Indonesia, Philippines report surges in COVID-19 infections

Indonesia recorded 4,301 more COVID-19 cases and 79 deaths in the last 24 hours, lifting its total number of infections and fatalities to 353,461 and 12,347, respectively. Read more »

Meeting promotes ASEAN-EAS cooperation in adapting to COVID-19

Senior experts from the East Asia Summit (EAS) have gathered at an online meeting to discuss cooperation orientations in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, co-chaired by Vietnam, as the Chair... Read more »

Indonesia to host 2022 global platform for disaster risk reduction

Indonesia is set to host the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) on Bali resort island on May 23-28, 2022, announced Indonesian President Joko Widodo on a virtual meeting... Read more »

Indonesia surpasses Philippines in COVID-19 cases

With 4,411 new COVID-19 cases reported on October 15, Indonesia has surpassed the Philippines to have the highest number of coronavirus infections in Southeast Asia at 349,160. Read more »

Laos allows some overseas arrivals to quarantine at home

The Lao government has set new quarantine measures for travellers arriving from countries free of COVID-19, allowing some to self-quarantine at home. Read more »

Indonesia helps tourism sector weather COVID-19

Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama Kusubandio recently vowed to disburse an aid package worth 3.3 trillion IDR (224 million USD) for tourism-related businesses and local administrations. Read more »

Fourth meeting of ACC Working Group on Public Health Emergencies

Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, head of the ASEAN SOM of Vietnam, the ASEAN Chair 2020, chaired the fourth meeting of the ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC) Working Group on... Read more »

Indonesia among 10 countries with largest foreign debt: WB

Indonesia has been included in the list of 10 small-medium income countries with the largest foreign debt in the world, revealed a report of the World Bank (WB). Read more »

Singapore’s GDP contracts by 7 percent in Q3

Based on advance estimates for the third quarter of 2020, the Singapore economy expanded by 7.9 percent on a quarter-on-quarter seasonally-adjusted basis, rebounding from the 13.2 percent contraction in the... Read more »

35th ASEAN-Japan Forum held online

The 35th ASEAN-Japan Forum was held online on October 14 under the chair of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung and Japanese Senior Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs... Read more »

Indonesian minister honoured as Finance Minister of the Year for East Asia-Pacific

Indonesia’s Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has been named the Finance Minister of the Year for East Asia-Pacific by Global Markets magazine one more time for her accomplishments throughout the... Read more »

Indonesia’s GDP growth to contract 1.5 percent in 2020: IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted that Indonesia’s GDP growth may contract by 1.5 percent in 2020 rather than 0.3 percent as it initially forecasted in June this year... Read more »