Asean morning news for July 23

Asean morning news for July 23
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 22 — 180 days: Philippines tops 70,000, Indonesia nudges 90,000, global infections top 15 mln, USA tops 4 mln
As of 00:51 GMT July 22 there was 86,917 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,957 , or 2.30 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Indonesia calls for rethink on Asean economic pact as foreign investment sinks
Indonesia needs to reconsider the benefits it gets from being part of the Asean Economic Community, the head of the country’s investment board said on Wednesday, after data showed foreign direct investment fell for a second straight quarter.
— South China Morning Post

US’ decoupling push weakens as China-ASEAN ties build
Despite the US’ tireless efforts to promote its “decoupling” from China and the ongoing deadly COVID-19 pandemic, China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have forged more highly integrated economic and trade ties, overthrowing the basis of the US’ scheme to isolate China from global industrial chains.
— Global Times

Chatbots, motorbikes: Southeast Asia HIV centres adapt to coronavirus
Five days after a coronavirus lockdown was imposed in Manila, charity LoveYourself hired 20 former motorcycle taxi riders, gave them a crash course on HIV and sent them off to deliver life-saving medication after signing confidentiality agreements.
— Reuters

95th joint patrol on Mekong River kicks off
Law-enforcement authorities from China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand joined forces on Tuesday for the start of the 95th Mekong River joint patrol.

Over 140 more virus deaths reported in Southeast Asia
The number of coronavirus cases in Southeast Asian countries climbed to 225,955 on Wednesday, including 6,519 fatalities and 131,075 recoveries.
— Anadolu Agency

ASEAN strives to navigate Covid, corruption
As members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) grapple with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their economies, they are also having to mitigate a rise in corruption.
— Asia Times

Get behind Southeast Asia with clear policy against China bullies
There is a contest for rule over the South China Sea between international maritime law and an increasingly hegemonic China.
— The Australian

Australian ships confronted by Chinese navy in South China Sea
The Chinese navy has confronted Australian warships in the South China Sea during a voyage that saw them sail close to contested islands claimed by Beijing.
— ABC News

Chinese Companies Turn to ASEAN Countries for Cross-Border Deals
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and increasingly tightened scrutiny on high-tech takeover deals by European and U.S. regulators, Chinese companies are turning to countries in the Belt and Road Initiative for cross-border acquisitions.
— Caixin

Are Asian allies backing the United States’ new position on South China Sea?
On 13 July 2020 the United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo released a statement, which reflects the hardening of the US policy in a “vital, contentious part of the Indo-Pacific region which is the South China Sea”.

What does Vietnam’s trade deal with the EU mean for the country and ASEAN?
In February, the European Parliament approved a free trade agreement (FTA) with Vietnam and last month, Vietnam’s National Assembly ratified the agreement with overwhelming support.
— Asean Today

Concepcion’s AMEN legacy project to work together to help Asean MSMEs hit by the pandemic
Asean Business Advisory Council Philippines Chairman Joey Concepcion vows for a faster, easier, and cheaper access to mentorship as part of efforts to support micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) hit by the pandemic through his legacy project, Asean Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN), supported by different Asean countries during the stakeholders meeting last July 17.
— The Manila Times

South East Asian Games Federation meets online
The South East Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) Council, Executive and Standing Committees Meetings took place in Hanoi on July 21-22 with the participation of over 100 delegates, including more than 30 international ones.
— Vietnamplus

ASEAN Regional Forum tipped to be held in Sept., not virtually
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is considering to hold the ASEAN Regional Forum in September, bringing its foreign ministers together with their counterparts from countries such as Japan, the United States, China, the two Koreas, Russia and India, diplomatic sources revealed on Tuesday.
— The Mainichi

Chinese e-platforms help ASEAN countries increase exports
Sixty-two-year-old Papai Mongkonkeaw, a durian farm owner in Thailand’s Rayong province, had been worrying about his business since COVID-19 broke out early this year, but to his surprise, sales turned out to be even better than usual.

