Asean morning news for June 24

Asean morning news for June 24

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 23 — Indonesia deaths hit 2,500
As of 00:38 GMT June 23 there was 54,136 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 522, or 0.97 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Revised Asean currency swap takes effect
THE amended agreement on a stronger currency swap arrangement that aims to address balance-of-payments (BOP) and short-term liquidity difficulties among Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and its partner-economies in the region finally took effect on Tuesday.
— Business Mirror

Virus pushing millions of South Asia children into poverty, says U.N.
More than 100 million children in South Asia could slip into poverty as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a UN report said Tuesday, June 23, of the long-term impact of the crisis.
— Rappler

ASEAN nations differ on reopening dates
Tourism leaders from the 10-ASEAN nations claim they are ready to engage and promote tourism within the region’s member countries but have so far failed to come up with a timeframe to reopen borders.
— TTR Weekly

AirAsia rethinks July flights
AirAsia is rethinking its flight plans for July as it hopes to resume additional International routes, based on its latest provisional schedule.
— TTR Weekly

36th ASEAN summit to adopt multiple statements, declaration
Leaders of the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are expected to adopt three statements and declaration at the upcoming 36th ASEAN Summit, Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung announced at a press briefing on Tuesday.
— Xinhuanet

ASEAN+3 strengthens emergency liquidity programme
The Republic of Korea (RoK), China, Japan and ten ASEAN nations including Cambodia had strengthened their emergency liquidity programme to better cope with possible financial crises.
— Khmer Times

Covid-19 a wake-up call for Asean to foster greater regional integration, says CARI
Middle-powers like the European Union (EU) and Asean should heed the lessons learned from Covid-19 about the importance of continued relevance of global openness and free trade, says the CIMB Asean Research Institute (CARI).
— Malay Mail

RCEP trade pact on track for 2020 signing – ministers
The world’s biggest trade pact RCEP will be signed later this year, participating countries said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the coronavirus pandemic had increased the deal’s importance.
— ABS-CBN News

Vietnam and Thailand look to lead regional tourism revival
Vietnam and Thailand are looking to lure well-heeled travellers to getaways on their own islands as they promote what has become the most important asset for tourism-dependent economies: a low COVID-19 count.
— Financial Review

UOB Offers Digital Diagnosis for Asean Businesses
The Singapore lender launched an online platform to connect small and medium-sized businesses and startups in the ASEAN region with tech providers.
— (media release)

Asean’s green bond issuances nearly doubles to US$7.8bil
Green financing instruments are on the rise in Southeast Asia, demonstrating the region’s response to issues linked to environmental degradation, HSBC said.
— New Straits Times

COVID-19: Pushing Millions Into Poverty?
The coronavirus pandemic does not discriminate. The deadly COVID-19 virus infects anyone exposed it regardless of age, ethnicity, gender or living conditions.
— The Asean Post

How ASEAN countries cope with pandemic
The roles of ambassadors and media are increasingly important to bring ASEAN-Korea cooperation back on track amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Korea Times

Asean must take daring steps
What does COVID-19 mean for Asean’s sustainable development future?
— Khmer Times

Hainan’s ASEAN Future And Dark Clouds Over Hong Kong – Analysis
The Hainan Free Trade Port plan is aligned with China’s new Silk Road initiatives, the Greater Bay Area plan and deeper ties with Southeast Asia.
— Eurasia Review

ASEAN envoys meet despite COVID-19 to put Korea partnership back on track
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for ASEAN and Korea to follow up on their 2019 commemorative summit in Busan and spur cooperation through more frequent people-to-people exchanges.
— The Korea Times

Southeast Asia: Returning Foreign Fighters
More than a year after the Islamic State’s territorial defeat in Syria, the status of several hundred foreign IS fighters from Southeast Asia remains shrouded in uncertainty.
— The Defense Post

Carmakers in Southeast Asia are reluctant to hit the accelerator
Automakers operating in Southeast Asia are moving in low gear as they bring plants back online after weeks of suspended production due to the coronavirus pandemic.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

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Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Sihanoukville Authorities Bow to Public Pressure, Reverse Street Vendor Ban
Sihanoukville authorities on Monday (June 22) reversed their decision to ban mobile street vendors selling in public spaces. Governor of Sihanoukville, Y Sokleng said that vendors could sell as normal, but must adhere to measures to ensure the city’s cleanliness.
— Cambodianess

Recently Returned Cambodian-American Tests Positive For COVID-19
A 66-year-old man was diagnosed COVID 19 in Damnak village, Stung Meanchey commune, Meanchey district, Phnom Penh, the Ministry of Health said in a press release this morning.

Groups petition for seniority payments
Fourteen representatives of trade unions and confederations on Monday submitted a joint petition to Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Ith Sam Heng requesting the government cancel the June 2 notice delaying the 2019-2020 seniority payments for workers in all sectors.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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AIIB approves $1 billion loan for Indonesia’s COVID-19 response
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China-backed multilateral development bank, announced on Tuesday that it had approved a US$1 billion loan to help strengthen Indonesia’s health and economic responses to the COVID-19 crisis.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to Require Public Transport Passengers to Undergo Rapid Test
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said that he is currently discussing the regulation which plans to require passengers of long-haul public transportation to undergo COVID-19 rapid tests.

