Asean morning news for March 12

Asean morning news for March 12

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

COVID-19 in Asean: update for March 11 sees global deaths hit highest level in 24-hr period to date
As of 01:10 GMT March 11 there was 215 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries.
— AEC News Today

AEM Retreat issues joint statement on economic resilience to COVID-19
Within the framework of the 26th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Retreat in Vietnam’s central Da Nang city, the ministers on March 11 issued a joint statement on strengthening the bloc’s economic resilience in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Vietnamplus

Kacific1 goes live bringing broadband internet to millions in Asia-Pacific
The recently launched Kacific1 communications satellite designed to deliver broadband internet to some 600 million people across the Asia-Pacific has commenced commercial operation.
— AEC News Today

RCEP deal expected to be signed late 2020: ASEAN secretary general
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) deal is expected to be signed at the end of this year, ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi said on the sideline of the 26th Meeting of ASEAN Economic Ministers Retreat held in Vietnam’s central city of Da Nang Wednesday.
— Xinhuanet

Philippines opposes Malaysia, China claims in disputed South China Sea
The Philippines has rejected Malaysia’s petition to extend the limits of its continental shelf in the South China Sea, invoking a landmark ruling that invalidated China’s sweeping claims in the disputed waters.
— ABS-CBN News

Coronavirus and oil price war rattle Southeast Asian economies, flatten Singapore and Thailand growth forecasts
Private sector economists surveyed by Singapore’s central bank slashed their economic growth forecasts for the city state this year by more than half to 0.6 per cent – down from the 1.5 per cent forecast in December’s survey – citing the threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak.
— South China Morning Post

COVID-19 cases surge in Philippines, Indonesia as virus spreads in Southeast Asia
Brunei and Cambodia, two nations with few reported infections, joined six other Southeast Asian countries in announcing new coronavirus cases since yesterday.
— Yahoo News

Southeast Asian coral reefs straining under human, climate impact: scientists
Australian scientists on Wednesday revealed the latest details about the impact of human activities on regional Southeast Asian coral reefs, looking at how those combined with large-scale environmental pressures to affect the major marine ecosystems.
— China.org.cn

MPC irked by Philippine organisers
The Malaysian Paralympic Council (MPC) are unhappy that hosts, the Philippines, have set a new date for the Asean Para Games (APG) without going through the proper procedures.
— New Straits Times

Mekong region facing serious drought
According to recent Mekong River Commission (MRC) studies, the frequency and severity of droughts across the Mekong basin has increased over the past few decades.
— Khmer Times

Southeast Asia is the world’s bilge dumping hotspot—what can be done to stop ships discharging waste oil?
Piracy. Illegal fishing. Slavery. The issues facing the shipping trade are increasingly well known and a highly traditional industry has at last started to confront them.
— Eco-Business

APAC healthcare deal value dropped 29% to $11.5b in 2019
The total disclosed healthcare deal value in the Asia Pacific crashed by 29.01% from $16.2b in 2018 to $11.5b in 2019, according to a Bain & Company report.
— Singapore Business Review

Measures taken to ensure safety for delegates to ASEAN meetings
For important international events, security measures have been always strengthened.
— Vietnamplus

Apec 2020 and related meetings to go ahead as planned: Azmin
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) 2020 and related meetings slated for this year will go ahead as planned as member economies have expressed their commitment to attend the forum, International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) Senior Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said.
— The Sun Daily

GLOBAL EXCLUSIVE: Improving regional integration in ASEAN
“One Vision, One Identity, One Community.” That’s the motto of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a regional intergovernmental organisation made up of 10 countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
— The Asean Post

Is COVID-19 Eroding China’s Influence in Southeast Asia?
In recent years, China has risen to become the largest source of imports for nine of the 10 Southeast Asian countries. Also, it is an increasingly important export market for all 10.
— The Diplomat

Grab, Wirecard launch payments partnership in Southeast Asia
Wirecard and Southeast Asian internet giant Grab has announced a partnership that would allow the global financial services provider to process transactions made via the GrabPay e-wallet.
— Tech in Asia

Rising temperatures surge energy demand in ASEAN
Southeast Asia is well on the way to achieving universal access to electricity by 2030
— The Asean Post

If the Philippines banned waste imports, why is it still the world’s dumping ground?
Local laws are not enough to protect the Philippines from foreign waste dumping, and regulatory loopholes also persist in Thailand and Malaysia, two of Southeast Asia’s top plastic waste importing countries, according to a new report by environmental watchdog Greenpeace and two independent non-profits.
— Eco-Business

Australia urged to extend step-up to south-east Asia
The Trump administration wants the Morrison government to extend its “Pacific Step-up” to south-east Asia, amid a fierce battle for regional influence between Washington and Beijing.
— Financial Revie

How Strong are Southeast Asia’s ‘Strongmen’?
What makes a dictator? This is the subject that Frank Dikötter tackles in his aptly titled book, How to Be a Dictator.
— The Diplomat

SE Asia Stocks-Utilities drive Philippines 3% higher; Malaysia rises on oil
Philippine shares jumped 3% on Wednesday in their biggest intraday gain since January 2019, driven by utilities after reports here said President Rodrigo Duterte was willing to meet and talk with two Metro Manila water firms to settle a government dispute over water contracts.
— Reuters

ASEAN: End systemic violence against women in Southeast Asia
In conjunction with International Women’s Day 2020, the Asian Forum for Development and Human Rights (FORUM‐ASIA) is calling on Member States of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to enact legislation to tackle sexual and gender‐based violence in the region.
— The Online Citizen

Grab and Gojek must show flexibility to survive
Headlines often dub Grab and Gojek, which both started as ride-hailing services, rivals locked in Southeast Asia’s superapp race, given the multiplicity of services they now provide, from food delivery to digital payments.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy

