Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia
Coping with COVID-19 in ASEAN –
Challenges of Digitalisation
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected ASEAN countries in many ways beyond the immediate health crisis. Negative impacts and pressures on firms, the labour market and households are already apparent, although they vary by sector. In addition to policies to prevent the spread of the virus, such as border closures, lockdowns and restrictions on social interaction, all countries in the region have taken measures to ease the economic shock, including stimulus packages, but further efforts are needed. Continuous policy support is necessary to overcome the issues confronting the sectors most affected by the pandemic.
The pandemic demonstrated the importance of digitalisation and the opportunities it brings. Digital tools proved essential during lockdowns to ensure the continuity of essential services. However, efforts to mobilise digital innovations remain limited in some emerging economies. Further efforts would be needed to facilitate digitalisation and reap the full benefits of the growing demand for digital tools. Regional initiatives to deal with the pandemic and its effects are currently underway and need to be strengthened going forward.
Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), in collaboration with the OECD Development Centre and ASEAN Secretariat will conduct a webinar to share their views about policy challenges and priorities in response to the pandemic in the region.
The event will be held as follows:
- Date : Friday, 23 October 2020
- Time : 2 PM to 3:30 PM (UTC+7; Jakarta, Indonesia time)
- Venue: Virtual Room (link will be sent with confirmation of RSVP)
- RSVP : Click here to register by 22 October
We look forward to welcoming you to the event!
- Space is limited and registration is required.
Our mailing address is:
ERIA: Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia
Sentral Senayan II, 6th floor Jalan Asia Afrika
No.8 Gelora Bung Karno, Senayan
Jakarta Pusat 10270