Asean morning news for June 23

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


Asean members lead the world in COVID-19 pandemic suppression
As citizens and public health professionals globally increasingly raise concern over the rapidly rising number of SARS-CoV-2 infections, Asean member states, particularly those in the CLMVT, rank amongst the best in the world at containing the viruses’ spread.
— AEC News Today

COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 22 — Indonesia tops 25,000 active cases; global infections top 9 mln
As of 00:46 GMT June 22 there was 53,614 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 244, or 0.46 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Asean ‘million signature campaign’ against Israel’s annexation plan
We are announcing the Asean million signature campaign against Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank.
— New Straits Times

“Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia haven’t been able to send anything for 10 weeks now”
“If you reflect on the last few months, everything went well,” says Jan Vermeiren of Exofi in Belgium.
— Fresh Plaza

COVID-19 continues to spread in South Asia, Thailand reports no local transmissions for 28th consecutive day
The COVID-19 pandemic continued to spread quickly in South Asia on Monday with India’s death toll rising to 13,699 and total cases reaching 425,282, while Thailand reported no confirmed local transmissions for the 28th consecutive day.
— Xinhuanet

Reopen borders with Thailand, Vietnam and China, businesses urge Putrajaya
KEY business sector officials are urging the government to consider expanding the border reopening policy to include Thailand, Vietnam and China, reported The Star.
— The Malaysian Insight

Mastercard study: Digital habits rising in Southeast Asia as new normal approaches
COVID-19 has driven momentum towards the digital economy in Southeast Asia by necessitating rapid adoption of ecommerce, home deliveries, and digital and contactless payments, according to the latest Mastercard Impact Studies.

ASEAN and The Asia Foundation, with support from collaborate to equip 200,000 micro and small enterprises with digital skills and tools amidst the COVID-19 crisis
The ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME) and The Asia Foundation have come together, to launch the Go Digital ASEAN initiative.
— Yahoo Finance

From COVID-19 containment to economic cure: An ASEAN action agenda
The 36th ASEAN Summit will take place on June 23 in Vietnam against the backdrop of severely damaged business and investor confidence as an impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Green light for Southeast Asia’s old railways
The train from Yangon to Mandalay takes a grueling 15 hours — a slow, hot, dusty ride through flat Myanmar countryside that costs $1 for an Upper Class seat.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Digitalisation essential to Asean’s post-pandemic fortunes
Asean countries need to prioritise digitalisation, platform creation, agility, resilience and sustainability as methods to steer them towards recovery mode in the wake of the pandemic, say leading economic and business figures.
— Bangkok Post

Post COVID-19: Reviving the Asean economy with digital transformation
Today we face one of the largest global challenges of our generation. The impact of Covid-19 is undeniable and its test of our perseverance, unmatched.
— The Edge Markets

Bain and Facebook on online shopping in Southeast Asia
A promising outlook for online commerce in Southeast Asia has been made ever more promising by the Covid-19 crisis, according to new analysis by Bain & Company and Facebook.

ASEAN officials discuss preparations for upcoming activities
Deputy Foreign Minister and head of the SOM ASEAN Vietnam Nguyen Quoc Dung chaired the ASEAN Senior Officials’ Preparatory Meeting (Prep-SOM), the second meeting of the ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC) Working Group on Public Health Emergencies (ACCWG-PHE) and the Joint Consultation Meeting in Hanoi on June 22.
— Vietnamplus

SE Asia Ports Face Supply Chain Challenge
Drewry has outlined the investment needed to ready Southeast Asian ports for COVID-19 driven supply chain diversification alongside the advantages and challenges that these ports have.
— Hellenic Shipping News

Embracing renewables in ASEAN countries for post-COVID-19
Residents in many of the ASEAN’s most polluted cities have been delighted to observe significant decreases in pollution levels as a result of COVID-19 lockdown measures that have disrupted the economy and thus many pollution-causing activities.
— The Korea Times

Senior officials for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community meet online
The 28th meeting of the Senior Officials’ Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (SOCA) was held via video conference under the chair of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) on June 22.
— Vietnamplus

SE Asian currencies jump in June, peso leads
June is shaping up to be a good month for Southeast Asia’s currencies, with every one gaining.
— Bangkok Post

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Cambodia to launch cash relief programme
The Royal Government of Cambodia will launch a cash relief programme for the poor and vulnerable families during this COVID-19 crisis onWednesday, June 24.
— Khmer Times

GMAC: Minimum wage should be suspended during COVID-19
The guaranteed $190 per month minimum wage should be temporarily suspended, to ensure the sector remains competitive until the COVID-19 pandemic is resolved, says the secretary-general of the Garment Manufacturing Association in Cambodia (GMAC).
— Khmer Times

School opening to be delayed till year’s end
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport will delay school openings and Baccalaureate examinations until the end of the year to prevent a second wave of Covid-19.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Indonesia’s COVID-19 death toll reaches 2500, with over 46,000 infections
Indonesia reported 954 new coronavirus infections on Monday, taking its total number of cases to 46,845.

