Asean morning news for June 26

Asean morning news for June 26

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 25 — regional deaths approach 4,000
As of 00:42 GMT June 25 there was 55,933 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 742, or 1.34 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

UNODC assists Mekong countries to protect borders from COVID-19
As part of ongoing support to frontline law enforcement in Southeast Asia, UNODC’s Regional Border Management Programme has delivered personal protection equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 awareness materials to Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
— UNODC

Trial finds experimental chikungunya vaccine CHIKV VLP is safe
A Phase 2 trial by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of an experimental chikungunya vaccine has been found to be safe and well-tolerated, producing durable immune responses in healthy volunteers.
— AEC News Today

Draft statement for ASEAN summit notes grave concern for COVID-19 human, socio-economic toll
Draft statements seen by GMA News Online outlining the ASEAN’s summit by video conference on Friday show that Southeast Asian leaders will discuss a post-pandemic recovery plan, regional health cooperation and the territorial rifts in the resource-rich South China Sea.
— GMA Network

AirAsia sees rebound in air travel demand as seat sale breaks record
Asia’s largest budget carrier AirAsia said it registered its highest post-hibernation sale day on June 23, with a record-breaking 41,000 seats sold in a single day across AirAsia Group, signifying a strong rebound in demand for air travel.
— Business Mirror

ASEAN’s treatment of Rohingya slammed as ‘totally shameful’
The new Rohingya refugee crisis that is brewing off the northern coast of Indonesia might cast a long shadow over the upcoming ASEAN Summit, with critics describing ASEAN countries’ handling of the stranded refugees as “totally shameful” in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

More ASEAN organisations considering pay cuts and restructuring due to COVID-19
As the fight against COVID-19 continues, a mixed bag of good and bad news has emerged for businesses.
— Human Resources Online

Coronavirus headlines, but South China Sea will be Asean’s focus
Asean leaders gathering on Friday will publicly play up their plans for post-coronavirus recovery efforts, but behind closed doors much of their focus will be on disputes over the South China Sea, analysts believe.
— South China Morning Post

How will ASEAN leaders approach regional COVID-19 response at 36th summit?
With its member states at different stages in their COVID-19 responses, a coordinated regional response will likely be top-of-mind as the nations’ leaders prepare to convene virtually for the 36th ASEAN Summit on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt provides emergency assistance to Rohingya stranded in Aceh waters
The Indonesian government has said that it has provided emergency assistance to dozens of Rohingya refugees who found themselves stranded in northern Aceh waters.
— The Straits Times

Indonesia Encourages Asean, China to Resume South China Sea CoC Negotiation
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has advised the countries involved in the South China Sea dispute to continue a Code of Conduct negotiation that was delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Innovation Challenge launched to tackle plastic pollution in ASEAN
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), together with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), on June 24 launched an ASEAN-wide innovation challenge to deal with plastic waste in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay and Thailand’s Koh Samui (Samui Island) in 2020, followed by Indonesia and the Philippines in 2021.
— Nhandan

Malaysia, Asean-5 face rising risk of recession, says Moody’s
Moody’s Investors Service said in a new report that policy measures taken by the Asean-5 economies will reduce some of the negative effects of Covid-19 but will not offset the rising recessionary or credit risks for most sectors.
— Free Malaysia Today

ASEAN’s tax policies must change to defeat poverty, COVID-19
In 2018, long before COVID-19, 73.57 million (11 percent) out of 653.9 million people in ASEAN were living in abject poverty.
— The Jakarta Post

Asean Summit to discuss economic recovery, cross-border travel
The leaders of South-east Asia will meet virtually for the 36th Asean Summit today, after a nearly two-month delay because of the coronavirus pandemic.
— The Straits Times

Japan and ASEAN Weigh China Threat in Disputed Seas
Japan and the members of the Southeast Asian bloc voiced concerns Thursday over increasing tensions in the South and East China Seas, as China’s assertiveness grows and ASEAN considers when to resume negotiations with Beijing on a code of conduct.
— Radio Free Asia

Unlike Philippines, other ASEAN members retained face-to-face classes amid pandemic—COCOPEA exec
Other countries in the Southeast Asian region have started to allow face-to-face classes despite the continuing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, unlike the Philippines which opted to defer physical interactions among learners and teachers, an official of the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations of the Philippines (COCOPEA) said on Thursday.
— GMA News

Hope for Asean’s virtual summit
Southeast Asian leaders will meet virtually on Friday (June 26) for the 36th Asean Summit, nearly two months after it was postponed because of Covid-19 concerns.
— The Straits Times

Human rights in ASEAN at stake during pandemic
Although countries have different responses to the pandemic, physical distancing has been the common approach, ranging from controls on movement to lockdowns, curfews, quarantine and states of emergency.
— The Jakarta Post

