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Jakarta Post

Cohesiveness vital for ASEAN’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery

  • Donald Kanak


Singapore   /   Thu, June 25 2020   /  06:53 am
At the ASEAN Tourism Forum's Travel Exchange (Travex), which runs from Jan. 14 to 16, 2020, in Brunei Darussalam, 30 exhibitors from Indonesia comprising of business players in tourism sector such as tour operators, travel agents, hotel and resort operators had business-to-business meetings with international buyers from 43 countries.The buyers mostly are tour operators and travel agents.(JP/Riza Roidila Mufti)

We live in extraordinary times, when a health emergency becomes a global economic emergency, creating unprecedented stress on all aspects. We should count ourselves lucky, however, to live in this region: ASEAN is well placed to emerge stronger, and better equipped to seize the opportunities of the future. The ASEAN economic ministers met in early June to discuss strategies for the post-pandemic economic recovery for the region, with a follow-up meeting by the ASEAN leaders to be held this week. The EU-ASEAN Business Council​, the European business body for Southeast Asia that I chair, and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council – plus a host of organizations representing businesses from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, Russia, East Asia, as well as young entrepreneurs and specific sectors recently issued a ​joint statement calling for...