Asean morning news for May 8

Asean morning news for May 8

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 7 – 1.2 mln US infections; deaths approach 75,000
As of 0:34 GMT May 7 there was 37,564 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 990, or 2.71 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

PPE and free trade to better tackle COVID-19 in ASEAN
The Special ASEAN Summit on 14 April emphasised the need for a collective response from ASEAN to COVID-19 that involves keeping the regional bloc’s markets open to trade.
— East Asia Forum

ASEAN working to restructure supply chains, recover economies: Minister
Faced with the negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on regional and global economies, including interruptions to supply chains, ASEAN countries are making greater efforts to recover and improve their responsiveness to future risks, Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh has said.
— Vietnamplus

Weapons, Viruses, and the New Defense Reality in Southeast Asia
What happens when the greatest threat to national security comes from a virus? What does that mean for defense spending, modernization, and civil-military relations?
— War on the Rocks

Asean economies should tackle structural issues during Covid-19 slump
WHILE Covid-19 has put a pause on investment activities in the region, there are a number of structural issues that Asean economies can and should tackle even as they grapple with the virus fallout.
— The Business Times

Are Beijing’s bold moves in the South China Sea mere opportunism amid Covid-19 or the new normal?
Late last month, China’s creation of two new administrative districts and naming of 80 geographic features in the South China Sea created new wrinkles in its ties with other claimants. Both the Philippines and Vietnam protested against the latest administrative ploy.
— South China Morning Post

China-ASEAN trade to blossom in hard times
Economic complementarity, lower shipping costs and the upcoming Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will substantially expand bilateral trade between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this year, experts and officials said on Wednesday.

Driving adoption of real-time payments in Asean
Long before we learnt about the coronavirus, digital money had already been gaining currency with consumers, small businesses and large institutions in recent years as it facilitates transactions in a fast-changing world driven by the forces of globalisation, urbanisation and digitisation.
— The Business Times

Philippines recovers on hopes of lockdown easing; Thailand falls
Philippine shares reversed course to end higher on Thursday, on hopes the country would soon ease its coronavirus-driven restrictions, while Thailand stocks fell on gloomy outlook for its economy.
— The Edge Markets

RoK calls for policy coordination among East Asian nations to minimise COVID-19 economic impact
The Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Republic of Korea (RoK) on May 7 urged East Asian nations to step up policy coordination to minimise the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, reported Yonhap news agency.
— Vietnamplus

Asean firms look to China for payment technology
CHINESE financial technology firms have matured under a favourable domestic policy regime with very different standards compared with other markets.
— The Business Times

Southeast Asian auto sales sink 40% for largest drop in a decade
New-vehicle sales in Southeast Asia plummeted 40% on the year in March, the biggest monthly drop-off in the past decade, data compiled by Nikkei finds.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Why SEA startups should not go back to office post-COVID-19
The Southeast Asian startup ecosystem has been one of the fastest-growing, but it is now threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— e27

Southeast Asia’s street food sellers fight lockdown
From Facebook groups to hyper-local delivery services, street food chefs in Southeast Asia are cooking up creative ways to sell their wares as they struggle to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bangkok Post reported.
— Vietnamplus

Amid COVID-19, Asia’s White Rice Is the New Black Gold
For Eduardo Astrero, a small-hold farmer in the Philippines’ lowlands province of Nueva Ecija, located north of Manila on the country’s main island of Luzon, the rice growing season that begins in June every year is regarded with a certain degree of foreboding.
— The Diplomat

Google Cloud targets Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam growth with new leader
Google Cloud has appointed April Srivikorn as country manager of Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam, as the technology giant expands reach across key customer verticals.
— Channel Asia Singapore

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Factory furloughs nearly 2,000 workers amid coronavirus
Nearly 2,000 garment workers are now in limbo after their employer You Li International Garment Co Ltd in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet city announced a suspension of operations as clothing orders dry up amid the coronavirus pandemic.
— Khmer Times

First Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre to Open Soon
The first ever Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre will operate at the end of this year, said recently H.E. Toch Channy, Director General of Technical General Department at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, quoted by local media.

Schools to remain shut
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport said it has no immediate plan to reopen schools that have been ordered shut across the Kingdom amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Indonesia Summons China’s Ambassador Over Burials at Sea on Fishing Fleet
Indonesia has summoned China’s ambassador to clarify the deaths of four Indonesian crew from two Chinese-flagged vessels, Indonesia’s foreign ministry said on Thursday, after rights groups alleged the crew were mistreated and exploited.
— The New York Times

Indonesian airlines resume domestic passenger flights with strict health protocols
Several Indonesian airlines have resumed domestic passenger flights following a letter from the COVID-19 task force allowing certain people to travel despite government travel restrictions.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Reports 338 New Coronavirus Cases, 35 Deaths: Health Ministry Official
Indonesia reported 338 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number to 12,776, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto told reporters on Thursday.
— The New York Times

