Asean morning news for January 29

Asean morning news for January 29

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Coronavirus outbreak: WHO Southeast Asia rolls out interim guidance to contain disease
The World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia has urged countries in the region, including India, to remain vigilant, strengthen readiness to rapidly detect the coronavirus and prevent its spread.
— Forbes India

The China Sourcing Alternatives in ASEAN – Complimentary Country Guides
The US-China trade war has made many US companies look at alternatives to China sourcing, both due to the impact of tariffs in addition to the increasingly expensive Chinese labor market.
— China Briefing

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

Korea Planning Relaxed Visa Rules for Asean Members
The Government of South Korea is considering easing its visa rules for a number of ASEAN member countries during 2020 according to reports.
— EconoTimes

Tackling plastic waste pollution in ASEAN
Southeast Asia stands to gain the most from the addition of plastic waste to the Basel Convention in 2019.
— The Asean Post

ACB rolls out secondment programme to diversify workforce
The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) on Monday signed a financing agreement with the German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH for a project that allows nationals from ASEAN Member States (AMS) to work in its headquarters under an enhanced secondment programme.
— Philippine Information Agency

Call for calm as south-east Asia braces for virus fallout
South-east Asian countries that rely on China for tourism and investment dollars are urging calm as markets around the region sell off on concerns about the broader economic impact of the deadly coronavirus.
— Financial Review

PETA calls for inclusion of animals in rescue missions
Animal welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia on Tuesday called on lawmakers and authorities involved in rescue missions during times of calamity to make space for animals instead of abandoning them in dangerous conditions.
— GMA Network

South-east Asia braced for travel ban
China’s ban on foreign tour groups, imposed this week to restrict the spread of the coronavirus, will slash the number of visitor arrivals in several south-east Asian countries that rely heavily on tourism to power their economies.
— Financial Review

Brand Finance: Only 7 ASEAN brands listed under top 500 global brands ranking
Singaporean bank DBS has once again made its way to the list of Brand Finance’s annual top 500 world’s most valuable brands.
— Marketing

Coronavirus: Impact on China and ASEAN, Businesses Need to Implement Remote Administration
As the behavior of the coronavirus is getting better understood, there will be extended issues for businesses throughout the Asian region now until well into Q1, and quite possibly into late March.
— China Briefing

How are Southeast Asia’s casinos adapting to modern cyber-attacks?
Since the early days of organised gambling, casinos have been targeted by cybercriminals and scammers.
— Asean Today

Sugar taxes in APAC: Are they really responsible for industry reformulation efforts in the region?
Many APAC governments have explored sugar taxes to some extent over the past few years, but experts now say that although on the surface these appear to have been effective in driving reformulation, consumer behaviour and not taxation is likely to be the true crucial factor.
— Foodnavigator-asia

SE Asia Stocks-Fall on fears of coronavirus impact, Singapore suffers most
Southeast Asian shares tumbled on Tuesday and Singapore stocks fell the most after the city-state said the coronavirus outbreak in China, its biggest trading partner, would bruise its economy this year.
— Reuters

Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia deemed most Insta-worthy by travel media
Big 7 Travel, the travel arm of Big 7 Media, has released its list of most “Instagram-able” places in the world in 2020.
— Marketing


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Cambodian Students in Wuhan City: None Infected with the Virus
The 24 men and five women students who have been studying at Hefei University in Anhui Province returned to the country via the Poipet International Border Checkpoint, the GDI wrote on its Facebook page.
— Thmey Thmey  

Land Dispute Victims Point To Military Police Beatings In Tuy Sros Death
Tuy Sros, 34, was one of the hundreds of people at a land protest in late December last year, in the northwestern border province of Banteay Meanchey. The dispute was similar to other land conflicts in the country; villagers had been displaced from land they were living on and the authorities claimed they were illegally occupying the land.
— VOA  

Appeal Court Ruling Condemns Former RFA Reporters to Endless Re-investigation
Former Radio Free Asia (RFA) reporters Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin remain locked in a seemingly endless legal struggle after the Appeal Court this morning rejected a complaint challenging the re-investigation into politically motivated espionage charges against the two journalists.
— Licodho

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Central Java Handling 3 Suspected Coronavirus Cases
Three suspected coronavirus cases had been detected in Central Java that is spread in three different hospitals in Cilacap, Surakarta, and Semarang.

2 Suspected Coronavirus Cases in Bandung Tests Negative
Medical test results on two patients suspected of contracting the coronavirus from Wuhan, China, fortunately, came back negative.

Coronavirus; Indonesia’s Evacuation Plan Depends on Chinese Govt
Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s acting spokesman Tauku Faizasyah said the government has prepared plans to evacuate Indonesians residing in Chinese cities contaminated by the coronavirus.

