), during an inspection at a house in Sitiawan, Lumut, on Feb 12.
— The Sun Daily

Why Did Malaysia’s Prime Minister Just Resign?
Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: Malaysia’s prime minister unexpectedly steps down—but remains interim leader, stocks fall sharply on fears of coronavirus pandemic, and dozens are hurt in Germany after a man drove into a carnival parade.
— Foreign Policy

Second mission to evacuate Malaysians from Wuhan to go ahead as planned – Nadma
The second mission to bring back 75 Malaysian citizens and their families who have been stranded in Wuhan, China, following the Covid-19 outbreak in the republic will go ahead as planned, despite the current political situation in the country.
— The Borneo Post

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Myanmar-China Border Trade Drops US$200 M Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Bilateral border trade between Myanmar and China declined by US$209 million from Jan. 23 to Feb. 18 compared to the same period last year due to the spread of coronavirus, according to U Khin Maung Lwin, assistant permanent secretary for the Ministry of Commerce.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar govt sets goal of generating more electricity to meet demand
Since April 2016, the government has invested roughly K1.2 trillion to produce some 700 megawatts of additional electricity for the country’s power needs, says Deputy Minister of Electricity and Energy U Khin Maung Win.
— Myanmar Times

Remote Part of Myanmar Faces Food Shortages After China Border Closed Over Coronavirus
Two areas in north Myanmar’s Kachin state face shortages of food staples, consisting of rice, as well as increasing costs, after China closed down border checkpoints in an initiative to have its coronavirus break out, a neighborhood legislator stated Tuesday.
— The Union Journal

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PHL gov’t successfully brings home 445 Filipinos from Japan cruise ship; 14-day quarantine at New Clark City starts
The Philippine government has successfully brought home 445 Filipinos, mostly crewmembers of the MV Diamond Princess cruise ship, through two chartered flights of the Philippine Airlines (PAL), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
— Eagle News

COVID-19 quarantine period to remain at 14 days, says Duque
There will be no change in the country s quarantine procedures despite reports indicating a possibly longer incubation period for the novel coronavirus, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Asean think tank retains 6.4% growth forecast for Philippines
Singapore-based ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) has retained its 6.4 percent growth forecast for the Philippines this year, higher than the four-year low 5.9 percent growth last year.
— The Philippine Star

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5 more COVID-19 patients discharged in Singapore, 1 new confirmed case: MOH
Five more COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospital, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (Feb 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore to bar visitors with recent travel history to South Korea’s COVID-19 outbreak epicentres Daegu and Cheongdo
Singapore will not allow entry to visitors from South Korea’s Cheongdo county and Daegu city, which have been designated as special care zones after a spike of COVID-19 cases, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (Feb 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’pore only country using test to find Covid-19 even if patient has recovered
Singapore is the only country in the world to use a particular test to detect Covid-19, even if the patient’s recovered.
— Mothership

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Bangkok public schools closed until Friday due to air quality
Public schools in the Bangkok municipality have been ordered shut until Friday due to severe air pollution in the nation’s capital.
— The Thaiger

THAI to cut executive pay for 6 months
Thai Airways International (THAI) will cut salaries and other allowances of executives by 15-25% for six months from March 1 to alleviate losses from the impact of Covid-19 outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

59 returnees from S.Korea isolated as two new COVID-19 confirmed
Fifty-nine students and staff of Khon Kaen University have been quarantined at their lodgings for observation for 14 days after two of them were found to have a high fever after their return from South Korea.
— Thai PBS News

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Vietnam Airlines restores some inflight services thanks to COVID-19 fight
The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has restored some services on domestic and international flights with durations of less than 2.5 hours since February 24, as there have been signs showing COVID-19 has been put under control in Vietnam.
— Viet Nam Net

Việt Nam needs new approaches to fund development: ADB expert
As Việt Nam is estimated to need on average US$210 billion in infrastructure per year through 2030 to meet its development targets, Asian Development Bank (ADB) expert suggested the country should adopt new approaches to get the huge capital.
— Viet Nam News

Finance ministry to provide legal support to SMEs
The Ministry of Finance has issued a plan to provide legal consultancies to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) this year with focus on tax, customs, securities, price and insurance regulations.
— Viet Nam News

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