36th ASEAN Roundtable – Braving the Storms: ASEAN in Crisis Mode – Day 1


About the Webinar

Session I: Promoting a More Inclusive and Equitable Economic Recovery in ASEAN

This session explores the possibility of promoting a more inclusive and equitable economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic in ASEAN. The pandemic has severely affected all ASEAN economies and caused a surge in the use of online platforms by businesses. The bottom for ASEAN’s economic slowdown appears to have been reached sometime during the second quarter of 2020, but the turnaround has been uneven across countries, sectors, and firm sizes. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) suffered greater losses in sales than large firms. Achieving more inclusive economic recovery in ASEAN requires deeper regional economic integration through seamless intra-regional flows of people, goods, and capital as well as greater participation of SMEs in digital trade.

Session II: Leveraging the COVID-19 Crisis for a Sustainable Future

The Covid-19 containment and mitigation measures had put ASEAN into an economic crisis. But the crisis has provided a window of opportunity for ASEAN to overhaul its economy to be more durable and resilient. Going back to its old playbook of environmentally destructive stimulus packages to drive new hard infrastructure and aid spending must be avoided. Instead, recovery policies must generate new strategies, tools and policy reforms that will ameliorate the impacts of future shocks, cushion unexpected business reversals, and empower just and inclusive societies in the event of future crises. The impetus to re-examine current spending, develop comprehensive policies for reskilling and upskilling of ASEAN’s workforce and circular economy’s role in a green recovery must be initiated. This session will explore three critical areas for ASEAN’s sustainable transformation: green recovery, reskilling of the workforce and circular economy. Catalysing the shifts in these areas is vital for ASEAN to transition to a more inclusive and resilient society.

This webinar is supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

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About the Speakers

Opening Remarks

Mr CHOI Shing Kwok
Director, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
Mr Christian ECHLE
Director, Regional Programme Political Dialogue Asia
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Keynote Message

Mr Alvin TAN
Minister of State
Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Culture, Community
and Youth

Session I Speakers

Dr CHUA Hak Bin
Senior Economist
Maybank Kim Eng
Dr Sanchita Basu DAS
Associate Fellow, Regional Economic Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute


Deputy Director, Asian Trade Centre
Dr Cassey LEE
Senior Fellow and Coordinator, Regional Economic Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Session II Speakers

Ms Jukhee HONG
Executive Director, CARI ASEAN Research and Advocacy
Dr Venkatachalam ANBUMOZHI
Senior Economist, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)


Mr Seow Hiong GOH
Executive Director, Global Policy & Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, Cisco Systems
Ms LEE Sue-Ann
Senior Fellow, Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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You can also register here for Day 2.

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If you have questions for the speakers, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speakers during the Q&A session.


Oct 12 2021


9:00 am - 12:00 pm