Fostering Dialogue and Building Networks for a Resilient Future

Southeast Asia Health Security Roundtable

Improving Regional Health Security through Knowledge Exchange & Collaboration


The COVID-19 pandemic exerted a global toll in all aspects of human health and activities, resulting in over 6.4 million deaths after 2.5 years. But the countermeasures have also been remarkable. There have been over 12.4 billion doses of vaccines administered as well, virtually all of it over the past 1.5 years. It has been the most terrible pandemic in living memory, but also one where scientific and technological advancements have made rapid strides.

One key lesson that has emerged is the need for stronger leadership as well as better collaboration and coordination between countries. It is also critical to invest in preparedness to improve the capacity for dealing with future major outbreaks. Better communication and more exchanges between public officials and experts of countries will contribute towards improving coordination and support between countries should a future emergency arise.

Each country has also had a unique journey in making it through the pandemic, with differing challenges in addressing their population’s healthcare needs, protecting livelihoods and the economy, as well as purchasing novel vaccines and implementing their mass rollout. The dominant narratives during the pandemic have come from high income western countries as well as larger Asian countries such as India and China. However, there are also important and unique experiences from the diverse smaller countries in the Southeast Asia. These are lessons that will be beneficial in preparing for future pandemics, if they are captured and shared.

A series of four roundtables will be convened among senior public officials and academics of Southeast Asian countries, with the aim of capturing the diverse experiences of countries during the various phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as their preparations for future outbreaks. This will facilitate networking and exchanges between the participants from regional countries.


The main objective of the roundtables series is to support regional and national capacity building to detect and respond effectively to infectious disease outbreaks by promoting regional dialogue on health security. International and regional thought leaders will be invited to share:

  • Diverse experiences and challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,

  • Leadership models in the management of health security challenges at the country, regional and global levels, and

  • Preparation for future outbreaks at the country level and coordination at the regional level.

Thereby, by extension, facilitate exchange between countries to reflect upon and learn from each other’s experiences and plans and build networks to support regional coordination. The focus of sessions for Universitas Padjadjaran will be the COVID-19 pandemic as well as future pandemic preparedness from the economic perspective.

Target Participants

We plan to have 20-25 high level participants from 11 Southeast Asia countries. Targeted participants will be the relevant government agencies (Director-General minus-one and above) as well as academic institutions, civil society (international/domestic NGOs) and international organizations (WPRO, SEARO, ACPHEED, etc).


Proposed date: Week 2 November 2023

Proposed venue: JS Luwansa Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia

Time Topic Proposed Speaker
Day 1
09:00 - 09:30 Welcome and Introductions Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia
Rector of Universitas Padjadjaran
09:30 - 10:15 Keynote Speech Indonesia Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs
10:15 - 11:00 Plenary: Impact of COVID-19 on Indonesia Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia
11:00 - 12:30 Economic Impact of The COVID-19 Pandemic: Country Experiences Facilitator:
Universitas Padjadjaran
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Economic Strategies to Support Health Systems and The Economy During The Pandemic: Country Experiences Facilitator:
Universitas Padjadjaran
15:00 - 15:15 Break
15:15 - 16:00 Plenary: Preparing for a Future Pandemic, Indonesia Head of Health Development Policy Agency, Ministry of Health, Indonesia
16:00 - 16:15 Summary of Day
18:00 Onwards Dinner
Day 2
09:00 - 09:15 Recap
09:15 - 12:00 Site Visit - Digital Transformation Office
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:30 Financing Strategies for Future Pandemics - Regional Ministry of Finance, Indonesia
14:30 - 15:00 Summary and Closing
End of Meeting