As co-chairs of the Southeast Asia Regional Program (SEARP), South Korea and Thailand co-organized a webinar on October 6, 2020, with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on post-COVID-19 recovery in the Southeast Asian region. Soon afterward, on October 12, South Korea shared a publication on its governance policy on COVID-19 response.
SEARP was launched in 2014 under the OECD to support Southeast Asia with domestic priorities, policy reforms, and regional integration efforts. The theme of the webinar was on “how to drive the post-pandemic recovery in Southeast Asia” and consisted of two sessions: the first on ensuring sustainable recovery post-COVID-19 through resilient infrastructure, and the second on empowering small-medium enterprises and skills development. During the webinar, South Korea shared its Korean New Deal as a post-pandemic economic strategy as well as a publication entitled “FORECAST: Seven Ways to Build Disaster Response Governance” which consists of various governance-related COVID-19 policy measures. The government also released an English document that compiled all lists of government policies across various ministries for COVID-19 response.
South Korea has been successful in flattening the curb of the COVID-19 outbreak and has actively shared its experience with the international community. In particular, Southeast Asia is South Korea’s key partner region with the current administration’s New Southern Policy that emphasizes stronger partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and India.