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2019 was an eventful year, marked by the US-China trade tensions, geopolitical conflicts, domestic political unrest, market sell-offs, and extreme weather conditions. As the ASEAN+3 region closed the chapter on a brighter note with the conclusion of the US-China Phase 1 deal, the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, erupted.

AMRO Chief Economist Dr. Hoe Ee Khor’s expressed his thoughts on the growth prospects of the ASEAN+3 region in 2020 and beyond live during the AREO 2020 Livestream. He elaborated on the impact of external events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, on the region’s growth potential, and laid out some policy recommendations for governments in the region.