Asean morning news for February 7

Asean morning news for February 7
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EU Confronts Make or Break Decisions for Vietnam and Cambodia
“Europe today has unpleasant relations with ASEAN,” Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, no stranger to controversial and at times bizarre comments, observed last week, referring to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc.
— The Diplomat

Phillippines calls to postpone Asean Para Games due to Wuhan coronavirus
The Asean Para Games will likely be postponed for the second time due to the rising number of Wuhan coronavirus cases in the region.
— New Straits Times

RCEP rekindles free trade hopes
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations first took place in Cambodia in November 2012, while the first round of negotiations in Brunei were held in May 2013 while the first RCEP Summit was held in the Philippines in November 2017.
— Borneo Bulletin

The Coronavirus and ASEAN – Live Updates by Country
Due to the developing situation in China and Asia concerning the Coronavirus, we will be operating this article as a running live update service to keep businesses involved in ASEAN and Asia updated with the latest relevant regional news.
— Asean Briefing

ASEAN should cooperate to stop coronavirus outbreak — Thai PM
ASEAN member countries should share information and strengthen cooperation to stop the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in the region, Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan o-cha said today.
— The Edge Markets

‘Steady wave’ of fake news on coronavirus in the region: Facebook fact-checker
No, you cannot steam your face masks in order to reuse them in the battle against the novel coronavirus.

ASEAN together can make a high mountain
The chairmanship of ASEAN rotates annually in alphabetical order, and the clock usually starts ticking from the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat.
— The Jakarta Post

Vietnam actively proposes common efforts against epidemics
As Chair of ASEAN, Vietnam has actively proposed and promoted common efforts of the bloc to effectively fight epidemics, the Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang at a regular press conference in Hanoi on February 6.
— Vietnamplus

Vietnam’s ASEAN Chairmanship 2020: What To Expect – Analysis
Vietnam was long perceived as a security threat by other ASEAN members, before it joined ASEAN in 1995.
— Eurasia Review

SEA unicorns creating new wave of entrepreneurs, startup capital
The thriving startup ecosystem and string of unicorns in Southeast Asia have helped create a new community of entrepreneurs who are investing in other startups and offering access to new capital that may not have existed before.
— ZDNet

This Sector in Southeast Asia Showed Growth, Even as It Slowed for Other Regions
Four out of five countries in Southeast Asia showed a 3 per cent growth in sales of technical consumer goods in 2019, a study by analytics firm GfK Global showed, in sharp contrast to other regions in the world that reported a slowdown.
— Entrepreneur

SE Asia Stocks-End firmer as China halves tariffs on some U.S. goods
Southeast Asian stocks closed firmer on Thursday after China decided to slash tariffs on some U.S. imports, offering relief to markets that were gripped by slowdown worries amid the coronavirus outbreak.
— Reuters

D2C: Is it time for the next phase of ecommerce in SEA?
Direct-to-Consumers (D2C) startups globally strive to achieve the type of recognition achieved by Dollar Shave Club and Warby Parker in the US by selling premium branding with relatively affordable pricing.
— e27

Hanoi FC among Southeast Asia’s best
The capital city’s football club is placed in the top six teams of the region in the latest ranking by Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
— VnExpress International

Taking male rape seriously
Just a few months ago, the world was horrified from the news of Reynhard Sinaga – said to be the most prolific rapist in British history, with 159 counts of sexual offences against 48 men and an estimated 70 victims who have yet to be identified.
— The Asean Post

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China will support Kingdom despite EBA withdrawal: Official
President Xi Jinping has reassured Prime Minister Hun Sen that China will continue to support the Kingdom’s economy despite a potential Everything-but-arms suspension by the European Commission this month.
— Khmer Times 

Cambodia’s First Patient with the Wuhan Coronavirus Believed Cured
“The patient’s health is now better,” the ministry said in a press release. “He went through laboratory tests two times [conducted] by the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge and they have shown negative results as of February 6, 2020.”
— Thmey Thmey 

Man held, released after insulting PM on Facebook
A man who insulted Prime Minister Hun Sen in a Facebook post regarding the coronavirus a few days ago in Pursat province has been released following his arrest on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Forty specimens tested negative for Wuhan coronavirus: Ministry
The Health Ministry revealed Wednesday that 40 specimens of individuals being monitored for the novel coronavirus have tested negative, while two others are still under observation.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister temporarily suspends visa-free entry for Chinese nationals
Indonesian Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly signed a regulation concerning a temporary suspension of visa-free entry, visas and residence permit for Chinese citizens.
— Antara News

Snakes, turtles from China among live animal imports that Indonesia will soon ban
The government will soon suspend live animal imports from China, including snakes and turtles, amid concerns about the deadly coronavirus spreading to Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

