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.

EU Commission Cites Systemic IP Barriers in Southeast Asia

Strong intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement is critical to helping countries attract foreign investment, promote economic growth, provide greater access to medicines and improve patient outcomes. The biennial “Report on the Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Third Countries” cites Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand as priority countries that will need to strengthen their IP regulations to stay globally competitive.