Asean morning news for June 8

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


COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 7 — regional cases top 100,000; less than half recovered, 3,000 dead
As of 00:30 GMT June 7 there was 49,384 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,100, or 2.28 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

ASEAN agree to limit tariff barriers to fuel economies
Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh said trade barriers, including tariff and non-tariff restrictions, should be limited to restore the economies of ASEAN members amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Southeast Asia exports buoyed by medicine and food during pandemic
Exports out of Southeast Asian trade hubs Singapore and Thailand have stayed strong even as the novel coronavirus pandemic slows economies around the world, thanks to robust global demand for such essentials as medicine and food.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

UK seeks to boost post-Brexit ties with ASEAN partnership
Britain has applied to become a dialogue partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the government said on Friday, as it seeks to boost post-Brexit ties in the region.
— Reuters

ASEAN + three discuss economic recovery but not resumption of inter-Asean flights
Commerce ministers of ASEAN Plus Three have discussed economic recovery for the post-COVID-19 period during a recent virtual conference meeting on COVID-19 response.
— Khmer Times

Southeast Asia’s Overlooked Foreign Fighter Problem
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continues to confront a dilemma: what to do with the fighters accused of fleeing to Syria to join the Islamic State.
— Lawfare

Thinking Like a Pirate: Contesting Southeast Asia’s Chokepoints
In one part of the Southeast Asian epic Sejarah Melayu, the 15th century Malacca Sultanate receives a lavish gift from the distant emperor of China, then ruled by the Ming Dynasty.

India Joins Indonesia, Myanmar, Other ASEAN Nations in Justifying COVID Media Curbs
After the United Nations human rights chief expressed alarm that Asian countries were clamping down on dissent during the COVID-19 pandemic, India, along with Southeast Asian countries, justified the curbs as being necessary to stop people from being “disengaged” from “science based information and policies” of government agencies
— The Wire

Future of Consumption in Fast-Growth Consumer Markets: ASEAN
This report sheds light on one of the fastest-growing economic regions in the world – ASEAN.
— World Economic Forum (media release)

Asean should expand defense cooperation
The suspension of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) has some Filipinos feeling vulnerable as China’s shadow looms large over the region.
— The Manila Times

Asean’s response to Covid-19: A report card
HERE are five aspects of how ready the regional grouping was for the coronavirus.
— The Star Online

Bali to target tourists from nearby countries in new normal
The tourism industry in Bali is planning to target travelers from nearby countries, such as Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam, once the province is reopened for international visitors under the new normal protocols.
— Antara News

ASEAN And The Post-Pandemic Economy: Role Of Global Value Chains – Analysis
Developing resilience and sustaining and consolidating participation in global value chains (GVCs) in a post COVID-19 world calls for significantly greater coordination amongst ASEAN member states.
— Eurasia Review

ASEAN Must Make the Best of Its New Centrality in China’s Diplomacy
In early March, just as the COVID-19 pandemic forced governments across the world to close borders and shut down economic activity, the Chinese Global Times reported that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) had edged over the European Union to become China’s largest trading partner. According to the newspaper, the increase in trade was a testimony to the “unbreakable supply chain with China” and robustness of linkages with Southeast Asian economies.
— The Diplomat

Asean must expedite six immediate measures for economic recovery
Asean-Business Advisory Council (Asean-BAC) presented its Outline for Asean Action (OAA) to Asean Economic Ministers (AEMs) who met in a special session this week.
— News Straits Times

Revisiting Asean cooperation
Many insights have been shared about how member nations of the Asean community can forge a common front against the COVID-19 pandemic. Hardly surprising, so far, the united response from the community has not been what many were hoping for.

Australian firms in ASEAN consider Vietnam favourable destination
The rise of Vietnam has been highlighted in a recent survey of the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham), as Vietnam is now considered the most favourable place to expand business, surpassing the Philippines and Myanmar in recent years as well as Australia’s long-term business partners namely Malaysia and Singapore.
— Vietnamplus

Post-pandemic Asean must bridge the digital gender divide
ASEAN states have a unique opportunity to meaningfully address the digital gender divide through emerging Covid-19 recovery plans.
— The Star Online

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Safety measures in place for tourist-related businesses
The Ministry of Tourism has set out a number of safety measures to be implemented by the hospitality sector to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the country’s tourism industry is starting to rebound.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Reports One New Case of Covid-19 on a Man from France
Cambodia has successfully implemented her Rectangular Strategy, now progressed to Phase IV; and pushed the GDP growth in circle of 7 percent over the last 21 years, thanks to the Japan’s Official Development Assistance.
— Fresh News

Government allots $166 million for Sub-national health services
The Royal Government of Cambodia has decided to transfer $166 million to municipal and provincial administrations to manage their respective health service provision.
— Khmer Times

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Academic Year to Start on Schedule, But Classes May Need to Wait
The government plans to start the new academic year normally in July, but classes may reopen at a later time due to national health crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak, an education official has said.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia reports 672 new COVID-19 infections, 50 deaths
Indonesia on Sunday reported 672 new coronavirus infections, taking the total to 31,186, said a health ministry official.

