The pandemic has had a deep and profound impact throughout Southeast Asia. While countries continue to grapple with the severe economic, health, and social impacts of the pandemic, vaccine rollouts, the promise of new treatments, substantial economic relief, and targeted social support are helping to make inroads.
Green shoots of recovery are starting to appear, and Southeast Asian nations are now laying the groundwork for reopening, and a more enduring recovery.
SEADS 2022, “Sustainable Solutions for Southeast Asia’s Recovery,” will focus on innovative solutions to build back better and rebound from the COVID-19 crisis. It aims to help countries find novel ways to address debilitating supply chain bottlenecks; rejuvenate the region’s once-flourishing tourism industry; and advance digital transformation.
SEADS 2022 will also explore new opportunities that can take the region beyond business as usual by helping countries:
- Enhance domestic resource mobilization;
- Find green and environmentally sustainable pathways;
- Improve inclusivity for the poor and other vulnerable groups; and
- Promote equality and greater opportunities for women.
SEADS aims to help crystallize thinking on relevant and critical issues in the region, and support countries in becoming prosperous, knowledge-based, and sustainable.