Virtual Regional Conference on ASEAN Plus Three Economies in Post-COVID-19 New Normal

Event | 26 - 27 November 2020
Online

Time of event

15:00–17:00 (Tokyo time)

Summary

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) and the Plus Three countries – Japan, the People’s Republic of China, and Republic of Korea – have implemented considerable policy measures and fiscal stimulus to help affected people and businesses and avoid an escalation of the health and economic crisis. The pandemic is also a wake-up call for governments and the international community to address growing inequalities and extreme poverty, and advance the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

This ADBI-Chulalongkorn University virtual regional conference will examine COVID-19’s impact on ASEAN Plus Three economies and how rethinking policies and social norms could reinvigorate growth and sustainable development. It will also discuss digitalization’s roles amid the COVID-19 new normal and how they could be tailored to stabilize the regional economy, restore connectivity, and improve inclusivity and preparedness for future crises.

Objectives
  • Exchange views and experiences regarding COVID-19 new normal challenges and opportunities for ASEAN Plus Three economies
  • Identify effective post-COVID-19 pandemic policy responses
Participants
Output
  • Greater understanding of ASEAN Plus Three policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Policy recommendations for ASEAN Plus Three economies
  • Enhanced dialogue, trust, and partnership among government officials and experts on COVID-19 policy issues
Partner
  • Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University
Conference Presentations

Keynote Address on ASEAN+3 in Post COVID-19 New Normal
Yasuyuki Sawada, Chief Economist and Director General, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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Session 1.1: Asia and the Pacific Economic Outlook
Jochen Schmittmann, Deputy Head, IMF Office for Asia and the Pacific

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Session 1.2: Thailand in the Time of COVID-19
Kiatipong Ariyapruchya, Senior Country Economist, World Bank, Thailand

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Session 2.1: Korea’s Policy Responses
Kyu-Chul Jung, Director, Office of Macroeconomic Analysis and Forecasting, Korea Development Institute, Republic of Korea

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Session 2.2: Thailand’s Policy Responses
Arnunchanog Sakondhavat, Director, Macroeconomic Modeling, Office of the National Economic and Social Department Council, Thailand

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Special Talk on COVID19 Crisis: Impact on Businesses and Choices of Policy Tools
Somprawin Manprasert, Executive Vice President and Head of Research Division, Bank of Ayudhya (Krungsri Bank)

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Session 3.1: Regional Perspective and Challenges
Rony Soerakoesoemah, Head of the ESCAP Sub-regional Office for South-East Asia

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Session 3.2: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) amidst COVID-19
Girlie Grace J. Casimiro-Igtiben, Chief Economic Development Specialist, National Economic and Development Authority, Philippines

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Session 4.1: Building Inclusive Care Economy for All
Eduardo P. Banzon, Principal Health Specialist, ADB

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Session 4.2: COVID-19 Response System in Thailand: The Road Ahead
Nopphol Witvorapong, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University

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