Asean morning news for July 16

Asean morning news for July 16
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 15 — 76,000 active cases in Asean
As of 00:43 GMT July 15 there was 76,859 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,202, or 1.58 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Asia Pacific Airlines Hardest Hit by COVID19 Crisis
IATA has reported that airlines in the Asia Pacific region will be the hardest hit by the COVID19 crisis, with losses expected to be $29 billion for 2020.
— Travel News Asia

Asean Jobs Recovery May Take 2-4 Years: Maybank Kim Eng’s Lee
Lee Ju Ye, economist at Maybank Kim Eng, discusses the job losses across Asean’s top six economies due to the coronavirus pandemic and her outlook for the labor market. She speaks on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia.”
— Bloomberg (video)

Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam to gain most from apparel shifts: Report
CAMBODIA, Myanmar, and Vietnam are among the Asian countries poised to gain most from shifts in apparel manufacturing, according to a Fitch Solutions July 13 report.
— The Business Times

China not afraid of ‘sanctions’ related to South China Sea issue: FM spokesperson
Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Hua Chunying urged the U.S. to reflect on its foreign policies,saying that China is not afraid of sanctions, at a press conference on Wednesday.

South China Sea: Malaysia Urges Nations to Stand Down from ‘Military Posturing’
Malaysia on Wednesday called for countries to refrain from “military posturing” amid tensions in the South China Sea, two days after Washington announced a tougher stance on Beijing’s territorial claims in the contested waterway.
— Radio Free Asia

China builds new supply chain in SEA as conflict with Washington continues
SOUTHEAST Asia has become China’s largest trade partner in the first half of the year as the trade war with the US forced Beijing to recalibrate its global supply chain.
— New Straits Times

Singapore’s swab test rate highest in Asean
As at July 13, Singapore has conducted over one million swab tests on around 520,000 people for
— The New Paper

US to back nations whose South China Sea claims China violated
The United States will support countries that believe China has violated their maritime claims in the South China Sea, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday but stressed doing so in multilateral and legal forums.

The South China Sea, Southeast Asia’s Patrimony, and Everybody’s Own Backyard
This is a timely and important discussion. In recent months, while the world has focused on the fight against COVID-19, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has doubled-down on its campaign to impose an order of “might makes right” in the South China Sea.
— U.S Embassy in Cambodia

Commentary: Southeast Asia is now dominant in the illegal drugs trade
Even COVID-19 could not stem the production and flow of illicit drugs from and through the region, say Dr Nehginpao Kipgen and Shivangi Dikshit.

ASEAN’s COVID-19 conundrum
The Covid19 outbreak poses a serious threat to Southeast Asia and its bloc, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

There’s a pilot for the Asean travel bubble. Here is how to make it work.
The recently announced reciprocal green lane agreement between Singapore and Malaysia is a small but significant step forward, not just bilaterally but also in the broader context of how countries in South-east Asia can safely reopen their borders amid an ongoing pandemic.
— The Straits Times

The Digital Divide in Southeast Asia Meets COVID-19
The novel coronavirus disrupted the realities of the present in many unprecedented ways. Considered less is how the virus exacerbated many of the trends forming today’s globalized society.
— Borgen Magazine

The Rise Of Telehealth In A Pandemic
Modern technology has truly changed our lives for the better. It has transformed communication and how people stay in touch with one another.
— The Asean Post

China-Asean Business Association, Farlim, Utar explore economic tie-up
China-Asean Business Association (CABA) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Farlim Holdings Sdn Bhd and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) to undertake research in Asean and China.
— The Star Online

Eight in 10 firms expect Covid-19 to change business models: survey
EIGHT in ten businesses in Asean expect the Covid-19 pandemic to change their business model or operations, according to a poll of 4,500 firms by enterprise application software firm SAP.
— The Business Times

Protecting SMBs in SEA against malicious mining
ACROSS Southeast Asia, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen businesses and governments attempt to mitigate the financial impact of this unprecedented public health crisis.
— Malaya

