35th ASEAN Roundtable – Session II: The Economic Impact of Covid-19 on ASEAN
ASEAN STUDIES CENTRE
About the Webinar
Covid-19 pandemic on ASEAN’s economies, the way forward to sustain open trade policies, prospects of supply chains’ reconfiguration, and opportunities to leverage the existing regional agreements and the prospective Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to strengthen ASEAN’s economic integration. The pandemic has pushed the economies of ASEAN member states into a lockdown to help contain the virus and save lives. However, the strict lockdown can worsen an economic recession, at least in the short run. Economic slowdown has been further exacerbated by temporary trade restrictions due to concerns over domestic shortages of food and critical medical supplies. On the positive side, the pandemic reinforced the trend of firm relocations from China to other countries, which presents an opportunity for ASEAN to re-position itself in the global supply chains. Such opportunities for ASEAN can be further supported by the implementation of RCEP to lower trade costs and provide deeper common disciplines that facilitate the operation of economic activities spanning multiple borders.
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About the Speakers
Dr Tham Siew Yean is Visiting Senior Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute and Professor Emeritus, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She was formerly Director and Professor of International Trade at Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, UKM. Her research interests cover trade in goods and services as well as foreign direct investment. She has published extensively on trade-related issues in books and journals such as Journal of Contemporary Asia, Emerging Markets, Finance and Trade, Asian Economic Panel and Prague Economic Papers, besides co-editing numerous books published by international publishing houses. She earned a Ph.D degree in Economics from University of Rochester, USA.
Ms Selena Ling is the Chief Economist for OCBC Bank. As Head of Treasury Research & Strategy, she leads a research team that is responsible for Treasury market research, forecasts and trading recommendations for the bank, covering fixed income, interest rates, corporate credit, foreign exchange and macroeconomic commentary. Under her leadership, OCBC’s research capabilities have been greatly valued by customers and highly ranked in surveys. She is a member of the OCBC Wealth Panel for Singapore and Malaysia, and a council member for the Economic Society of Singapore. She was conferred the IBF Fellow Award in Financial Markets in 2017. Her research has been extensively quoted and published by prominent media across print, television and radio.
Dr Jayant Menon is Visiting Senior Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, following his early retirement from the ADB, where he was Lead Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist. He started work at Monash University at its original campus in Clayton, Melbourne. He has also worked at the University of Melbourne, Victoria University, ADB Institute in Tokyo and the American University in Washington, DC. He holds adjunct appointments with the Australian National University, University of Nottingham, UK and IDEAS, Malaysia. He has served on the Advisory Boards of CDRI, Cambodia and University of Nottingham, Malaysia. He has authored and edited 15 books, 40 chapters in books and 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid is currently Chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute, of ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia, and President of the ASEAN Business Club. He also sits on the Board of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia and is Board Chairman of the Institute for Capital Market Research Malaysia (ICMR). He is an active advocate of deeper ASEAN Economic Integration. He has extensive experience and is well known in the Malaysian corporate world. He is formerly the Chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad (2008-2020). He had been the Group Editor of the New Straits Times, first Executive Chairman of CIMB and Founding Chairman of the Malaysian Securities Commission. After stepping down from the Securities Commission, he became Independent Non-Executive Director of Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Chairman of Celcom (Malaysia) Berhad and Non-Executive Chairman of Malaysian Airline System Berhad. He was Founder President of the Kuala Lumpur Business Club (KLBC), established in 2003 and is a member of the Court of Fellows of the Malaysian Institute of Management.
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