The UN Secretary-General’s call for a New Social Contract in a recent speech, and the emphasis on People in the agenda of the G-20 Presidency under Indonesia in 2022 are examples of this increased focus on inclusiveness. Therefore, it is an opportune time for a fresh and comprehensive policy reflection on economic inclusiveness. ‘Building forward Fairer’ needs to be at the center of the post-pandemic economic recovery efforts to enhance the region’s resilience to future shocks and prospects of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
With a focus on the role of economic policies in promoting inclusive development, the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2022 will analyze the importance of effective government actions and the role of fiscal, monetary/financial and structural policies in enhancing inclusiveness, keeping in view the considerable impacts of COVID-19 on inclusiveness and inequality.
The objective of this 3-day virtual conference will be to engage with experts and multiple stakeholders on the issue of inclusive recovery and development to attain the following goals to:
- better understand the different definitions of inclusive development
- learn about the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on inequality and the fiscal measures deployed
- discuss the role of fiscal policies in mitigating inequalities and promoting inclusive development
- explore how monetary and financial policies can further support inclusive development
- analyze how economic structural transformation impacts inequality dynamics
- propose sectoral, labor market, and pro-people policies to mitigate the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19 on certain industries in the short term and to promote structural changes for inclusive and jobs-rich development in the medium-to-long-run.
Presenters of this Conference will be drawn from UNESCAP, UN agencies, other international organizations, national think tanks and academia.