Time of event

09 November: 15:00–17:20 Tokyo time
12 November: 15:00–17:10 Tokyo time
13 November: 15:00–17:30 Tokyo time

Summary

COVID-19’s impact on trade and supply chains has been profound. On the one hand, the pandemic has created extraordinary trade uncertainty and disruptions. At the same time, it has spotlighted the critical role that trade and supply chains can play to meet public health needs and promote economic recovery in Asia and the Pacific.

This ADBI-Asian Development Bank-World Trade Organization regional policy dialogue examined medical goods supply chain performance during the pandemic, regulatory responses, and the policy outlook for the sector. The event also explored how COVID-19 era trade and global value chains could affect the future of sustainable development.

This includes the implications of growing calls to "reshore" economic activities amid the pandemic, possible actions to make supply chains greener and more resilient to environmental shocks, and the tourism sector’s capacity to support post-COVID-19 recovery among small and vulnerable economies.

Objectives
  • Assess the role of supply chains and an open trading system in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Examine how trade and trade policy could help to advance post-COVID-19 recovery and sustainable development
Participants
Output
  • Enhanced understanding of the potential for trade and supply chains to drive post-COVID-19 recovery and sustainable development
  • Exchange of trade policy lessons and guidance for the pandemic era
  • Greater impetus for trade policy dialogue, research, and collaboration
Partners
  • World Trade Organization
  • Asian Development Bank
Conference Presentations

Keynote Speech: How to leverage trade to fight against and recover from COVID-19
Bambang Susantono, Vice-President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB

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Session 1.1: Global Shortage of Personal Protective Equipment amid COVID-19: Supply Chains, Bottlenecks and Policy Implications
Cyn-Young Park, Director, Regional Cooperation and Integration, ERCD ADB

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Session 1.2: Trade Facilitation and Vaccines
Ben Shepherd, Principal, Developing Trade Consultants
Matthias Helble, Economist, ERCD, ADB

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Session 1.3: COVID-19, Regulations, and Standards: What Actions Are Taken by WTO Members?
Devin McDaniels, Economic Affairs Officer, Trade and Environment Division, WTO

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Session 1.4: Trade Facilitation Measures Taken by ASEAN in Response to COVID-19 and Ways Forwards for Post-Pandemic Period
Cuong Ba Tran, Assistant Director and Head of Trade Facilitation Division, ASEAN Secretariat

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COVID-19 Pandemic Impact and Policy Response Indonesia Case
Discussant: Thomas Natalis P.D. Keraf, Senior Policy Analyst/ Economist Center for Macroeconomic Policy - Fiscal Policy Agency, Ministry of Finance of Republic of Indonesia Country representative of Indonesia

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Keynote Speech: Trade and the Covid-19 Crisis: An Asia-Pacific Perspective
Hal Hill, Professor, Australian National University

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Session 2.1: Trade and Environment: Setting the Scene
Karsten Steinfatt, Counsellor, WTO and Daniel Ramos, Legal Affairs Officer, WTO

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Session 2.2: Trade and Trade Technologies for Circular Economy
Mushtaq Memon, Programme officer, UNEP

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Session 2.3: Negotiating WTO rules on Fisheries Subsidies
Alice Tipping, Lead, Fisheries Subsidies, IISD

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Session 3.1: COVID-19 and Tourism: Global Outlook and Strategies for Recovery
Matthias Helble, Economist, ERCD, ADB

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Session 3.2: Tourism’s 4 C’s: Complexity, Coordination, Creativity and Cooperation
Dale Honeck, Counsellor, WTO

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Session 3.3: Reinventing Tourism: Building Recovery for People, Planet and Prosperity
Zoritsa Urosevic, Director, UNWTO

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Session 3.4: Trade and Sustainability in the Context of COVID-19
Kim Kampel, Trade Adviser, Commonwealth Small States Office, Geneva

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Session 3.5: Developing a New Vision for Tourism in New Zealand
Susanne Becken, Professor, Sustainable Tourism at Griffith University, Australia

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Event Contact

  • Hendriyetty, Nella Sri Senior CBT Economist Capacity Building and Training ADB Institute E-mail contact form
  • Upadhaya, Saraswati Research Associate Capacity Building and Training ADB Institute E-mail contact form
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