Asean morning news for June 25

Asean morning news for June 25
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 24 — Philippines records record new infections
As of 00:52 GMT June 24 there was 55,191 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,055, or 1.95 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

ASEAN 2020: Six reports from ASEAN Secretary General adopted
Six reports from the ASEAN Secretary General and community pillars submitted to the upcoming 36th ASEAN Summit were adopted at the 26th ASEAN Coordinating Council Meeting, held online in Hanoi on June 24 under the chair of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.
— Vietnamplus

Malls want CLMV traffic
Mall operators Siam Piwat and The Mall Group are urging the government to allow resumption of flights from CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam) nations in an effort to reboot the retail business.
— Bangkok Post

No face to face summit for Asean? No problem, Online format works just fine
The virtual meeting format at this year’s ASEAN Summit will not hinder the discussion and implementation of the agenda, a Vietnamese diplomat has said.
— Khmer Times

AIPA ready to join hands with ASEAN to build sustainable community
Leaders of ASEAN countries and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) are set to convene a teleconferenced dialogue on June 26, during which they will show their commitment to further enhancing solidarity within the bloc and its relations with partners to cope with the challenges and build a sustainable community.
— Vietnamplus

Southeast Asian nations examine the state of food systems to ensure recovery and resilience in a post-COVID-19 era
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused great disruptions to the agricultural economies of Southeast Asia, and severely impacted countless livelihoods of the more than 600 million people living in the ten countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
— Reliefweb

Widespread damage to Southeast Asia’s peatlands confirmed in satellite study
A new breakthrough study powered by satellite technology has enabled researchers to measure the widespread damage to Southeast Asia’s peatlands, which are vitally important in capturing and reducing carbon emissions.

ASEAN Coordinating Council adopts reports, agrees on summit working agenda
Six reports of the secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and community pillars submitted to the upcoming 36th ASEAN Summit slated for Friday were adopted at the 26th ASEAN Coordinating Council Meeting held via video conference on Wednesday, Vietnam News Agency reported.
— Xinhuanet

Indonesia urges ASEAN to help ensure Rohingya safety
Indonesian foreign minister on Wednesday called on Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries to help ensure safety for Rohingya refugees.
— Anadolu Agency

Organisations in Asean expect to be badly hit by economic repercussions of Covid-19
Businesses in Asean expect a significant or worse impact on business with more considering layoffs to reduce costs compared with the rest of the world, according to a survey by Korn Ferry.
— The Business Times

Asean MSMEs to be equipped with digital skills, tools amidst COVID-19 crisis
Azlan Othman ASEAN and The Asia Foundation, with support from are collaborating to equip 200,000 micro, medium and small enterprises (MSMEs) in the region including over 4,000 from Brunei Darussalam with digital skills and tools amidst the COVID-19 crisis, the Asean Secretariat stated on Monday.
— Borneo Bulletin

How intrusive are contact-tracing apps in ASEAN?
With most experts saying that a vaccine for Covid-19 may not hit the market until mid-2021, ASEAN governments are seeking ways to ease lockdowns and create a close-to-normal society.
— Tech in Asia

ILO stresses protection, reintegration of migrant workers during Covid-19
International Labour Organization (ILO) on Wednesday stressed policies to protect stranded migrant workers and ensure reintegration after their return to home countries.
— The Financial Express

Cabinet gives nod for Asean agreement on agri-products standards
The Cabinet has approved the framework on standards and conformity that aims to facilitate trading in agri-products among Asean countries.
— The Nation

ASEAN urged to enhance resilience amid regional and int’l challenges
Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has urged ASEAN member states to further strengthen intra-bloc solidarity and cohesion, and enhance resilience in the face of challenges in the region and the world.
— Vietnamplus

Trade ministers of ASEAN countries, partners sign regional free trade pact
The trade ministers of the 10-member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its dialogue partners have agreed to sign the China-backed regional comprehensive free trade agreement in November this year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Wednesday.
— GMA News

