About the Webinar
As the three most populous countries in ASEAN, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam account for three-quarters of the total population in ASEAN. Each has employed a different approach to managing the pandemic at its different stages, with varying degrees of success. While the Philippines imposed a general lockdowns at the start, Indonesia resisted doing so, while Vietnam responded early but with more targeted measures. Vietnam emerged as a star in containing the initial outbreak, while both Indonesia and the Philippines struggled to contain a community outbreak. Vietnam avoided a recession in 2020, while Indonesia suffered a mild one, and the Philippines had the biggest drop in GDP.
Then Delta emerged in 2021 - Vietnam succumbed early, Indonesia replaced India as its epicentre and the Philippines eventually went through the inevitable spikes seen elsewhere. All three are still struggling to ramp up their vaccination rates. This webinar will consider not only the nature of the differences of the approaches taken by these countries at various stages but also why they were so. In explaining the variations in health and economic outcomes, it will look beyond the different responses to see what other factors may have contributed.
About the Speakers
Arief Ramayandi is a principal economist in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Siwage Dharma Negara is senior fellow at the ISEAS- Yusof Ishak Institute, and Co-Coordinator for its Indonesia Studies Programme and Coordinator for the Singapore APEC Study Centre.
Ronald U. Mendoza is Dean and Professor of Economics at the Ateneo School of Government.
Sheena Valenzuela is Research Associate and Program Coordinator at the Ateneo Policy Center, Ateneo School of Government.
Nguyen Thang is the First Vice-Chairman of the Economic and Social Advisory Committee of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS).