Conversations on regional and global issues with scholars, experts, policymakers and professionals from around the world
Themed Recovery and Reformation: Asia in a Changing Global Economy, AGD 2022 will explore pressing issues such as the global economic outlook, digital transformation, sustainable development and equality, and the new framework for trade and investment in Asia.
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the instrumental role of supply chains in delivering economic, human, and societal value. At the same time, the pandemic has heightened interest among academics, businesses, and governments in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. In this paper, we argue that in today's hyper-globalized economy, ESG measures are of little value if they do not explicitly incorporate a firm's operations across its entire supply chain. On the other hand, well-calibrated ESG measures should play a central role in firms' day-to-day supply chain management. We present three cases from the COVID-19 pandemic—online platforms, public health supply chains, and vaccine manufacturers—to illustrate the relevance and value of unifying ESG and supply chain thinking. Finally, we spotlight key challenges and opportunities for practitioners and scholars in both ESG and supply chain management.
In the coming decades, Asia will become even more important to global health and the region can, should and must play a larger leadership role in that new global health governance architecture. This paper makes the case for more Asian leadership in global health, defines how that leadership can be demonstrated, and proposes a gradualist approach to increasing Asian leadership in global health. This paper demarcates the scope of Asian leadership in global health, unpacking the two large concepts of global health and Asia; describes the recent history of Asian leadership in global health since the 2000s and analyzes its successes and gaps; and provides a framework for Asian countries to provide leadership in five domains of global health.
While Covid-19 has accelerated the implementation of digitalization with regard to artificial intelligence in Southeast Asia, it has also emphasized the need for reform and structural change in many sectors, notably education, business, healthcare, communications and banking and most importantly has compressed the time frame for those reforms. This paper examines the transition to digitalization in both the public and private sectors in Southeast Asia before and during the Covid-19 acceleration period. It examines the crisis and its unique problems and also the opportunities to install change.