ASEAN: 5 Reasons for Optimism in a Post Covid-19 World

ASEAN: 5 Reasons for Optimism in a Post Covid-19 World

The ASEAN region, comprised of a diverse group of ten countries in Southeast Asia, is a dynamic bloc of over 650 million people and is on track to become the fourth-largest economy in the world.1 Covid-19 disrupted global economies and ASEAN was no exception, but the pandemic also accelerated trends that we believe will help expedite the region’s recovery.  These trends include advancing ASEAN as a major manufacturing hub, attracting high levels of foreign investments, and embracing digital technology to drive growth.

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1 World Economic Forum, Davos Agenda 2022  

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