Vietnam leads ASEAN to deal with regional challenges: Deputy FM
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and General Secretary of the National ASEAN 2020 Committee Nguyen Quoc Dung has emphasized Vietnam’s leading role in the fight against the COVID-19 in Southeast Asia, and its efforts to enhance the bloc’s proactiveness in addressing regional challenges.
— Vietnamplus

Asean coalition supports OIC Communique on Jammu & Kashmir
We express our full support to the communique of the recent OIC Contact Group Virtual Emergency meeting on the 22nd June.
— New Straits Times

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

Laos supports ASEAN human resources development plan
Laos supports ASEAN’s human resources development plan, the Vientiane Times reported, quoting a speech by Lao Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune at the 23rd ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (ASCC) meeting on June 23.
— Vietnamplus

ASEAN strives for regional peace, security, stability
The 21st ASEAN Political – Security Council Meeting was held virtually on June 24.
— Vietnamplus

Exporters to submit origin certificates for shipments to Asean countries
The commerce ministry has asked exporters to submit ‘Certificate of Origin’ applications for shipments to all Asean countries, except Thailand.
— Business Standard

ASEAN Youth Organization’s web portal highlights Azerbaijan’s tolerant environment
The Indonesia-based internet portal of the Youth Organization of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has published an article headlined “A Lesson Learned for ASEAN Youths from the Land of Tolerance” highlighting Azerbaijan’s tolerant environment.
— News.Az

COVID-19: ‘No Action’ For Entertainment Industry
It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected some of the major industries such as the tourism sector, aviation and even the real estate market.
— The Asean Post

EMERGING MARKETS-Thai baht firms to 5-month high as seen on hold
The Thai baht firmed along with other Asian currencies on Wednesday, as investors expect the central bank to keep its policy rate unchanged while the dollar weakened following stronger U.S. and European economic data.
— Reuters

Expect APAC gaming companies’ leverage to stay elevated on virus-induced earnings plunge: Moody’s
ALL nine gaming companies with APAC operations have negative outlooks, reflecting uncertainties around reopenings and pace of recovery but most operators can withstand temporary cash burn said Moody’s Investors Service in a note on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

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New Angkor Wat Pricing For Expats & Long Term Tourists
A new pricing structure has been made for foreigners visiting the Angkor temple complex. from $ 100 to $ 200.

Thai, Lao borders stay shut despite calls for reopening
Thailand and Laos borders will remain closed to the Kingdom. The decision comes following talks with the countries’ officials regarding the reopening of borders to stimulate trade after months of stagnation due to the pandemic.
— Khmer Times

COVID-19 begins to exact toll on Cambodian farming
While Cambodia has been less affected by the health impacts of COVID-19, there are fears that smallholder farms will be hit hard during the wet season that runs from June to September as the fallout from restrictions and lockdown measures takes hold.
— Medical Xpress

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Suspected Rohingya Refugee Boat Floating Off Indonesia
A boat carrying almost 100 suspected Rohingya refugees was floating several miles off the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province on Wednesday after being rescued by fishermen, authorities said.
— The New York Times

Indonesia reports 1,113 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases, 38 new deaths
COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,113 within one day to 49,009, with the death toll adding by 38 to 2,573, Achmad Yurianto, a health ministry official, said at a press conference here on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Association urges credit card holders to activate PIN before July
Credit card holders should activate their six-digit personal identification number (PIN), which will be mandatory for transactions as of July 1, the Indonesian Credit Card Association (AKKI) has stated.
— The Jakarta Post

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Laos-Cambodia Border to Remain Closed
Laos has decided to keep its border checkpoint with Cambodia closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
— The Laotian Times

Thousands of Jobless Lao Workers Return Home From Thailand in Last Two Months
As many as 3,000 Lao workers have returned home during the last two months, crossing the border from Thailand after losing their jobs amid business shut-downs due to coronavirus fears, sources in Laos say.

