How Businesses Can Ensure Resilient Growth Post-Pandemic


While many small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) had been able to seize opportunities from the digital transformation brought about by the pandemic, Southeast Asian countries need to make sure SMEs remain in business post-COVID-19, said experts during the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) 2021.  

For these businesses, speed and agility are key, said experts during the panel,  "Road to Recovery with Tech: Building the Foundation for Resilient Growth.”

The session was co-organized by ADB and Grab.


  • Opening Remarks: Ming Maa, Group President, Grab
  • James Dong, CEO, Lazada Vietnam
  • Pandu Sjahrir, Chairman, Sea Indonesia
  • Arrif Ziaudeen, Founder and CEO, Chope
  • Moderator: Ilaria Chan, Group Advisor on Social Impact Investments, Grab
  • Fireside Chat: Dato' Seri Amirudin bin Shari, Chief Minister, Selangor, Malaysia

SEADS aims to help crystallize thinking on relevant and critical issues in the region, and support countries in becoming prosperous, knowledge-based, and sustainable.

SEADS 2021, Innovation through Collaboration: Planning for an Inclusive Post-COVID-19 Recovery, was held on 17–18 March.