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ASEAN, ASEAN+3 Special Summits on COVID-19 response to be held online
10/04/2020
The ASEAN Special Summit and the ASEAN+3 Special Summit on COVID-19 Response will be held online on April 14th.
ASEAN foreign ministers agree to set up COVID-19 response fund
16:13 10/04/2020
Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on April 9th agreed to form a COVID-19 response fund to collectively fight against the disease, according to a statement released after the 25th ASEAN Coordinating Council Meeting on COVID-19 via video conference.
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.
ADB promotes innovation and efficiency to bolster anticorruption efforts
14:53 10/04/2020
(CPV) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is promoting innovation and efficiency to enhance its anticorruption efforts by streamlining case management and expediting the assessment of complaints and completion of investigations, according to the Office of Anticorruption and Integrity (OAI) 2019 Annual Report released on early April.
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.
ADB announces USD470,000 grant to help Tonga combat COVID-19
11:24 09/04/2020
(CPV) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced a USD470,000 grant from its Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund on April 7th 2020 to help finance the response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Tonga. A state of emergency was declared in Tonga on March 20th.
Kyrgyz Republic to address COVID-19 challenges and trade disruptions to sustain growth
15:30 08/04/2020
(CPV) - The Kyrgyz Republic’s economy is projected to decelerate in 2020 along with a slowdown in the country’s main trade partners amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, but is seen to recover in 2021 as gold exports are expected to rise, according to the Asian Development Bank's annual flagship economic publication, the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020.
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.