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Global Launch - East Asia and Pacific Economic Update, October 2020

September 30-October 01, 2020



VIDEO Sep 30, 2020

Replay the launch event

  • COVID-19 has delivered a triple shock to the developing East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region: the pandemic itself, the economic impact of containment measures, and reverberations from the global recession. 

    Why were many economies in the region able to contain the disease while some others still struggle?  How have these shocks affected economic activity and poverty in different countries?  What are the prospects for recovery and how will longer term growth be affected across the region?  Is there a tension between containing the disease and providing relief today and promoting recovery and growth tomorrow?  

    These key questions – addressed in the World Bank’s October 2020 EAP Economic Update – will be discussed in this seminar. 


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

    Aaditya MATTOO
    Chief Economist, 
    East Asia and the Pacific Region
    World Bank 

    Ergys ISLAMAJ
    Senior Economist, 
    East Asia and the Pacific Region
    World Bank 

    Hassan ZAMAN
    Regional Director, 
    Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions
    World Bank