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WHO and UNICEF to partner on pandemic response through COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund
(CPV) - The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF announced an agreement on March 3rd 2020 to work together on COVID-19 response, through the historic COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund powered by the United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation.
Foreigners in Laos need not request visa extension until April 20th
15:56 10/04/2020
The Consul Office at the Vietnamese Embassy in Laos announced on April 9 that all foreigners living in Laos, including Vietnamese, do not have to request a visa extension if their Lao visa expires. The decision is effective until April 20th.
Singapore plans to step up domestic food production
11:40 09/04/2020
The Singaporean Government on April 8th announced new measures to accelerate local food production as the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted global supply chains.
Indonesia to disburse 6.1 million USD to protect citizens abroad
11:28 09/04/2020
The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allocate 100 billion IDR (some 6.1 million USD) from its 2020 budget for the protection of Indonesian citizens living abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indonesia, RoK agree to sign FTA
13:39 07/04/2020
Indonesia and the Republic of Korea on April 6th agreed to hold a signing ceremony of their bilateral free trade deal in the near future to quickly implement it in a way that helps minimise the economic fallout from the new coronavirus pandemic.
Singapore’s retail sales down 8.6 percent in February
23:55 05/04/2020
Singapore’s retail sales in February fell by 8.6 percent year-on-year, compared to the 5.3 percent reduction in the previous month, according to the country’s Department of Statistics.
Georgia's economy to recover from COVID-19 impact in 2021 with 4.5% growth
23:04 05/04/2020
(CPV) - Georgia will experience a substantial slowdown in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lower oil prices. A recovery is expected in 2021 as a result of higher domestic demand, increased foreign direct investment, and a rebound in workers’ remittances, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report.
Developing Asia growth to fall in 2020 on COVID-19 impact
09:55 05/04/2020
(CPV) - Regional economic growth in developing Asia will decline sharply in 2020 due to the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, before recovering in 2021, according to the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020, the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) annual flagship economic publication.
COVID-19, dimmed global outlook weigh heavily on Emerging East Asian bonds
17:24 25/03/2020
(CPV) - The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and deepening global economic uncertainty are weighing heavily on local currency bond markets of emerging East Asian economies, according to the latest issue of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Asia Bond Monitor on March 25th 2020.
Indonesian capital declares emergency over COVID-19
16:18 21/03/2020
Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan on March 20th declared a state of emergency in the Indonesian capital city for the next two week in a bid to curb the spread of the acute respiratory disease caused by novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).