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Special economic zones in Laos attract huge investments and create jobs
Twelve special economic zones (SEZs) established across the country have attracted investment of almost US$5.7 billion and created thousands of jobs for local people, a report this week showed.
— The Star Online 

Health ministry requests int’l support to prevent virus outbreak
Health minister Associate Prof. Bounkong Syhavong met with the country’s development partners on Tuesday to ask for their support to enhance Laos’ capacity to combat the deadly virus, which has infected at least 24,300 people and killed more than 490 across the globe.
— ANN/Vientiane Times 

Lao, Thai provincial governors partner in bid to curb forest fires
Wildfires in Laos and neighbouring countries caused dangerous levels of air pollution in many regions of Laos last year, especially in Vientiane. Particulate matter (PM) 2.5 pollution occurred in many parts of the country and pollution in Vientiane exceeded the safety level.
— ANN/Vientiane Times 

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First Malaysian-transmitted coronavirus case confirmed
The health ministry today confirmed another two coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 14. One person is a Malaysian woman while the other is a 37-year-old Chinese national.

Sarawak most romantic state in Malaysia, says e-commerce platform
Sarawak is the most romantic state in Malaysia, an international e-commerce platform said following an analysis of romantic queries online by states in the country.
— The Borneo Post

M’sian companies lead Asia Pacific on digital transformation: Survey
A study by Workday has found that Malaysian companies are leading the digital transformation in the Asia Pacific, with 58% of C-Level executives seeing measurable returns with the initiatives.
— The Sun Daily


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59 Myanmar students returned from Wuhan are in good health: Mdy mayor
All 59 Myanmar students from Wuhan quarantined in Kantawnadi Hospital in Mandalay are still in good health, said Dr Ye Lwin, Mayor of Mandalay.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar begins to see increased competition in the fibre broadband Segment
Just released, this edition of Paul Budde Communication’s focus report on Myanmar (Burma) outlines the major developments and key aspects in the telecoms markets.
— Yahoo News

Myanmar Secures First Green Loan from Singaporean Banks
Singaporean banks continue tapping into the growing sustainable finance market with the latest $44 million loan secured by Burmese developer Shwe Taung Group – the first in the country.
— Finews

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Palace requires visitors to declare travel history amid nCoV threat
Malacañang is now requiring visitors to disclose details about their health and travel history in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— GMA Network

Ban on house workers to Kuwait remains
THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) on Thursday announced the partial lifting of the total deployment ban on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait, which excludes household service workers.
— BusinessWorld

Persons under probe for 2019-nCoV infection climbs to 178 — DOH
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that out of the 178 PUIs, three have tested positive for 2019-nCoV as earlier reported, 48 have tested negative, while 127 are still pending confirmation.
— GMA Network

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Coronavirus outbreak: Singapore confirms 2 more cases, one who attended Grand Hyatt meeting
Singapore confirmed two new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday (Feb 6), bringing the total number of people infected in the country to 30, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Wuhan virus: Singapore becomes 2nd most infected country after Japan outside of China
Yesterday (5 Feb), it was reported that Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed four new cases of the novel Wuhan coronavirus in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Condition worsens for 2 coronavirus patients in Singapore: MOH
The condition of two coronavirus patients in Singapore has worsened, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Thursday (Feb 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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DPM Somkid asks GSB to help indebted govt employees
The government is pursuing its goal to assist indebted government employees whose debts now amount to 1 trillion baht in total.

PM urges public to use water sparingly during current drought
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has beseeched the Thai people not to waste water, saying that the volume of water in the country’s 15 major sources is at a critically low level and no significant rainfall is forecast until May.
— Thai PBS News

Thai Public Health Minister reverses stance on banning all Chinese tourists from entering country, says it is not a solution
Public health minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Thursday said imposing a travel ban on Chinese nationals would not help the government’s fight against coronavirus epidemic.
— The Pattaya News

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Two more Vietnamese tested positive for the coronavirus, raising total infections to 12
One patient is the 49-year-old mother while the other is the 16-year-old sister of the infected female worker, who is 23, in the northern province of Vinh Phuc. The mother started coughing on February 3, while the sister had coughing and fatigue. VNExpress, a local media reports on Thursday.
— Vietnam Insider

Việt Nam boosts production of face masks
The Ministry of Industry and Trade has directed Vietnamese commercial affair offices abroad to connect with businesses to search for raw materials to send to Viet Nam to produce face masks.
— Viet Nam News

Vinalines eyes to join Global Shipping Alliances
The Vietnam National Shipping Lines Corporation (Vinalines) will devise a number of measures to further promote growth of its three key sectors of seaport, shipping industry and maritime services towards joining in the Global Shipping Alliances (GSA).
— Hellenic Shipping News

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