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The 10th ERIA Editors Roundtable: Overcoming COVID-19: From Adversity to Opportunity


Well into the second year of the pandemic and it is difficult to say when this will end.  While all ASEAN members struggle to address the myriad challenges that COVID-19 has brought, they have all recognized the need for more regional cooperation to promote a more resilient, prosperous, and sustainable future. Many pre-existing trends have been accelerated like the adoption of the digital economy and the green economy.  Policymakers also see the opportunity to promote new strategies of cooperation and planning.   Given the current circumstances, the 10th ERIA Editors’ Roundtable will be held online for the second time. This event is expected to draw a large audience from the region and beyond. Online participants will learn first-hand from ASEAN scholars and experts about how they are trying to bring back robust economies. Through this interaction, editors and media influencers will be able to strengthen their capacities to cover the pandemic and the region’s recovery plan. ERIA is delighted to be supported by our Media Co-host: The Scoop, Brunei Darussalam.

Date and Time:

Friday, 8 October 2021, 9:00 AM to 11.30 AM (UTC+7; Jakarta, Indonesia time)


Online (link to the meeting room to be provided after registration)


9:00 – 9:05 AM

Opening Remarks

  • Prof Hidetoshi NishimuraPresident, ERIA
  • Ms Ain Bandial, Founding Editor, The Scoop 

Session One: ASEAN COVID-19: The Road to Recovery       

9:15 – 10:00 AM


  • Mr Kavi Congkittavorn, Senior Communication Advisor, ERIA


  • Dr Dionisius A Narjoko, Senior Economist, ERIA 
  • Dr Jayant Menon, Visiting Senior Fellow, ISEAS, Singapore 
  • Dr Kirida Bhaopichitr, Research Director of Thailand Development Research Institution Foundation (TDRI), Thailand

Session Two:  Are We Ready for the New Dynamics?

10:00   –10:45 AM


  • Ms Gwen Robinson, Editor at Large, Nikkei Asian Review 


  • Dr Aladdin D Rillo, Senior Economic Advisor, ERIA
  • Mr Yasu Ota, Columnist, Nikkei
  • Ms Ima Abdulrahim, Director of Public Policy Southeast Asia, Facebook 

11:00 -11:30 AM

Special Dialogue with Secretary-General HE Dato Paduka

Lim Jock Hoi


Facilitated by Prof Hidetoshi Nishimura, President of ERIA


Closing Remarks,

  •  Mr Koji Hachiyama, COO, ERIA

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Digital Transformation and Economic Recovery in ASEAN Take the Spotlight at 10th Editors Roundtable