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Social Protection in the Time of COVID-19 – an East Asia Pacific Chief Economist Practitioners' Panel

July 15, 2020




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July 14, 9:00 pm (U.S. Eastern Time) | July 15, 7:30 am (Myanmar)

July 15, 8:00 am (Indonesia, Thailand) | July 15, 9:00 am (Philippines)

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  • Although countries in East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) have traditionally been reluctant spenders on social protection, their response to COVID-19 has been substantial and broad-based.

    A panel of policy makers involved in social protection discussed how their countries have responded to COVID-19, rapidly scaling up support, reaching new groups in need, and using digital technologies.



    • Victoria Kwakwa, Vice President, East Asia and the Pacific Region, World Bank


    • Ketsuda Supradit, International Economic Advisor, Fiscal Policy Office, Ministry of Finance, Thailand
    • Maliki, Director for Population Planning and Social Protection, Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas), Indonesia
    • Rhea B. Peñaflor, Assistant Secretary, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippines
    • San San Aye, Director General, Department of Social Welfare, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Myanmar