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Recovered Covid-19 Patients to be Retested to Reassure Public
Health officials have announced that nine patients who had recovered from Covid-19 will return to hospital for further testing in a bid to reassure the public.
— The Laotian Times

Remaining virus patients to return home subject to tests
The National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control has announced the 10 remaining virus patients in hospital will be permitted to return home if their second test comes back negative.
— Vientiane Times

On the lookout for the silver lining: supporting e-commerce in Laos
13 to 16 April was Pi Mai, the Lao national holiday that welcomes in the Buddhist new year. Usually characterised by festive gatherings, water fights and the consumption of large quantities of Beer Lao, this year it was quiet and subdued, as the country of seven million entered its third week of COVID-19 mitigation.
— Development Policy

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Covid-19: 39 new cases, death toll remains at 107
Malaysia reported 39 more Covid-19 cases on Thursday (May 7), bringing the total number of infections in the country to 6,467.
— The Star Online

Malaysia Criticizes WHO Advisory Against Consuming Palm Oil During Pandemic
The World Health Organization’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean published a nutrition advisory for adult consumers while the COVID-19 outbreak lasts, suggesting, among others, to consume olive, sunflower or canola oil instead of palm or coconut oil, a recommendation drawing criticism from Malaysia, Reuters reported.
— Olive Oil Times

Petronas ordered to settle RM1.3 billion
The Kuching High Court yesterday dismissed Petronas’ application to stay the execution of State Sales Tax (SST) Order 2018 and the Notices of Assessment issued by the Comptroller of SST.
— New Sarawak Tribune

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Myanmar’s illegal timber trade continues despite COVID-19
As COVID-19 spreads and paralyzes many industries, Myanmar continues to see a flood of illegal logging.
— Asean Today

Myanmar’s Shan State Launches Campaign to Promote Use of Face Masks
The Shan State government on Thursday launched a campaign to educate people on the need to wear face masks whenever they go outdoors in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The campaign covers 21 townships in the south of the state, including the capital Taunggyi.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar talking with World Bank, ADB, IMF for funds to rescue economy
The Myanmar government is negotiating for aid and assistance from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help it implement a stimulus plan to rescue its virus-hit economy, according to Myanmar Times Thursday.
— The Star Online

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PHL economy declines for first time since 1998
Following 84 quarters of uninterrupted growth, the Philippine economy shrank for the first time since 1998 in the first quarter of 2020, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported earlier this morning.
— BusinessWorld

Malacañang says Duterte ‘not inclined’ to veto ABS-CBN franchise bill
President Rodrigo Duterte will not veto the bill giving ABS-CBN a fresh 25-year franchise once it reaches his desk, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Thursday, May 7.
— Rappler

COVID-19 cases hit 10,343; death toll at 685 — Health dep’t
THE Department of Health reported 339 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, bringing the total to 10,343.
— BusinessWorld

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Government has taken steps to enhance quality of food and facilities in migrant workers dormitories: S Iswaran
Speaking in a Tamil video message to migrant workers on Tuesday (5 May), Communications and Information Minister S Iswaran assured that the Government has taken steps to enhance the quality of food and facilities in the dormitories, upon acknowledging that the COVID-19 circuit breaker measures have “caused some inconvenience” to the migrant workers community.
— The Online Citizen

MOH preliminarily confirms additional 741 COVID-19 cases, bringing total tally to 20,939
As of Thursday noon (7 May), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 741 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore restarts mask production to secure supply for frontline medical staff
SINGAPORE has restarted local production of medical-grade surgical face masks to ensure supply for its medical workers in the frontline fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

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Business groups see GDP contracting 3%-5% this year
Thailand’s economy may shrink 3%-5% this year, sharply down from growth of 1.5%-2.0% projected in March, as the coronavirus pandemic hits global demand and domestic activity, a group of leading business associations said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Strict measures still needed to beat COVID-19: PM
The Prime Minister has thanked the people of all sectors for helping slow the spread of COVID-19, stressing that strict measures must remain in place, even though the current situation is satisfactory.

Quarantine measures continue across Thailand
Thai people placed in quarantine, continue to be discharged, with the latest group leaving a facility in Nakhon Pathom province.

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Vietnam’s access-to-electricity index reaches highest level so far
Vietnam’s access-to-electricity index in 2019 has improved, reaching the highest level so far with 82.2 points, according to the World Bank’s Doing Business report.
— The Star Online

Vietnam may soon sue China on South China Sea
Vietnam is believed to be inching towards filing an international arbitration case against China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea, a potential legal response to rising Chinese intimidation and harassment in the contested waterway.
— Asia Times

Vietnam cuts fees to support firms amid Covid-19
The Vietnamese Ministry of Finance has slashed administration fees in numerous sectors to help the economy get back on its feet when the Covid-19 pandemic eases.
— The Star Online

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