Repositioning the region in the Asian Century
In 2018, the little red dot in Southeast Asia — Singapore — caught the world’s attention as a result of the success of the movie Crazy Rich Asians. Viewers saw Mercedes-Benz AMGs and Ferraris, and all the other luxuries that one might expect to see in London or Paris.
— Bangkok Post

Over 75% of Southeast Asia companies intend to divest in repositioning for growth: EY
A large proportion of companies in Asia Pacific say they are planning to divest to reposition for growth, according to the EY 2020 Global Corporate Divestment Study.
— The Edge Singapore

Robust second quarter for Southeast Asian startups but speed bump ahead
Southeast Asia’s startups raised at least $2.8 billion in the second quarter of this year, only slightly lower than the $2.9 billion in the previous quarter, shows DealStreetAsia Research and Analytic’s latest report.
— Deal Street Asia

Indonesia to participate in ASEAN Online Sale Day 2020
Indonesia will participate in the ASEAN Online Sale Day (AOSD) 2020, which is scheduled to take place on e-commerce platforms on August 8.
— Vietnamplus

$1M donated to Southeast Asian studies for global project
The Henry Luce Foundation recently awarded $1 million to the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
— University of Hawaii News

Asean Basketball League season ends without a champion amid COVID-19
The 2019/20 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season will end with no champion being declared, as the league could find no safe way to complete the remaining fixtures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Yahoo News

Asean Film Week 2020 to screen nine films
The Asean Film Week 2020 will be held in Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City from July 18-26, screening nine movies.
— The Star Online

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ADB says Kingdom to lose 390,000 jobs
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) predicts Cambodia will suffer 390,000 job losses this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But it congratulated the government for its response to the crisis and its cash transfer programme for the poor and vulnerable.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Int’l tourist arrivals to Cambodia down 59 pct in first 5 months due to COVID-19
Cambodia received 1.17 million foreign visitors during the first five months of 2020, down 59 percent from 2.88 million over the same period last year, said a report released by the Ministry of Tourism on Wednesday.
— Cambodianess

Cambodia: Ratanakkiri province chalks up $37 mln in agri-exports
Cambodia’s north-eastern Ratanakkiri province exported 87,604 tonnes of agricultural products worth $37 million to the international market last year.
— Fresh Plaza

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Indonesia sees biggest daily jump of COVID-19 deaths
Indonesia reported 87 new coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, its biggest daily jump, bringing the total number of fatalities to 3,797, its health ministry said.
— The Guardian

Indonesia Closes in on China as Coronavirus Cases Cross 80,000
Indonesia is catching up China in the global ranking of confirmed coronavirus cases, as Southeast Asia’s biggest country reported a total of 80,094 cases on Wednesday, 1,522 more from the previous day.
— Jakarta Globe

Government, lawmakers set 2021 state budget deficit at up to 4.7% of GDP
The government and the House of Representatives have agreed in principle on 2021 state budget assumptions with a deficit of 4.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) to bolster the economy from the coronavirus-induced recession.
— The Jakarta Post

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Laos borders to stay closed to foreign nationals
The Laos government will keep its borders closed to foreign nationals and impose testing and the issuing of medical certificates before travelers are allowed to exit the tiny landlocked, communist country in a bid to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
— UCA News

PM advises govt sectors on achieving sustainable development goals
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has advised government sectors to continue their work towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the slogan ‘Leaving No One Behind,’ to lift the nation out of the list of least developed countries.
— Vientiane Times

9.2km tunnel on China-Laos railway completed
The tunnel in northern Oudomxay province was excavated through tough geological conditions, China’s Xinhuanet news agency reports, including four fault zones. CRECGZ also had to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic, including purchasing more locally-produced materials such as sand, gravel and cement, and hiring more local staff.
— International Railway Journal

