APEC trade ministers reaffirm open, rules-based trade flows

Trade is essential to the economies of Southeast Asia. Our region is highly dependent on an open flow of rules-based commerce and cross-border investment to drive economic growth and improve livelihoods. At their recent virtual ministerial meeting, the trade ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) reaffirmed the “the importance of a free, open, fair, non-discriminatory, transparent and predictable trade and investment environment to drive economic recovery at such a challenging time.”

What They Are Saying: IP Protections Critical to Combatting COVID-19 in Southeast Asia

The global biopharmaceutical industry relies on strong intellectual property (IP) rights to promote the development of breakthrough treatments and cures for patients. Innovation, underpinned by reliable IP protections, is now more important than ever as the private sector works around the clock to develop solutions to help prevent infection and treat patients with COVID-19, a

World Health Assembly: Intellectual Property in the SEA Region

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is being held virtually this week, including delegations from 194 World Health Organization member states. These officials will discuss the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and determine the priorities of the Organization for the year ahead.

World Bank, IMF step up support for Southeast Asia’s health systems

Health systems in many low- and middle-income countries across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America are strained as they cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Many nations lack the medical staff, equipment and capacities necessary to mitigate the crisis. While governments and corporations are partnering to strengthen health systems, multinational organizations are also stepping in with financial support.