36th ASEAN Roundtable – Braving the Storms: ASEAN in Crisis Mode – Day 1
ASEAN STUDIES CENTRE
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.
About the Speakers
Session I Speakers
Session II Speakers
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