Asean links up to help restore tourism sector
Thong Rathasak, the Ministry of Tourism’s director-general, who joined an Asean tourism committee meeting via video conference from June 15-23 said that the 10-nation Asean members had discussed the restoring Asean tourism sector and measures to contain COVID-19.
— Khmer Times

Cohesiveness vital for ASEAN’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery
We live in extraordinary times, when a health emergency becomes a global economic emergency, creating unprecedented stress on all aspects.
— The Jakarta Post

Asean’s top designers go digital
Leading fashion designers from 11 countries including Thailand are bringing their masterpieces to the catwalk during the “Asean Fashion Designers Showcase x Aspara Fashion Week 2020”, which will broadcast live for the first time on the Facebook page Aspara Fashion Week tomorrow at 7pm.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN 2020: Youth cooperation helps tighten links within ASEAN Community
Promoting the role of youth in ASEAN will contribute not only to intensifying the sustainability of development strategies but also to tightening solidarity and friendship among countries in the region and the world.
— Vietnamplus

ASEAN, migrant workers and the COVID-19 crisis
This weekend ASEAN will hold a high-level conference that will be participated by all heads of government from the 10 ASEAN member countries, with focus likely to be given to concerted efforts to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

It Is Time For ASEAN To Act Against China – OpEd
In a clear indication of coercion and bullying, a Chinese Coast Guard vessel, bearing the number 4006 on its hull, chased and rammed a Vietnamese fishing boat carrying a 16-member crew near Lincoln Island in the South China Sea (SCS) on June 12.
— Eurasia Review

HP to empower 10,000 youths in Southeast Asia with skills of future by end-2020
HP Inc. today announced plans to open 20 Tech Hubs in underserved communities across Southeast Asia by the end of 2020.
— Manilastandard.net

How are startups in Southeast Asia dealing with the COVID-19 threat?
Southeast Asia is emerging as the Silicon Valley of Asia. The region’s high-tech parks and promising new technology ventures underscore the region’s viability as a new hotbed for startups and investment.
— Asean Today

Women key to Asean’s Covid-19 response, economic development — Jelen Paclarin and Jocelyn Villanueva
The Covid-19 pandemic has posed challenges and uncertainties on a global scale, and no one is spared including the Asean whose ambition of becoming a global player by 2025 through economic integration is suddenly in peril.
— Malay Mail

ASEAN, New Zealand to reinforce strategic partnership
ASEAN and New Zealand reiterated the commitment to further intensify their strategic partnership during the teleconferenced eighth meeting of the ASEAN-New Zealand Joint Cooperation Committee on June 25.
— Vietnamplus

Strengthening Korea-ASEAN strategic partnership
President Moon Jae-in of South Korea unveiled the New Southern Policy in November 2017 in Jakarta, aiming to upgrade the Korea-ASEAN partnership in the areas of people, prosperity and peace.
— The Jakarta Post

ASEAN – Japan cyber security drill held
The 2020 ASEAN – Japan drill on trans-national cyber security took place online and offline on June 25 with the participation of the ten ASEAN member countries and Japan.
— Vietnamplus

Hydrogen: A game-changer for Asean
For the past two decades, hydrogen has rarely been mentioned by proponents of renewable energy although it is frequently used in the ammonia production, petrochemical and oil refining industries.
— Bangkok Post

Pandemic Causing Child Marriage To Spike
The coronavirus crisis has caused millions to lose their jobs and sources of income.
— The Asean Post

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy

 

WFP to Distribute Food Assistance to Poor Households in Five Provinces
The World Food Programme (WFP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) will distribute milled rice and vegetable oil to vulnerable households in five provinces of Cambodia.
— AKP

Private schools hit hard by income loss
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday expressed concern over private schools that have rented buildings and are now facing closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Khmer Times

Official Order to End Illegal Logging Deemed ‘Show’ by Cambodian Activists
Indigenous groups and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) on Thursday dismissed a recent directive from Cambodia’s government ordering local authorities to end illegal logging, calling the move a “show” aimed at mending its reputation of being too soft on forest crimes.
— RFA

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Indonesian Virus Cases Top 50,000 as President Warns of Crisis
The number of coronavirus cases in Indonesia exceeded 50,000 as easing of social distancing rules sparked a resurgence in cases, prompting President Joko Widodo to order increased surveillance in the nation’s newest hot spot for infections.
— Bloomberg

IMF Cuts Indonesia’s Growth Projection
The International Monetary Fund has cut its projection for the Indonesian economy while predicting the global economy would slump into a deeper recession this year.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19 cuts force Indonesia to scale back forest protection
Indonesia has scaled back protection for some of the world’s most important tropical forests ahead of the worst season for fires because of budget cuts due to the coronavirus, the environment ministry said.
— CNA

