Asean morning news for March 11

Asean morning news for March 11
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for March 10
As of 01:30 GMT March 10 there was 232 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries.
— AEC News Today

Virus Fears Grip Southeast Asian Economies
The spread of the coronavirus has impacted the economies in Southeast Asia.
— Yahoo Finance (video)

ASEAN Must Do More to Help the Rohingyas
The deaths of more than a dozen Rohingyas on an overcrowded boat that was bound for Malaysia but capsized in the Bay of Bengal in early February highlighted the desperation that about a million refugees continue to face in the sprawling camps in southern Bangladesh.
— The Diplomat

Southeast Asia at risk of missing coronavirus cases amid dengue outbreak: experts
The concurrent outbreaks of dengue and Covid-19 in Southeast Asia will pose new challenges for authorities and health care workers, with experts warning that new coronavirus infections could slip through the cracks.
— South China Morning Post

Priorities for ASEAN Economic Community approved
Việt Nam’s 12 priorities as ASEAN Chair in 2020 were approved by other member countries at the 26th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Retreat and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) Consultation Meeting on Tuesday.
— Viet Nam News

Boats sent into Golden Triangle drugs battle
Thailand and Singapore have delivered three patrol boats to Laos and Myanmar to boost regional drug suppression cooperation on the Mekong River.
— Bangkok Post

Regional MPs call for greater transparency over Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations
As ministers of the member countries of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) meet in Jakarta, Indonesia earlier today (10 March) for final negotiations over the trade agreement this week, regional lawmakers expressed concern about the lack of parliamentary and public oversight of the deal, as well as its potential human rights impacts.
— The Online Citizen

ASEAN countries agree to conclude RCEP negotiations
ASEAN countries have agreed to try and persuade India to return to the negotiating table for the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal.
— Viet Nam News

PH, Southeast Asia spared from Covid-19?
THE Yellows must be gnashing their teeth that, so far, the incidence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (officially called Covid-19 by the World Health Organization) hasn’t been of such a horrible scale in our country as that in South Korea (7,513 cases; 54 deaths) or in countries on the other side of the globe from China — Italy (9,172 cases; 97 deaths) and Iran (7,161 cases; 2,327 deaths).
— The Manila Times

COVID-19 in Southeast Asia: Italian cruise ship docks in S’pore; 20+ infected in Philippines, Grab shuts Bangkok office
Known COVID-19 cases are mushrooming in some Southeast Asian nations that had long reported few or none as the region grapples with imported infections.
— Coconuts Singapore

Cambodia marks ASEM Day as country to host 13th ASEM Summit in Nov.
Cambodia celebrated the ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Day here on Tuesday, aiming at raising awareness among the public on the importance of ASEM.

DepEd allots P158-M for 12th ASEAN Schools Games in Dgte
The Department of Education (DepEd) has allocated P158.8-M for the hosting of the 12th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Games in Dumaguete City.
— Philippine Information Agency

SE Asia Stocks-Bounce back on stimulus hopes; Singapore biggest gainer
Southeast Asian stocks ended higher on Tuesday, rebounding from steep losses in the previous session, on rising hopes that stimulus measures from global policymakers would help shield economies from the impact of the coronavirus.
— Reuters

Rethinking The SME Loan Underwriting Model In Southeast Asia
The small business credit gap is a global issue, a problem that banks and FinTechs continue to hack away at, yet one that remains stubbornly persistent.

Streaming into Southeast Asia: how Netflix, HBO compete with regional players like iflix and HOOQ
Big streaming giants AppleTV and Disney Plus entered the United States market late last year. Many believe they will challenge the dominance of established player Netflix.

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COVID-19 in Asean: British woman is Cambodia’s third confirmed case
A 65-year-old “British” woman is Cambodia’s third case of COVID-19. Cambodia’s Minister of Health, Mam Bunheng, announced that the woman had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus at a late night media briefing in the capital, Phnom Penh, earlier tonight (March 10).
— AEC News Today

Emergency Hotline for International Visitors
Ministry of Tourism has proposed Immigration Department at the Ministry of Interior to notify all international tourists in Cambodia with emergency hotline – a coping measure against emerging COVID-19 threat.

Cambodian farmer finds skills upgrading easier said than done (video)
Coming to terms with the latest technology and practices can sometimes involve a steep learning curve, and one or more failures along the way to mastering new skills… as seen in the video above.
— AEC News Today

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Indonesia confirms first possible COVID-19 community transmission as cases rise to 27
Indonesia reported the first possible community transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in the country on Tuesday, after a citizen with no link to certain confirmed cases or travel history to affected countries tested positive for the virus.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to Send 30 Large Fishing Vessels to North Natuna Sea
Indonesia will send 30 large fishing vessels from the nothern Javanese coast – an area known locally as Pantura – to the North Natuna Sea to help assert the country’s sovereignty over the stretch of ocean claimed by China and christened the South China Sea by the Asian giant.
— Jakarta Globe

