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The Philippines is one of the world’s fastest-growing nations. Although economic activity slowed during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic period, stimulus measures, imminent public sector policies and a larger budget are expected to create jobs, generate growth and help kick-start the country’s recovery during 2021.

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Oman was already working to diversify its economy, but the pandemic-induced disruption to oil and gas has further underscored the importance of developing a broader economic base to absorb the impacts of international crises and downturns in commodity cycles.

While the Covid-19 pandemic severely impacted economies around the world as hospitals reached capacity, business activity slowed, and restrictions were placed on the movement of people and goods, recent reforms provided Egypt with a more secure economic base for resilience in the face of crisis.

Patrick Cooke, Oxford Business Group’s Managing Editor for the Middle East and Asia, talks with Jade Currie, Oxford Business Group’s Regional Editor for Asia, about standout opportunities to expand trade and investment relations between the Gulf and South-east Asia in the wake of the pandemic.

Following the expansion of Chinese-led projects in many emerging markets over the past decade, the G7 has unveiled its own initiative to support global infrastructure development, dubbed Build Back Better World (B3W).

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are playing an increasingly important role in Asia as investors, regulators and consumers seek products and services that offer positive impact and pose less risk.

A record initial public offering from Indonesian e-commerce platform Bukalapak underscores the growth of South-east Asia’s digital economy during Covid-19, and has the potential to trigger further tech listings in the region’s maturing market.

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