Indonesia among countries to be probed by US Trade Rep Office for adopting digital services tax
Indonesia is listed as one of the countries to be investigated by the United States’ Trade Representative Office (USTR) for adopting digital services tax schemes.
— The Online Citizen

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No troubles with Covid-19 but Laos reports 48 more cases of dengue fever
Laos has reported no new Covid-19 case for more than 50 days but it still has plenty to handle with dengue fever.
— The Star

Government promotes ‘Safely Back to School’ campaign
The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism joined hands with the Ministry of Education and Sports to promote safety for teachers and students going back to school amid the Covid-19 crisis through the Lao media.
— Vientiane Times

New decree seeks to protect Lao workers’ interests overseas
The government has issued a new decree to regulate the sending of Lao labourers to work in foreign countries, which enhances mechanisms to ensure their safety and protect their interests.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Tax exemption augurs well for palm oil industry
Covid-19 hit oil palm smallholders and companies can heave a sigh of relief overt a tax exemption provided under the National Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana) that was aimed at managing the country’s stock level and stabilise the crude palm oil (CPO) price.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Funds to save airline companies hit by Covid-19 not a bailout, says Nufam
Injecting public funds to save airline companies that have been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic should not be seen as a bailout, said the National Union of the Flying Attendants of Malaysia (Nufam).
— Malay Mail

Malaysia succeeds in containing Covid-19, thanks to efforts of all – PM
Malaysia has effectively curbed the spread of Covid-19 and is now entering the recovery phase due to the hard work of frontliners and cooperation of the people in abiding by the directives issued, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
— The Borneo Post

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Myanmar sugar production to hit lowest level in seven years
Sugarcane production in Myanmar is expected to decline to its lowest levels in seven years in fiscal 2020-21 as a result of poor demand, said U Win Htay, vice chair of the Myanmar Sugar and Sugarcane Product Entrepreneur Association
— Myanmar Times

Thai-Myanmar border trade reaches $2.7 bln in this FY
The trade volume between Myanmar and Thailand has reached US$2.71 billion in total with the Hteekhee land border accounting for the largest volume of trade, according to the official statistics of Commerce Ministry.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Export rice price shows slight increase in May against previous months
The prices of rice in export market rose a bit in May compared with the prices of previous months, according to Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF). The price of white rice variety (well milled) was priced US$300-305 per tonne in January and February, 2020. In May, the price slightly climbed to $390-395.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

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No commercial flights in Negros Occidental until June 15
Commercial flights to Negros Occidental will not resume until June 15.
— Philstar

Philippine economy to shrink by 4% — Fitch
THE Philippine economy is now forecast to contract by 4% this year, according to Fitch Ratings, as the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic widens.
— BusinessWorld Online

PHL to miss poverty eradication goal
PRIOR to the coronavirus pandemic, the Philippines was on track to meet its targets for reducing unemployment and poverty.
— BusinessWorld Online

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Circuit breaker sends April retail sales into sharpest fall in 30 years
SINGAPORE’S retail sales tumbled 40.5 per cent year on year in April – the sharpest fall in more than three decades – triggered by “circuit-breaker” measures implemented between April 7 and June 1 to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Business Times

Parliament passes Fortitude Budget, 4th package of COVID-19 relief measures this year
Singapore may take years to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and must work to prevent a “COVID generation” of workers and students in Singapore, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Friday (Jun 5) as he wrapped up the debate on the Fortitude Budget.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Resident unemployment rate rose to 3.3 per cent in March, highest in over a decade: Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat
Singapore’s resident unemployment rate rose to 3.3 per cent in March this year – the highest since December 2009 according to preliminary estimates, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat.
— The Online Citizen

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Health Ministry: 98% of recent Covid-19 cases imported
The Ministry of Public Health made an announcement this afternoon via social media regarding recent statistics around Covid-19 in Thailand.
— The Thaiger

Commerce Ministry to launch fourth round of price reductions nationwide to ease coronavirus impact
After the Ministry of Commerce received cooperation from the business sector to help those affected by the coronavirus by lowering product prices by as much as 68 percent on three occasions, the ministry will soon launch the fourth round of price reductions, which will take place at a district level.
— Newsline (video)

For Sale: 100 hotels on Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand
Nearly 100 hotels on the tourism island of Koh Samui are for sale due to the negative impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Pattaya Mail

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WB provides US$84.4 million for Vietnam to promote climate-resilient landscapes
This will support the Vietnamese government’s climate mitigation actions by strengthening the resilient management of landscapes and natural resources.
— Hanoitimes

Jailed Australian democracy activist has ‘disappeared’ inside Vietnam’s prison system
A 70-year-old Australian democracy activist has “disappeared” inside Vietnam’s prison system: no one from his family or the Australian government has been allowed to see or speak with him for nearly four months.
— The Guardian

Vietnam’s Covid-19 cases increase to 329, no deaths reported
Vietnam reported a new case of Covid-19 (coronavirus) infection on Sunday (June 7), bringing its total confirmed cases to 329 with zero deaths so far, according to the Ministry of Health.
— The Star Online

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