Covid-19 in Southeast Asia, 2020-2022: Restriction, Relief, Recovery


About the Conference

Southeast Asia’s journey through two and a half years of Covid-19 comprises shared and unique experiences. Research on the pandemic’s impacts and policy challenges can shed important light on how the region managed the multiple crises. In navigating concurrent health and economic crises, and in some cases political instability, governments and societies have had to go to unprecedented lengths in restricting mobility, delivering aid, coordinating responses, and communicating information.

At this conference, researchers from across Southeast Asia will present their findings and analyses of the manifold aspects of Covid-19. Country studies of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam are grouped according to four themes: pandemic management, economic stimulus, policy coordination, and transition economy experience. Each study provides a general overview and focuses on specific aspects to enhance comparison across a select set of countries. We also investigate vaccine procurement and rollout across the region, and ASEAN’s Covid-19 initiatives. Panel presentations and discussions will be centred on the region’s performance in meeting the challenges of Covid-19, and lessons to be learned for future crises.

This conference is supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

Refer to the programme here.
To download the speakers’ papers, click here.


This is a hybrid event which will be held at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS).

Attending the Event In-person at ISEAS

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Attending the Event Virtually via Webinar

To join the event virtually at the specified date and time using your internet devices, please register via the following links to receive your unique login link for the webinar via the zoom platform.

Day 1 (Thursday, 28 July 2022) – Please register here

Day 2 (Friday, 29 July 2022) – Please register here

Hourly Schedule

Day 1 – Thursday, 28 July 2022

9.30am - 10am
10am - 10.15am
Welcome Remarks
Mr Choi Shing Kwok<br/>Director and CEO<br/>ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute<br/><br/>Mr Andreas Klein<br/>Director of Political Dialogue Asia<br/>Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
10.15am - 12.05pm
PANEL 1: Covid-19 in the Transition Economies: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar
Moderator: Moe Thuzar<br />ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute<br /><br /> Presenters: Teng Delux & Pen Socheata<br />Cambodia Development Research Institute<br /><strong>Cambodia's Covid-19 Impacts and Economic Recovery Pathways: Aspects and Perspectives</strong><br /><br /> Phouphet Kyiphilavong & Khaysy Srithilat<br />National University of Laos<br /><strong>Laos' Covid-19 Recovery Pathways</strong><br /><br /> Sandii Lwin, Kyaw San Wai & Nilar Win<br />Myanmar Health and Development Consortium<br /><strong>Capabilities, Coup-vid and Cataclysm: Myanmar's Responses to Covid-19</strong><br /><br /> Discussant: Jayant Menon<br />ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute
12.05pm - 1.15pm
1.15pm - 3.05pm
PANEL 2: Policy Coordination in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand: Horizontal and Vertical Dimensions
Moderator: Francis Hutchinson<br /> ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute<br /><br /> Presenters: Yanuar Nugroho & Sofie Syarif<br /> ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute<br /> <strong>To be or not to be? Dilemmas of Covid-19 Policy Implementation and Coordination in Indonesia</strong><br /><br /> Tricia Yeoh<br /> Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS)<br /> <strong>Conflict and Cooperation: Covid-19 Policy Coordination in Malaysia</strong><br /><br /> Punchada Sirivunnabood<br /> Mahidol University<br /> <strong>The Drama of Vaccine Politics: Covid-19 Inoculation Distribution in Thailand</strong><br /><br /> Discussant: Siwage Dharma Negara<br /> ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute
3.05pm - 3.25pm
Coffee & Tea
3.25pm - 4.55pm
PANEL 3: Vaccination and Reopening: Country-level and ASEAN Experiences
Moderator: Melinda Martinus<br /> ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute<br /><br /> Presenters: Tham Siew Yean & Andrew Kam<br /> ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute; IKMAS-UKM Malaysia<br /> <strong>Determinants of Covid-19 Vaccine Rollouts in Southeast Asia</strong><br /><br /> Sara Abdullah<br /> ASEAN Secretariat<br /> <strong>ASEAN’s Response to COVID-19: Collaboration Towards Reopening</strong><br /><br /> Discussant: Sanchita Basu Das<br /> Asian Development Bank
4.55pm - 5pm
Day 1 Closing Remarks

Day 2 – Friday, 29 July 2022

9am - 10.50am
PANEL 4: Economic Relief and Stimulus: Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
Moderator: Cassey Lee<br /> ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute<br /><br /> Presenters: Melati Nungsari<br /> Asian School of Business<br /> <strong>Malaysian Covid-19 Economic Stimulus Packages: Too Little, Too Late?</strong><br /><br /> Terence Ho<br /> Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy<br /> <strong>Singapore: Support for Households and Businesses During the Pandemic</strong><br /><br /> Archanun Kohpaiboon & Juthathip Jongwanich<br /> Thammasat University<br /> <strong>Economic Relief and Stimulus: Evidence from Thailand</strong><br /><br /> Discussant: Lee Hwok Aun<br /> ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute
10.50am - 11.10am
Coffee & Tea
11.10am - 1pm
PANEL 5: Managing and Mismanaging the Pandemic: Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam
Moderator: Maria Monica Wihardja<br /> ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute<br /><br /> Presenters: Arief Ramayandi & Siwage Dharma Negara<br /> Asian Development Bank; ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute<br /> <strong>Indonesia’s Covid-19 Mobility Restrictions: Rationales and Consequences</strong><br /><br /> Sheena Valenzuela & Ronald U. Mendoza<br /> Ateneo de Manila University<br /> <strong>Economics of Lockdown: Balancing Health and the Economy in the Philippines</strong><br /><br /> Nguyen Thu Huong & Nguyen Thang<br /> Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS)<br /> <strong>Vietnam’s Pandemic Passage: From “Zero Covid” to Flexible Adaptation</strong><br /><br /> Discussant: Dean Dulay<br /> Singapore Management University
1pm - 1.05pm
Conference Closing Remarks
1.05pm - 2.30pm


Jul 28 - 29 2022


ISEAS Seminar Room 1 & 2 / Webinar