Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation Inc. and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung hosted a Track Two Observer webinar looking at the prospects of Southeast Asia’s economic recovery while reeling from the recession brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The aim of the webinar was to delve deeper on the effects of COVID-19 on ASEAN regional economic cooperation and the efforts being carried out to mitigate and help in the region’s economic recovery. Dr. Alvin Ang of the Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development presented “Connecting ASEAN: Connectivity is a Necessity in the Pandemic and Beyond” which examines individual ASEAN member states current economic status and prospects for connectivity. Assistant Secretary Junever Mahilum-West of the Department of Foreign Affairs discussed the efforts taken by ASEAN as a whole and how the Philippine took part in such measures.

The Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress, with the support of the Philippine Office of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, organized a Track Two Observer Discussion Forum to look back at the recent developments in the South China Sea and how other claimant states, specifically Vietnam and Malaysia, have responded to thorny issues with other states, as well as their perspectives and expectations in the ongoing discussions for the COC.

The Board of Trustees grieves the loss of APPFI’s Founding President, Dr. Aileen San Pablo-Baviera, one of the eminent Sinologists in the Philippines. The news of her death brought in an outpouring of condolences from her associates around the world, expressing their sorrow for the departure of a colleague known for her commitment, excellence and humility.

Experts and stakeholders came together in a Track Two Observer webinar to confer on the latest developments on Philippines international defense and security engagements. Highlighted during the discussion are the Duterte administration’s independent foreign policy and defense strategy in the midst of a pandemic.