Asean morning news for February 6

Asean morning news for February 6

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Six Asean nations ink accord with WHO to fight diseases together
The Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth), World Health Organisation (WHO) and partner networks have signed a memorandum of association on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in six countries.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Thailand scraps China-led project to blast open Mekong River
Thailand has scrapped a Chinese-led project to blast rapids on the Mekong River that had been opposed by local people and environmental groups, a government spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Coronavirus has infected citizens of six Asean countries
Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines have all reported cases of the deadly coronavirus which has thus far spared Myanmar, Brunei, Indonesia and Lao PDR.
— Khmer Times

Central Bankers Roll Out Anti-Virus Efforts in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asian central banks signaled strong policy action Wednesday to counter a hit to their economies from the new coronavirus.
— Bloomberg Quint

Lessons from ASEAN’s Rakhine response
At the 35th ASEAN Summit held in Bangkok in November last year, the ASEAN Prize 2019 was awarded to Jemilah Mahmood, founder of Mercy Malaysia and a high-level official at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
— East Asia Forum

India absent from RCEP special negotiating talks in Indonesia
India was absent from two days of talks on a sprawling Asia-Pacific free trade agreement in Indonesia that ended Tuesday, fueling speculation that it may withdraw from the negotiations, an Indonesian senior official said.
— The Mainichi

More Coronavirus Cases Erupt in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asian nations reported an eruption of new cases of the deadly coronavirus on Tuesday, with Malaysia confirming its first citizen case and neighbors Thailand and Singapore detecting more cases of the illness that has killed hundreds in China.
— Benar News

Four weapons against coronavirus
The novel coronavirus outbreak has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
— Bangkok Post

Fast action needed to fight plastic pollution
The Great Pacific garbage patch is a collection of plastic and floating trash with two enormous masses of ever-growing garbage.
— The Asean Post

HIV drugs touted as weapon in war on coronavirus
As doctors scramble to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus, a potent brew of anti-retroviral and flu drugs has emerged as a possible defence against the disease that has killed hundreds.
— The Asean Post

SE Asia Stocks-Philippines, Singapore gain on rate cut hopes
Philippine stocks rose on Wednesday, boosted by expectations of an interest rate cut despite a surprise jump in January inflation, while Singapore shares gained after its central bank said it had room to ease policy if required.
— Reuters

‘Plastic-eating enzyme’ marketed in Southeast Asia alleged to be a scam
A solution marketed in Southeast Asia as an environmentally-safe way to degrade plastic waste, kill pests, and fatten livestock, among other uses, has been called out as green tech fraud.
— Eco-Business

Confidence shows signs of snowballing in ASEAN equities
There have not been as many tailwinds for companies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as there are now for at least 35 years, according to Marlborough’s Sally Macdonald, who said she has “not seen this level of confidence in the region” from economists and management teams since she joined the industry in 1985.
— Investment Week

Two years after #MeToo put a spotlight on gender inequality, how is Asia investing in women?
More than two years after the #MeToo movement made headlines and women’s rights became a front and centre issue globally, the world of business and finance appears to be waking up to the benefits of inclusivity and being mindful of women and their critical role in the economy.
— Eco-Business

Why Southeast Asia could lead influencer marketing’s evolution
Somewhere in the first half of the last decade, social media influencer marketing was sitting pretty, somewhere between innovation trigger’ and the peak of inflated expectations’ on Gartner’s hype cycle.
— Campaign

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Why Cambodia’s right not to evacuate Wuhan despite coronavirus fears
As coronavirus infections continue to rise and countries place restrictions on travel to and from China, Cambodia stands out for refusing to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan – the city at the epicentre of the outbreak – or take any measures against Chinese travellers.
— South China Morning Post

Hun Sen to Visit Beijing but not Wuhan City to Inquire on Cambodians’ Health
According to a message he posted on his Facebook page, he is scheduled to meet with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang at 5:15 pm and with Chinese President Xi Jinping at 6:00 pm. He will leave Beijing tonight to return to Cambodia.
— Thmey Thmey

Tea Banh slams ABC report on PLA visit to base
Defence Minister General Tea Banh yesterday slammed Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s news report about a high-level delegation of Chinese military mapping experts visiting a Cambodian naval base in December, three weeks before a huge Chinese surveillance drone crashed in Koh Kong province.
— Khmer Times

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Indonesian Maid in Singapore Tests Positive for Coronavirus
A migrant worker in Singapore became the first known Indonesian to be infected with coronavirus, officials confirmed on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Chinese toddler becomes first suspected Wuhan coronavirus case in Manado
A 2-year-old Chinese toddler is currently under observation by medical personnel in an isolation room in the Prof. Kandou General Hospital in Manado, North Sulawesi after showing several symptoms of the new coronavirus that originated from Wuhan, China.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s GDP growth stagnated at 5.02 percent last year, weakest since 2015
Indonesia’s economy grew 5.02 percent annually in 2019 because of weakening investments and exports, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