 

British COVID-19 patient to be transferred to Phnom Penh
Kampong Cham provincial authorities said today that a 65-year-old British women who tested positive for COVID-19 will be transferred to a Phnom Penh hospital for treatment.
— Khmer Times

12 more Chinese ships carrying garment raw materials to arrive in Cambodia: GMAC
The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) said on Wednesday that 12 more Chinese ships transporting raw materials for garment industry will arrive in Cambodia this week.
— Xinhua

Court Questions Kem Sokha’s Decision to Form CNRP with “Violent” Sam Rainsy
The council of judges on Wednesday afternoon proceeded to question Kem Sokha about his stated adherence to nonviolence and attempted to impeach his character by associating him with the “violent policies” of exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy.
— VOA Khmer

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Indonesia’s First Covid-19 Fatality Is a Foreign Citizen
Indonesia announced its first Covid-19 fatality on Wednesday, a 53-year-old female foreign citizen who died just a day after she tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
— Jakarta Globe

BI upbeat on Indonesia clocking 5.2-pct economic growth despite corona
Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo expressed optimism of this year’s national economic growth touching 5.2 percent in spite of the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) that has begun to make its presence felt in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Govt Reveals More 7 COVID-19 Cases; 34 Infected People in Total
The government announced seven more positive cases of the novel coronavirus or officially known as COVID-19 today, March 11.
— Tempo.co

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy

 

UNICEF provides essential supplies to help the Lao PDR prepare for COVID-19
UNICEF handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Ministry of Health to support the country’s response and preparedness for COVID-19 in Vientiane on Wednesday.
— KPL

Lao ministry urges postponement of crowded social events
The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism has issued a notice discouraging the organisation of large events including weddings, as the government intensifies efforts to minimise the risk of a Covid-19 outbreak.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Health authorities call on shopping centres to join fight against Covid-19
Health authorities have called on shopping centres, hotels and restaurants to continue to closely monitor their premises and customers in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Malaysia rises four places in global rule of law index
Malaysia’s ranking in the World Justice Project’s (WJP) Rule of Law Index for 2020 has gone up four rungs, or 5.1 per cent, compared to last year, putting it in 47th place out of 128 countries and jurisdictions.
— Malay Mail

MCMC confirms employee tested positive for Covid-19
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has confirmed that one of its employees had tested positive for Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

Transport Ministry to compile data on Covid-19 impact on airline sector
The Transport Ministry will be compiling and looking at notes and data from the airline sector to find ways to handle the impact due to the Covid-19 outbreak, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
— The Star Online

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Myanmar builds a port for LNG tankers in Thilawa SEZ
The construction process of a port to dock LNG tankers to supply liquefied nature gas (LNG) for 350-megawatt LNG power plant in Thilawa SEZ is about 40 per cent finished, according to Ministry of Electricity and Energy.
— Eleven Myanmar

Over 1,500 migrant workers contact Myanmar embassy in Beijing to get home
Over 1,500 Myanmar migrant workers in China made contacts to the embassy in Beijing, China for going back home.
— Mizzima

National Water Resources Committee gets closer to finalizing national water bill
Vice President U Henry Van Thio, in his capacity as Chairman of the National Water Resources Committee (NWRC), addressed the committee’s first coordination meeting of the year at Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

Filipino COVID-19 patient dies at Manila hospital, says DOH
The Department of Health on Wednesday night confirmed reports that a Filipino COVID-19 patient has died in Manila.
— GMA Network

DoH confirms 16 new coronavirus infections
HEALTH authorities on Wednesday reported 16 new cases of novel coronavirus infections, bringing the total in the Philippines to 49.
— BusinessWorld

Philippines opposes Malaysia, China claims in disputed South China Sea
The Philippines has rejected Malaysia’s petition to extend the limits of its continental shelf in the South China Sea, invoking a landmark ruling that invalidated China’s sweeping claims in the disputed waters.
— ABS-CBN News

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

12 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore including RSAF servicemen who were in France on official duty
Twelve new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Singapore on Wednesday (Mar 11), including eight imported cases and one linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s 2020 growth forecast lowered to 0.6%: MAS survey
The Singapore economy is expected to grow 0.6 per cent this year, according to economists and analysts polled in a survey by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) released on Wednesday (Mar 11).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Workplace fatalities at 15-year low, but injuries climb to highest rate since 2014
Workplace fatalities last year fell to the lowest since 2004, but the rate of injuries climbed to a five-year high, the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) 2019 report released on Wednesday (Mar 11) showed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ

 

Thailand restricts visitor visas to limit virus spread
Thailand will temporarily suspend issuing visas on arrival to visitors from 19 countries and territories, including China, to contain the spread of the coronavirus, its interior minister said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Six more cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Thailand
The Ministry of Public Health has announced that Thailand has identified six more confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), taking the country’s total to 59.
— NNT

400 billion baht stimulus announced to boost Thai economy
“The package will inject an estimated 400 billion baht into the economy in a bid to return growth to positive territory.”
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Vietnam’s COVID-19 cases up to 35 after new infections from Europe
Weeks after Vietnam declared that all 16 of its COVID-19 cases had recovered, the number of infected patients is on the rise following the reintroduction of the virus on a flight from Britain.
— Channel NewsAsia

Cement producers in Vietnam face multiple problems
Cement producers in Vietnam are facing a double challenge with domestic demand falling due to a slowdown in the property market and delays in transport infrastructure works and exports declining due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
— The Star Online

U.S. says completes second aircraft carrier visit to Vietnam
The United States has completed its second aircraft carrier visit to Vietnam, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi said on Wednesday, as the former foes mark 25 years of normalized diplomatic relations.
— The Guardian

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