Time of event

15:00–17:00 Tokyo time


While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented economic and social damage to Asia and the Pacific, the crisis also presents an opportunity to build resilience, inclusiveness, and sustainability. At the same time, pandemic strains on public finances compound the need for governments to analyze and mitigate climate-related sovereign risks.

This ADBI-United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) webinar featured policy dialogue on promoting the region’s post-COVID-19 economic resilience and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It drew upon research by UNESCAP and ADBI addressing resilient economic recovery, financing challenges, and climate-related sovereign risk management in Asia and the Pacific.

  • Explore policy strategies for building post-COVID-19 economic resilience in Asia and the Pacific
  • Identify onward policy priorities for driving sustainable and inclusive growth in the region and the realization of the SDGs
  • Policy makers, researchers from think tanks, universities, and other institutions, and interested members of the public
  • Improved understanding of challenges and opportunities for building a resilient post-COVID-19 recovery in Asia and the Pacific
  • Greater impetus for policy dialogue and partnership among government officials, experts, and other stakeholders
  • The webinar recording and presentation materials will be uploaded on the ADBI website after the event
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Conference Presentations

Presentation 1: Towards Post-COVID-19 Resilient Economies
Sweta Saxena, Chief, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, UNESCAP


Presentation 2: Climate Change and Public Debt Sustainability Risks in ASEAN
John Beirne, Research Fellow, ADBI


Discussant 1: Comments on Towards Post-COVID-19 Resilient Economies
Sayuri Shirai, Professor of Economics, Keio University; Senior Advisor to EOS at Federated Hermes


Discussant 2: Comments and Discussions on Building Economic Resilience in Asia and the Pacific Post COVID-19
Sung Jin Kang, Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for Economic Research at Korea University


Discussant 3: Policy Responses for Buiding Resilient Economies in Asia-Pacific
Muhammad Edhie Purnawan, Chairman of Board of Supervisors, Central Bank of Indonesia


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