A man in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, reads a newspaper with an advertisement about the creation of the country’s largest internet company, GoTo. A divergence in technological readiness across Southeast Asia has led to differing levels of digitalisation. Photo: EPA-EFE A man in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, reads a newspaper with an advertisement about the creation of the country’s largest internet company, GoTo. A divergence in technological readiness across Southeast Asia has led to differing levels of digitalisation. Photo: EPA-EFE
A man in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, reads a newspaper with an advertisement about the creation of the country’s largest internet company, GoTo. A divergence in technological readiness across Southeast Asia has led to differing levels of digitalisation. Photo: EPA-EFE
Syed Munir Khasru
Opinion

Opinion

Syed Munir Khasru

The key to Asean’s post-pandemic recovery is digital transformation

  • The pandemic has accelerated Southeast Asia’s adoption of e-commerce, which holds great economic potential
  • But, for the region to become a major digital economy, gaps in infrastructure, access, inclusion, skills and policy must be addressed

A man in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, reads a newspaper with an advertisement about the creation of the country’s largest internet company, GoTo. A divergence in technological readiness across Southeast Asia has led to differing levels of digitalisation. Photo: EPA-EFE A man in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, reads a newspaper with an advertisement about the creation of the country’s largest internet company, GoTo. A divergence in technological readiness across Southeast Asia has led to differing levels of digitalisation. Photo: EPA-EFE
A man in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, reads a newspaper with an advertisement about the creation of the country’s largest internet company, GoTo. A divergence in technological readiness across Southeast Asia has led to differing levels of digitalisation. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Syed Munir Khasru

Syed Munir Khasru

Professor Syed Munir Khasru is chairman of the international think tank, The Institute for Policy, Advocacy, and Governance (IPAG) with a presence in Dhaka, Delhi, Melbourne, Vienna, and Dubai.