A cruise ship in Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam. Photo by Bryan Lippincott (CC BY-ND 2.0)

ASEAN Tourism Ministers Make Plans to Gradually Reopen ASEAN Tourism    

The 25th Meeting of ASEAN Tourism Ministers held on 19 January 2022 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, exchanged views on the way forward for the recovery of the region’s tourism industry. Bearing the theme “ASEAN – A Community of Peace and Shared Future,” the Meeting discussed the impact of COVID-19 on each ASEAN member state and emphasized the development of the tourism sector amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

 

Decline in Tourist Growth 

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Waterfall in Phnom Kulen, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photo by Kim Seng (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Ecotourism to be Developed in Cambodia's Siem Reap, Kampong Speu, and Koh Kong Provinces

The Government of Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment plans to develop and establish ecotourism in protected areas of Siem Reap, Kampong Speu, and Koh Kong provinces under the “Cambodia Sustainable Landscape and Ecotourism Project.” 

Areas that will potentially be developed include the Preah Jayavarman-Norodom National Park “Phnom Kulen”; the Oral Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary and the Central Cardamom Mountain National Park; and the Tatai and Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuaries. 

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$95 Million ADB Loan to Help Cambodia Purchase Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccines

$95 Million ADB Loan to Help Cambodia Purchase Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccines

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $95 million loan to help the Cambodian government vaccinate Cambodians against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from 2022 to 2023, including annual booster shots for those already vaccinated and primary doses for children under 5.

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In Thailand, women accounted for 60% of all job losses, including 90% in manufacturing. Photo credit: ADB

Job Losses in Southeast Asia Peak during Strictest COVID-19 Curbs

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic pummeled Southeast Asian economies, leading to major job losses across many sectors due to government lockdowns and movement restrictions in 2020, says a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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Climate-resilient infrastructure protected the rice fields and improved livelihood opportunities in the area. Photo credit: National Project Coordination Office Project Team, Department of Irrigation, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Securing Lives and Livelihoods in Southern Vientiane through Climate Mitigation

Farmers are managing seasonal floods and droughts better, thanks to a modern irrigation system, flood-proof road, and disaster risk control measures.

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A reinvigorated multilateralism can and must respond faster to take on new challenges and expand provision of public goods.

Combating COVID-19 and Ensuring No One is Left Behind - Bambang Susantono, Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana and Kanni Wignaraja

If the world wants to beat back the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure no one is left behind in the recovery, two issues thrown into sharp relief by the pandemic need attention: digitalization and regional cooperation.

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