Asean morning news for March 6

Asean morning news for March 6

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

ASEAN, Canada need to set parameters for FTA: Indonesian envoy
Indonesia’s envoy to Canada has suggested that all parties involved in ASEAN-Canada trade talks must agree on a “level of ambition” that they want reflected in a possible free trade agreement (FTA) so as to progress talks and seize on the positive sentiment from both sides.
— The Jakarta Post

Beijing’s experience may help ASEAN
Southeast Asian countries are reporting high rates of recovery for patients infected with the novel coronavirus, but global health experts say the region can still learn from China’s experiences in managing the outbreak.
— Chinadaily.com

Vietnam looks to build Asean community by 2025
Vietnamese deputy minister of foreign affairs, Nguyen Quoc Dung, made the statement at the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting (ASEAN SOM) in the central city on Wednesday.
— ANN

Border Gate improvements planned to boost trade
The Royal Government of Cambodia has unveiled plans to improve facilities at border gates with Thailand and Vietnam in order to ease cross-border transport and boost trade activities.
— Khmer Times

Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia boost intel vs kidnappings
Military officials from the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia yesterday agreed to strengthen intelligence gathering and maritime patrols to stop kidnappings in the border.
— The Philippine Star

A Life Covering Corruption, Conflict, and Contemporary Politics in Southeast Asia
Veteran Australian journalist Craig Skehan has covered Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands over the last four decades, for major news outlets including The Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Associated Press (AAP).
— The Diplomat (audio)

PHL exports seen least hit by virus in Asean–Unctad
THE Philippines could lose as much as $300 million worth of exports, mostly in communication equipment, due to the coronavirus outbreak, but it is the least to take damage from the crisis among Southeast Asian nations, according to a United Nations report.
— Business Mirror

SEA tourism takes hit
Southeast Asian tourism is likely to be the worst-hit due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
— Bangkok Post

Majority of businesses in Southeast Asia are more willing to invest in cybersecurity following recent high-profile data breaches
With the recent high-profile data breaches involving the likes of Love, Bonito and Singtel, along with the recently updated guidelines on data breach notification and accountability by the Singapore government, business owners in Southeast Asia (SEA) are looking to invest more in cybersecurity.
— The Online Citizen

MRC story on livelihoods of fishing communities along the Mekong
The Mekong River Committee (MRC) today released a report on safeguarding livelihoods for fishing communities in Mekong countries, including Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Việt Nam and ASEAN support Timor Leste in membership application
Việt Nam and ASEAN member countries will continuously support and share experience with Timor Leste in preparations for its ASEAN membership application, as well as assessing the country’s capability and readiness.
— Viet Nam News

Officials inspect preparations for ASEAN summits in Da Nang
A delegation from ASEAN countries, New Zealand and the ASEAN 2020 National Committee on March 5 inspected preparations for the 36th ASEAN Summit and the ASEAN-New Zealand Commemorative Summit in Da Nang.
— Vietnamplus

Why Southeast Asia is using films to teach problem solving
‘The Day After Tomorrow’ raised awareness and concerns over global warming; ‘On the Basis of Sex’ shed light on gender inequality; and the 2020 Oscar’s record-breaking ‘Parasite’ ignited discussions about class disparity and poverty.
— GovInsider

Southeast Asia’s baby dumping problem
Earlier this year, a new-born baby boy was found in a blood-stained, tied-up plastic bag in Singapore.
— The Asean Post

Def Jam banks on Southeast Asia rap stars
When Singapore’s Yung Raja remixed “Gucci Gang” by US rapper Lil Pump, he swapped the original’s flashy cars and a prowling tiger for a beer can and Tamil food in a viral YouTube video that reeled in hip-hop label Def Jam.
— Bangkok Post

SE Asia Stocks-Thailand rises on rate cut prospects; others post slim gains
Thailand shares closed at their highest level in a week on Thursday after lower-than-expected inflation lifted rate cut hopes, while other Southeast Asian markets eked out marginal gains as concerns over the impact of the coronavirus lingered.
— Reuters

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy

 

Four Quarantined in Siem Reap, 40 More Told to Isolate and Monitor Symptoms
Following a lengthy press conference, the Ministry of Health announced Thursday that they have identified 44 individuals that came into contact with the Japanese businessman who tested positive for the coronavirus when arriving in Nagoya, Japan from Siem Reap on March 3.
— Cambodianess

Finance Ministry Allocates $30 million For COVID-19 Fight
The Ministry of Economy and Finance announced on Thursday that it was working with the Health Ministry to allocate $30 million to finance Cambodia’s screening and monitoring efforts, as the novel coronavirus outbreak reached more than 70 countries.
— VOA Khmer

COVID-19 scuppers Kingdom’s taxman
The General Department of Taxation (GDT) has cautioned that the COVID-19 outbreak will drive down the revenues they are able to collect in the coming months. It potentially scuppers their target of collecting $2,886 million in tax revenues this year, a 20 percent increase on 2019.
— Khmer Times

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Indonesia Bans Travelers From Iran, Italy, South Korea as Covid-19 Continues to Spread Around the Globe
The Foreign Affairs Ministry has banned travelers from Iran, Italy and South Korea from entering Indonesia as the three countries continue to struggle to contain a widespread Covid-19 outbreak.
— Jakarta Globe