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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Thousands of Jobless Lao Workers Return Home From Thailand in Last Two Months
As many as 3,000 Lao workers have returned home during the last two months, crossing the border from Thailand after losing their jobs amid business shut-downs due to coronavirus fears, sources in Laos say.
— RFA

Authorities calm fears about worm treatment after children fall ill
Health authorities have confirmed that the intestinal worm drug Mebendazole posed no danger for children despite reports of some students having symptoms of nausea and vomiting after taking the antiparasitic medication.
— Vientiane Times

Government takes 10 measures to relieve Covid-19 impacts
The government has exempted workers with a monthly income of 5 million kip and lower from paying income tax. This constitutes one of several measures the government is taking to mitigate socio-economic impacts of Covid-19.
— KPL

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

World Bank: Malaysia can be high-income nation within 10 years despite Covid-19, but six reforms needed for transition
Malaysia could graduate from being a middle-income nation to a high-income country within 10 years’, but would need to carry out six major reforms to do so, including by creating high-paying jobs and having more women join the workforce, the World Bank has said.
— Malay Mail

‘Weak commitments’: Malaysian big food firms’ food wanting on nutrition commitments – obesity expert
Many big food and beverage companies in Malaysia have made commitments to improve product and population nutrition, but researchers have found these to be ‘weak’, ‘non-specific’ and lacking in comprehensiveness.
— Food Navigator Asia

With uncertain vote base, analysts say Anwar’s PM bid hinges on East Malaysian support
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s bid to become Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) prime minister candidate relies on him gaining at least one-third of East Malaysian MPs’ support, observers suggested.
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar Road Blockades in Rakhine Conflict Leave 3,000 Villagers Hungry
More than 3,000 residents of Myanmar’s war-ravaged Rakhine state face severe food shortages due to road blockades by government forces that have locked down the area for about six months, local residents said.
— Radio Free Asia

Parts Of Myanmar Unaware Of COVID-19 Due To Internet Ban, Rights Advocates Say
An Internet shutdown that began a year ago in parts of Myanmar is keeping some villages unaware of the coronavirus pandemic, humanitarian groups say.
— NPR

World Bank: Myanmar Economy to See Growth Drop by 6.3% This Fiscal Year Due to COVID-19
The bank warns the pandemic is dealing a severe blow to Myanmar’s economy” in its latest projection.
— Irrawaddy

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

570,000 Philippines aviation jobs at risk — IATA
More than half a million Filipinos in aviation and its supporting industries could lose their jobs as economic uncertainty continues due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
— Philippine Star

Cebu City nurses planning to quit as hospitals see spike in COVID-19 cases
Nurses and other medical professionals in Cebu City are threatening to quit as private hospitals continue to admit an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, a doctor based in the Queen City of the South said today.
— Coconuts Philippines

Philippines retains Tier 1 in 2020 US human trafficking report
The Philippines ranks Tier 1, for the fifth year, in the latest trafficking report of the US government.
— GMA Network

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

COVID-19: Every Singapore resident to get a pair of reusable masks from Jun 29
Singapore residents will be able to collect a free pair of reusable antimicrobial masks from next Monday (Jun 29) as part of ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Covid-19 case numbers expected to rise in coming weeks; community testing efforts expanded
THE number of Covid-19 infections will likely rise from next week, as Singapore enters week two of Phase Two, said the Covid-19 multi-ministry taskforce on Thursday, adding that community testing efforts have been, and will continue to be expanded.
— The Business Times

Singaporeans First party dissolves two weeks before GE2020
In a rather shocking move, Singaporeans First (SingFirst) announced today (25 June) that the party has dissolved, just two weeks before GE2020.
— The Online Citizen

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ

 

Emergency Decree extended until August
The government today said it would not suspend the emergency decree in place since earlier this year but rather extend it until August.
— Coconuts Thailand

Survey: 1 in 4 Workers Lost Jobs, Put on Leave in Pandemic
A survey found that a quarter of employees across the country either lost their jobs or were put on temporary leave during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Khaosod English

Thai vaccine could be ready by ‘early next year’, says Anutin
Thailand may start manufacturing a Covid-19 vaccine by early 2021, said the Public Health Ministry today.
— The Nation

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Vietnam’s Support Policy to Recover Economy: Resolution 84
In a bid to further support businesses and spur economic growth post COVID-19, the government issued Resolution 84 to reduce administration fees for several sectors.
— Vietnam Briefing

Vietnam welcomes first Japanese business flyers since reopening
About 440 Japanese nationals with business ties in Vietnam will arrive in the Southeast Asian nation by Saturday after being barred from entry for months due to travel restrictions enacted to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Vietnam not ready to reopen doors to foreign tourists: PM
With Covid-19 still affecting many countries, Vietnam is not yet ready to open up to international tourists, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc said Wednesday.
— VnExpress

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