IPS Executive Director Speaks on Regional Cooperation in South Asia amidst COVID-19 and beyond
02 June 2020
IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, recently highlighted that South Asia faces some common problems when dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Limited health resources, high levels of poverty, and the lack of social welfare poses significant challenges when trying to mitigate the impacts of the crisis, she noted. Dr. Weerakoon went on to identify three main issues facing the region at the moment; health and livelihood difficulties facing migrant workers, the lack of space to provide fiscal stimulus, and trade barriers.
She was speaking at the webinar organised by the World Bank on the implications of COVID-19 in South Asia, on 02 June 2020. Bringing together different actors of society, including academics, policy advisors, finance experts, and civil society leaders, the event discussed the effects of COVID-19 on South Asian economies and people, the pandemic’s effect on the stability of the financial sector, trade, and remittances, and opportunities for greater regional cooperation.