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Lao electricity exports increase 145% within 2016-2020
From 2016 to 2020, Laos expanded electricity capacity to 6,457 MW for export markets, which represents an increase of 145 percent over the previous five-year period.
— The Star 

Still No Coronavirus Cases in Laos, 103 and 150 Hospitals on Standby
The new government task force set up to prevent an outbreak of the Coronavirus in Laos has begun its work in preventing and controlling the virus. While no cases have been confirmed, two hospitals in Vientiane have become designated virus health centers.
— The Laotian Times 

Electronic tax payment system installed at Bokeo Friendship Bridge
The system, called EasyPass, was officially launched last Friday in a ceremony attended by the Deputy Governor of Bokeo province, Mr Khamking Euaymanihak, Deputy Minister of Finance Mr Bounchom Ubonpaseuth, and other guests.
— ANN/Vientiane Times 

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MoF to discuss with other ministries, industries to plan economic stimulus package
The Ministry of Finance (MoF) will hold discussions with several other ministries, industries and related services companies to receive input in the planning of the economic stimulus package following the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.
— The Sun Daily

MCA criticises govt’s response to coronavirus outbreak
The MCA has slammed the government for allegedly not being proactive enough in combating the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.
— The Sun Daily

Sabah ready to handle novel coronavirus, says state health minister
The Sabah state government has put in place necessary measures to tackle novel coronavirus and is fully prepared to handle it.
— Malay Mail

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Immunization programme to include rotavirus and fourth diphtheria-tetanus vaccinations
Today, Ministry of Health and Sports introduced the rotavirus and fourth dose of diphtheria-tetanus vaccinations into the routine immunization programme.
— Reliefweb

‘Myanmar manufacturing lifted by higher output, new orders and jobs’
Ihs Markit, a London-based information provider, says that Myanmar’s Manufacturing Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) has been lifted by sharper growth of output, new orders and jobs.
— Myanmar Times

In Myanmar’s remote north, China is the key
Katha, on the Irrawaddy River in northern Myanmar, is best known as the inspiration for “Burmese Days,” a fictional critique of British colonialism by the English novelist George Orwell.
— Nikkei Asian Review

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Philippines confirms 3rd case of novel coronavirus
The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday, February 5, reported the Philippines’ 3rd confirmed case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
— Rappler

Filipinos repatriated from China back home on February 8
Filipinos repatriated from China, where the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) had claimed hundreds of lives, will arrive in the Philippines on Saturday, February 8.
— Rappler

Gov’t to decide on lifting of China travel ban in 2 weeks
The government is set to decide within two weeks on whether or not to lift the travel ban on overseas Filipino workers to China and its special administrative regions (SARs) where there are reported cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD).
— Philippine News Agency

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Four new cases of Wuhan coronavirus in Singapore; 28 in total so far
On Wednesday (5 Feb), the Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed four new cases of the novel Wuhan coronavirus in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore’s overall crime rate at 9-year high in 2019; scam cases rose 54%
The total number of reported crimes in 2019 increased by 6.3 per cent to 35,209 cases, compared to 33,126 cases the year before, the police said on Wednesday (Feb 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New coronavirus patient initially discharged due to lack of symptoms; subsequently tested positive
Yesterday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed six new cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

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First locally infected virus patient cured, discharged
Thailand’s first locally infected victim of the Novel Coronavirus has been given a clean bill of health and discharged from hospital.
— The Thaiger

BoT cuts key rate to record-low 1%
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) slashed its policy rate by 25 basis points to a fresh record low of 1% at this year’s first meeting in an effort to shore up an economy battered by the coronavirus epidemic and the months-long delay in the fiscal 2020 budget bill.
— Bangkok Post

High PM2.5 levels in seven areas of Bangkok
The concentration of dust particles in Bangkok and other provinces was above the safety limit as of 4 a.m. today, according to the Pollution Control Department’s Air4Thai website.

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Vietnam tells Facebook, Google to remove fake news about coronavirus
Vietnam officials have said they will tell Facebook and Google to take down accounts that spread false information about the novel coronavirus.
— VnExpress

Vietnam Introduces Resolution to Deal with Origin Fraud and Transshipment
The Vietnamese government introduced Resolution 119/NQ-CP (Resolution 119) in December 2019 to address increasing cases of origin fraud and illegal transshipment.
— Vietnam Briefing

Vietnam says Q1 GDP likely to shrink 1% y/y as Lunar New Year holidays, virus hurt
Vietnam’s gross domestic product in the first quarter of this year will likely contract 1% from a year earlier due to China’s fast-spreading coronavirus epidemic and a week-long Lunar New Year holiday, the government said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

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