Innovative Solutions Can Pave Southeast Asia’s Road to Inclusive, Sustainable Recovery


Southeast Asia's recovery will hinge on countries embracing innovative solutions to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, said experts at the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) 2021.

At the session, "New Solutions for a Post-COVID-19 World," the experts outlined solutions ranging from adopting more progressive ways to raise government revenues, harnessing new technologies, to making sure businesses are held accountable about climate mitigation by putting in place standardized measurable benchmarks.


  • Ahmed M. Saeed, Vice-President (Operations 2), ADB
  • Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance, and Second Minister for National Development, Singapore
  • Audrey Choi, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer, Morgan Stanley
  • Ming Maa, Group President, Grab

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.