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Mekong Connect: Volume 3, Issue 1

by Dr. Kimly Ngoun, Dr. Chheng Kimlong, Isabel Weininger, Likhedy Touch, Doctor Chanborey Cheunboran, Dr. Leng Thearith, Dr. Keo Piseth, Nguonphan Pheakdey, Dr. Sok Serey, Chhem Siriwat, Lim Menghour

Post-Covid-19 Economic Recovery in the Mekong Region

Welcome to the June 2021 Issue of the Mekong Connect Magazine, a joint publication initiative between the Asian Vision Institute (AVI) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Cambodia Office. The magazine publication aims to provide access to a wider audience who wishes to gain a better understanding of a wide range of key issues facing Mekong countries, including public health, climate change, trade and economy, food security, poverty and development, digitalisation, peace and security, and international cooperation.

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Post-Covid-19 Economic Recovery in the Mekong Region

In this issue of the Mekong Connect Magazine, we look into the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating effects on the economies of the Mekong countries. While the pandemic has hampered health security in the Mekong countries, many main sectors of their economies, such as trade and regional supply chains, tourism, agriculture, finance, real estate, manufacturing and service sectors, have experienced major disruptions, leading to closure of businesses, retrenchment and laying off, and breakdown of domestic industries.

This issue analyses the changing dynamic of the region as the consequence of COVID-19 and the economic recession. It also discusses policy responses to the pandemic and recovery plan, including the attention to global production and supply chain networks, digital transformation, economic reopening, vaccine rollouts, and social protection for vulnerable groups.

This publication collects intellectual insights from researchers and scholars from inside and outside the Mekong region. The extent of social and economic losses from the prolonged pandemic has been discussed, and the contributing scholars have offered some practical insights and policy recommendations for post-COVID-19 economic recovery. In addition to the policy suggestions offered in this Issue, we encourage more robust debates and studies to provide more enriched analysis.

We would like to acknowledge the intellectual contributions of the following authors: Professor Prema-chandra Athukorala, Ambassador Christian Berger and Dr Stefan Hanselmann, Dr Wee Chian Koh, Ms. Isabel Weininger and Ms. Likhedy Touch, Ms. Amphaphone Sayasenh and Mr. Alounsana Chandara, Ms. Setthikun Sun, Dr Lwin Lwin Aung, and Dr Huy Quynh Nguyen.

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Editors: Dr Kimly Ngoun, Dr Chheng Kimlong Editorial Board: Dr Chheang Vannarith, Ms Isabel Weininger, Dr Cheunboran Chanborey, Dr Leng Thearith, Dr Keo Piseth, Dr Nguonphan Pheakdey, Dr Sok Serey, Ms Likhedy Touch, Mr Chhem Siriwat, Mr Lim Menghour Editorial Assistants: Mr Fai Mesa, Mr Chab Sombol, Ms Sousanda Ly


Konrad-Adenauer Foundation Cambodia, Asian Vision Institute


Phnom Penh



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