Laos sees more revenue from coffee
The number of coffee plantations under the Lao Coffee Association (LCA) has decreased by around five to 10 per cent in the first five months of this year as growers shifted to cassava for better incomes.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Malaysia drops Najib-era graft cases spearheaded by Mahathir
As Malaysia waits for verdicts in the corruption trial of a former leader, the judiciary has dropped graft cases against prominent figures tied to his party amid a power struggle between Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his predecessor Mahathir Mohamad.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Malaysia leads mobile wallet usage in South-East Asia
Malaysia leads other countries in Southeast Asia in the usage of mobile/digital wallets at 40 per cent, ahead of the Philippines (36 per cent), Thailand (27 per cent) and Singapore (26 per cent), according to a Mastercard Impact Study 2020.
— The Star Online

Malaysia’s CPI falls 2.9% in May
Malaysia’s consumer price index (CPI) fell 2.9% in May from a year earlier, marking a third straight month of decline.
— The Star Online

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World’s longest internet blackout enters second year in Myanmar
Yangon: The worlds longest internet blockade in Myanmars conflict-ridden northwest has entered its second year, preventing the arrival of humanitarian aid and COVID-19 information.
— The Shillong Times

Six Activists Charged For Protest Against Internet Ban in Myanmar’s Rakhine
Myanmar police have charged six activists who participated in protests against a year-long government-ordered internet service shutdown in Myanmar’s conflict-ridden Rakhine state, accusing them of violating the country’s peaceful assembly law.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar SIM registration deadline gets closer
The drive to register or reregister SIM cards continues, with Myanmar among the latest countries to set a deadline.
— Developing Telecoms

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6 areas in Visayas identified as emerging COVID-19 hotspots
New coronavirus disease (COVID-19) hotspots are emerging in parts of Central and Eastern Visayas after seeing a rise in number of infections, the Department of Health said.
— Philippine Star

DFA fears agency’s OFWs assistance funds to ‘run out’ in Aug. as COVID-19 crisis continues
A Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) official on Wednesday said the agency’s fund intended to assist overseas Filipino workers could “run out” by August if repatriation efforts entailing chartering of flights continue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— ABS-CBN News

Bayanihan law expires today; no more emergency powers
The Bayanihan to Heal As One Act expires today, and with it President Duterte’s emergency powers to quickly procure medical supplies needed for the government’s fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Philippine Star

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Singapore on track to roll out 5G by 2025; Singtel, StarHub-M1 joint venture issued final awards
Singapore is on track to offer nationwide 5G coverage by 2025, after Singtel and a joint venture by StarHub and M1 were on Wednesday (Jun 24) issued final awards to operate networks here.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NTU ranked world’s top young university for seventh year running
Nanyang Technological University (NTU), has again been named the world’s best young university by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) .
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOH preliminarily confirms 191 new cases of COVID-19 infection; Total tally at 42,623
As of Wednesday noon (24 June), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 191 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

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NokScoot budget airline to downsize fleet and staff at end of June
Thailand’s low-cost airline, NokScoot, plans to take three aircraft out of service and reduce its staffing level at the end of this month, in a major reorganization caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand eyes opening borders to those from Australia, NZ, Japan, Taiwan and some Chinese cities
Thailand’s National Communicable Diseases Committee has approved a proposed relaxation of travel restrictions, to allow certain foreigners, from countries deemed as low risk, such as New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Taiwan and some Chinese cities, to enter Thailand.
— Thai PBS News

BoT pauses rate, downgrades GDP
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) kept its benchmark rate on hold at 0.50% on Wednesday to preserve policy space amid heightened economic headwinds, but predicted a deeper GDP contraction of 8.1% for 2020.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam Approves Corporate Income Tax Reduction for 2020
Vietnam’s National Assembly on June 19 approved a 30 percent corporate income tax cut for the 2020 financial year.
— Vietnam Briefing

Vietnam records 3 new COVID-19 cases
Vietnam reported three new cases of COVID-19 infection on Wednesday, bringing its total confirmed cases to 352 with zero deaths so far, according to its Ministry of Health.
— Xinhua

Vietnam Legal Update: New Law on Investment 2019 & New Law on Enterprises 2019
The National Assembly of Vietnam on 17 June 2020 passed the Law on Investment 2019 (the “LOI 2019”) and the Law on Enterprises 2019 (the “LOE 2019”).

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