Views from across the Asia Pacific region

Although epidemics have arisen during all of human history, many have begun and originated in Asia. Being a region that has dealt with a mass outbreak of infectious diseases, did countries in the region deal with the health and economic impacts in an appropriate manner? In what economic state do these countries currently find themselves, especially with many remerging after lockdown? Will the region bounce back and recover before the West does? And what lessons, both good or bad, can we learn from their experiences? Our guest speakers are Ali Salman, CEO of Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Andrew Shuen, Co-Founder of Lion Rock Institute in Hong Kong; and Professor Sinclair Davidson of RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. The chair of this discussion is the IEA’s Academic and Research Director, Professor Syed Kamall.