Inclusive Objectives Must Be at the Heart of Digital Policies


While technology has been a blessing for Southeast Asian countries in the wake of the pandemic, challenges remain to make it truly accessible to all, said experts during the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) 2021.

During the panel, "Leave No One Behind: Harnessing Technology for Post-Pandemic Recovery and Resilience,” the experts shared insights on the need for inclusive objectives to be at the heart of digital policies.

The session was co-organized by ADB and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.


  • Opening Remarks: Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary, ESCAP
  • Chea Serey, Director General, National Bank of Cambodia
  • Lee Chew Tan, Managing Director, ASEAN, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services
  • Clarence Barboza, Director, Public Sector Business, Asia-Pacific, People's Republic of China and Japan, Cisco
  • Sami Farhad, Senior Director, Globalization Office, Alibaba Group
  • Moderator: Carolyn Dedolph-Cabrera, Principal IT Specialist, Digital Adoption and Outreach, ADB

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.