Asean morning news for July 24

Asean morning news for July 24
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 23 — new high for global daily infections & Indonesia deaths
As of 00:42 GMT July 23 there was 88,159 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,242 , or 1.43 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Brunei, the quiet claimant, breaks its silence on the South China Sea
Brunei, long considered to be a “silent claimant” state in the South China Sea dispute, broke its silence recently as it released a rare statement urging parties to negotiate issues based on the rule of law.
— Rappler

Asian Insider video: Divided Asean, hesitant India left China space, say analysts
A divided South-east Asia and a hesitant India left China space to push the boundaries both in the South China Sea and in the Himalayas, analysts say.
— The Straits Times (video)

RCEP boosts Sabah within Asean’s growth
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, if signed with China, Japan and South Korea in the group, could contribute to the post-pandemic recovery in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or Asean in which Sabah is part of the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines–East Asean Growth Area or BIMP-EAGA, with China’s economic growth in the recent quarter being a “convincing reassurance.”
— Daily Express

South China Sea Provocations And Meeting China Halfway – OpEd
In the words of (ret.) Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, Secretary of Defense Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff, the Trump Administration has been dangerously “poking China in the eye.”
— Eurasia Review

Diversified activities to be held in Asean 2020
A series of business activities in Asean 2020 with the chair of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) as assigned by the Asean National Committee 2020 would be carried out this year.
— Philippine News Agency

Vietnam helps boost ASEAN’s economy amid COVID-19: Malaysian press
Amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam, as ASEAN Chair, has managed to formulate a regional comprehensive economic recovery plan, the New Straits Times of Malaysia reported.

South Asia’s Weakening Resilience in the State of Pandemic
Before Covid-19, the Spanish flu was the deadliest pandemic that hit the world, including the South Asian countries.
— Modern Diplomacy

PH working with Asean neighbors to protect maritime borders
The Philippines has entered into security agreements with neighboring states in the Southeast Asian region to protect its shared maritime borders.
— Philippine News Agency

Asean firms stick to familiar security tools, with growing interest in newer options
When it comes to cybersecurity, most enterprises in Asean are opting to stick with the tried-and-tested and familiar.
— ZDNet

Migrant labour from neighbouring countries now allowed to return
The Ministry of Labour has been given the nod to allow migrant labour into the country and it has clarified on the guidelines. Department of Employment director-general Suchat Pornchaiwiseskul said that the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Wednesday had approved bringing foreign labourers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam to work as per the Department’s proposal.
— The Nation

Taiwan extends visa-free treatment for Thailand, Brunei, Philippines, Russia
Taiwan will extend visa-free treatment for nationals from Thailand, Brunei, the Philippines, and Russia even though travel bans on those countries remain in place due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Taiwan News

Vietnam active in building ASEAN Community: Researcher
Vietnam has been playing an active role in building a common community in ASEAN since it became a member of the bloc and has increased its stature in recent years, according to Dr Balazs Szanto from the Webster University Thailand.
— Vietnamplus

COVID-19 – The True Test of ASEAN Youth’s Resilience and Adaptability
Based on a survey of more than 68,000 youths aged 16-35 years old from six countries in the South-East Asia region (ASEAN), this report analyses the impact of social distancing on ASEAN youth, uncovering how they have coped with the challenges during the pandemic and exploring the support they need as the region works towards an inclusive and sustainable recovery
— World Economic Forum

Hate speech in Southeast Asia on rise and evolving, says NGO
Hate speech in Southeast Asia has evolved into new forms which require a multi-stakeholder approach to finding sustainable solutions, said Bangkok-based regional NGO Asia Centre in presenting a report on the matter via webinar yesterday.
— Malaysiakini

Startup investments in Southeast Asia nearly double despite COVID
Investment in Southeast Asian startups jumped in the April-June quarter despite headwinds from the coronavirus pandemic, led by e-commerce and fintech companies that gained momentum as COVID-19 reshapes home and the workplace.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

