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Education Ministers Embrace Digital Learning

October 27, 2020
Digitalizing education systems in ASEAN has become more urgent during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, which has made face-to-face learning difficult.
A line of motorcycle riders waiting to be tested

ASEAN Enhances Health Cooperation with New Initiatives

October 23, 2020
With no end in sight for the pandemic, ASEAN countries are scaling up efforts to protect public health from COVID-19 and improve their collective response.
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.
All hands are on deck to fight COVID-19. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

Winning the War against COVID-19 Hinges on International Cooperation

October 13, 2020
Countries must work together to ensure the fair distribution of the future COVID-19 vaccine.
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ASEAN Builds Capacity in Disaster Management

September 29, 2020
A 3-year project will enhance the capacity of disaster management professionals from ASEAN countries by setting certification standards.
The ASEAN-wide Self-Certification Scheme is expected to benefit particularly the small manufacturers and traders that have had difficulty getting the proper documents to avail of preferential tariff under the trade agreement. Photo credit: iStock/Bastian Saputra.

ASEAN Simplifies Trade Procedures for Exporters

September 22, 2020
Self-certification scheme improves ease of doing business while lowering costs.
Farmers and fishermen saw their income drop by 60% during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo credit: ADB.

Self-Employed, Agriculture Workers Suffer Deepest Cuts in Income

September 18, 2020
A survey of 8,000 households in Southeast Asia shows household businesses and the self-employed are the most affected, followed by farmers and fishermen.
Urban planners in four cities in Indonesia are piloting the use of a geospatial planning tool called ur-scape. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

Makassar Uses Big Data to Fight COVID-19

September 08, 2020
Geospatial technology helps policymakers design and calibrate measures to mitigate risks.
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.

Empty airport. Photo credit: iStock/skyNext.

Working Group Discusses Ways to Bring Back Air Transport

September 01, 2020
Measures eyed include travel bubbles, standardization of mitigation practices, and chartered flights for cargo.