Beyond Corona: Dengue Fever Cases in Indonesia Nearly Reach 70,000
The Health Ministry said there have been a total of 68,753 cases of dengue fever throughout Indonesia this year.
— Jakarta Globe

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Phone users need to re-register SIM cards
The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has issued a notice urging phone users to re-register phone and internet SIM cards from Jul 1, 2020.

Majority of Luang Namtha landholders receive railway compensation
The majority of families have received payment for their land to make way for construction of the Laos-China Railway currently underway through 16.9 km of Luang Namtha province, according to a project official.
— Vientiane Times

National Assembly to Address GDP Target Amid Economic Downturn
The Government is set to review the gross domestic product (GDP) growth target and present the revision to the upcoming session of the National Assembly for discussion, following an economic downturn due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Laotian Times

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Malaysia’s trading capabilities to receive boost from infrastructure development cooperation with China: minister
Malaysia’s trading capabilities will receive a boost from infrastructure development cooperation with China, which will also create jobs and draw investment opportunities for the country, a senior Malaysian official said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Petronas to drop appeal, settle tax dispute with Sarawak out of court
The Sarawak government and Petronas will settle their dispute over a RM2bil state sales tax (SST) out of court, with the latter expected to withdraw its appeal at the Court of Appeal.
— The Star Online

Study: Malaysia leads mobile wallet usage in SE Asia
Malaysia leads other countries in South-east Asia in the usage of mobile/digital wallets at 40 per cent, ahead of the Philippines (36 per cent), Thailand (27 per cent) and Singapore (26 per cent), according to a Mastercard Impact Study 2020.
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar SMEs Urge Suu Kyi to Ease COVID-19 Loan Policies
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Myanmar say they aren’t able to access government and foreign-backed loans due to strict repayment and application requirements.
— Irrawaddy

Natural gas exports to Thailand down by $400 mln in current fiscal
Myanmar’s exports of natural gas over the past eight months of the current financial year amounted to US$1.8 billion, a decrease of about $400 million compared with the corresponding period of 2018-2019 FY, according to the Commerce Ministry.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar economy to expand 1.8% this year: ADB
The Myanmar economy is expected to grow at just 1.8 percent in 2020, according to updated forecasts by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), released June 18.
— Myanmar Times

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Cebu City goes on hard lockdown: All quarantine passes cancelled
Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella has cancelled all quarantine passes issued to at least 250,000 city residents starting 10 p.m. on June 23.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippines records 1,150 new COVID-19 cases; biggest single-day increase
The Philippine health ministry on Tuesday reported 1,150 additional cases of the novel coronavirus, the country’s biggest single-day increase in infections.

CDO invention bares potential to disinfect PPE
A locally-produced C-type ultraviolet light (UV-C) disinfection device has shown potentials that it can kill bacteria on personal protective equipment (PPE), particularly N95-type face masks.
— Philippine News Agency

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Polling Day for General Election set on 10 July
The long-awaited General Election has officially been called, with the Polling Day set to be held on 10 July, Friday, and the Nomination Day on 30 June, Tuesday.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore core inflation records fourth straight month of decline in May
Singapore’s core inflation dropped 0.2 per cent year-on-year in May, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said in a joint news release on Tuesday (Jun 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore Parliament dissolved ahead of General Election
THE Singapore Parliament was dissolved on Tuesday afternoon by President Halimah Yacob on the advice of the government, in a move that usually precedes the issuing of the Writ of Election.
— The Business Times

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Researchers Eye Human Trials of Coronavirus Vaccine in Oct.
Thai scientists could begin human trials of vaccines for the novel strains of coronavirus as early as October, the technology minister said Tuesday.
— Khaosod English

Official Lampang poll result postponed pending probe into alleged vote buying
Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) has postponed the declaration of the official result of Sunday’s by-election, in the northern province of Lampang, until next week, due to allegations of vote buying.
— Thai PBS News

Huge cache of military weapons seized near Myanmar border
Police have seized a large cache of war weapons, including 33 M16 and AK47 assault rifles, M79 grenade launchers and PK general-purpose machineguns, as well as a large amount of ammunition of different calibers, from a house in the Mae Sot district of Thailand’s western province of Tak, bordering Myanmar.
— Thai PBS News

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Europe urges Vietnam to restart flights as FTA takes effect
Europe has joined the growing number of economies urging Vietnam to resume international flights, as the country appears virtually free of the coronavirus and represents a strong investment destination for those seeking diverse supply chains.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Vietnam cooperates with ASEAN to launch initiatives of combating COVID-19
Chairing ASEAN in 2020, Vietnam has cooperated closely with the bloc proposing initiatives for the region to cope with the complicated situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Vietnam Times

UK visa application centers in Vietnam reopen
U.K. visa application centers in Vietnam, which closed in late March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reopened on Monday, the country’s embassy has announced.
— VnExpress

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