ADB to Host Conference on Sustainable Solutions for Recovery in Southeast Asia

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Open to the public, the two-day event will focus on ways to revitalize the economy in the region  

PHNOM PENH--The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will host the Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) 2022 on the theme "Sustainable Solutions for Southeast Asia’s Recovery.” 

Taking place online on March 16 and 17 and open to the public, the event will involve thought leaders, decision makers and insight influencers who will discuss innovative solutions and policy responses that could contribute to “build back better” the countries in the region after more than two years of the pandemic, the ADB said in a statement on March 5.  

The conference will also aim to support countries find new ways to address debilitating supply chain bottlenecks, rejuvenate the region’s once-flourishing tourism industry and advance digital transformation, the ADB statement read.

During the event, stakeholders will also look into new opportunities for the region, which go beyond business as usual and may help countries stimulate domestic resource mobilization, find green and environmentally sustainable pathways, expand inclusivity for the poor and other vulnerable groups, and promote equality and greater opportunities for women, ADB said in its statement.

The two-day event, which will consist of high-level plenary sessions, panel discussions and workshops, will start on March 16 with ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa delivering the keynote address, and government and business leaders addressing the audience. This will be followed by a high-level panel speaking on the theme of “Building Back Better through Inclusive Solutions” and the launch of ADB’s report “Southeast Asia: Emerging from the Pandemic.”

The first day’s afternoon agenda will feature six sessions on the conference’s priority topics.

On the second day, the morning session will start with speakers discussing “Revitalizing Tourism and Ensuring Cities’ Sustainable Future,” followed by one plenary session about “Driving an Inclusive Tourism Recovery in Southeast Asia” and a second plenary session on the “Future of Sustainable Cities: Mayors’ Perspective.” The afternoon program will include the launch of the ADB’s Sustainable Tourism Hub and partner deep-dive workshops. A Southeast Asia Leadership Roundtable by invitation only will also be held for government leaders.   

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Registration is free.

Keynote Speakers and Panelists

Keynote speakers include:

-Masatsugu Asakawa, President, ADB

-Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance, and Second Minister for National Development, Singapore

-Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Secretary of Tourism, Philippines

-Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo, Japan

- Kate Brandt, Chief Sustainability Officer, Google

-Hooi Ling Tan, Cofounder, Grab

-Andrea Della Mattea, President, Microsoft Asia Pacific

-Ramesh Subramaniam, Director General, Southeast Asia Department, ADB

-Cleo Kawawaki, Head, Office of Public-Private Partnership, ADB.

Featured panelists include Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, Minister of Tourism, Indonesia; Benjamin Diokno, Governor, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Philippines; Sofia Sineiro, Secretary General, CARE International; Lauren Sorkin, Executive Director, Resilient Cities Network; Liz Ortiguera, CEO, Pacific-Asia Travel Association (PATA); Caecilia Chu, Co-Founder and CEO, YouTrip; Shamina Singh, Executive Vice-President for Sustainability, Mastercard and Founder and President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth; Ahmed M. Saeed, Vice President, ADB; Ramesh Subramaniam, Director General, Southeast Asia Department, ADB; and Winfried Wicklein, Deputy Director General, Southeast Asia Department, ADB.

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SEADS provides a platform for leaders from governments, the private sector, academia, and development organizations to discuss innovative approaches and solutions that address development challenges, including the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

For more information, please visit the SEADS website and the 2022 Symposium page. Follow #SEADS2022 on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for updates.

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