Examining COVID-19 Impact on ASEAN+3 Countries (ADBI Conference)

A man rides his bicycle.
ASEAN+3 nations continue to reel from the impacts of COVID-19 while striving to adjust to the new normal. Photo credit: ADB 

A virtual conference set on 26–27 November will examine the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on ASEAN+3 countries.

The conference, organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute and Chulalongkorn University, will also look at how rethinking policies and social norms could reinvigorate growth and sustainable development in ASEAN+3 countries after governments implemented policy measures and fiscal stimulus to help their citizens and businesses and avoid an escalation of the health and economic crisis. 

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.

ASEAN+3 consists of the 10 Southeast Asian countries, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam, plus Japan, the People’s Republic of China, and the Republic of Korea.

The forum hopes to identify post-COVID-19 pandemic policy recommendations, foster greater understanding of ASEAN+3 countries’ policy responses to the pandemic, and enhance dialogue, trust, and partnership among government officials and experts on COVID-19 policy issues.