Asean morning news for March 4

Asean morning news for March 4

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Is the South China Sea at a crossroads?
The South China Sea remains a focal concern within the international community, grabbing headlines and placed firmly on the agendas of many bilateral and multilateral political and academic summits. While likely to remain relatively stable in 2020, worrying developments and uncertainties are on the rise.
— AEC News Today

Socio-political rigidities realised only 82% of ASEAN potential human development index
Only 82% of ASEAN potential Human Development Index (HDI) is realised due to existing socio-political and institutional rigidities, according to the ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC) in a statement.
— The Edge Markets

Virus hammers Southeast Asia’s garment industries
Cambodia’s multi-billion-dollar garment industry is at risk of chain disruption from the deadly coronavirus, its strongman premier said Monday, as the outbreak cripples Southeast Asia’s key industries, bringing border trade to a trickle.
— The Asean Post

Asean manufacturing conditions improve in nine months – IHS Markit
Operating conditions in the Asean manufacturing sector improved for the first time since May last year in February, albeit fractionally, according to latest IHS Markit purchasing managers’ index (PMI) data.
— The Edge Markets

Plans to tackle Mekong plastic pollution take shape
Researchers plan to assess plastic waste leakage into the Mekong River system as part of efforts to protect the mighty river.
— The Star Online

SE Asia needs plan to tackle wildlife trade
Southeast Asia needs to ramp up its game plan to tackle its immense wildlife trafficking problem, according to a new report that assessed the illegal trade in the region from the turn of the century.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Vietnam contributes to ASEAN-US cooperation in trade, finance
Vietnam wants to have more cooperation projects with the US in order to deepen relations between the two countries and promoting ASEAN-US ties for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region, a Vietnamese diplomat has said.
— Vietnamplus

Asean nations will consider Huawei as 5G supplier despite security questions, official says
A senior official from the 10-strong bloc of Southeast Asian countries has said its members would consider using Huawei products as they aim to capitalise on 5G technology to accelerate economic growth, despite being aware of the potential cybersecurity risks.
— South China Morning Post

ASEAN seeks to boost intra-bloc trade
With a population of 600 million, ASEAN is one of the most dynamic regions in the world and the fifth largest economy.
— Vietnamplus

U.S.-ASEAN Relations—No Summit, But What’s the Status
The planned summit between representatives from the ten countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and U.S. President Donald J. Trump in Las Vegas has been postponed, because of the coronavirus threat.
— Council on Foreign Relations (blog)

Da Nang hosts meeting of ASEAN defence and security institutions
The 13th annual meeting and 5th retreat of Track II Network of ASEAN Defence and Security Institutions (NADI) opened in the central city of Da Nang on March 3.
— Vietnamplus

ASEAN encourages Canada to promptly complete free trade agreement
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) encouraged Canada to swiftly complete the ASEAN-Canada Free Trade Agreement (ASEAN-Canada FTA) to gain potential addition for the region’s gross domestic product (GDP) worth US$39.36 billion.
— Antara News

App makers cash in on the rise of mobile dating in Southeast Asia
App developers are taking advantage of a surge in interest in mobile dating across Southeast Asia where spending in some countries has surged by up to 260% over the last three years.
— Deal Street Asia

Can we sustain all life on earth?
Today, the world celebrates World Wildlife Day with the theme of “Sustaining all life on Earth”.
— The Asean Post

SE Asia Stocks-Rebound on hopes of global monetary stimulus, focus on G7
Southeast Asian stock markets rebounded on Tuesday, with Thailand posting its best session in at least three years, as expectations that central banks would step in to blunt the economic blow from the coronavirus epidemic spurred a risk rally.
— Reuters

From co-working to co-living, these 7 brands in Southeast Asia have got you covered
Humans are naturally wired to be oriented towards one another and sociality is a dominant factor that shapes our physiological and emotional needs.
— e27

Regulations for Foreign Banks in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam
The rapidly growing middle class in Southeast Asia is bringing with it increased household wealth, increased consumption, and increased investment.
— Lexology

How ShopBack sweetens shopping in Southeast Asia
The exponential growth of e-commerce has been one of the largest contributors to the rise of Southeast Asia’s digital economy.
— e27


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Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Cambodia’s famed Angkor sees 37 percent drop in foreign tourists in first 2 months
Cambodia’s famed Angkor Archeological Park received 341,494 foreign tourists in the first two months of 2020, down 37 percent over the same period last year.
— Khmer Times

Traffic fines to rise in bid to improve safety
Minister of Interior and National Road Safety Committee (NRSC) chairman Sar Kheng on Monday led a meeting to pass sub-decrees on road traffic violations which will be temporarily put in place while the current road traffic law is amended.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Hun Sen: Each of us can fight against COVID-19
Samdech Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has once again called on the people to join hands in combating the spread of COVID-19.
— Khmer Times

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ADB Disbursing US$2.7bn Loans for Indonesia
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is ready to disburse US$2.7 billion worth of loans for Indonesia this year.