AWS’ DeepRacer Women’s League aims to help female students develop ML skills via autonomous car racing
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is announcing the launch of the AWS DeepRacer Women’s League in Southeast Asia—a world first, according to the company.
— Soyacincau

South East Asia’s sex workers in coronavirus limbo
The coronavirus pandemic has infected 13.5 million people and claimed half a million lives.

EMERGING MARKETS-Asian currencies cheered by dollar woes, Singapore shares falter
Emerging Asian currencies advanced on Wednesday as unease around the next round of economic stimulus in the United States shook the U.S. dollar, while concerns about rising coronavirus cases and imminent cuts to corporate dividends dented Singapore stocks.
— Reuters

S. Korean Automakers Expand Presence In 6 ASEAN Markets
South Korean automakers saw their sales increase in six member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) over the past three years helped by strong demand in Vietnam, industry data showed Wednesday.
— Urdupoint

Various activities to be held for ASEAN businesses this year
The Vietnam Business Summit 2020, themed “Digitalised Vietnam: Adaptability Towards Sustainable Development”, is to take place on November 12, a press conference in Hanoi on July 22 heard.
— Nhan Dan

Chinese logistics firm BEST bets on Southeast Asia for growth despite disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic
Chinese smart supply chain and logistics services provider BEST Inc. plans to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia with the launch of express delivery services in Malaysia, Cambodia and Singapore.
— South China Morning Post

U.S. private sector helps ASEAN fight COVID-19 (July 22)
U.S. businesses have donated at least $40 million to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the fight against COVID-19.
— U.S. Embassy in Georgia

SMEs in ASEAN continue digital journey
Some 4,000 local micro-entrepreneurs and under-employed youths in Brunei will be provided digital skills as the South-East Asian country becomes the latest to join the Go Digital ASEAN initiative.
— HRM Asia

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Covid impact report revealed
The most pressing needs facing families during Covid-19 are money, food, and loan repayment, a recent economic impact study revealed.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia reports 26 new C-19 cases from multiple flights
The Ministry of Health yesterday reported that 26 more Cambodians tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total number of cases to 197.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia to reopen schools — full list
Cambodia’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS) has released a list of schools that will lead the country’s education system reopening, expected to occur some time next month. Schools in Cambodia have been closed since March 16 as part of the country’s successful attempt to prevent community transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
— AEC News Today

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Indonesia reports 139 new coronavirus deaths, highest daily rise
Indonesia reported on Wednesday 139 new deaths from the coronavirus, the country’s highest daily increase and bringing the total number of fatalities to 4,459, data from the country’s Health Ministry website showed.
— Metro

Indonesia to Produce 100 Million Doses of Sinovac’s Covid-19 Vaccine
State-run pharmaceutical company Bio Farma has set a plan to produce 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine once the final stage of clinical tests is completed, President Joko Widodo revealed on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

‘Crisis like no other’ will shrink Indonesia’s economy, IMF forecasts
Indonesia’s economy is on track for a significant contraction this year as the coronavirus crisis has hit the global economy more severely than previously expected, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forecast.
— The Jakarta Post

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Laos focuses on fight against dengue fever
Lao health authorities focus on fight against dengue fever, as the number of confirmed cases in the country continues to rise.
— Xinhuanet

Education ministry, satellite company partner to beam down school programmes
Research Institute for Education Science under the Ministry of Education and Sports has agreed with Lao Asia Pacific Satellite Co. Ltd to transmit programmes for schools via
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

National universities get set to hold entrance exams
The registration for online tutorial classes to help students prepare for the entrance exam to the National University of Laos (NUOL) and University of Health Sciences for the academic year 2020-21 has been opened.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Minister: Car industry projecting 34pc fall in 2020 sales volume
The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has revised its projection for commercial and private vehicle sales in 2020 to fall from 607,000 to 400,000, Parliament was told today.
— Malay Mail

