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COVID-19: Number of children living in household poverty to soar by up to 86 million by end of year
30/05/2020
(CPV) - The economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic could push up to 86 million more children into household poverty by the end of 2020, an increase of 15 per cent, according to a new analysis released on May 28th 2020 by Save the Children and UNICEF.
ADB triples COVID-19 response package to USD20 billion
19:53 13/04/2020
(CPV) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) tripled the size of its response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on April 13th 2020 to USD20 billion and approved measures to streamline its operations for quicker and more flexible delivery of assistance.
US senators express concern over East Sea situation
22:43 12/04/2020
US Senator Jim Risch, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with three others, namely Bob Menendez, Cory Gardner and Ed Markey, on April 11th criticised the Chinese Coast Guard’s recent sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat in Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago waters in the East Sea.
Cambodia to cancel all activities to celebrate Chol Chnam Thmey festival
15:39 12/04/2020
All ttemples across Cambodia will cancel festivals and activities to celebrate the Chol Chnam Thmey of Khmer ethnic group to avoid the risk of COVID-19 infection.
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.