Economy

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement is expected to improve market access, build regional supply chains, increase investments and opportunities, and boost economic recovery efforts during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

5 Things You Need to Know about ASEAN’s Biggest Trade Agreement

November 19, 2020
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) groups the 10 ASEAN member states and its 5 regional partners: Australia, the People’s Republic of China, Japan, Republic of Korea, and New Zealand.
The first Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) will be held via video conferencing. This photo shows the backend operations of a virtual meeting, which has become the new normal during the pandemic. Photo credit: ADB.

The New Normal: Driving Economic Recovery through Digital Innovation

October 15, 2020
A virtual symposium will gather policy makers and stakeholders to explore innovative responses to the COVID-19 crisis.
Container vans waiting to be shipped

Regional Cooperation Programs Like ASEAN Helped Spur Asia’s Growth

September 29, 2020
Regional cooperation is credited for contributing to Asia’s success story, helping countries work together in times of prosperity and crises.
Electronics engineering students of Batam State Polytechnic design their own printed circuit boards at one of the campus' numerous electronics labs

Young Workers Have Fewer Opportunities during the Pandemic

September 03, 2020

The Asia–Pacific region faces a youth employment crisis unless job assistance and reskilling programs are put in place.

Commuters wear a face mask and practice social distancing at the MRT station in Kuala Lumpur. iStock/razaklatif

BIMP-EAGA Countries Cautiously Reopen to a New Normal

July 01, 2020
The easing of travel restrictions is expected to help revive economies battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ten countries in Southeast Asia agree to work together to protect their populations from the COVID-19 pandemic.

ASEAN Takes a United Stance against COVID-19

April 17, 2020
Southeast Asian leaders vowed to mount a coordinated offensive against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, which has claimed lives and slowed down economies the world over.