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Pandemic Best Policy Strategies: Balancing Health and Economy

First regional conference on sharing pandemic best practices – virtual

The COVID-19 pandemic for the past two years has transformed health systems and battled economies across the globe. Much COVID-19-focused research and development innovation, alongside the persevering efforts of political leaders to safeguard and sustain economic progress, has been undertaken. Within the diverse community of ERIA Member States alone, a variety of measures have been tackled to survive through attempts to balance each nation’s health and economy. A first of its kind, this regional conference answers requests heard through regional meetings for such a gathering, and offers EMSs the opportunity to share with neighbors what they have learned to be most effective for them, in order to more smoothly exit this pandemic as well as better prepare for upcoming ones.

Experts have thus been invited to present their government’s best policy strategy/ies that have had the greatest impact on balancing economy and health under the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s ASEAN chair, Cambodia, will open, introducing the hard-hit populous and developing archipelagos of Indonesia and the Philippines, the peninsular Thailand, the ASEAN neighbor India with its population of over one billion, and the technologically advanced Japan in East Asia. Articles, Op-Eds, policy papers, and academic publications (commentaries) are expected to arise from the presentations.

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 19 May  2022
  • Time: 2 PM- 4 PM (Jakarta time, UTC+7)





 Welcome Remarks:

  • Taizo Hara, Director-General of Research and Policy Design, ERIA


Opening Address:

  • Dr Songheang Ai, Director, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Technical Education Development (SEAMEO TED)


Part 1: Managing ASEAN Member States’ Health and Economy during the Pandemic


  • Dr Antonio Villanueva, Senior Advisor on Healthcare Policy


  • Prof Tjandra Yoga Aditama, former Director of Communicable Diseases at WHO SEARO, for Indonesia
  • Dr Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire, Undersecretary of Health, the Philippines
  • Prof Prasit Watanapa, Dean, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand




Part 2: Managing East Asia Summit States during the Pandemic


  • Ms Asuka Nagatani, Senior Policy Officer of Healthcare Unit


  • Dr Vijay Murali, COVID-19 Task Force and Ministry of Health, India
  • Dr Norio Ohmagari, Head of COVID-19 Task Force and Director of Disease Control and Prevention Center, National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
  • Dr Aladdin Rillo, Senior Economic Advisor, ERIA


  • Ms Isabella Italia Gentajaya, Information and Communications, ERIA

 Summary and Closing Remarks:

  • Dr Takuma Kato, Director of Healthcare Unit, ERIA


Starting Date

19 May 2022




Virtual Room

Contact Info

Ms Nanda Putri

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