Govt distributed RM11.14 billion under BPN as of July 20 – Tengku Zafrul
The government has disbursed RM11.14 billion to 10.41 million recipients under the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) as of July 20, 2020.
— The Sun Daily

Airlines need time to fully recover from Covid-19: Transport Ministry
The Ministry of Transport (MOT) expects airline companies would require 18 months to see a full revival of the domestic sector from the Covid-19 impact and three years to restore their international sector business.
— The Sun Daily

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About 6,000 factories, workplaces reopen in Yangon as stability regains
As stability regained after the threat of coronavirus, about 6,000 factories and workplaces are resuming their operations in Yangon Region. However, about 160 factories and workplaces are still closed, according to the Factory and General Labour Laws Inspection Department.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

CMP garment exports worth $2.73 bln in Oct-May
Exports of garments manufactured under the cut-make-pack (CMP) system were valued US$2.73 billion in the period between 1 October and May-end in the current fiscal year 2019-2020, according to data from the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Smugglers’ route revealed, Myanmar illegals caught
Eighteen Myanmar nationals were arrested for illegal entry, along with a Thai helper, in Sangkhlaburi border district of this western border province on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

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PH shelves P9.4B defense modernization projects for now due to pandemic
The Philippine defense department is putting off P9.4 billion worth of military modernization projects in the meantime as the national government reallocated its funds to prioritize the coronavirus pandemic.

PH loses P21-B monthly due to suspension of transport ops: solon
A party-list lawmaker on Wednesday said the country has incurred losses of up to PHP21.3 billion per month due to the suspension of public transportation operations during the quarantine period.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte to unveil COVID-19 recovery roadmap in SONA
President Duterte is set to unveil the country’s recovery roadmap four months after the coronavirus pandemic battered the economy and put almost everything on hold during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, Malacañang announced.
— Tempo

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S$45 million tourism campaign launched urging locals to explore Singapore
Residents of Singapore are being encouraged to take a local holiday – dubbed a “Singapoliday” – and rediscover their home country while supporting local business through a S$45 million marketing campaign over the next nine months by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and other agencies.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Singapore to work with European Union on safety measures for air travel
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (Easa) will collaborate to create common standards to promote safe air travel amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Anywheel gets approval to expand shared bicycle fleet to 15,000; LTA opens applications for bike-sharing licence
The shared bike population in Singapore will be expanding, after local bicycle-sharing firm Anywheel received approval from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to expand its fleet from 10,000 to 15,000 with effect from July.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Thailand to be a star player in Covid success story docos
The World Health Organization (WHO) has chosen Thailand and New Zealand for its documentaries on successful models of handling and curbing Covid-19.
— Bangkok Post

Emergency decree extended
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Wednesday approved the extension of the emergency decree for another month until Aug 31.
— Bangkok Post

End of Hopewell saga – Thai state to pay ฿24 billion compensation
The over twenty year long legal battle surrounding the Hopewell Project has come to a close after Thailand’s Supreme Administrative Court upheld the Central Administrative Court’s decision to reject a petition, by the Transport Ministry and the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), for a retrial.
— Thai PBS News

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Covid-19 Vaccine’s Production and Licensing are sped up in Vietnam
Covid-19 vaccine production is being implemented for researching to develop by Vietnam Ministry of Health in this morning’s seminar July 22, with the participation of national and international scientists.
— Vietnam Times

82.6% of private enterprises say production situations better, more sustainable in Q3
VGP – About 82.6% of the non-State enterprises are optimistic that the production situations in the third quarter of 2020 will be better and more sustainable in comparison with the previous quarter.
— VGP Ministerial Activities

VN confirms five new COVID-19 cases
VGP – Five returnees from the US and Russia have been confirmed the latest COVID-19 cases in Viet Nam, raising the patient tally to 401, the National Steering Committee reported Wednesday morning.
— VGP Ministerial Activities

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