Asean morning news for June 10

Asean morning news for June 10

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 9 — 50,000 regional cases active; US COVID-19 cases top 2 mln
As of 00:31 GMT June 9 there was 50,681 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 763, or 1.53 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

EU drawing competition challenges Asean artists to help save our planet
Young artists throughout Asean have until August 5 to enter the Mission of the European Union to Asean’s ‘Our Planet, Our Future’, Asean youth drawing competition.
— AEC News Today

Top brands probe ‘union-busting’ as virus spurs sackings at factories in Asia
Major brands including carmaker BMW and fashion label Zara are investigating reports of mass sackings of union workers in their supply chains, amid fears from labour advocates that coronavirus has fuelled ‘union-busting’ at factories across Southeast Asia.
— Reuters

New study shows loss of Southeast Asia’s peat forests drives climate change
A new study by researchers in Singapore from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) uses satellite data to show just how rapidly Southeast Asia’s vital peat forests are being cleared, drained and dried out.
— Asean Today

ASEAN’s economic growth could bounce back to 8 pct by 2021
Economic growth in the ASEAN region could rebound to an average 8 percent in 2021 after falling into recession in the first half of 2020, a report suggested on June 8.
— Vietnamplus

South China Sea code of conduct on track
TALKS ON the code of conduct in the South China Sea are “proceeding smoothly and effectively,” Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian said on Tuesday, as the Philippines and China celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations.
— BusinessWorld Online

Why is Southeast Asia silent on Hong Kong?
Exactly a year ago on June 9, 2019, over a million people in Hong Kong took to the streets and kick-started the anti-extradition bill movement, which morphed into a year-long struggle.
— The Jakarta Post

S. Korea to push for conclusion of RCEP this year despite pandemic
South Korea said Tuesday it will spare no efforts to conclude a mega Asia-Pacific trade pact by the end of this year in line with efforts to revitalize an extended slump in its exports amid the new coronavirus pandemic.
— Yonhap News Agency

Dragon’s strategic objectives in the South China Sea
The South China Sea (SCS) is witnessing worrisome developments with the possibility of rising tensions flaring up in a conflict has significantly increased.
— The Times of India (blog)

New funding for the management of Southeast Asia’s protected seas
Blue Finance and Oceans Outcome (O2) have become the first recipients of Convergence’s Asia Natural Capital Design Funding Window for blended finance solutions targeting sustainable development goal number 14 – “life below water”, Convergence said in a release.
— Undercurrent News

Rebooting connectivity after Covid-19
Exactly 10 years ago in Hanoi, under Vietnam’s chair, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations adopted the Masterplan of Connectivity, which envisaged the bloc as a single, integrated entity with physical, institutional and people-to-people connectivity.
— Bangkok Post

Why blended finance can narrow the Asean infrastructure gap
DESPITE infrastructure development being the bedrock for several governments in Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) including the Philippines and Indonesia, infrastructure projects are still not getting the financing they need.
— The Asset

ASEAN deputy chief expects more trade between ASEAN, China
A senior official of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said proximity has made China and ASEAN close trading partners, even during the COVID-19 pandemic period.
— Ecns.cn

ASEAN, Covid-19 and the Vietnam’s Chairmanship
COVID-19 (C-19) event is posing serious challenges for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2020.
— Modern Diplomacy

Southeast Asia’s online shopping boom is here to stay, even after the pandemic
Southeast Asian shoppers will likely continue buying groceries and other essential items online — even after the coronavirus pandemic ends, according to research from consultancy Bain & Company and Facebook.
— CNBC

[Economy in Pandemic] S. Korean banks face fierce ASEAN market competition in post-virus era
Despite the pandemic impact being felt across the world, South Korean
banks are retaining their faith in the ASEAN countries — dubbed as a new market with relatively high interest rates and demand for fresh funds.
— The Korea Herald

All you need to know as ASEAN opens up to travel post-COVID-19
As countries across ASEAN enter the first stages of re-opening, countries across the region have started issuing travel advisories over the past week. Here’s what you need to know.
— Human Resources Online

“Home-centric consumption” to continue post-lockdowns: report
HOME-CENTRIC consumption trends in South-east Asia accelerated by Covid-19 pandemic could continue even as authorities relax safe-distancing measures, a report has suggested.
— The Business Times

In the age of environmental, health crises
In celebration of this year’s World Environment Day, Climate Conversations Singapore, in cooperation with the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), held a webinar recently on ‘The Role of Visual Arts in Environmental Action in Southeast Asia’ to highlight the importance of effective communication in motivating people to conserve and protect the environment, especially during global health and environmental crises, according to a statement released by the ACB.
— Borneo Bulletin

Study reveals urgency for businesses to leverage on technology to improve customer experience
CUSTOMERS are always the top priority of businesses in their strategies.
— Business Mirror

ASEAN tourism webinar to address issues
The Federation of ASEAN Travel Associations (FATA) is organising an online forum on ‘Way Forward for Tourism in ASEAN’ on June 19 at 3pm.
— Borneo Bulletin

Southeast Asia’s capacity conundrum
Southeast Asia’s vibrant cement industry faces a serious but not insurmountable challenge from the current COVID-19 pandemic.
— Cemnet

SE Asia Stocks-Most erase early gains to halt rally; Malaysia rises
Most Southeast Asian markets erased early gains to close lower on Tuesday, putting an end to multi-session rallies, while Malaysian stocks gained after the country decided to restart economic activity after a months-long lockdown.
— Reuters

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy

 

Thirty people screened for COVID-19 after contact with latest patient
Contact tracing efforts from the 30-year-old COVID-19 patient diagnosed on Saturday have led to the identification of 30 people, the Ministry of Health said yesterday.
— Khmer Times

