Asean morning news for May 14

Asean morning news for May 14

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 13 — Cambodia approaches zero active cases
As of 00:26 GMT May 13 there was 41,691 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 541, or 1.31 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 133, or 0.32 per cent, are classified as serious or critical.
— AEC News Today

Healthy oceans: keeping our health, the economy, and our lives above the waves
Memories of idyllic beaches and sonorous waves may seem far away while we remain sheltering at home.
— AEC News Today

US Should Give ASEAN Alternatives to Chinese Loans, Ex-Envoy Says
As China emerges from the COVID-19 crisis earlier than most nations, it has the time and resources to switch focus to other priorities, such as its relations in Southeast Asia.

Asean Para Sports Federation to hold board meeting to ratify 2020 Asean Para Games cancellation
The Asean Para Sports Federation (APSF) will hold a Board of Governors (BoG) emergency meeting soon to ratify the cancellation of the 2020 Asean Para Games in the Philippines.
— Malay Mail

UNESCAP sees pandemic ushering in green measures to help oceans recover
THE coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak holds the potential for helping marine environments recover if economies adopt greener practices, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said.
— BusinessWorld

Transformational potential of COVID-19 recovery in Asia-Pacific
The COVID-19 pandemic poses unique challenges in response and recovery. Governments are trying to manage the shock in the face of existing societal threats like poverty and inequality.
— Reliefweb

Virus testing gap proves critical in Southeast Asia and India
A speedy rollout of mass testing for the coronavirus appears to be a crucial yardstick in determining the human and economic toll inflicted on various Asian countries by the pandemic.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Asia’s fragile oceans at environmental tipping point, but COVID-19 provides ‘window of opportunity’ for recovery: UN report
The temporary shutdown brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic could provide the region’s fragile oceans with a “window of opportunity” to recover, if decisive actions are taken by governments and other stakeholders for transformative action.

Beijing continues South China Sea aggression during pandemic
As the world struggles to beat the coronavirus pandemic, China has remained as aggressive as ever in the South China Sea, including the part that Filipinos call the West Philippine Sea.
— Rappler

How COVID-19 cleared Southeast Asia’s traffic jams
Strict lockdowns, school closures and restrictions on commerce to curb COVID-19 in Southeast Asian countries brought a rare respite from transport mayhem in some of the world’s most congested cities.

New normal as SE Asia returns to life
When Thailand started easing lockdown measures in the first week of May, university lecturer Eunice Barbara Novio immediately went to a nearby mall to shop.

How about a South Korea-US-Asean tripartite partnership?: Korea Herald contributor
The world highlighted the success of the Republic of Korea in dealing with Covid-19, and President Moon Jae In recently shared South Korea’s strategy with leaders from Asean.
— The Straits Times

The ASEAN-Led Multilateral Order: Unravelling? – Analysis
The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has exposed deep ideological divisions and geopolitical rivalries, especially between the US and China.
— Eurasia Review

COVID-19 Could Spark a New Era of Piracy in Southeast Asia
Out of all the possible aftershocks from the COVID-19 pandemic, a surge in piracy may not be the most obvious. But Southeast Asia – and those countries so dependent on trade passing peacefully through the region – should anticipate it.
— The Diplomat

EU celebrates strong partnership with ASEAN in Europe Day 2020
The European Union (EU) has expressed its commitment to continue supporting the ASEAN’s programmes and projects, particularly in conserving the region’s rich biodiversity, despite the COVID-19 pandemic that is besetting the world. Driesmans describes the ASEAN as the EU’s “number one development partner”.
— Philippine Information Agency

Post-pandemic stimulus may slow end of coal in Southeast Asia and Japan
Coal power plant construction will push ahead in Asia despite falling electricity demand and environmental concerns as policymakers prioritize boosting economies crippled by the coronavirus pandemic, analysts say.
— The Japan Times

SE Asia Stocks-Most markets slip as virus resurgence fears deepen, Indonesia leads losses
Most Southeast Asian stock markets slipped on Wednesday as investors worried that lifting of coronavirus lockdowns could lead to a second wave of infections and set back economic recovery, while Malaysian market was boosted by a better-than-expected quarterly GDP growth.
— Reuters

COVID-19 And Rationale For Stronger Indian Links With Southeast Asia – Analysis
On March 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated discussions on a potential regional response to the COVID-19 pandemic through a video meeting with leaders from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
— Eurasia Review

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Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Schools set to reopen in November
Minister of Education Hang Chuon Naron on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Hun Sen requesting a delay of school reopening across the Kingdom until November, when the new academic year begins.
— The Phnom Penh Post

About 14,000 migrant workers in Battambang cleared of COVID-19
About 14,000 migrant workers under quarantine in Battambang province were cleared of the coronavirus, with another 1,000 under self-quarantine, said Provincial Governor Nguon Ratanak.
— Khmer Times

Government identifies the poor so they receive aid
The Planning Ministry has asked all provincial authorities to collect numbers and identify poor families so that the government doles them support amid coronavirus pandemic.
— Khmer Times

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


With limited access to birth control, Indonesia set to see a COVID-19 baby boom
Stay home and make babies? As condoms and other forms of birth control are unavailable to a growing number of Indonesians during the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s fourth-most populous nation may see a baby boom.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Sees Record Jump in Infections as Cases Top 15,000
Indonesia reported a record surge in new coronavirus infections, taking the total cases to more than 15,000 as the world’s fourth-most populous nation struggled to contain the pandemic’s spread.
— Bloomberg

Airport Turns to Covid-19 Swab Tests, instead of Rapid Tests
State-run airport operator Angkasa Pura I (AP I) planned to study the use of polymerase chain reaction or PCR swab tests to detect passengers carrying the novel coronavirus in airports under its management.

