Asean morning news for June 18

Asean morning news for June 18
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 17 — Indonesia breaks through 40,000 cases
As of 00:34 GMT June 17 there was 52,196 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, a decrease of 432, or -0.82 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Cabinet approves draft statement for ASEAN Russia meeting on COVID 19
The Cabinet has endorsed a draft statement to be issued at the ASEAN-Russia Ministerial Meeting on COVID-19.
— Newsline (video)

ASEAN Summit: A chance to engage on the Rohingya crisis
On 26 June, leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will meet virtually for their 36th semi-annual summit.
— The Interpreter

Indonesia overtakes Singapore in virus cases of SE Asia
A Indonesia on Wednesday became the country with the highest number of coronavirus cases in southeast Asia with 41,431, overtaking former hot spot Singapore with 41,216 cases.
— Anadolu Agency

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Thailand’s Migrant Workers Struggle to Qualify for Aid
Migrant workers stuck in Thailand since the COVID-19 lockdown began in March are facing unclear immigration status and mounting bills even as the government provides some aid for unemployed laborers in the country.

Indonesia pins hope on ASEAN role as virus affects Indo-Pacific dynamic
COVID-19 has made a profound and unprecedented impact on how countries interact with one another, especially in the Indo-Pacific region, but Indonesia reserves hope that ASEAN will play a role in maintaining regional stability.
— The Jakarta Post

Asean and South Korea Strengthen Ties for More Robust Covid-19 Testing
South Korea – known for its robust “trace, test and treat” formula against Covid-19 – has recently launched a project worth around $5 million to boost Asean member states’ coronavirus detection capacity.
— Jakarta Globe

Thailand’s farm exports to ASEAN countries up 5.1 percent in Q1
Thailand’s exports of farm products to ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries in the first quarter jumped 5.1 percent from the same period of last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

France supports sustainable management in four Asean countries
French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Center for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development (Cirad) signed an agreement to promote training on sustainable management of agricultural and forest plantations in four Asean member countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
— New Straits Times

Malaysia stresses on need for economic recovery plan at ASEAN-Russia Foreign Ministers’ meeting
Malaysia emphasised two crucial aspects at the Special Asean-Russia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on COVID-19 today, namely a comprehensive economic recovery plan and vaccine development.
— The Edge Markets

Brunei hosts ASEAN STOM meeting
Brunei Darussalam chaired and hosted the 49th ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM) and the Ad-Hoc ASEAN STOM and China Meeting via video conference yesterday.
— Borneo Bulletin

From Covid-19 containment to economic cure: An action agenda for Asean
THE 36th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit will take place in Vietnam on June 23 against the backdrop of severely damaged business and investor confidence caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— The Manila Times

Multilateralism “indispensable” to fight future pandemics: Cambodian FM
Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn said on Wednesday that multilateralism is “indispensable” to deal with future threats like pandemics effectively.
— Xinhua

ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community meets online
The 15th coordination conference on the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) took place by videoconference in Hanoi on June 17.
— Vietnamplus

Trans-Tasman World Cup bid wins south-east Asia support in blow to rival Japan
Australia and New Zealand’s hopes of hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup have received a major boost after gaining the support of the ASEAN Football Federation.
— Brisbane Times

South China Sea: Beijing has a major natural advantage in the geopolitical power game
Hundreds of miles away from the scene of the current Sino-Indian dispute lies another perpetual theatre of war where China is a permanent player — the South China Sea, where tiffs over competing claims frequently degenerate into maritime muscle-flexing.
— The Economic Times

How the Coronavirus Turned Southeast Asia into China’s Top Trade Partner
A bloc of Southeast Asian countries has become China’s biggest trading partner this year as economic activity picks up on both sides while slowing in wealthier parts of the world because of coronavirus outbreaks.

COVID-19: A Serious Threat To Vulnerable Groups
As of 17 June, over eight million people have been infected with the new coronavirus, taking with it more than 440,000 lives worldwide.
— The Asean Post

AirAsia diversifies eCommerce business to include B2B agriculture
International airlines AirAsia has launched OURFARM, a new business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce platform that will enable over 1,000 government contract farmers and owners of private farms to connect directly to businesses and boost their income by eliminating middlemen costs.
— Marketing Interactive

Southeast Asia’s two e-commerce giants to market South Korean products
Southeast Asia’s two leading e-commerce platforms will open a shopping corner devoted to South Korean products.
— Pulse News

What are the key trends in mobile gaming ads in Southeast Asia?
As a region, APAC has witnessed exponential growth in both mobile gaming and advertising revenue.
— e27

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Stranded Cambodians home on special flight: 212 return from locked-down Malaysia
A total of 219 passengers, 212 of whom were Cambodians, arrived in the Kingdom yesterday following a direct repatriation flight from Malaysia by Malaysia Airlines.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Reports Zero Case of Covid-19 Today; One Recovered
Cambodia reported zero new case of Covid-19 on Wednesday, while one patient has recovered, according to the Ministry of Health’s press release dated 17 June 2020 (updated as of 9 a.m).
— Fresh News

Dozens of officials in four ministries have to vacate posts
Advisors, assistants, secretaries and other officials with equivalent positions at four ministries will lose their positions, according to a sub-decree obtained by Khmer Times yesterday.
— Khmer Times

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Indonesia reports 1,031 new coronavirus infections; Southeast Asia’s highest case total
Indonesia reported 1,031 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday taking the total to 41,431 and overtaking Singapore with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia.
— Reuters

Indonesia Issues Rule Allowing PPE, Face Mask Exports
Indonesia issued Trade Minister’s Regulation No.57/2020 on the exports provisions of raw materials for masks, face masks, and personal protective equipment. With the regulation, PPE exports will be allowed.

