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first_imgIn the latter part of his speech, President Jokowi said ASEAN travel corridors would be crucial to maintain regional connectivity, which would be central to economic growth. In addition, Jokowi said, the arrangement could signal the strategic significance of the ASEAN community in the region and the world. “Each of these countries, even though they are grouped under ASEAN, still need to protect their citizens from COVID-19. This continues to be the main priority of each country. So it won’t be possible to have travel corridors when the response levels are not equal,” said Dicky, who was involved in the ASEAN HIV-AIDS response in the mid aughts. “The travel corridor arrangements, of course, must be done carefully, measurably and gradually, starting from essential business travel that implements strict health protocols,” Jokowi said.President Jokowi, who delivered the remarks after speeches from Brunei Darussalam’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, said regional leaders must give clear direction to accelerate post-COVID-19 ASEAN economic recovery.A number of countries in ASEAN have begun working on details of a plan to open a passage that would allow for safe travel during the pandemic. The proposed plans include Singapore’s “fast-lane” arrangement with China as well as Malaysia’s “green lane” with Singapore and Brunei. Indonesia is also discussing a “fast lane” arrangement with China, which is expected to be open by the end of June, according to information from the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta. Indonesia has the highest cumulative total of confirmed cases, as its daily tally of new cases continues to hover around 1,000. Meanwhile, other ASEAN states such as Vietnam, Brunei and Laos have all reported zero cases over the past few weeks. Since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Thailand in mid-January, all 10 member states have progressed differently in their COVID-19 responses, with some countries succeeding at containing the virus and others still grappling with high rates of infection. Jokowi also encouraged digital connectivity and called for the strengthening of regional economic cooperation through the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) this year.In his opening remarks, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam, which is the current chair of ASEAN, warned that the virus pandemic could cause an economic calamity as it has swept away years of economic gains in the region. Other ASEAN country leaders, including Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Brunei Darussalam’s Hassanal Bolkiah, also tabled the travel bubble proposal, saying the plan is crucial to shore up investments and create job opportunities. With concerns over economic catastrophe taking center stage at the 36th ASEAN Summit, which kicked off virtually on Friday, some country members of the regional grouping are calling for the opening of an ASEAN travel corridor.Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is one of the country leaders proposing the regional travel corridor arrangement, saying it could be a crucial measure to accelerate economic recovery.”I understand that some of us, including Indonesia, have started bilateral talks both with fellow ASEAN countries and with countries outside ASEAN regarding travel corridors. However, it is time for ASEAN, as a community, to think about ASEAN travel corridor arrangements,” Jokowi said in his speech, delivered from Bogor Palace on Friday. Dicky said that countries in the ASEAN region should make controlling the epidemic a priority rather than focusing on bringing the economy back to normal.”Look at other regions. Even the EU does not treat every member equally but gives them the freedom to arrange their own travel corridors based on the pandemic control status,” he said. Epidemiologist Dicky Budiman, however, pointed out that as the COVID-19 response in the region was not uniform, with some showing some level of success in controlling the outbreak while others still facing surging cases, it would be difficult for countries to achieve a uniform travel bubble agreement.  “As a first step, we can explore the possibility of sectoral exemptions for travel restrictions such as medical tourism, or high-value economic visits,” Prime Minister Muhyiddin said as quoted by Malaysian national news agency Bernama.Malaysia’s “green bubble” or “green lanes” proposal, however, involves easing travel restrictions between two or more countries where local COVID-19 infections and cases are low. Malaysian officials have said that countries with no new cases of COVID-19 for 28 days could be considered to join the travel bubble. Foreign travelers from “green zone” countries like Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand and Australia may not need to undergo the 14-day quarantine, Bloomberg has reported. Topics : “It has swept away the successes of recent years […] threatening the lives of millions of people,” Prime Minister Xuan Phuc said in a sobering opening address as quoted by Agence France-Presse. He emphasized the “serious consequences” of the pandemic for economic development among ASEAN’s members.The Vietnamese prime minister also said that in the coming months, ASEAN leaders would face a “heavy burden” to lead the region out of the difficult times. “The successful completion of this task will stand as a testament to the lasting values and vitality of our resilient and dynamic community,” he said.According to the latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast, world economic growth would be lower than previously estimated, from minus 3 percent to minus 4.9 percent, making the crisis the worst economic contraction since the Great Depression in the 1930s.last_img read more

