FREE ASEAN-HEADLINES: HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam, Laos discuss border work, plan more collaboration

 

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam, Laos discuss border work, plan more collaboration

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The border delegations of Việt Nam and Laos meet in Hà Nội on Wednesday for their 31st annual meeting. VNA/VNS Photo /

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HÀ NỘI — The 31st annual meeting between the border delegations of Việt Nam and Laos took place in Hà Nội yesterday under the chairmanship of Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyễn Minh Vũ and his Lao counterpart Saleumxay Kommasith.

The event was an opportunity for the two sides to discuss and assess their border work, carried out in accordance with the Protocol on the Việt Nam-Laos borderline and national border markers, and the Agreement on Border and Border Gate Management Regulations, both signed in 2016.

They also set out the directions and focus for border work in the future.

Officials agreed that efforts have been made in the past year to maintain the border line and social security in the shared areas, despite the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Progress has been made on border gate management and development between the two countries. Specifically, on August 14, the two Quảng Nam and Sekong provinces collaborated to inaugurate the Nam Giang–Dakta Ok border gate. Some other border gates have been reopened for goods transport.

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COVID-19 IN VIETNAM TOTAL
CASES: 1,680,985
TOTAL RECOVERIES: 1,264,282
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ASEAN Covid-19 Table – 30 December 2021

Khmer Times

Asean as a whole has reported more than 14.8 million COVID-19 cases. Of this, more than 550,000 are active cases as of December 30.

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 219 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances.

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1. BRUNEI:

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12.30.21

Vaccination rate at 94.4pc: MoH

Some 94.4 per cent of the population received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine under the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme as of December 24, while 92.9 per cent have completed the primary immunisation schedule and 14.35 per cent had received a third dose.

More details in Sunday’s Borneo Bulletin.

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2. CAMBODIA:

Double digit new Omicron cases announced for Cambodia as new case numbers rise

Khmer TimesCambodia recorded a jump in new COVID cases today – with all the new cases being imported Omicron cases.

Todays official daily new COVID case total (diagnosed by PCR test) indicate 14 more Omicron cases – bringing the total cases of the new variant to 48 and the COVID case total to 120,487 cases.

Fears of a ‘local’ Omicron outbreak in Cambodia are rising with the escalating Omicron situation in direct neighbour Thailand – where foreign ‘super-spreaders’ have been held responsible for at least 250 Omicron cases – with total new variant cases surging around 740

 

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READ MORE:  https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50997803/double-digit-new-omicron-cases-announced-for-cambodia-as-new-case-numbers-rise/

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3. INDONESIA:

12.30.21

COVID-19

Confirmed 4,262,351
Deaths 144,081
Recovered 4,113,742

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Layar menampilkan pergerakan Indeks Harga Saham Gabungan (IHSG) saat dibukanya perdagangan saham di gedung Bursa Efek Indonesia, Jakarta, Selasa (26/5/2020). IHSG dibuka menguat 32,16 poin atau 0,71 persen ke posisi 4.578,11 pada pukul 09.25 WIB.

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Year-ender: Tech industry buoys IDX in 2021 The technology industry emerged as the key driving force for the Indonesian stock exchange this year, fueled by a digital economy euphoria in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) data show that tech stocks were among the biggest gainers, that the technology subindex IDXTECHNO saw the strongest rally and that a tech company conducted the biggest initial public offering (IPO) this year – and in IDX history.

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“There is a trend abroad, in the United States and in Europe, where technology stocks are blooming, and [Indonesia] has begun to see that too in 2021,” IDX president director Inarno Djajadi said on Dec. 9.

READ MORE:  https://www.thejakartapost.com/business/2021/12/23/responsible-investment-on-rise-as-idx-launches-esg-based-indexes.html

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4. LAOS:

12.30.21

 

Poland donates 501,000 doses of Covid vaccineA shipment of 501,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine provided to Laos by the government of Poland arrived in Vientiane on Tuesday.
As the Covid outbreak spreads in Laos, the government is mobilising assistance from various sectors and friendly countries to supplement its own resources.
Ministry of Health officials received the shipment at the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge in Vientiane.
“The arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccine donated by Poland is very timely as the government has set an ambitious target to vaccinate 50 percent of the population by the end of this year and about 70 percent by the end of next year,” a senior ministry official said.