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WB supports Laos in disaster reconstruction, resilience
The Lao Ministry of Finance and the World Bank signed a financing agreement of 50 million U.S. dollars on Tuesday, extending support to the ongoing Lao People’s Democratic Republic Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Management Project and Lao Road Sector Project II.
— Xinhua 

Lao Airlines to suspend flights on three Chinese routes
Director of the national flag carrier’s Commercial Department, Mr Noudeng Chanthaphasouk, said “We plan to temporarily halt flights from Vientiane to these three destinations, in a bid to control the spread of the virus.”
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Public urged to be mindful when posting news amid coronavirus outbreak
Director General of the ministry’s Mass Media Department, Mr Pineprathana Phanthamaly, issued the warning on Monday after a large number of Lao people posted and shared news on the outbreak of the coronavirus in China and its spread to neighbouring countries.
— ANN/Vientiane Times  

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Coronavirus: Selangor govt reviews overseas investment missions, trips
The Selangor government is reviewing planned overseas investment missions and other trips by its agencies, in view of the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak in China, with infections having spread to several other countries including Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

MOF to expedite additional allocation for 12 thermal scanners
The Ministry of Finance will be expediting the additional allocation for 12 thermal scanners as stated by Minister of Health Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
— The Borneo Post

Foreigners bought RM29.4m last week
International investors acquired RM29.4 million net of local equities last week compared with RM320.9 million net accumulated in the week before.
— The Sun Daily

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China Nixes Myanmar’s Plan to Evacuate 60 Students From Virus-Hit Wuhan
Sixty Myanmar students are unable to leave Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, after China said it would be ‘very difficult’ to evacuate foreigners.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Expects 5 Million Tourists in 2020 Despite Virus Fears
Myanmar expects to achieve its target of attracting 5 million tourists in 2020, even as fears about the deadly coronavirus that originated in China cast a long shadow over the travel industry.
— Bloomberg Quint

Three airlines suspend flight schedules between China-Yangon
Three airlines have suspended their flight schedules between China and Yangon due to the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus in Wuhan of China.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Current suspected nCoV cases in PHL jump to 24, with 18 in NCR; but DOH assures no confirmed case yet
There are at least 27 persons in the country who have been considered “patients under investigation” (PUIs) for the novel coronavirus infection, and three of them so far have been discharged from hospitals after results showed they are negative of the disease, the Department of Health said.
— Eagle News

Kuwaiti employers of OFW Villavende charged with murder – Bello
The employers of slain overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Jeanelyn Villavende have been charged with murder in Kuwait, said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Tuesday, January 28.
— Rappler

Gov’t: Filipinos who wish to return from China will have to be quarantined for 14 days
The government on Tuesday, Jan. 28, said Filipinos who would like to return to the Philippines from China will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine period upon their arrival.
— Eagle News

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Wuhan virus: Singapore confirms 2 more new cases, bringing total number infected to 7
Two new cases of the Wuhan virus have been confirmed in Singapore, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday (Jan 28).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Wuhan virus: Singapore to impose travel restrictions on holders of Chinese passports issued in Hubei
Authorities will stop entry or transit for new visitors who have travelled to Hubei in the last 14 days, as well as holders of Chinese passports issued in Hubei, as Singapore steps up measures against the spread of the Wuhan virus.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More than 10K from Wuhan arrived in SG since outbreak; ICA only health screens PRCs with passports issued in Hubei
It was reported that 24 days elapsed between the time the first cases of Wuhan viral infection were reported on 30 December and the decision last Thursday (23 Jan) to suspend travel out of Wuhan.
— The Online Citizen

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Coronavirus – six new cases confirmed in Thailand
Six new cases of of the novel coronavirus are now confirmed for Thailand by the Ministry of Public Health. That brings the total number of cases detected to 14.
— The Thaiger

Submarine Crew Flown Back From Wuhan – But No Evac for Civilians
Foreign affairs minister Don Pramudwinai said there is no immediate plan to evacuate Thai nationals stranded in Wuhan, which has been placed under lockdown by the Chinese government in a bid to contain the new coronavirus contagion.
— Khaosod English

Steps planned to boost consumption, tourism
The government plans to introduce additional measures next month to boost consumption and tourism, its finance minister said on Tuesday, as it tries to shore up a faltering economy potentially facing a sharp blow from the coronavirus in China.
— Bangkok Post

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One of Vietnam’s first confirmed coronavirus patients recovers
One of the two Chinese nationals who were the first confirmed cases of infection by the new coronavirus in Vietnam has recovered.
— VnExpress

Vietnam’s business environment strongly improves
Last year, Vietnam recorded many positive results in business environment improvement. However, in the context of the global and regional reforms, these results were quite modest, especially, competitiveness 4.0 of Vietnam still ranked sixth among countries in the ASEAN.
— Sggp News

SOE equitisation plan likely to be missed in 2017-2020
The equitisation of State-owned enterprises (SOEs) has fallen behind the target set by the Government and ministries for 2017-2020.
— VietnamPlus

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