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Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


FAO Is Redoubling its Efforts to Mitigate Impacts of COVID-19 on Food Insecurity
FAO is completing an assessment of the COVID-19 impact on farmers and smallholders across the Lao PDR, supporting the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in drafting a response plan and providing direct assistance to farmers, so they can continue to produce food for their families and communities and generate income.

Laos Introduces Exemptions from Penalties for Late Filing and Payments of Taxes
The Ministry of Finance of Laos issued Notification 1061/MOF (No. 1061/MOF) on April 22, 2020, which exempts taxpayers from penalties for the late filing and payments of taxes.
— ASEAN Briefing

Former Prime Minister Sisavath Keobounphanh passes away
Gen. Sisavath Keobounphanh, former Prime Minister and former President of the Lao Front for National Construction (currently Lao Front for National Development) passed away on May 12 at the age of 92.

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


SDMC: Public now allowed to travel between 7am and 10pm when necessary in Sarawak during CMCO
Members of the public are allowed to go out between 7am and 10pm in line with the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) policy for economic activities in Sarawak.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysian oil exploration vessel leaves South China Sea waters after standoff
An oil exploration vessel contracted by Malaysian state energy company Petronas that was involved in a standoff with a Chinese survey vessel in the South China Sea left the disputed waters today, three security sources and.
— Malay Mail

COVID-19 in Malaysia: Food industry recovery thwarted as half of states refuse to leave lockdown
The F&B industry in Malaysia has called for food businesses in all states nationwide to ‘concurrently resume’ as per the government’s recent loosening of COVID-19 related lockdown restrictions, but has hit a snag with seven of the nation’s 14 states refusing to fully restart operations.
— Food Navigator

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Myanmar reports another three patients recovering, one new COVID-19 case
Three more COVID-19 patients in Myanmar are on the road to recovery after recent tests showed no remaining signs of the virus, the health ministry said at 8pm on May 13. However, one positive case has also been detected.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar buys 12,000 tonnes of cooking oil for food reserve
Myanmar will add 12,000 tonnes of palm oil to its food reserves in the event of an emergency during the COVID-19 outbreak, said U Than Myint, Minister of Commerce.
— Myanmar Times

Thousands Sacked in Myanmar’s Commercial Hub Yangon Amid COVID-19 Downturn
The Confederation of Trade Unions in Myanmar says 6,355 factory jobs were axed last month as coronavirus hammers the manufacturing sector.
— Irrawaddy

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Budget airlines cancel domestic, in’tl flights till May 31
Budget carriers Cebu Pacific (CEB) and AirAsia Philippines on Wednesday announced further cancellation of all their international and domestic flights from May 16-31.
— Philippine News Agency

Lower House approves on 2nd reading bill giving “provisional franchise” for ABS-CBN to operate until Oct 2020
The House of Representatives approved on second reading a bill allowing ABS-CBN to operate under a provisional franchise that will be valid until October 31, 2020.
— Eagle News

Duterte unlikely to block provisional franchise for ABS-CBN –Palace
President Rodrigo Duterte will not likely oppose the granting of a provisional franchise for ABS-CBN so that it could resume its free TV and radio broadcast.
— GMA Network

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Temporary relief measures to also cover purchases of new homes: MinLaw
PROPERTY buyers are now also given cover under the temporary relief measures from legal action as a result of Covid-19.
— The Business Times

MOH preliminarily confirms 675 additional cases of COVID-19; Total tally reaches 25,346
As of Wednesday noon (13 May), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 675 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Details out next week on first sectors to re-open after circuit breaker
DETAILS of the economic sectors or businesses involved in the first step of Singapore’s post-circuit breaker re-opening will be shared next week, with many of these likely to be “more essential services”, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong at a Tuesday press conference by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) on Covid-19.
— The Business Times

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Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ


Prayut Says He Prioritizes Health Measures Over Economic Ones
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reconfirmed on Tuesday health safety measures will be continually given higher priorities in face of the global pandemic than social and economic ones.
— Khaosod English

Ministry to close handout registration this week
The Finance Ministry plans to close registration for the monthly 5,000-baht cash handout scheme this week as review of appeals submitted by rejected registrants is almost complete.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket government officially requests the opening of land, water and air links
The southern resort island province of Phuket will ask permission from Bangkok to reopen its airport, sea ports and permanent road access to the mainland (Sarasin Bridge) after several days with no new Covid-19 infections detected.
— The Thaiger

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Vietnam to stop considering new airlines establishment due to Covid-19
Vietnam will not consider applications for new airlines as it looks to prioritise the recovery of its aviation sector after the impact of the novel coronavirus, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Vietnam seeks gasoline imports as economy reopens
Vietnam’s state-owned Petrolimex has issued a tender to buy gasoline amid easing travel restrictions in the country.
— Argusmedia

Vietnam: First 30 tons of Yen Chau mangoes exported to China
The first batch of 30 tons of Yen Chau mango planted in Yen Chau district, in the northern province of Son La, was shipped to China through official channels on May 11.
— Fresh Plaza

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