EADN Hosts a Panel Session on Rebuilding from the Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic: Experiences and Perspectives from Southeast Asia/ East Asia
The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), as the lead Secretariat for the East Asian Development Network (EADN), organized a panel session on Rebuilding from the Impacts of COVID-19: Experiences and Perspectives from Southeast Asia/East Asia last 20 October 2021, 8:00-9:00 AM (CET) via Hopin.
Source: EADN Secretariat, official poster for the panel session
The session was part of the Evidence for Development: What Works Global Summit which was held from 18 to 27 October 2021. The Summit was spearheaded by the Campbell Collaboration and Global Development Network.
The EADN Session was chaired by Dr. Andrew Kam Jia Yi and was graced by three (3) esteemed speakers from the region. The first speaker, Dr. Connie B. Dacuycuy, highlighted the rise of the digital economy. She mentioned that technological disruptions have changed how we live and work. She concluded her presentation by recommending the need for the platform work to create systems for skills and training for sustainability; design a social protection system that covers all types of work arrangement; and collect nationally-representative of data of workers on the platform.
Source: EADN Secretariat, taken during the presentation of Dr. Dacuycuy
Dr. Dacuycuy also added some suggestions for the advancements of electronic commerce (e-commerce), such as: creating resilient and competitive enterprises; sustaining infrastructure support; and strengthening confidence in the online market space.
The second speaker, Dr. Jaeyon Lee, presented the Korean experiences of COVID-19 and regional cooperation. He highlighted that the Korean strategies were: (1) Trace, Test and Treat where preparations, massive testing and tracing managed the number of cases; (2) Transparency where ICT and volunteerism were utilized; and (3) Trust where distancing without lockdown were observed.
Source: EADN Secretariat, taken during the presentation of Dr. Lee
Dr. Lee ended his presentation by suggesting that there should be a regional standard protocol and procedures in East Asian or Asia Pacific in dealing with the pandemic which should be non-binding but could also be utilized beyond the COVID-19. This may include protocol on information transparency, how to quarantine people, and on lockdown and border closure. He also mentioned the importance of having a protocol for protecting migrants.
The third speaker, Dr. Bui Quang Tuan, discussed the impacts of and measures to cope with COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam. He presented the current situation, some impacts of the pandemic, and main measures to cope.
Source: EADN Secretariat, taken during the presentation of Dr. Tuan
Dr. Tuan highlighted that the impacts of the pandemic have long-term consequences. The costs were reflected on material, mental, and missing opportunities for development. The measures they had in Vietnam were drastic and diverse, and managed to control the cases and impacts. Some lessons he shared were the following: (1) rethink about the world with many uncertainty and the risks as well as the domestic economy in the new context; (2) know the primary healthcare and preventive medical work; (3) determine better directions for development including digital and green transformations; and (4) recognize the importance of spiritual strength, the role of the private sector, and public administration reforms.
The Session Chair facilitated the question and answer, and he concluded the Panel Session by highlighting the importance of the digitalization and empowerment of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises across the region to facilitate the rebuilding from the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: EADN Secretariat, taken during the concluding remarks of Dr. Jai Yi