State budget deficit may pass 3 percent ceiling if situation gets worse, analyst warns
Indonesia’s state budget deficit may surpass the 3 percent ceiling this year as the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and a sharp drop in oil prices could further worsen Indonesia’s economic outlook, a senior economist is warning.
— The Jakarta Post

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Ministry urges postponement of crowded social events
The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism has issued a notice discouraging the organisation of large events including weddings, as the government intensifies efforts to minimise the risk of a Covid-19 outbreak.
— Vientiane Times

Ministry investigates on-ground collision at Wattay airport
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport has formed a special committee to investigate a collision on the Wattay International Airport tarmac on Monday between a Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 and a private jet.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao businesses lose out as National Games is postponed
Business operators in Xieng Khuang province are feeling the impact of the postponement of the National Games which had been scheduled for March 22 to April 1.
— The Star

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Malaysia’s new Cabinet ‘oversized’, lacks diversity: Pakatan Harapan MPs
The newly-unveiled Malaysian Cabinet is bloated and oversized, said politicians from former ruling coalition Pakatan Harapan (PH) in response to the line-up announced by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

What Does Muhyiddin’s New Cabinet Mean for Malaysia?
While the cabinet lineup suggests a focus on reassurance, the true test will be if it can help the country overcome more fundamental political and economic uncertainties.
— The Diplomat

Selangor taps ex-health minister Dzulkefly to lead Covid-19 special action council
Former health minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad has been appointed the chairman of Selangor’s new special action council for the control and prevention of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the mentri besar announced.
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar must be prepared to deal with economic fallout from spread of COVID-19
Although Myanmar has not officially detected any COVID-19 carriers, the virus has wreaked havoc on the economy and could lead to full-blown economic crisis if not contained soon.
— Myanmar Times

Rakhine is Myanmar’s drug export hub, military says
The Tatmadaw (military) says it has mapped the flow of Myanmar’s drug trade, with Shan State as the production centre and Rakhine State as its sale and export hub.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar-Thai trade exceeds 1300 m USD in three months
Till December of 2019-2020 fiscal year, the total trade between Myanmar and Thailand reached over 1300 million US dollars, according to the Commerce Ministry.
— Eleven Myanmar

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PH has 33 confirmed COVID-19 cases -DOH
The Department of Health reiterated its call for the cooperation of everyone in its investigation and contact tracing activities as it reported today that the country has a total of 33 confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
— Philippine Information Agency

Foreign investments shrink to $7.6 billion, lowest in 4 years
Net foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows fell by 23.1 percent to a four-year low of $7.65 billion in 2019 from $9.95 billion in 2018 and the figure is expected to decline further due to the impact of the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
— The Philippine Star

PH mission to UN asserts tribunal ruling junking China’s nine-dash line claims in South China Sea
The Philippines has quietly put forward to the United Nations an international tribunal ruling which found no basis for China’s claim to virtually the entire South China Sea but which the Duterte administration has set aside.

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Singapore business confidence falls to record low on coronavirus worries: Survey
Business sentiment tumbled to -7.88 percentage points in Q2 2020 from 5.31 percentage points in Q1 2020 as all six of the study’s indicators reported negative numbers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore reports 6 new Covid-19 cases, 166 in total & 12 in ICU on March 10
On March 10, the Ministry of Health confirmed six new cases of Covid-19.
— Mothership

All 1,631 passengers cleared to leave Costa Fortuna in 14 hours
All passengers have disembarked from a cruise ship that docked in Singapore yesterday morning after being rejected at several ports over fears about the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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TISCO slashes Thailand’s GDP forecast for 2020 to 0.8%
TISCO’s Centre of Economic and Strategic Analysis has slashed Thailand’s GDP projection for this year from 1.7% to 0.8% – the lowest since 2009.
— Thai PBS News

COVID-19 outbreak: Travellers from 4 countries must show medical certificate before boarding flights to Thailand
Travellers from China, including Macau and Hong Kong, Iran, Italy and South Korea are now required to present a medical certificate proving they are not infected with COVID-19 before boarding their flight to Thailand, according to the Thai Civil Aviation Authority (CAAT).

Activist urges investigation into face mask distribution incompetence
The Office of Ombudsman Thailand yesterday (9 May 2020) accepted a petition filed by Srisuwan Janya, a political and environmental activist, who has asked for an investigation into two unjust cases.

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Vietnamese London resident is 32nd Covid-19 patient
A 24-year-old woman who’d met Hanoi’s first Covid-19 infection in London is infected with the novel coronavirus, the Health Ministry confirmed Tuesday.
— VnExpress

Vietnam seeks to invest $60 mln in two highways
The government is seeking approval from the National Assembly to spend VND1.4 trillion ($60 million) on building two coastal highways in central Thanh Hoa Province.
— VnExpress

Rights groups condemn 10-year jail term for Vietnam blogger
The jailing of a Vietnamese blogger for 10 years was condemned by rights groups Tuesday as “unacceptable” and an attack on free speech.

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