Asean morning news for July 8

Asean morning news for July 8
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 7 — Indonesia nudges 65,000 cases, USA tops 3 mln COVID-19 infections
As of 00:43 GMT July 7 there was 69,122 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 2,108, or 3.14 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

From Singapore to Thailand, why are political sibling rivalries such a huge draw?
Indonesian politician Rachmawati Sukarnoputri, 69, comes from a family of two presidents.
— South China Morning Post

Mixed results in UN report on HIV fight
Around 50% of the 5,400 new HIV infections recorded in the country last year were among young people aged 15-24 years old, according to information presented by UNAIDS’ regional director for Asia and the Pacific.
— Bangkok Post

Coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia pass 170,000
The number of coronavirus cases in Southeast Asian countries reached 172,094 on Tuesday, including 4,832 fatalities and 96,315 recoveries.
— Anadolu Agency

Japan’s trade white paper calls for closer digital cooperation with Asean, less reliance on China
Japan views Asean as a potential strategic partner in the crisis-proofing of its economy, whose vulnerabilities such as an over-reliance on Chinese imports and domestic manufacturing were exposed during the Covid-19 pandemic and past natural disasters.
— The Straits Times

Italy to contribute €100,000 to ARMAC’s operations
Italy is set to contribute €100,000 to the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre (ARMAC)’s operation.
— Khmer Times

ADSOM+ promotes cooperation in response to COVID-19
The Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence hosted an ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting Plus (ADSOM+) via video conference on July 7, aiming to promote practical defence cooperation between ASEAN member nations and partner countries to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and other non-traditional security challenges.
— Vietnamplus

ASEAN Halal industries urged to step up their game
The 16th ASEAN Working Group on Halal Food Meeting (16th AWGHF Meeting) was held through a virtual video conference at the Syariah Affairs Department in the capital yesterday.
— Borneo Bulletin

ASEAN and India sink into deep minus growth: JCER survey
The outlooks for Asian economies have further deteriorated in the last three months as the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and consequent business restrictions have intensified throughout the region.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Thailand offers suggestions on protecting Mekong River from dam construction
Thailand has offered suggestions to Laos on protecting countries downstream of the Mekong River from the proposed construction of the Luang Prabang Dam Hydropower in Luang Prabang Province.
— Newsline (video)

Vietnam to host conference on ASEAN security
Vietnam will today chair the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Security Policy Conference, hosted virtually in Hanoi.
— Foreign Brief

Covid-era Southeast Asia is showing an appetite for farm-to-table tourism
As the globe grapples to adapt to a post-covid world, Southeast Asia’s hospitality players are shifting gear to cater to the predicted change in demand.
— Eco-Business

4 in 5 Women in Southeast Asia Aspire to be Entrepreneurs, but Wider Support Needed to Encourage Actual Action
Premier global nutrition company, Herbalife Nutrition, today released new findings from its second annual Global Entrepreneurship Survey 2020, which revealed that women in Southeast Asia have stronger entrepreneurial aspirations compared to women across the globe.
— Yahoo Finance

Future of SE Asia infrastructure projects uncertain
The future of infrastructure projects in southeast Asia remains uncertain as countries across Asia cut budgets and redirect funds to manage the impact of Covid-19.
— Argus Media

Covid-19 highlights gender gap in aging care in Asean
IN Indonesia, heartbreaking stories about health care workers who died as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) started appearing in newspapers within weeks of the first diagnosed cases in the country.
— The Manila Times

Why Indonesia, ASEAN need to support Seade as WTO chief
Mexico and Indonesia are two large developing countries and two vibrating middle powers deeply committed with a strong and comprehensive multilateral trade system.
— The Jakarta Post

Nutanix claims growth in ASEAN amid growing cloud adoption
Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) pioneer Nutanix is riding on the rising adoption of cloud computing in Southeast Asia to bolster its growth in the region.

Global Trade Talk: Navigating Geopolitical Currents in a Changing Southeast Asia
Before the pandemic, ASEAN as a whole was growing at a faster rate than China.
— Global Trade

Revolutionising AI Customer Experience
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been implemented in many major industries since the term was first coined in the 1950s.
— The Asean Post

The Coming Disruption Of Cross-border Payments In Southeast Asia
Asia Pacific is home to most of the world’s population and a significant amount of economic activity.
— Forbes

SEA lockdown gives Golden Dragons advantage in AFF Cup title fight
With the return of domestic football, Vietnam holds a major advantage over Southeast Asian peers ahead of AFF Cup 2020, scheduled for the end of this year.
— VNExpress International

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Ministry allows holding of exit exams in school premises
The Ministry of Education today allowed university students to sit for a two-days exit examination at school premises after a three-month-long closure, which was imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus.
— Khmer Times

Health Senior Official: Health Condition of 10 Remaining COVID-19 Patients Are Good
The health condition of the ten remaining COVID-19-infected patients are good and there is no significant or worsening symptoms, H.E. Dr. Ly Sovann, Director of Communicable Disease Control Department and a Spokesperson at the Ministry of Health told AKP this afternoon via Telegram.