EMERGING MARKETS-Philippine stocks near 2-month low, rupiah recovers
Philippine shares fell for the third straight session on Thursday as domestic coronavirus cases topped 1,000 for a seventh successive day and renewed U.S.-China tensions weighed on a number of emerging Asian markets.
— Reuters

Eight ways ASEAN consumer habits will change by 2030 — shaped by COVID-19, tech and more
WHILE COVID-19 will cause a significant economic impact with potential GDP contractions in 2020 and likely spill over to 2021, the long-term fundamentals of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states are on the cusp of a tremendous leap forward in socio-economic progress.
— BusinessWorld Online

Scaling renewable energy in Asean: Hydrogen as the missing piece
RECENT international headlines have been declaring the potential of hydrogen to solve some of the key issues that limit the development of renewable energy (RE) and the goal of decarbonization of emissions.
— The Manila Times

ASEAN, FIFA and football stars launch #BeActive campaign
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) have launched #BeActive videos featuring regional football stars as part of a joint campaign encouraging ASEAN citizens to lead healthy and active lifestyles amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

What Ant Group’s upcoming IPO means for the Southeast Asian startup ecosystem
The startup ecosystem in China and Southeast Asia (SEA) is closely related in its own unique ways.
— e27

Top fund manager hunts for next Alibaba in Southeast Asia
SooHai Lim is bullish on e-commerce in Southeast Asia, so much so that he sees the region coming up with its own version of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
— The Edge Markets

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Cambodia Set For New International Copyright Laws
Cambodia is set to become the latest member of the Berne Convention—the key international treaty governing copyright and related rights—following a law passed on June 27, 2020, ratifying the convention and authorizing the government to take steps to implement it.

Cambodia Reports One New Case of Covid-19; Two Recovered
Cambodia reported one new case of Covid-19 on Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health’s press release dated 23 July 2020 (updated as of 9:00 a.m).
— Fresh News

Chikungunya Virus Outbreak Detected in Banteay Meanchey Province
The Ministry of Health on July 23 announced that an outbreak of chikungunya disease had been identified in the northwestern province of Banteay Meanchey, stressing that this called for caution on the part of people.
— Cambodianess

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Govt. channels Rp 11.84t to MSMEs and cooperatives, admits slow disbursement
The government has channeled Rp 11.84 trillion (US$809.1 million) from the COVID-19 stimulus package to small businesses and cooperatives as of Tuesday but conceded that it had been slow in disbursing the funds.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Companies Gripped by Virus Warn Earnings May Fall 75%
Indonesian companies are warning investors to brace for yet another quarter of missed earnings as they continue to reel from the economic impact of the biggest outbreak of the coronavirus in Southeast Asia.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia reports 1,906 new coronavirus cases, 117 deaths
Indonesia reported 1,906 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing its total infections to 93,657, data from the country’s COVID-19 taskforce showed.

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International visitor arrivals to Laos plunge by 60 percent
International tourist arrivals to Laos in the first six months of this year were down 60 percent compared to the same period last year due to the closure of border checkpoints to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Vientiane Times

Champassak strictly prevents second wave of Covid-19
The Champassak Province is taking preventive measures against Covid-19 including keeping a close eye on returning migrant workers from neighbouring countries to prevent the second wave of the disease in the country.

Will Laos be home to a unicorn some day?
Make no mistake, the secret is out. The tech market potential in Southeast Asia (SEA) has been realised and the region is now the global hotbed for tech startups. Renowned global investors are chomping to enter the market and the digital payments sector in Indonesia is a testament to that.
— E27

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COVID-19: Face masks compulsory in Malaysia’s crowded public spaces, transportation from Aug 1
The wearing of face masks in crowded public spaces and on public transportation will be made compulsory starting Aug 1, said Malaysian Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Thursday (Jul 23).

