COVID-19

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.
A volunteer, posed before spraying disinfectants in a public area in Jakarta, Indonesia on 27 March 2020.

Future-Proofing against Pandemics

August 26, 2020
ASEAN should brace for more pandemics as long as its forests and biodiversity remain under siege.
Orangutan from the tropical forest of Borneo. Photo credit: iStock/USO.

Why We Need to Save Ecotourism in a Post-Pandemic World

August 25, 2020
Nature-based tourism funds the protection of environmentally critical sanctuaries and can be a key driver of economic recovery.
Stock photo of construction project

Restarting Investment Promotion in the New Normal

August 18, 2020
After providing crisis support, investment promotion agencies now need to build back investor confidence.
Woman getting off a ferry

BIMP-EAGA Urged to Shore Up Connectivity Gains in Wake of COVID-19

August 12, 2020
The business sector calls for a review of transport deals to reflect the new normal and recovery agenda in the subregion.
Remote learning and working during the pandemic have underscored the importance of improving digital access. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

Youth Survey Shows Why ASEAN Needs to Become Digital-Ready

August 12, 2020
Social distancing has heightened the difference between digital haves and have-nots.