Jakarta hospital places six suspected COVID-19 patients in isolation
Six people suspected of having contracted Coronavirus (Covid-19) are being isolated at the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital after developing symptoms of fever and cough.
— Antara News

10 foreigners at airport advised to return home
The Batam Port Health Office has advised ten foreign nationals who had high body temperature upon arrival at the international airport in the city to return home to avoid the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19.
— Antara News

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Laos clearing more landmines, bombs
LAOS has set a target of clearing landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) on an area stretching 10,000ha this year.
— New Straits Times

Coronavirus: hotel operators told to carry out health checks on guests
Health authorities have warned tour and hotel operators to evaluate the risk of Covid-19 among travellers and hotel guests while the threat of the virus persists.
— Vientiane Times

Laos stops runners in their tracks
Laos abruptly cancelled the capital city’s annual half marathon just a day before it was due to take place on the 1 March.

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Seven new COVID-19 cases in Malaysia, all related to previous case with travel history to Shanghai
Seven new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Malaysia on Tuesday (Mar 3), bringing the national total to 36 cases.
— Channel NewsAsia

Dr M denies starting political crisis
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today attempted to deflect allegations that the country’s political crisis began when he resigned as prime minister on Feb 24.

Malaysia has potential to be Asia-Pacific Cybersecurity hub
Malaysia has the potential to be a cybersecurity hub within the Asia-Pacific region, said Austrian Ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Michael Postl.
— New Sarawak Tribune

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Virus monitoring to prioritize countries operating direct flights with Myanmar
As Myanmar has direct flights with COVID-19-hit China, South Korea, Singapore and Japan, monitoring measures must prioritize passengers from those countries, said Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe.
— Eleven Myanmar

Power projects on track for completion, ministry says
To provide electricity before height of the dry season arrives in March, new power plants need to be completed on time, says Deputy Minister of Electricity and Energy U Khin Maung Win.
— Myanmar Times

Foreign insurers added more than $120M to industry in Myanmar
Investors have channeled some US$120 million and K60 billion into the Myanmar insurance sector since its liberalisation last year, according to the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).
— Myanmar Times

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In Hong Kong, Filipino domestic workers lose jobs over coronavirus outbreak
As the 2019 novel coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, an increasing number of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong have lost their jobs after employers fired them over mounting concerns spurred by the global health crisis.
— Rappler

DFA to repatriate 148 Filipinos from Macau amid coronavirus outbreak
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday, March 3, announced it will repatriate 148 Filipinos from Macau amid the continued global spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus.
— Rappler

P22.7B in ‘dirty money’ laundered in PH — Gordon
SEN. Richard Gordon on Tuesday bared that since September 2018, at least 47 Filipinos and Chinese had laundered over $447 million or P22.69 billion in “dirty money” into the country.
— Manila Times

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COVID-19: Singapore widens travel restrictions as minister warns of need to prepare for spikes in cases
Singapore will block entry and transit for new visitors who travelled to Iran, northern Italy or South Korea within the last 14 days, said Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong on Tuesday (Mar 3), as he warned of the need to be prepared for “new spikes” in COVID-19 cases in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

2 new COVID-19 cases reported in Singapore, no patients discharged on Tuesday
Two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (Mar 3), bringing the total number of cases in the country to 110.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

EP minimum salary goes up to S$3,900 from May 1 this year
FROM May 1, the monthly minimum salary for the Employment Pass (EP) will rise from S$3,600 to S$3,900 to keep up with the improving pay of fresh graduates from local autonomous universities.
— The Business Times

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Shippers see exports sinking through first half
A key shippers group expects Thai exports to fall by 3.3% year-on-year in the first half of 2020 but is holding out hope for a second-half turnaround that would bring full-year results to 0-1% growth.
— Bangkok Post

Thai social media frenzy as 5000 set to return from South Korea
Thai social media is abuzz with fears that some of the roughly 5000 Thai nationals preparing to return from South Korea may carry the COVID-19 coronavirus, which has now killed 17 people there and 2979 worldwide.
— The Thaiger

Outrage over mask shortages
People are crying foul over the shortage of masks amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, triggered by the death of a Thai man who was diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam Plans Tax Breaks, Land Fee Cuts for Virus-Hit Firms
Vietnam plans to assist companies struggling amid the novel coronavirus outbreak with tax breaks, delayed tax payments and reductions in land lease fees, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc told ministers attending his cabinet meeting today.
— Bloomberg

Vietnam develops modern supply system for farm products
Vietnam is working to develop a system of modern agricultural product supply centres to promote the consumption of farm produce, enhance food safety and hygiene, and improve the competitive edge of Vietnamese goods.
— VietnamPlus

Customs clearance of goods through many Vietnam-China border gates restored
The import and export of Vietnamese agricultural products to China has faced numerous difficulties with the sharp declines in both volume and value of goods amid the complicated developments of the Covid-19 epidemic.
— Fresh Plaza

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