Indonesia warns unemployment to spike due to pandemic
Indonesia’s unemployment rate could hit the highest in more than a decade this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Southeast Asia’s largest economy set to contract more than previously expected in the second quarter, ministers said.
— The Star

Four suspected poachers arrested in Indonesia for killing critically endangered tiger
Four suspected poachers have been arrested for killing a critically endangered Sumatran tiger, Indonesian police said Monday (Jun 22), highlighting the Southeast Asian nation’s battle with illegal wildlife trafficking.

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Laos Appoints New Electricity Chief Amid Growing Anger Over High Prices
Laos has appointed a new managing director of the state-owned Electricite du Laos power company, replacing the former director amid rising anger in the country over high rates for electricity in spite of growing levels of unemployment because of business closings to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

COVID-19 prevention efforts in Luang Namtha
A 5-day media visit was organized in Lunag Namtha and Bokeo provinces from 15-20 June by the Centre for Communication and Education for Health (CCEH), Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and UNICEF.

Community understanding paves way for Luang Namtha dengue success
Communities having access to clear information on dengue fever control and prevention is one of the reasons helping Luang Namtha curb the spread of the virus, according to a provincial health official.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Govt allows non-Malaysian spouses, children to return, but with immigration approval
The government has allowed non-Malaysian spouses and their children who are stranded overseas to enter the country, but they must first obtain permission from the Immigration Department.
— The Star Online

Covid-19: Malaysia reports 15 new cases today, 13 involving foreigners
Malaysia recorded 15 new Covid-19 cases today, of which 13 were local transmissions among non-citizens, while two were imported cases involving Malaysians, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).
— The Edge Markets

Putrajaya tells 3 airlines to lower airfares as travel resumes
The government today told three airlines to reduce their fares and increase flight frequencies following the relaxation of social distancing rules for air travel under the recovery movement control order (RMCO).

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Myanmar Announces COVID-19 Tax Exemptions
On June 12, 2020, the Myanmar government issued a Union Taxation Law Ordinance to provide tax relief to the crisis-hit private sector as part of the.
— Lexology

Myanmar Airways gears up for rebound in tourism
Myanmar Airways International (MAI) is restructuring its fleet of aircraft to operate more domestic and international routes despite a domestic and worldwide slump in travel and tourism, said U Tin Maung Than, head of the administration department at MAI.
— Myanmar Times

Govt plans stimulus payments for 5.4M households
The government will give K20,000 in stimulus money to each of 5.4 million households across the country to counter the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a government spokesperson said.
— Myanmar Times

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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Economic recovery to start in 4th quarter, Diokno says
ECONOMIC RECOVERY is likely to start by the fourth quarter, with growth seen in key sectors such as agriculture and construction, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said on Monday.
— BusinessWorld Online

Coronavirus cases near 31,000; death toll reaches 1,177
THE Department of Health reported 630 new coronavirus infections on Monday, bringing the total to 30,682.
— BusinessWorld Online

RRTS: Increasing inter-island trade in the Philippines through island hopping
The Philippines is an archipelago of over 7,000 islands. Internal connectivity is a major challenge, with domestic maritime trade costs high.
— AEC News Today

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Employment agencies to get new licence conditions on fair hiring: MOM
THE Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Monday said it will impose new licence conditions on all employment agencies (EAs) in a bid to strengthen fair hiring.
— The Business Times

No ERP charges at all gantries until Jul 26 as traffic conditions remain optimal post-circuit breaker: LTA
Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) rates at all gantries will remain at zero until at least Jul 26, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Monday (Jun 22), following its first review of the rates after the COVID-19 circuit breaker.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NTUC extends seniors’ discounts, price freeze on daily essentials
THE social enterprise arm of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) on Monday said it will continue to keep prices unchanged for 100 daily essentials under its FairPrice house brand and extend discounts for the elderly, till Dec 31 this year.
— The Business Times

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Thailand aims to start human vaccine trials of Covid-19 in October
A trial of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate in monkeys has been successful, with the subjects showing higher immune responses.
— The Pattaya News

Bank of Thailand foresees no surge in bad loans
The capital positions of Thailand’s commercial banks will remain strong and the latest measures to bolster their buffer will be good for the long term, the central bank said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

CCSA officials plan to allow 7 groups of foreigners to enter Thailand
Authorities are still trying to figure out who will be allowed to enter Thailand, and how it should be handled.
— The Thaiger

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Ministry considers allowing bets via e-wallets, telecommunications accounts
The Ministry of Finance is drafting an amendment to the decree on business of betting on horse racing, greyhound racing and international football, which would allow the payment of bets via e-wallets or telecommunication accounts.
— Viet Nam News

Electronics firm Qualcomm plans to open new production unit in Vietnam
The advent of 5G has brought about a new horizon in the world of telecommunication.
— Business Newspdate

Why the EU–Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) is such a big deal
In February, the European Parliament adopted the EU–Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).
— AEC News Today

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