2020 ADBI Annual Conference: The Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Policy Implications

Event | 1 - 3 December 2020

Time of event

Day 1: 08:50–13:30 Tokyo time
Day 2: 09:50–17:30 Tokyo time
Day 3: 08:50–17:40 Tokyo time


The economic contraction and financial market turbulence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continue to reverberate through the real economy, with profound implications for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), households, and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.

Governments and central banks have responded to the crisis with substantial fiscal and monetary policy stimulus packages, while businesses are increasingly adopting digital solutions to mitigate the pandemic and persistent lockdowns, travel restrictions, and social distancing.

The 2020 ADBI Annual Conference will examine the macroeconomic impacts of COVID-19, its effects on MSMEs and households, and the pandemic-driven acceleration of digitalization in Asia and the Pacific. It will explore how these trends will shape macroeconomic policy making and prospects for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region moving forward.

  • Assess the impacts of COVID-19 on the macroeconomy, MSMEs, and households in Asia and the Pacific
  • Gauge the broader implications of the pandemic for digitalization in the region and the realization of the SDGs
  • Spotlight policy lessons and ideas for building resilient, inclusive, and sustainable Asian and Pacific economies amid continued COVID-19 uncertainty
  • Policy makers and experts from think tanks, universities, international organizations, and other institutions
  • Enhanced understanding of COVID-19 era impacts, sustainable development challenges, and potential policy solutions for Asia and the Pacific
  • Greater impetus for policy dialogue, research, and collaboration
  • Conference presentations to be made available on the ADBI website
  • Research papers featured during the proceedings will be considered for publication as ADBI working papers and inclusion in an edited book