UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety is in South-East Asia to advocate for safe mobility for all
(CPV) - The goal of the mission of the Special Envoy, Mr. Jean Todt, is to advocate for more investment in safe and sustainable mobility in one of the regions most affected in the world by road crashes: South-East Asia.
New ADB program to accelerate development of climate projects in Southeast Asia
(CPV) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $15 million technical assistance program, supported by ADB’s own funds and the Green Climate Fund (GCF), to develop projects that promote climate change adaptation and mitigation in Southeast Asia.
ASEAN leaders adopt statement on Timor Leste’s membership application
Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed in-principle to admit Timor-Leste to be the bloc’s 11th member, according to a statement adopted on November 11.
PM stresses importance of upholding solidarity, promoting strength of ASEAN at 41st ASEAN Summit
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh reaffirmed the importance of maintaining solidarity and promoting internal strength of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) while addressing the 41st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on November 11.
ASEAN officially kicks off 40th, 41st summits in Phnom Penh
The 40th and 41st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summits officially kicked off in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on November 11 morning.
ADB and IFI partners launch climate finance video campaign ahead of COP27
(CPV) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other international financial institutions (IFIs) are for the first time launching a joint video campaign, “Investing for a greener world,” to showcase their role in facilitating climate change solutions, ahead of COP27.
Production further shrinks in October in Singapore
Singapore’s overall factory activity sank further in October, data from the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (SIPMM) has shown.
Indonesia: 20.5 million MSMEs join digital ecosystem
About 20.5 million micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have so far entered Indonesia’s digital ecosystem, said Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Teten Masduki.
Thailand urged to beef up cooperation under mini-FTAs at APEC meetings
Thailand can use the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting and the APEC CEO Summit, to step up cooperation under "mini-free trade agreements" (mini-FTAs) as part of efforts to brace for a global economic slowdown next year, according to the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB).
ADB adopts new operating model to meet rapidly changing needs of Asia and the Pacific
(CPV) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has adopted a comprehensive reform road map, featuring a new operating model, to accelerate its transformation and more effectively serve the rapidly changing needs of its developing member countries in Asia and the Pacific.
Indonesia plans to develop four seaweed industrialisation zones
Indonesia’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry is preparing four seaweed industrialisation zones to capitalise on the potential of seaweed commodities, an official has said.
Singapore begins COVID-19 vaccination for children from 6 months to 4 years old
Singapore on October 25 officially began COVID-19 vaccination for children from six months to four years old.
Malaysia’s ringgit marks new all-time low
Malaysia’s ringgit further weakened against the US dollar on October 21, closing the week at a new all-time low of 4.738 due to the absence of fresh market catalyst, analysts said.
Thai Cabinet approves funding for new bridges in southern region
The Thai Cabinet has approved funding for the construction of new bridges across Songkhla lake, connecting Ko Lanta to the mainland.
ASEAN strengthens collaboration in building regional disaster resilience
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reaffirmed its resolve to strengthen collaboration in building disaster resilience in the region at the 10th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management (AMMDM) and 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) on October 20.
ASEAN, China wish to early adopt Code of Conduct in East Sea: spokesperson
The joint working group of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China held their 37th meeting on the implementation of the Declaration of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) in Cambodia on October 1-3, according to Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang.
ASEAN, EU sign world’s first bloc-to-bloc air transport agreement
The ASEAN, European Union (EU) and their member states signed the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (ASEAN-EU CATA) at the 28th ASEAN Transport Ministers’ Meeting in Bali, Indonesia on October 17.
Malaysia to cut daily oil output from November
Malaysia has agreed with the recent implementation of oil production cut of 2 million barrels per day by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies (OPEC ) with effect from this November.
Malaysia’s labour market continues to improve
The labour market in Malaysia continued to improve further in August with the latest unemployment rate at a pandemic low of 3.7% year-on-year.
ASEAN, Russia look for new cooperation dynamics
An international conference themed “Russia and ASEAN in the Asia-Pacific region: Dynamics of cooperation, regional processes and global context” took place at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) on October 13.
ASEAN expands cooperarion with parners to promote digital transformation in education
Vietnamese Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Kim Son on October 14 chaired the 6th ASEAN Plus Three Education Ministers Meeting (APT EMM) and the 6th East Asia Summit Education Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM).
ASEAN, Russia bolster digital technology cooperation
An online symposium focusing on economic aspects in the transition to the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Russia and ASEAN countries and cooperation chances between the sides, was recently held in Moscow.
ASEAN Committee meets to step up strategic partnership with US
Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Nguyen Quoc Dung on September 26 chaired three meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Committee in Washington D.C (ACW).
ADB plans USD14 billion to ease food crisis, promote long-term food security in Asia and the Pacific
(CPV) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced plans on September 27th 2022 to provide at least USD14 billion over 2022–2025 in a comprehensive program of support to ease a worsening food crisis in Asia and the Pacific, and improve long-term food security by strengthening food systems against the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss.
Asia must improve digital environment for entrerpreneur, new global index shows
(CPV) - Four-fifths of developing Asian economies place toward the bottom in a global ranking of digital environments and support systems for entrepreneurs, according to a new index developed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
ADB lowers developing Asia growth outlook as global risks mount
(CPV) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) again lowered its forecasts for economic growth in developing Asia and the Pacific, amid mounting challenges that include increased monetary tightening by central banks, fallout from the protracted Russian invasion of Ukraine, and recurrent COVID-19 lockdowns in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
ASEAN creates healthy competition environment for SMEs
Heads of ASEAN member economies have agreed to create a mechanism to promote competition, create an environment conductive for regional SMEs to enter ASEAN amid economic recovery from COVID-19 crisis.
ASEAN++ Bridge forum seeks sustainable development
The ASEAN++ Bridge forum, themed “Connecting for Sustainable Development”, took place in Ho Chi Minh City on September 9.
Thai oil refining firm eyes investment in Vietnam
Thai Oil Plc (TOP), Thailand’s the largest oil refining company by capacity, is looking forward to pouring its investment in Vietnam, Indonesia and India, in the fields of oil refinery, lube oil and high-value petrochemical products.
Indonesia unveils net zero emission roadmap
The Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR), in cooperation with the International Energy Agency (IEA), has unveiled the Indonesia Net Zero Emission (NZE) Roadmap for the energy sector of 2060.