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    Jon Lambe shares insights on ASEAN response to coronavirus

    Published On: 8 April 2020

    Jon Lambe, the UK Ambassador to ASEAN, briefed Asia House Corporate Members this morning (8 April) on the region’s response to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

    Speaking from Jakarta via video, the Ambassador outlined key developments across Southeast Asia, and how ASEAN as an organisation is adapting and responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. He also discussed the UK’s role in supporting the region, from helping countries build resilience around the public health and economic effects of the virus, to international cooperation to develop a vaccine.

    Asia House Corporate Members joined the off-the-record video briefing from around the world, with Ambassador Lambe taking a range of questions on COVID-19’s impact across ASEAN. Issues discussed included specific countries’ approach to fighting the virus, the role of infrastructure in creating post-outbreak economic stimulus, and how COVID-19 is disrupting supply chains.

    How the pandemic will affect the UK’s efforts to build trade relations in ASEAN, and the region’s wider role in US-China tensions, were also discussed.

    The digital briefing, chaired by Asia House Chief Executive Michael Lawrence, was convened exclusively for Asia House Corporate Members as part of an ongoing series of digital events exploring the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on global trade.

     


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    Asia House offers a range of services to support businesses and organisations, including bespoke events, online briefings, research, political intelligence, and stakeholder engagement and strategic communications advice. We are also running a coronavirus monitoring service, bringing together key public health and economic data, as well as the latest policy responses, from across Asia. These reports are shared with Corporate Members each week.

    For more information about these services, including Asia House’s coronavirus monitoring reports, please contact Sarah King, Head of Stakeholder Engagement, at: sarah.king@asiahouse.co.uk