The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping economies across Asia and the Pacific. Social and economic inequalities have been laid bare. A picture of a more sustainable future, with lower CO2 emissions and cleaner air, has been sharpened. Across economies, technology and innovation are transforming the delivery of products and services by the private sector and governments.

The high-profile CNBC Debate asked: what role can technology play in propelling Asia’s comeback while embracing the need to focus on sustainability? How can technology be used to make recovery faster and inclusive? What hazards and pitfalls need to be avoided? How can the private sector, government, and multilateral institutions ensure that this recovery is sustainable and inclusive?

Panelists included ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa; Elina Kalkku, ADB Governor for Finland, and Under-Secretary of State of Finland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Mark Mobius, Founding Partner of Mobius Capital Partners; Alex Rusli, Chief Executive Officer of Digiasia Bios; and Marife B. Zamora, Board Director of PLDT, Inc, and former Chair of Convergys Philippines. The debate was moderated by CNBC Correspondent Dan Murphy.

The CNBC Debate was streamed on 18 September 2020 during the 53rd Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Governors.