Asean morning news for March 16

Asean morning news for March 16

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19: Into the abyss as global recession looms (video)
The declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) represents nothing short of a total failure by the top global body that nations rely on to formulate public health policies and protect citizens to do its job.
— AEC News Today

Southeast Asian Nations Unleash Aggressive Moves To Control COVID-19
Indonesia unveiled a U.S. $1.6 billion emergency stimulus plan on Friday to protect itself from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed thousands worldwide, as other Southeast Asian countries also took aggressive steps to control their soaring numbers of infections.
— Eurasia Review

COVID-19 in Asean: update for March 15 — active cases top 600
As of 01:40 GMT March 15 there was 623 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 128 on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Singapore Says Southeast Asian Arrivals Must Self-Isolate
All arrivals to Singapore from the Asean group of nations as well as Japan, Switzerland and U.K. will have to self-isolate for two weeks in the city-state’s latest measure to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
— Bloomberg

Australia urged to end ‘foolish’ aid cuts to South-east Asia
Australia has drastically cut aid to South-east Asia as part of a revamp of its foreign policy priorities, but the move has been criticised by analysts and prompted a rare rebuke from Indonesia.
— The Straits Times

World’s Biggest Water Fights Called Off as Southeast Asia Scales Back New Year
Southeast Asian countries are cancelling or scaling back traditionally boisterous Buddhist New Year celebrations next month, citing the coronavirus pandemic as they call off water-soaked street parties and festivals.
— The New York Times

South China Sea mapped: China’s new standoff with Malaysia as Philippines tensions boil
SOUTH CHINA SEA tensions have spiralled out of control once more as China, Vietnam and Malaysia engage in a tense standoff over oil-rich waters.

ASEAN presses on with the RCEP without India: How they covered it
Despite India’s decision to withdraw from the final stages of negotiations to form the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the remaining parties hope to get the free trade agreement (FTA) signed off by the end of the year.
— Asean Today

EU invests €3.5 m in biosecurity to keep Myanmar and other ASEAN countries safe
The European Union launched a €3.5 million [5.65 billion MMK] regional project to support increased biosecurity in Southeast Asia.
— Mizzima

Whither the United States in the Indo-Pacific?
The US approach to the Indo-Pacific is a work in progress. Over the past three years, the Trump administration has outlined a strategic concept that links the Indian Ocean region with the Asia Pacific.
— East Asia Forum

Multiplicative effects of RCEP on ASEAN trade
The conclusion of text-based negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in November 2019 paves the way for the economies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to strengthen their economic integration with five of its dialogue partners, namely Australia, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, and New Zealand.
— The Asean Post

Shariah-Compliant Fintech: Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia Corridor has Made Substantial Progress in Establishing Islamic Finance Services
Vinnie Lauria, an entrepreneur and venture capitalist who established Golden Gate Ventures, an early-stage VC company managing more than $250 million in assets, notes that his Singapore-based company has been watching emerging tech sectors across the Southeast Asia region.
— Crowdfund Insider

Forum: Step up Asean cooperation to tackle virus outbreak
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic, urging all nations to quickly ramp up their efforts to contain and mitigate it, with the possibility of changing its course.
— The Straits Times

Hybrid warfare’s assault on ASEAN regionalism
There is a growing sense that hybrid warfare is here to stay.
— East Asia Forum

Islamic Fintech Startups On The Rise In Southeast Asia
At our Singapore-based venture capital firm, we keep an eye on emerging tech sectors across Southeast Asia, and we’re seeing a surge of new growth potential in a traditional niche business.
— Forbes

Engineered food on the rise in ASEAN
Other than its Instagram-able tourist destinations, Southeast Asia is well known for its variety of food.
— The Asean Post

Repairing the US–ASEAN relationship
The relationship between the United States and ASEAN in 2015 rested on two things.
— East Asia Forum

Digital nomads in Southeast Asia
A digital nomad is not a job, but a work-travel lifestyle.
— The Asean Post

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Siem Reap and Phnom Penh schools face temporary closure amid COVID-19 pandemic
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport today announced a temporary vacation for all public and private schools in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap town from today until further notice.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Bans Entry From Five Countries, Records Two New Virus Cases
Cambodia has banned entry of foreigners from Italy, Germany, Spain, France and United States for 30 days effective March 17th, as Phnom Penh recorded two more cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday.
— VOA Khmer

COVID-19: Into the abyss as global recession looms (video)
The declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) represents nothing short of a total failure by the top global body that nations rely on to formulate public health policies and protect citizens to do its job.
— AEC News Today

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Indonesian Transportation Minister Tests Positive for Covid-19
Budi Karya Sumadi, Indonesia’s transportation minister, has tested positive for the Covid-19, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno said on Saturday.
— Jakarta Globe

Covid-19: Anies Baswedan Officially Announces School Closures
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced school closures for two weeks, starting on Monday, March 16, as an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Indonesia’s COVID-19 tally exceeds 100 with 21 new confirmed cases
Indonesia announced 21 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday afternoon, bringing the total of recorded people infected with the new disease to 117.
— The Jakarta Post