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 5. MALAYSIA:

Covid-19: New cases continue downward trend, 3,160 cases Saturdayprint sharing button

  • 12- 25- 2021 08:16 PM

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KUALA LUMPUR: New daily Covid-19 cases in the country continued a downward trend, with 3,160 cases reported today compared with 3,528 yesterday, said Health director-general, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Today is the sixth consecutive day that the country recorded a daily case count below 4,000; the last time the number of cases exceeded 4,000 was on Dec 18, with 4,083 cases.

READ MORE: https://www.thesundaily.my/local/covid-19-new-cases-continue-downward-trend-3160-cases-saturday-II8695875

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6.  MYANMAR:

 Asean as a whole has reported more than 14.7 million COVID-19 cases. Of this, more than 570,000 are active cases as of December 28.

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BANGKOK – The new United Nations special envoy on Myanmar, Dr Noeleen Heyzer, on Monday (Dec 27) expressed concern about the escalating violence in Myanmar and called for a new year’s ceasefire to facilitate humanitarian aid.

In her first official statement since assuming the position two weeks ago, Dr Heyzer called for the halt of hostilities “throughout Myanmar”.

She urged all parties to “act in the greater interest of the nation and to fully respect their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law to protect civilians, ensure free movement towards safety when needed, and allow humanitarian assistance to be provided to those in need, including those forced to flee the violence”.

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7. PHILIPPINES:

HEADLINES

Duterte declares state of calamity in 6 regions ravaged by ‘Odette’

Duterte declares state of calamity in 6 regions ravaged by 'Odette'

Residents walk past their destroyed homes in Hernani town, Eastern Samar province on December 17, 2021, a day after Super Typhoon Rai pummelled the southern and central regions of the Philippines.

Alren Beronio / AFP
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MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has placed six regions battered by Typhoon Odette under a state of calamity, a declaration that puts in place a price freeze and allows the release of emergency funds.

Under Proclamation No. 1267 that Duterte signed on Tuesday, the regions of MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Caraga will be under a state of calamity for one year “unless sooner lifted in accordance with law.”

Today’s Paper: December 29, 2021

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8. SINGAPORE:

Singapore, China ink 14 deals as both seek to go green, tap tech

(From left) Dr Tan See Leng, Lawrence Wong, S Iswaran, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Chan Chun Sing, Desmond Lee and Low Yen Ling at the 17TH JOINT COUNCIL FOR BILATERAL COOPERATION AND RELATED JOINT STEERING COUNCIL MEETINGS and on screen is Han Zheng, Vice-Pr

The 17th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation was held virtually because of travel restrictions owing to the coronavirus pandemic. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
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SINGAPORE – Singapore and China hauled home 14 deals on Wednesday (Dec 29) from their annual bilateral cooperation summit, the most in recent years despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

From the agreements, it was clear both sides are keen to work on sustainability issues, digitalisation and people-to-people exchanges as the platform, the Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC), clocks its 17th edition.

Like last year, the apex meeting to discuss collaborations between the two governments was held virtually, with 14 Singapore ministers and 17 Chinese counterparts attending.

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READ MORE:  https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/singapore-china-pledge-new-areas-of-cooperation-at-high-level-bilateral-forum

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9. THAILAND:

Govt staff to WFH next week

Private sector urged to follow their lead

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, left, conducts breathalyser tests on railway staff at Hua Lamphong station on Tuesday as part of the ministry’s campaign for safer journeys during the New Year holiday exodus. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)

Government officials will work from home after New Year while online classes may be brought back as part of efforts to contain the outbreak of the Omicron coronavirus variant, says the Public Health Ministry.

The private sector is also being encouraged to follow suit by encouraging staff to work from home.

Speaking before a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha said the ministry submitted scenarios on the Omicron outbreak to the cabinet..
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READ MORE:   https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2239147/govt-staff-to-wfh-next-week

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10. VIET NAM:

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15,586 new COVID-19 infections reported nationwide, Hà Nội registers most cases for 7th straight day

Update: December, 25/2021

A resident undergoes a rapid COVID-19 test before attending a Christmas ceremony at St Joseph’s Cathedral in Hà Nội on December 24, 2021. — VNA/VNS Photo Tuấn Đức

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HÀ NỘI — A total of 15,586 new COVID-19 cases were recorded across the country on Saturday, bringing the national tally to 1,636,455.

With 1,879 transmissions, Hà Nội again registered a record number of infections, and was the locality with the most cases nationwide for the seventh consecutive day.

More than half new virus incidences, 8,077, were community transmissions.

 

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