RM4.8b for rural infrastructure development in Sabah
The government has allocated RM4.8 billion or 19% of the allocation under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) for implementation of infrastructure development projects, which included water and electricity supply, as well as road, in the rural areas in Sabah.
— The Sun Daily

All filming in Malaysia, even for social media requires a licence: Multimedia minister
All film production in Malaysia, whether by mainstream media for traditional broadcasting or personal social media, requires a licence from the government agency regulating the film industry, said Minister for Communications and Multimedia Saifuddin Abdullah.

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Japan wins deal for nearly $2bn LNG power plant in Myanmar
Trading houses Marubeni, Sumitomo Corp. and Mitsui & Co. will build a liquefied natural gas-fired power plant in Myanmar, one of the biggest investments by Japanese companies in the Southeast Asian country, people familiar with the matter say.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Military-backed company in Myanmar seeks control of the country’s internet
Myanmar’s military sought influence, power, and money via a Facebook disinformation campaign to benefit a telecoms company backed by the country’s armed forces.
— Coda Story

Myanmar Urged to Work With UN Rights Process Rather Than Resist Scrutiny
Rights groups are urging Myanmar to work with international bodies to address allegations of rights abuse and failures to reform rather than rebut the accusations at the U.N. Human Rights Council in the run-up to the Southeast Asian country’s next Universal Periodic Review in January 2021.
— Radio Free Asia

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Criticising China could be ‘terrorism’ under Philippines’ anti-terror law, warn retired Supreme Court justices
Two former Supreme Court justices and a maritime law expert have filed a petition to scrap the Philippines’ recently passed anti-terrorism law on the grounds they could be labelled “terrorists” for criticising the country’s relationship with China.
— South China Morning Post

Philippine Airlines reports loss of 183.1 mln USD in Q1
The Philippines Airlines (PAL) announced on Thursday a comprehensive loss of 183.1 million U.S. dollars for the first quarter of 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Xinhuanet

Gov’t eyes COVID-19 ‘pool testing’ for Metro Manila residents
The government eyes using “pool testing” to detect the presence of the novel coronavirus among Metro Manila residents, an official leading the effort said Thursday.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

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Singapore’s core inflation declines 0.2% year-on-year in June
Singapore’s core inflation dropped 0.2 per cent year-on-year in June, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said in a joint news release on Thursday (Jul 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Act to commence on July 30: MinLaw
THE Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Act, together with its 48 related pieces of subsidiary legislation, will commence on July 30, 2020, Singapore’s Ministry of Law (MinLaw) said on Thursday.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Singapore and Japan will work towards resuming essential travel
Singapore welcomes Japan’s move to include the Republic in discussions on the resumption of essential travel and will work closely with Japan to make progress in this area, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Thursday (Jul 23).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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All charges dropped against Red Bull heir accused in death of police officer, Thai Police say
Charges have been dropped against the heir to the Red Bull energy drink empire, Vorayuth Yoovidhya, relating to a crash that killed a policeman in 2012, Thai police say, in a case that drew attention to the power of wealthy Thais.

Thailand has not intervened in baht for trade advantage: central bank
Thailand has not intervened in the baht THB=TH for any competitive trade advantage and its foreign exchange transactions have been in line with rapid capital movements, the Bank of Thailand (BOT) said on Thursday.
— Reuters

Govt prepares Bt600m budget to buy UK vaccine
The government is planning to spend Bt600 million to buy doses of the Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University in the UK.
— The Nation

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COVID-19 vaccine’s expected to have in Vietnam soon
Vietnam expects to have a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine in October 2021 when shortening the reviewing, appraising and approving of clinical trial process as well as testing and licensing of Covid-19 vaccine.
— Vietnam Times

Vietnam’s 2020 growth seen at 3%: StanChart
Further monetary and fiscal support in the second half of this year could push growth closer to the government’s target of 4-5%.
— The Hanoitimes

Apple’s products to be made in Vietnam very soon
Chinese IT manufacturer, also the AirPods supplier named Luxshare Precision, the owner of a number of plants in Bac Giang province, has just become the new iPhone production partners of the giant tech Apple.
— Vietnam Times

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