Malaysia’s unemployment rate rises to highest level since 1993

Malaysia’s unemployment rate increased to 4.5 percent in 2020, the highest rate since 1993 when it was recorded at 4.1 percent, according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DoSM). Read more »

Thailand has contingency plans to secure COVID-19 vaccines

Thailand has contingency plans to secure COVID-19 vaccines from other producers if AstraZeneca cannot deliver the doses it promised in time. Read more »

Thailand prepares for RCEP ratification

The Thai Ministry of Commerce planned to propose on February 9 to the parliament the ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world's biggest free trade deal signed... Read more »

Malaysia sets tighter control on housing conditions for foreign workers

Malaysia’s Federal Territories Ministry will make it compulsory for every employer to provide details about accommodation for foreign workers being hired in order to obtain the development order approval. Read more »

Indonesia increases budget for economic recovery to over 44 billion US

Indonesian Finance Minister Mulyani Indrawati said the country will spend 619 trillion rupiahs (44.2 billion USD) on implementing the national economic recovery programme (PEN) this year, a much higher number... Read more »

Thailand warns of COVID-19 spread on Lunar New Year

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry is concerned about possible COVID-19 transmission risks when families reunite to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year this week. Read more »

Australian expert highlights Southeast Asia’s trade prospects

Richard Maude, Senior Fellow at Australia’s Asia Society Policy Institute, has spoken highly of trade prospects of Southeast Asian nations against the backdrop of COVID-19. Read more »

ASEAN Prize 2021 launched

The ASEAN Secretariat has recently launched its call for nominations for the ASEAN Prize 2021. Read more »

Cambodia to kick-start vaccination programme

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on February 5 that an inoculation drive against COVID-19 will start from February 10 after the first batch of China-sponsored Sinopharm vaccines... Read more »

ASEANTA seeks border reopening scheme

The ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA) will press for a border reopening scheme among the bloc’s10 member states at the 24th meeting of ASEAN tourism ministries on February 4. Read more »

Italy holds training course on citizen protection for local, ASEAN officials

An online training course on citizen protection services for high-level Italian and ASEAN officials opened on February 3, aiming to foster the ASEAN – Italy development partnership. Read more »

Another earthquake shakes Sulawesi island of Indonesia

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake hit Majene city of Indonesia’s West Sulawesi province on February 3, but it did not trigger tsunami warnings. Read more »