MV Viking Sun denied docking at Semarang Port over COVID-19
A Norway-flagged cruise ship MV Viking Sun was denied permission to dock at Tanjung Emas Port in Semarang on Thursday following the coronavirus outbreak fear, as some passengers are suspected of carrying the virus.
— Antara News

10 other patients under surveillance admitted to RSUP
Some 10 other patients, categorized as people under surveillance (ODP), were admitted to the Persahabatan Central General Hospital (RSUP) in Jakarta on Thursday afternoon.
— Antara News

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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Lao tourism industry seeks help in wake of Covid-19 slump
Tourism-related businesses are calling for special assistance from the government and close cooperation with the private sector to collectively deal with the dramatic downturn in trade amid Covid-19 concerns.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

UXO Lao, JICA make plans to strengthen work of bomb clearance group
UXO Lao officials and representatives of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) met in Vientiane on Tuesday to review progress and make plans to strengthen the operational capacity of UXO Lao in contributing to poverty alleviation.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos has no coronavirus, deputy minister assures foreign diplomats
Laos is still free from the coronavirus even though the deadly Covid-19 has now spread to some 79 countries, Deputy Minister of Health, Associate Prof. Dr Phouthone Muongpak, told foreign diplomats yesterday.
— Vientiane Times

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Managing economy the main challenge for Muhyiddin, says former Deputy Finance Minister
Managing the economy is one of the main challenges facing newly-appointed Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
— The Sun Daily

Seven provinces in Italy, Japan, and Iran added to Malaysia’s Covid-19 travel ban list
Malaysia has placed travel restrictions on seven new provinces in Italy, Japan and Iran in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Star Online

Malaysia reports five more Covid-19 cases, all related to 26th case or its close contacts
Five new cases of Covid-19 have been reported today, bringing the total number of cases in Malaysia up to 55.
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Fighting in Rakhine, Chin states rages as Myanmar limits internet
Activists and journalists say decision to limit internet access in some parts of Rakhine is a violation of basic rights.
— Aljazeera

Investments unaffected by COVID-19 so far
The outbreak of the Covid-19 virus could slow the pace of foreign direct investments (FDI) into Myanmar in the coming months, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
— Myanmar Times

US Man Charged in Cannabis Case Fled Myanmar for US on New Passport
A US man facing 15 years in jail for allegedly running a marijuana plantation fled to the US last year while on bail after being issued a new passport by the US Embassy.
— Irrawaddy

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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PNP says rise in Chinese kidnappings linked to POGO worker influx
The Philippine National Police on Thursday, March 5, said that the spike in Chinese kidnappings in the Philippines is related to the influx of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGO) workers.
— Rappler

PHL manufacturing output shrinks 1.6 percent in January
THE country’s manufacturing output started the year with a contraction of 1.6 percent, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
— Business Mirror

DOH: Filipinos to be repatriated from Macau to just undergo home quarantine as persons under monitoring
The Philippine government is now readying the process for the repatriation of some 200 Filipinos from Macau who will be considered persons under monitoring (PUMs) once they arrive in the country, according to the Department of Health.
— Eagle News

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

High-powered electric motorcycles to be allowed on Singapore roads from April
From April, high-powered electric motorcycles may be used on Singapore’s roads, in line with efforts to encourage the adoption of cleaner vehicles in the country.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore retail sales fall 5.3% in January due to drop in motor sales
SINGAPORE retail sales continued to weaken in January, down 5.3 per cent year-on-year as motor sales remained a major drag, according to Department of Statistics data on Thursday. This deepened from a 3.4 per cent fall in December.
— The Business Times

5 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, new cluster at SAFRA Jurong reported
Five new cases of COVID-19 in Singapore have been confirmed, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (Mar 5), with a new cluster at SAFRA Jurong reported.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ

 

Thailand announces compulsory quarantine for arrivals from six places
The Thai government on Thursday announces new compulsory quarantine measure for arrivals from four countries and two territories in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
— Reuters

Thailand reports 4 new COVID-19 cases
The patients include a 42-year Thai old office worker, who returned from Italy on March 2nd. Another is a 20-year old Thai student who returned from Iran on February 27th and was admitted to hospital in Nakhon Si Thammarat after suffering a fever and runny nose.
— Thai PBS News

KBank cuts growth forecast to 0.5% from 2.7%
Kasikorn Research Center (K-Research) has slashed its forecast for the country’s economic growth this year to 0.5% from 2.7%, assuming that the coronavirus spread will wipe 410 billion baht off tourism receipts.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

EVN needs VNĐ93.2 trillion for power projects this year
Vietnam Electricity (EVN) needs total investment capital of VNĐ93.2 trillion (US$3.97 billion) for power projects this year and it will focus all resources to ensure the progress of such projects, according to the group.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam Air Passengers Quarantined on Virus Exposure Threat
Twelve crew members and 51 out of 73 passengers on a Vietnam Airlines flight from Nagoya in Japan to Ho Chi Minh City were placed in quarantine on fears the carrier’s employees had been exposed earlier to a Japanese traveler with the novel coronavirus.
— Bloomberg

Vietnam Eyes Rapid Buses as Tech Shakes Up World’s Public Transit
Ho Chi Minh City is building a bus rapid transit system, in hopes of weaning Vietnam’s public away from their increasingly complex menu of transport choices.
— VOA

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