AEIR 2021

High-Level Meeting on Regional Cooperation for Trade and Transport Connectivity in the Age of Pandemics in Asia and the Pacific

This virtual regional meeting explores how trade and transport facilitation measures can be implemented more effectively during and in the aftermath of the unprecedented crisis to improve the countries’ resilience. It also focuses on the proven and emerging best practices, including digitalization reforms, and on the concrete ways to foster greater regional cooperation towards ensuring resilience and efficiency of trade and transport connectivity in Asia and the Pacific.

Event details


2 December 2020
Online meeting


  • Mr. Kijin Kim
    Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department,
    Asian Development Bank

  • Ms. Aleli A. Rosario
    Senior Economics Officer, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department,
    Asian Development Bank




2 December 2020 (Bangkok time)toggle

Opening and welcome remarks
Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Under-Secretary-General, United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
Mr. Bambang Susantono Vice-President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB
Presentation on trade and transport connectivity in the age of pandemics:
Opportunities for Strengthening Regional Cooperation
Ms. Azhar Jaimurzina Ducrest Chief, Transport Connectivity and Logistics Section, Transport Division, ESCAP
Mr. Ronald Butiong Chief, Regional Cooperation and Integration Thematic Group, ADB
Panel discussion:
Mr. Joseph Zveglich Jr. Deputy Chief Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB
Mr. Jasurbek Choriyev Deputy Minister of Transport, Uzbekistan
Mr. Kunio Mikuriya Secretary General, WCO
Mr. Norbert Kouwenhoven World Wide Authorities Leader, TradeLens (IBM)
Ms. Sabrina Varma Aid for Trade/Trade and Development Adviser, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia
Q & A
Closing remarks


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