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Jakarta Post

ASEAN solidarity and response in the face of COVID-19

  • Lim Jock Hoi

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 2 2020   /  02:20 am

Two things are clear as we approach mid-year; that COVID-19 has irreversibly transformed the world and that, consequently, there is a long road ahead to recovery. With Eid observed quietly amid physical distancing, anxiety has crept up in the region over the uncertainty of when life can return to normal, but also with timid hope that, with the region so far managing to avoid the scale of catastrophe observed elsewhere, it can now gradually prepare for the new normal.The year 2020 remains important for the region, although not in the way it has now turned out. The mid-term review of the implementation of the 2025 ASEAN Community Blueprints is being conducted this year, an important exercise to assess progress, identify challenges and address implementation gaps. The region also expects to see the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which would be the world’s larg...