Why are so many Indonesian children dying from coronavirus?
As Indonesian authorities look to ease coronavirus restrictions, doctors are warning that children seem particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 in South-East Asia’s most populous country.
— ABC News

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Lao Shoppers Hard Hit by Doubled Prices of Essential Foods
Prices for essential foods have recently surged in village markets in Laos despite growing levels of unemployment due to business closings to prevent the spread of coronavirus, sources in the one-party communist state say.

Nearly 1,400 Lao students welcomed back to school in Vietnam
Nearly 1,400 Lao students were welcomed back to school in Vietnam’s northern province of Son La on June 17.
— Vietnam Plus

China Pressed On Mekong Dams After Low Water Levels
China was pressed Tuesday to show more transparency over its dam operations on the Mekong River, months after downstream water levels hit record lows and threatened millions of livelihoods.
— The ASEAN Post

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Sarawak Energy Bhd: June bills will reflect actual electricity consumption
Electricity bills issued by Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) in June will reflect adjustments for actual electricity consumption.
— The Star Online

Malaysia’s Islamic finance sector to hit RM3t this year, says Bursa chairman
Malaysia’s Islamic finance sector is expected to sustain double-digit growth to reach almost RM3 trillion in 2020 under the second Capital Market Masterplan, according to Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia reports 10 new COVID-19 cases
Malaysia reported 10 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Wednesday (Jun 17), taking the total number of cases in the country to 8,515.

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Myanmar to probe controversial China backed-city project
The government of Myanmar has set up a tribunal to probe the construction of a mega city project being undertaken by Chinese support in the Karen state about 15 km north of Myawaddy.
— DDI News

VPower Group’s JV starts powering Myanmar with LNG
VPower Group International Holdings Ltd has successfully expanded its footprint into the LNG-to-power industry through a partnership with China National Technical Import and Export Corp (CNTIC).
— lngindustry

Myanmar evacuates 3,894 citizens via relief flights
Myanmar is evacuated 3,894 citizens stranded in overseas countries using relief flights, announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Tax attack? Philippines considers higher sugar levy and new ‘junk food’ tax to offset COVID-19 impacts
The Philippines is considering implementing higher sugar taxes as well as new taxes on ‘junk food’ high in sodium and trans fat to offset the costs incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak this year.
— Foodnavigator-asia

Carpio warns: Situation ‘worse than martial law’ under anti-terrorism law
The Philippines would perpetually be in a state worse than martial law if the anti-terrorism bill is signed into law, former Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warned.
— Philippine Star

Infrastructure outlay buoyed by rush in building quarantine sites
A scramble to construct isolation hubs and purchase medical equipment offset a massive disruption in building activities and helped propel government infrastructure spending in the middle of lockdowns in April.
— Philippine Star

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Singapore’s exports fall 4.5% in May, after three months of growth
Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports (NODX) fell 4.5 per cent year-on-year in May after seeing unexpected growth in the previous month, mainly due to declines in the petrochemicals sector.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Test costs waived for those who left before March 27 advisory
Singaporeans and permanent residents who left Singapore before an advisory against travelling out of the country was issued on March 27 and who are returning in the near future will not have to pay for their Covid-19 tests.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore ranks 2nd in Asia, 18th worldwide for ease of doing business: report
SINGAPORE has come in second in Asia and 18th worldwide on a ranking of simplest places to do business, beating countries such as India, China, and Korea.
— The Business Times

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Airports of Thailand forecasts 50% fall in revenue, passengers
Airports of Thailand (AoT) said it expects passenger numbers and revenue to fall by 50% in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
— Bangkok Post

Government approves B42bn of investment plans
The Government has approved five investment project applications worth about 41.8 billion baht and measures to strengthen the agricultural sector and agro-industry, the state investment agency said Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Strives to Find New Foreign Investment Incentives
Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said Tuesday that he had already instructed the Board of Investment (BoI) to redesign incentive packages to lure businesses and manufacturers to relocate their factories in Thailand.
— Khaosod English

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No new COVID-19 community infections over last 61 days
VGP – Today marked the 61st day without any COVID-19 community infection in Viet Nam, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control said Tuesday morning.
— VGP Ministerial Activities

Vietnam steps up tax reforms
Vietnam is sparing no efforts to implement tax reform measures along with the application of information technology in tax administration to disclose budget information, according to the Vietnam Annual Economic Report 2020 launched at a conference in Hanoi on June 17.
— VietnamPlus

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