School Suspension Notice Extended
In order to further prevent the spread COVID-19, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport has announced the extension of the delay on schools reopening across the country, according to the Directive of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports on June 8, 2020.
— CNE

Government prepares another $12 million to help laid-off workers
The Royal Government will release another $12 million in assistance for jobless workers as factories remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Khmer Times

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Indonesia’s GDP to stagnate as global economy sees worst recession in 80 years: World Bank
Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) will grow at zero percent this year as the global economy is expected to see its deepest downturn since the Second World War, the World Bank has forecast.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Daily Coronavirus Cases Surpass 1,000 for First Time
Indonesia reported 1,043 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, the highest rise in a day since first cases were detected in the country in early March.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia faces trade remedies from partners, risks $1.9b losses
Indonesia has been hit by trade remedies involving nine trading partners that launched an investigation into alleged unfair practices by the country, resulting in potential foreign exchange losses of up to Rp 26.5 trillion (US$1.9 billion), according to the Trade Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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Dengue claims one more life taking the total to 5
Luang Namtha has reported one death related to mosquito-borne dengue as 35 new infections were reported nationwide yesterday.
— KPL

Last Covid-19 patient discharged from hospital
Covid-19 case 8, an 18-year-old man was discharged from Mittaphab Hospital on Tuesday morning after he had tested negative to the coronavirus twice within 24 hours.
— KPL

Education ministry launches training of trainers for new Grade 2 curriculum
Ministry of Education and Sports partnered with the Australian government on Tuesday to launch the training of trainers for the new Grade 2 curriculum in Vientiane,
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Putrajaya urged to maintain consortium approach to 5G spectrum allocation
The government and regulator should maintain the original consortium approach when it comes to spectrum allocation of the much-awaited national 5G network, according to the National Tech Association of Malaysia’s (Pikom).
— Malay Mail

Malaysian prosecutors drop corruption charges against Najib ally
Malaysian government prosecutors withdrew corruption charges on Tuesday against an ally of former prime minister Najib Razak, whose party returned to power in a new coalition three months ago after having lost the last election amid massive graft scandals.
— Aljazeera

269 Rohingyas detained after body of woman found aboard Malaysia-bound boat
Authorities intercepted a boat, carrying 269 Rohingyas, trying to enter Langkawi waters early this morning and found a woman’s body in it.
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar to build new high-quality oil refineries
Myanmar is planning to build new high-quality oil refineries to reduce the reliance on the oversea market and to fulfil local demands for oil products, Xinhua reported.
— Mizzima

China Banks Freeze Accounts of Cross-Border Traders in Myanmar’s Shan State
Myanmar traders in northern Shan state said Tuesday that their cross-border business has been stymied by Chinese authorities who abruptly froze bank accounts at Chinese financial institutions after suspecting that some of their clients had engaged in illegal activities in Yunnan province.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar commits to facilitating trade within Asean
Asean, including Myanmar, will work together to restore economic growth in the region by enhancing regional trade and economic cooperation.
— Myanmar Times

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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‘Total disarray’: Carpio slams Duterte gov’t West Philippine Sea strategy
Over a year since the sinking of Philippine fishing boat Gem-Ver and following months of China’s continued aggression in the South China Sea, retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio tore apart the Duterte administration’s stand towards the West Philippine Sea, calling it a strategy in total disarray.
— Rappler

Stricter quarantine rules possible if Covid-19 cases rise: Palace
The government might be compelled to impose stricter quarantine restrictions if the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections continue to rise, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

No justice for fisherfolk one year after Recto Bank hit-and-run — Pamalakaya
A fisher group demanded justice for victims of Chinese aggression in the West Philippine Sea on the anniversary of a hit-and-run incident at Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea.
— Philippine Star

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

218 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore in lowest daily tally since April 11
There were 218 new coronavirus cases confirmed as of noon on Tuesday (June 9), the lowest daily tally since April 11 when 191 new cases were reported.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s dengue cases hit seven-year high
Dengue fever infections this year surpassed 10,000 today after 165 new cases were reported in the past two days, according to the city-state’s environment agency.
— Coconuts Singapore

Singapore ranks 4th in safest places to live in during pandemic: Survey
Singapore is among the safest places to live in during the Covid-19 pandemic, a new study says, indicating that the authorities are well placed to lift restrictions aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ

 

Industrial group supports Thailand joining CPTPP
The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) supports the move to make Thailand a member of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) to boost the nation’s international trade in the post-pandemic period.
— Bangkok Post

THAI swoops to protect planes from seizure
Thai Airways International (THAI) has petitioned courts in three countries to protects its assets — including its aircraft operating scheduled flights — from being seized by its creditors, said government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Prepare for delays in re-opening international borders
“The third or fourth quarter of 2020.” That’s as precise as deputy PM Somkid Jatusripitak could say when Thailand would re-open its borders for foreign tourists.
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Vietnam plans to resume flights to some virus-free countries
Vietnam plans to allow a resumption of flights to and from countries that have had no cases of coronavirus for 30 days, state media cited the prime minister as saying on Tuesday, with priority destinations including Japan, South Korea and Cambodia.
— The Jakarta Post

Vietnam’s lychee crop not bearing fruit as prices slump
Hundreds of lychee farmers sorted and graded huge piles of the tropical fruit at a busy wholesale market in northern Vietnam on Tuesday, but many bemoaned slumping prices as foreign traders were held up in quarantine.
— The Jakarta Post

Radical Steps Needed from Vietnam Banking Sector
Vietnam’s banking sector must take radical steps to adopt international capital rules, reporting requirements and trading practices, says Francois Denimal at FIS.
— Regulation Asia

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