Absentee Voting In Ripley County Saturday

September 24, 2020 | isuyyvzl | No Comments

first_imgRipley County voters unable to cast a ballot during the Primary Election on May 6 will have an opportunity the next two weekends.Clerk Mary Ann McCoy announced that there will be absentee voting in the Election Room of the Ripley County Courthouse Sat., April 26 and Sat., May 3.Voting hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.Questions can be fielded by calling (812) 689-4783.last_img

‘We Are Still in Crisis’

January 18, 2020 | jqykayon | No Comments

first_imgOne of the panelists of the War Memorial Lecture Series (WMLS), Att’y Vulate Hage, has observed that looking at past situations that led to the 14-year civil crisis, Liberians are still in crisis.  As one of the contributing factors to this, she mentioned the unfair distribution of natural resources. The WMLS brought together five speakers: Cllr. Taiwon Gongloe, Att’y Hage, Mr. Kenneth Y. Best of the Daily Observer, Att’y Jerome Kolleh and Rev. Emmanuel Bowier. These speakers provided “surgical” explanations to the genesis of the civil crisis in Liberia and the continuing problems that plague the country and threaten its peace and stability.Addressing the WMLS, which was held at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sinkor last Wednesday, Madam Hage explained that many of the actions that contributed to the brutal civil crisis continue to exist in the current regime headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The government has failed the people of Liberia, Att’y Hage declared, stating that she was worried about what older people will tell their children after electing former war lords to lead them. Liberia, she said, is the only country that elects leaders who made pre-election promises but have nothing to show after serving many years in power.“What will we tell our children, especially the younger ones, after we elected former warlords as leaders? What is the example that we as older ones are setting for the young generation, when those we elected are doing the same old things that contributed to the 14-year civil crisis in this country? “We have to find a way to bring about the change we want as people and citizens of Liberia. It is time for each of us, most especially our young people, to get the education we need that will empower us to bring about the change we desire and deserve in Liberia,” she declared.Also speaking, Cllr. Taiwon Gongloe observed that for a long time we heard that this country was a God-fearing one, but it has not materialized because we have all suffered the deadly consequences of our leaders’ failure to deliver good effective and results-oriented governance to the people.According to him, the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is one of those institutions which suffered most from the civil crisis that resulted from the perennial problem of poor governance in LiberiaCllr. Gongloe was referring to the massacre of over 600 people inside that church at Tubman Boulevard and 14th Street in Sinkor on the fateful night of June 29, 1990.   Hundreds of Liberians had sought refuge in that church from the murderous death squads that paraded the country, especially Monrovia in 1990. But the death squad, allegedly led by President Samuel K. Doe himself, entered St. Peter’s that night and butchered over 600 men, women and children.  Among those killed that night, Cllr. Gongloe said, were a former classmate who duxed his high school graduating class.  His name was Charles Saye Dianyee, who was brutally murdered along with his younger brother Nyan and their sister Yei, and their two children.During that reign of terror under the Doe regime, pastors were editing their Sermons to be on the safe side despite the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech.  Yet, even though the regime had staged a coup d’etat on April 12, 1980 to “redeem” Liberians, there were things that pastors couldn’t have said to their congregations. This was a clear indication that the redeeming mission of the People’s Redemption Council (PRC) had failed.Reflecting on the historical perspective, Counselor Gongloe said there was another promise that had been betrayed.   The settlers from the United States of America that landed on these shores in 1822 said they had come to ‘Christianize and civilize the country, yet ended up allocating to themselves all of the power, leaving the indigenous majority out of the political mainstream.  This lasted for over a century until the 1980 coup d’etat.Cllr. Gongloe stressed that it was time for Liberia to look back and learn from their history in order to avoid the mistakes of yesterday and today. He further called on Liberia’s young people to continue serving God and strive for education, as the time will come for them.He called on the government to ensure that chiefs and clan chiefs be elected as the constitution requires that these people be elected by the people.  The government must stop violating the rights of our people.Counselor Gongloe said he had observed that the Daily Observer newspaper in the beginning of the regime of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was “regime friendly.”  But he said he had equally observed that the Observer had distanced itself from the regime and had now become critical of many of its policies that tend to lead the country astray.Rev. Emmanuel Bowier, the note historical commentator, also emphasized that all the factors that contributed to the long crisis in the country are still occurring in the current regime and it was important that the older folks begin advising the leaders of the country to change the direction in which they are leading the country.He said it was unfortunate that leaders continue to repeat the identical things that fully contributed to the 14 years of civil crisis in Liberia, adding that such mistakes would lead to additional crises if not arrested immediately by the current regime.“Liberians have suffered from this national crisis for too long and it is now time that we stop those things that have caused the deaths of so many of our people.  We need to speak out to our leaders to ensure that the right things are put into place.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more