Indonesia shortens COVID-19 quarantine time

Indonesia shortens COVID-19 quarantine time

The Indonesian government on January 3 decided to shorten the quarantine period for arrivals, including those who were from Omicron-hit countries.
Citizens from 14 more countries permitted to enter Laos under new travel scheme

Citizens from 14 more countries permitted to enter Laos under new travel scheme

The Consular Affairs Department of the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs has added citizens from 14 more countries to the list of nationalities eligible to travel to Laos under the Green Travel Zone Plan.
ADB revises down Malaysia’s economic growth forecast in 2021

ADB revises down Malaysia’s economic growth forecast in 2021

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has downgraded Malaysia's gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast to 3.8 percent from 4.7 percent for 2021 and 5.9 percent from 6.1 percent next year.
ASEAN Honour Day held at World Expo 2020 Dubai

ASEAN Honour Day held at World Expo 2020 Dubai

The ASEAN Honour Day was held on December 13 with a series of activities, including the opening ceremony and movie video showcasing the region’s diversity, within the framework of the World Expo 2020 Dubai.
Malaysia’s approved investments rise by 51 percent despite COVID-19 pandemic

Malaysia’s approved investments rise by 51 percent despite COVID-19 pandemic

Investment in Malaysia has increased remarkably in spite of the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vietnam urges promoting Middle East peace process

Vietnam urges promoting Middle East peace process

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), has called on parties concerned to promote the peace process in the Middle East when addressing a meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC) regarding the situation in the Middle East on December 21.
Philippine President declares state of calamity in typhoon-ravaged areas

Philippine President declares state of calamity in typhoon-ravaged areas

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a state of calamity in several regions to speed up relief efforts for victims of typhoon Rai that ravaged central and southern Philippines last week.
ADB revises down Malaysia’s economic growth forecast in 2021

ADB revises down Malaysia’s economic growth forecast in 2021

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has downgraded Malaysia's gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast to 3.8 percent from 4.7 percent for 2021 and 5.9 percent from 6.1 percent next year.
ASEAN training course connects women-led SMEs

ASEAN training course connects women-led SMEs

An ASEAN training course on improving export capacity for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) owned by women took place on December 21.
ASEAN holds 5th round of RCEP webinar series

ASEAN holds 5th round of RCEP webinar series

The Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asia (ASEAN), together with the East Asia Business Council, has run the 5th round of the webinar series on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Philippines reports at least 75 deaths as Typhoon Rai hits

Philippines reports at least 75 deaths as Typhoon Rai hits

The death toll from Typhoon Rai - the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year - has risen to at least 75, according to official statistics announced by local authorities on December 19.
27 feared dead in building fire in Japan's Osaka

27 feared dead in building fire in Japan's Osaka

Twenty-seven people were feared dead after a blaze swept through a commercial building housing a mental health clinic in the Japanese city of Osaka on Friday, as reports said police considered arson a possible cause of the fire.
Vietnam fulfils role as Chair of Veterans Confederation of ASEAN Countries

Vietnam fulfils role as Chair of Veterans Confederation of ASEAN Countries

The 20th General Assembly of the Veterans Confederation of ASEAN Countries (VECONAC-20) took place via videoconference on December 15 under the chair of Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Van Duoc, Chairman of the Veterans’ Association of Vietnam (VAVN).
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