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Malaysia’s tourism faces RM45 bln in losses due to Covid-19 – Nancy
The country’s tourism sector is estimated to suffer losses amounting to RM45 billion this year as a result of the closure of the country’s borders due to the Covid-19 pandemic, said Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia’s May jobless rate rises to 5.3%
Malaysia’s unemployment rate escalated to 5.3% in May 2020 to 826,100 unemployed persons, from 5% in April, according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

Govt mulls review of Destitute Persons Act to deal with homeless issue, says Women’s Ministry
The government plans to review the Destitute Persons Act 1977 to better deal with the homeless, says Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun.
— The Star Online

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Myanmar puts a hold on international flights until at least October
According to Myanmar’s National Tourism Development Central Committee vice-president, Myanmar’s airports are unlikely to re-open to international commercial flights until at least October this year.
— The Thaiger

Myanmar Plan to Breed Protected Species in Captivity Draws Criticism
Myanmar’s conservation ministry is considering captive breeding of as many as 175 threatened species, including tigers, Irrawaddy dolphins and rare birds that exist only in the wild.
— New York Times

Myanmar, China to Promote Cross-Border e-Commerce Systems
Myanmar and China plan to promote cooperation on digital economy and cross-border e-commerce systems to allow trade and economic activity to proceed smoothly during times of pandemic.
— Irrawaddy

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Cases still rising but Duque says Philippines has flattened coronavirus curve
The Philippines, which is seeing a renewed surge in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases following the easing of containment measures, has “successfully” flattened the epidemic curve, the country’s health chief said Wednesday.
— Philippine Star

ABS-CBN to start retrenchment by end of August, as franchise remains elusive
Network giant ABS-CBN will cease operating some of its businesses and start retrenching workers by the end of August, as its remains without a franchise to operate its free television and radio broadcasts.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Gov’t says to prioritize health, food security under 2021 budget
Health and food security are among top priorities of the government under its proposed P4.3 trillion national budget for 2021, the Department of Budget and Management said Wednesday as the country continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
— ABS-CBN News

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News of Singapore’s record GDP drop after GE could mean that the PAP might have been asking for a mandate under false pretences
Hot on the heels of the recent general election which saw the Peoples’ Action Party (PAP) win a super majority in Parliament, Bloomberg has reported that Singapore has slumped into a recession with a record 41.2% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) plunge.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: S’pore’s testing rate is tops in Asean, with over 1m swabs done
Singapore has conducted about 177,000 swabs per million population as at July 13.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

From July 15, households face fines of up to S$5,000 & jail term when found with multiple mosquito breeding sites
The number of dengue cases in Singapore in 2020 has surpassed the total number of cases for the whole of 2019.
— Mothership

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All disease control personnel at U-tapao airport transferred
The entire disease control unit at U-tapao airport, including its chief, have been transferred for their alleged failure to check properly the hotel in Rayong province where the Egyptian military mission was staying last week, allowing them to venture out shopping unhindered.
— Thai PBS News

DPM Somkid and his economic team to quit government tomorrow
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Somkid Jatusripitak, and his four economy teammates are expected to tender their resignations tomorrow (Thursday).
— Thai PBS News

Economy of Thailand to not go back to normal before 2022
The central bank of Thailand said on Tuesday during a press briefing that the economic activities of Thailand are not expected to go back to normal levels before the coronavirus outbreak.

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Vietnam reports eight foreign experts tested positive for Covid-19, total 381
Eight Russian experts quarantined in southern Vietnam have been confirmed as the country’s latest Covid-19 patients, taking the national tally to 381.
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnam’s transport ministry proposes reopening Asia air routes from August
The first regular flights from Vietnam to some international destinations are expected to be launched in early August.
— The Hanoitimes

VN goes three months without new COVID-19 community infection
VGP – It has been three months since the last community-transmitted case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Viet Nam, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control said Wednesday morning.
— VGP RSS Feed

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