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|Director of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute Choi Shing Kwok speaks at the event (Photo: ISEAS)|
Singapore – The ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute of Singapore held the annual 36th round-table webinar themed “Braving the Storms: ASEAN in Crisis Mode”, with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation of Germany on October 12.
In his opening speech, Director of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute Choi Shing Kwok said the COVID-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges and disruptions in the region. Regional countries have issued post-pandemic recovery plans while strengthening connectivity to step up regional recovery in the future.
Participants at the event discussed ways to promote fairer and more inclusive economic recovery, and explored the possibility of tapping the COVID-19 crisis to build a sustainable future.
They also looked into regional political and security landscape such as Myanmar’s challenges to solidarity and ASEAN’s central role and position in regional order.
The annual event provides a platform for leading experts, scholars and commentators in the region to consider key issues and challenges to ASEAN as a region and an institution.
The event will last till October 13. It is the second year it has been held virtually.