Southeast Asian Countries Need Structural Reforms to Make Their Economies Resilient


As Southeast Asian countries gradually move into recovery, they should seize the opportunity to rethink core economic structures and strive for a more resilient, inclusive, innovative, and sustainable post-COVID-19 future by introducing structural reforms, said experts at the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) 2021.

At the session, "Post-COVID-19 Policy Responses to Support Recovery," the experts said introducing structural reforms is vital for governments to be able to support their economies' transformation.


  • Rafaelita M. Aldaba, Undersecretary, Competitiveness and Innovation Group, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippines
  • Aladdin Rillo, Deputy Secretary General, ASEAN Economic Community 
  • Deborah Elms, Founder and Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre
  • Moderator: Thiam Hee Ng, Principal Economist, 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.