More than 10,000 workers suspended
More than 10,000 workers at 18 factories in Svay Rieng province have been suspended because of Covid-19, said provincial deputy governor Ros Pharith.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Indonesia’s forex reserves soar to US$131.7 billion in June-end
Bank Indonesia recorded Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserves to reach US$131.7 billion at the end of June 2020, an increase from $130.5 billion during the corresponding period in May this year.
— Antara News

Indonesian Maid Spared from Saudi Execution after $1 Million Payment
An Indonesian migrant worker on death row for murder conviction in Saudi Arabia was released after she paid Rp 15.5 billion ($1 million) in blood money to the kinfolk of the victim.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia-made COVID-19 vaccine will be mass-produced by mid-2021
Indonesia is upbeat about mass-producing domestically made COVID-19 vaccine by mid-2021, a spokesperson revealed.
— Antara News

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Dengue fever cases in Laos rise
Laos reported 80 new confirmed cases of dengue fever countrywide, bringing the total number of infections to 2,564, with most of the cases occurring in Lao capital Vientiane.
— Xinhua

Over 150,000 students to sit for secondary school final exams
More than 150,000 students of state and private schools across Laos are expected to sit for secondary school final examinations for the 2019-2020 school year.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Thailand teams with Laos to stop drug trafficking
Thailand is reportedly teaming up with Laos to stop drug trafficking after drug syndicates have changed their routes from Myanmar to Laos.
— The Thaiger

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AirAsia posts RM803.85 mln loss in 1Q despite EBITDA breakeven
AirAsia Group Bhd recorded a net loss of RM803.85 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared with a net profit of RM96.09 million in the same period last year.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia central bank cuts rate to record low to offset COVID pain
Malaysia’s central bank on Tuesday slashed its key interest rate to a record low, attempting to cushion the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

EIA report will be conducted on RM7 bln Yayasan Sabah project – Liew
The Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry will ensure that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report will be conducted for the RM7 billion Yayasan Sabah (YS) and Tegas Bangsa Sdn Bhd project in Kg Meruntum, said its minister, Datuk Christina Liew.
— The Borneo Post

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Myanmar opens to domestic travel
Myanmar opened all of its tourist destinations to local travellers and foreigner resident in the country last week, but the ban on international flights to and from the country remains in place until 31 July at the earliest.
— TTR Weekly

Total number of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar increases to 316
A girl wearing a face mask plays with soap bubbles at a park in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, July 7, 2020. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar has increased to 316, with three more confirmed cases on Monday, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Xinhua

More than US$ 1 million worth products exported to Bangladesh via Maungdaw border trade
Myanmar has exported more than US$ 1 million worth of export via the Maungdaw border during the month of June according to the Directorate of the Maungdaw Border Trade.
— Eleven Myanmar

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PGH nears full capacity for COVID-19 patients
The Philippine General Hospital (PGH), a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) referral hospital, is nearing its full capacity for patients, according to Ivan Mayrina’s report on 24 Oras.
— GMA Network

DOH: New coronavirus mutation seems more infectious
The new mutation of the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 appears to be more infectious, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday, as the country’s cases of the respiratory disease neared 48,000.
— ABS-CBN News

Philippines lifts travel ban on Filipinos
The government policy task force on the coronavirus pandemic has agreed to lift the ban on non-essential outbound travel for Filipinos, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Tuesday, July 7.
— Rappler

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Singapore banks’ weakening operating environment pressures ratings: Fitch Ratings
Fitch Ratings aims to review and resolve a rating watch negative (RWN) placed on DBS, OCBC and United Overseas Bank “in the next three months or so”, the credit ratings agency said in a report on Tuesday (July 7).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Symptomatic, unlinked COVID-19 cases in the community a ‘greater concern’ even as number of daily cases fall: Gan Kim Yong
While the number of daily COVID-19 cases in Singapore has declined, the number of symptomatic, unlinked cases in the community is of a greater concern as a significant increase could signal underlying community transmission, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Tuesday (Jul 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore finds staycations can’t fill $27.7 billion tourism hole
In Indonesia, locals can soon fly from Jakarta to the beaches of Bali for a domestic vacation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Q1 household debt at 80% of GDP, highest in 4 years
Thailand’s household debt level to gross domestic product (GDP) rose slightly to 80.1% in the first quarter, the highest level in four years.
— Bangkok Post

TNSC sees 10% export drop
Thai shippers have downgraded the country’s export outlook to a 10% contraction, deeper than the previous forecast of an 8% drop, with the finger pointed at the coronavirus crisis and the strong baht.
— Bangkok Post

GDP Expected to Shrink by 10% in Virus-Stricken 2020
A major bank said the Thai GDP may shrink by as much as 10.3 percent this year due to economic woes caused by the coronavirus.
— Khaosod English

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Vietnam-made 5G smartphone announced
According to reports in the regional press and Reuters, a Vietnam-made 5G smartphone is on the way.
— Developing Telecoms

Vietnam improving legal framework for FTA with EU
Tax policies are being specified while customs procedures simplified to improve Vietnam’s legal framework to facilitate the enforcement of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).
— The Phnom Penh Post

Vietnam’s 7GW wind energy ambitions
White & Case LLPOn June 25, 2020, the Vietnamese Prime Minister published a list of 91 approved-in-principle wind power projects with an estimated energy generation capacity of seven gigawatts (GW).
— Jdsupra

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