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ASEAN Telecommunication 2020/09/09 (Vol.640)

ASEAN Telecommunication Japan-Southeast Asia Economic Exchange Magazine
2020/09/09(Vol.640)

 

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➤Vietnam:Aviation agency unveils detailed plans for flight resumption to 6 Asian destinations

➤Myanmar:Egat talks power trade with Cambodia, Myanmar

➤Cambodia:First phase of Dara Sakor International Airport Development Project to be complete by end 2020
 

■Vietnam:Aviation agency unveils detailed plans for flight resumption to 6 Asian destinations

Vietnamese aviation authorities have prepared detailed plans for resuming commercial flights to some Northeast and Southeast Asian destinations this month.

Dinh Viet Thang, head of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV), said the Ministry of Transport and other relevant agencies will submit the plans on Thursday to the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, asking for flights to be reconnected to Guangzhou, Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei, and Cambodia and Laos.

Once the services resume on September 15 all foreign passengers will be quarantined on arrival.

Around 5,000 people are expected to fly into Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City every week.

There will be two weekly round trips on the HCMC-Guangzhou (China) sector.

Vietnam Airlines or Pacific Airlines will operate one of them and a Chinese carrier, the other.

There will be two weekly services on the Hanoi-Tokyo and two HCMC-Tokyo routes, with Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air allocated one sector each.

On the South Korea route, Vietnam Airlines will fly to Seoul from Hanoi and Vietjet Air from HCMC, both once a week.

Vietnam Airlines is scheduled to fly on the HCMC-Taipei (Taiwan) sector, and Vietjet Air the Hanoi-Taipei route.

To Laos and Cambodia, aviation authorities have proposed one flight a week by Vietnam Airlines.

According to the CAAV proposal, passengers arriving in Vietnam must have been in these Asian destinations for at least 30 days prior to boarding the flight. Transit passengers will not be allowed in.

Passengers must furnish a certificate showing they tested negative for the novel coronavirus within three days before departure.

On arrival, they would undergo rapid testing for Covid-19 with the costs covered by the airlines. They will have to pay for their quarantine.

The CAAV has petitioned the Ministry of Health to announce quarantine requirements for passengers upon entry and publish a list of real-time PCR labs in the country for foreign passengers since they might need a Covid-19 testing certificate before leaving Vietnam.

Vietnam suspended all international flights on March 25. Many foreigners who have been kept out of Vietnam due to travel restrictions have pleaded with the government to reopen the borders and resume international flights so that they could reunite with their families.

China, Japan and South Korea are Vietnam's biggest foreign investors and also send the largest number of tourists to the country.

Vietnam has had 1,046 Covid-19 cases and 34 deaths so far.



■Myanmar:Egat talks power trade with Cambodia, Myanmar


The state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is planning to talk with power authorities in Cambodia and Myanmar to trade electricity from Thailand at a combined capacity of 500 megawatts.

Patana Sangsriroujana, deputy governor for policy and planning, said Egat has been ordered by Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong to talk with the two governments about future power trading.

"The sales to Cambodia will happen quicker than Myanmar because some transmission lines have been developed in Cambodia," said Mr Patana.

"Myanmar requires new investment for power infrastructure."

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He said the electricity trade to both countries should begin by 2023. The energy ministers of the three countries need to agree on a contract.

Mr Patana said the Laos government is also interested in trading power to Cambodia and Myanmar under its Battery of Asia policy.

After the talk ends, both buyers and sellers will study the feasibility in more detail such as power capacity, locations of transmission lines, power tariffs and periods of trade.

This new trade is another step after a power agreement between Laos, Malaysia and Thailand.

The three countries agreed to a second power purchase under the Laos, Thailand and Malaysia Power Integration Project (LTM-PIP) in September during the Asean Ministers on Energy Meeting and Associated Meetings (AMEM) in Bangkok.

Trade between the three countries has increased to 300MW, from 100MW in the first LTM-PIP.

Mr Patana said community-owned power plants will be developed from renewable resources under the government's Energy for All scheme, resulting in power generation of 500-1,000MW, which can be traded to neighbours in Southeast Asia.

In addition, representatives from Myanmar said during AMEM the country needs to widen power access to locals.

Some 50% of Myanmar's population cannot access electricity, which is obstructing its economic growth.

Mr Patana said Egat's preliminary study found Thailand can trade electricity to Myanmar through the immigration checkpoint at Mae Sot, Tak.

Mr Sontirat, the energy minister, said last week Thailand's power supply has a large surplus with installed capacity of 44,000MW.

Peak demand is 32,000MW, leaving plenty of room to trade power to neighbouring countries.

"A lot of new power plants are expected to begin operation over the next three years, increasing the capacity surplus to 30% from 27% now," said Mr Sontirat.
 


■Cambodia:First phase of Dara Sakor International Airport Development Project to be complete by end 2020


The first phase of Dara Sakor International Airport development project will finish before the end of this year.

The update was provided by Mr. Li Tao, Board Chairman of the Chinese-owned Union Development Group (UDG) in a meeting with Mao Havannall, Minister in charge of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation.

Invested by UDG, the $3.5-billion worth airport is built over 4.5 hectares of land in Botom Sakor district, Koh Kong province.

Mr. Havannall highly valued the progress of the firm’s construction works, stressing that the SSCA will continue to support the company for the construction to be completed successfully, which will contribute to developing the country, promoting its economic growth and attracting tourists.

It is one of three airports currently under construction. The other two are the new Phnom Penh international airport located in Kandal and Takeo provinces, and the new Siem Reap international airport in Siem Reap province. 



 

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