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PAST Webinar: COVID-19: Impact and Policy Challenges for Southeast and East Asia

When:  23 June 2020, 2:00-3:30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT+10)

Hosts:  Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES), Monash University Business School and the School of Economics, University of the Philippines Diliman.

Registration:  Here.


While the impact of COVID-19 pandemic threatens economic and political turmoil in southeast and east Asian countries, the region as a whole appears to have been relatively successful in containing the virus.

But with these economies impacted by the severe economic downturn in the West, and amid rising global trade and political tensions, are they poised for economic recovery or do they face significant impediments, including a second wave of infection?

We welcome three speakers to discuss the impact and policy challenges:


  • Dr Chatib Basri is a former Minister of Finance of Indonesia and a member of the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia where he was Director of the Institute for Economic and Social Research.
  • Dr Cyn-Young Park, Director for Regional Cooperation and Integration at the Asian Development Bank, responsible for analysis of regional economic trends, and policy issues to support regional cooperation and integration
  • Professor Orville Solon, Dean and Professor, School of Economics, University of Philippines, and former Executive Director of Philippine Center for Economic Development, with research expertise in health economics, public health issues, public economics, and the economics of regulation

This event will be moderated by Professor Hal Hill, the H.W. Arndt Professor Emeritus of the Southeast Asian Economies at the Crawford School, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University and hosted by Associate Professor Gaurav Datt, CDES Deputy Director


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