Southeast Asian Countries Well-Positioned to Sustain Recovery amid Challenges


Two years since coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic hit, economies across Southeast Asia are showing signs of recovery and are well-positioned to sustain growth, said officials from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) during the third Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS).

In launching a new report, Southeast Asia Rising from the Pandemic, the ADB officials, however, warned of global headwinds, including trade and supply chain disruptions, prolonged unemployment, emerging variants, higher inflation, and tighter interest rates, which countries must address to sustain growth.


  • Ramesh Subramaniam, Director General, Southeast Asia Department, ADB
  • James P. Villafuerte, Senior Economist, Southeast Asia Department, ADB
  • Moderator: Johanna Camille Cayco, Associate Communications Officer, Department of Communications, ADB

After the report's launch, Subramaniam chatted with Akane Okutsu, staff writer at Nikkei Asia about the report.

SEADS 2022, "Sustainable Solutions for Southeast Asia's Recovery," was held on 16–17 March.

Watch SEADS 2022 videos.