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
Director and CEO
ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute

Mr Andreas Klein
Director of Political Dialogue Asia
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
10.15am - 12.05pm
PANEL 1: Covid-19 in the Transition Economies: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar
Moderator: Moe Thuzar
ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute

Presenters: Teng Delux & Pen Socheata
Cambodia Development Research Institute
Cambodia's Covid-19 Impacts and Economic Recovery Pathways: Aspects and Perspectives

Phouphet Kyiphilavong & Khaysy Srithilat
National University of Laos
Laos' Covid-19 Recovery Pathways

Sandii Lwin, Kyaw San Wai & Nilar Win
Myanmar Health and Development Consortium
Capabilities, Coup-vid and Cataclysm: Myanmar's Responses to Covid-19

Discussant: Jayant Menon
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
ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute

Presenters: Yanuar Nugroho & Sofie Syarif
ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute
To be or not to be? Dilemmas of Covid-19 Policy Implementation and Coordination in Indonesia

Tricia Yeoh
Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS)
Conflict and Cooperation: Covid-19 Policy Coordination in Malaysia

Punchada Sirivunnabood
Mahidol University
The Drama of Vaccine Politics: Covid-19 Inoculation Distribution in Thailand

Discussant: Siwage Dharma Negara
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
ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute

Presenters: Tham Siew Yean & Andrew Kam
ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute; IKMAS-UKM Malaysia
Determinants of Covid-19 Vaccine Rollouts in Southeast Asia

Sara Abdullah
ASEAN Secretariat
ASEAN’s Response to COVID-19: Collaboration Towards Reopening

Discussant: Sanchita Basu Das
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
ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute

Presenters: Melati Nungsari
Asian School of Business
Malaysian Covid-19 Economic Stimulus Packages: Too Little, Too Late?

Terence Ho
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Singapore: Support for Households and Businesses During the Pandemic

Archanun Kohpaiboon & Juthathip Jongwanich
Thammasat University
Economic Relief and Stimulus: Evidence from Thailand

Discussant: Lee Hwok Aun
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
ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute

Presenters: Arief Ramayandi & Siwage Dharma Negara
Asian Development Bank; ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute
Indonesia’s Covid-19 Mobility Restrictions: Rationales and Consequences

Sheena Valenzuela & Ronald U. Mendoza
Ateneo de Manila University
Economics of Lockdown: Balancing Health and the Economy in the Philippines

Nguyen Thu Huong & Nguyen Thang
Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS)
Vietnam’s Pandemic Passage: From “Zero Covid” to Flexible Adaptation

Discussant: Dean Dulay
Singapore Management University
1pm - 1.05pm
Conference Closing Remarks
1.05pm - 2.30pm


Jul 28 2022 - Jul 29 2022


ISEAS Seminar Room 1 & 2 / Webinar