The 13th ASEAN and Asia Forum
"Seeking Recovery amid COVID-19: Regional Strategies and a Digital Future"
The year 2021 did not quite provide the relief we had hoped for from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many economies have managed to adapt and vaccination efforts are still ongoing, more needs to be done to adjust to a world where the coronavirus is likely to be endemic. A different world of work has emerged, nudging traditional industries to rethink business strategies and causing policymakers to seek new models for growth. Digitalisation has become essential in a time when travel is severely limited and remote interactions will likely be the norm. In this context, countries in ASEAN and Asia will need to seek ways to overcome the virus and spur economic recovery which will require regional efforts and multilateral commitments. Trade and supply chains remain indispensable sources of growth but are experiencing significant shifts due to the pandemic and geopolitical tensions. The Sino-American technological competition is affecting the digital landscape and may derail plans for integration, interoperability and digital transformation in ASEAN.
To help businesses understand these issues, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) is organising the 13th ASEAN and Asia Forum (AAF), on the theme "Seeking Recovery amid COVID-19: Regional Strategies and a Digital Future", focusing on the following questions:
● What are the opportunities for Singapore, ASEAN and Asia to emerge stronger from
the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic?
● How are key Southeast Asian economies managing the pandemic and what are their
plans and prospects?
● What are the trends, challenges and concerns influencing ASEAN and Asia’s digital economy potential?