Time of event

15:00-18:10 Tokyo time / 13:00-16:10 Bangkok time

Summary

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted global supply chains, investment, demands, and purchasing power, and shifted investor risk appetite and increased financial volatility and instability. These impacts could jeopardize the progress of economic integration by hindering cross-border goods and services flows, people movement, and financial mobility.

This ADBI-Chulalongkorn University virtual conference discussed COVID-19’s impacts on trade, investment, and financial markets in Asia and measures for building post-pandemic economic integration. It focused on the role of digitalization, technological advancement, trade in services and creative products, and environmental, social, and governance investment in boosting economic resilience and sustainable development.

Objectives
  • Identify policy strategies and design for strengthening regional economic integration and cooperation in the post-COVID-19 environment
  • Highlight best practices and alternative responses for alleviating pandemic disruptions to regional trade, investment, and financial market integration
Participants

Senior government officials from Asian Development Bank developing member countries, experts from think tanks, universities, and international organizations, and other stakeholders

    Outputs
    • Enhanced understanding of post-COVID-19 economic integration challenges and opportunities in Asia
    • Policy recommendations for designing and adopting effective trade, investment, and financial market policy after the COVID-19 crisis
    • Greater dialogue and partnership among policy makers and experts
    • Conference materials will be uploaded on the ADBI website
    Conference Presentations*

    Keynote: Rebooting Asia by Regional Cooperation
    Presenter: Cyn-Young Park, Director, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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    Keynote: Rebooting Asia by Regional Cooperation (Russian)
    Presenter: Cyn-Young Park, Director, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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    Session 1. Presentation 1: COVID-19 Impacts on Regional Trade and Investment Integration
    Presenter: Arief Rizky Bakhtiar, Senior Officer, ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework (ACRF) Support Unit

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    Session 1. Presentation 1: COVID-19 Impacts on Regional Trade and Investment Integration (Russian)
    Presenter: Arief Rizky Bakhtiar, Senior Officer, ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework (ACRF) Support Unit

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    Session 1. Presentation 2: Thailand's Economy and COVID-19
    Presenter: Prewprae Chumrum, Director, Bureau of Trade in Services and Investment Negotiations, Department of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand

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    Session 1. Presentation 2: Thailand's Economy and COVID-19 (Russian)
    Presenter: Prewprae Chumrum, Director, Bureau of Trade in Services and Investment Negotiations, Department of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand

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    Session 2. Presentation 1: Regional Economic and Financial Integration in the Post-COVID-19
    Presenter: Satoru Yamadera, Advisor, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

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    Session 2. Presentation 1: Regional Economic and Financial Integration in the Post-COVID-19 (Russian)
    Presenter: Satoru Yamadera, Advisor, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

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    Session 2. Presentation 2: Innovations in Cross-Border Payments for a Post-Pandemic Recovery
    Presenter: Pariwat Kanithasen, Deputy Director, Payment Systems Department, Bank of Thailand

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    Session 2. Presentation 2: Innovations in Cross-Border Payments for a Post-Pandemic Recovery (Russian)
    Presenter: Pariwat Kanithasen, Deputy Director, Payment Systems Department, Bank of Thailand

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    Panel Discussion Presentation 1: Post-Pandemic Recovery and New Normal Strategies for Regional Economic Integration
    Presenter: Shujiro Urata, Visiting Fellow, ADBI, and Senior Research Advisor to the President of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

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    Panel Discussion Presentation 1: Post-Pandemic Recovery and New Normal Strategies for Regional Economic Integration (Russian)
    Presenter: Shujiro Urata, Visiting Fellow, ADBI, and Senior Research Advisor to the President of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

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    Panel Discussion Presentation 2: Post-Pandemic Recovery and New Normal Strategies for Regional Economic Integration
    Presenter: Rolando Avendano, Economist, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, ERCD, ADB

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    Panel Discussion Presentation 2: Post-Pandemic Recovery and New Normal Strategies for Regional Economic Integration (Russian)
    Presenter: Rolando Avendano, Economist, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, ERCD, ADB

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    Panel Discussion Presentation 3: Post-Pandemic Recovery and New Normal Strategies for Regional Economic Integration
    Presenter: Rafaelita Aldaba, Undersecretary, Competitiveness and Innovation Group (CIG), Department of Trade and Industry, Philippines

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    Panel Discussion Presentation 3: Post-Pandemic Recovery and New Normal Strategies for Regional Economic Integration (Russian)
    Presenter: Rafaelita Aldaba, Undersecretary, Competitiveness and Innovation Group (CIG), Department of Trade and Industry, Philippines

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    *Disclaimer: The views expressed in these presentations are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), its Board of Directors, or the governments they represent. ADBI does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in these presentations and accepts no responsibility for any consequences of their use. Terminology used may not necessarily be consistent with ADB official terms.

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