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Avoid hiring foreign workers from outbreak areas: labour ministry
Authorities have advised employers in Laos should avoid hiring new foreign nationals from areas or cities where the coronavirus has been reported.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Northern Laos province closes 10 border crossings with Vietnam
Authorities in northern Laos’ Huaphan province on Sunday (March 15) called for the temporary closure of 10 traditional border crossings with Vietnam as part of efforts to prevent an outbreak of the Covid-19 (coronavirus).
— The Star

Authorities nationwide cancelling large-scale Lao New Year events
Authorities in provinces and the capital are being proactive to prevent a potential Covid-19 outbreak by cancelling several Lao New Year events that involve large crowds.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


New travel restrictions won’t affect supply of food, other essentials between Singapore and Malaysia: Chan Chun Sing
The latest border restrictions announced on Sunday (Mar 15) for travellers arriving from ASEAN countries will not affect the supply of food and other essentials between Singapore and Malaysia, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Sunday.
— Channel NewsAsia

Sarawak records 11 new positive Covid-19 cases, bringing total to 20
Sarawak today registered 11 new positive Covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 20 since Friday when the first three were recorded.
— The Borneo Post

Highlighting the best performing e-commerce companies in Malaysia 2019
It is well known that the e-commerce market plays a huge role in contributing to Malaysia’s internet economy.
— The Borneo Post

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


4000 workers in Myanmar unemployed over shutdown, workforce reduction
About 4000 workers have lost their jobs since the start of the year due to closures and reduction of workforce in 15 factories, according to U Thein Swe, Minister of Labour Immigration and Population.
— Myanmar Times

Imports up $1.5 bln over past five months, MOC reports
The value of Myanmar’s imports between 1 October and 6 March in the current fiscal year stood at US$9.18 billion, an increase of $1.5 billion from $7.65 billion registered in the year-ago period, according to data released by the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar has enough food despite coronavirus fears
President Office spokesman Zaw Htay has said that Myanmar has enough food despite the fears over the coronavirus.
— Mizzima

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Manila under state of calamity as city confirms 2 new coronavirus cases
The nation’s capital Manila has been placed under a state of calamity due to the coronavirus.
— Rappler

Philippines’ Coronavirus Death Toll Rises to 12, Cases Spike to 140
The Philippines recorded four additional coronavirus deaths and 29 new cases, bringing the domestic tally of infections to 140, as authorities placed the entire capital Manila under “community quarantine” for about a month beginning Sunday.
— The New York Times

444 Pinoys from virus-hit Grand Princess land in Pampanga
The 444 Filipinos from the coronavirus-hit MV Grand Princess, which had been held off in California, arrived at Pampanga’s Clark Airbase early Monday morning, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Twitter.
— GMA Network

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Travellers entering S’pore from ASEAN countries, Japan, UK, Switzerland to have 14-day Stay-Home Notice
The Singapore government is implementing additional precautionary measures to further reduce the risk of importation of Covid-19 cases to Singapore.
— Mothership

Coronavirus: 14 new cases confirmed in Singapore, the highest in a single day; 9 are imported and 2 linked to Safra Jurong cluster
Singapore has confirmed 14 new Covid-19 cases, including nine that are imported, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Sunday (March 15).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore shares hit 10-year low over COVID-19 fears
Singapore’s stock market went into a steep slide on Friday (Mar 13) as fears over the COVID-19 pandemic deepened, joining a global rout that has seen shellshocked investors across the world tip into a sell-everything mode.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ


COVID-19: Into the abyss as global recession looms (video)
The declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) represents nothing short of a total failure by the top global body that nations rely on to formulate public health policies and protect citizens to do its job.
— AEC News Today

BREAKING NEWS – 32 new COVID-19 cases in Thailand’s biggest one day jump
Thailand reported 32 new COVID-19 cases today. This is the biggest jump so far in a single day, raising the number of infections in the country to 114.
— Thai PBS News

SCB warns of recession sparked by virus epidemic
Siam Commercial Bank’s Economic Intelligence Centre (EIC) has warned Thailand is on course for a technical recession in the first half of the year as the centre cuts its 2020 GDP forecast for the country to -0.3% from the previous 1.8% due to the increasing gravity of the Covid-19 epidemic.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Vietnam records 54th case of COVID-19
A 33-year-old Latvian national has been confirmed the 54th case tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 in Vietnam, according to the latest information from the Ministry of Health.
— VietnamPlus

Vietnam introduces compulsory testing for arrivals from coronavirus-hit areas
Vietnam’s health ministry on Sunday (Mar 15) said all passengers coming from or through China, South Korea, the UK and Schengen countries will be compulsorily quarantined and tested for COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia

State Bank approves restructuring plan for Saigon Commercial Bank
The restructuring plan of Saigon Commercial Bank (SCB) for 2019-2020, with a vision to 2030 has got a nod from the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV).

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