Thank you for participating as a China Conference: Southeast Asia (CCSEA) delegate, scheduled for February 18-19, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. We would like to share updates about our event with you.
We have been carefully monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus, the recommendations by the World Health Organization, as well as health and international travel advisories. In the interest of your safety, we are postponing the event. We will be in touch shortly with a new conference date.
We appreciate your patience and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. We look forward to having you join our conference later this year.
Thank you very much.
The youth is most affected by the pandemic’s socio-economic impacts. Fresh graduates and young people in Southeast Asia are finding it difficult to secure employment opportunities in the bleak job market as many businesses are laying off employees or implementing hiring freezes. Employed youth are struggling as well. Some have been asked to take unpaid leave, work fewer hours or even lose their entry-level positions in hard-hit industries. As such, career prospects, financial independence and social mobility are increasingly becoming distant realities. Additionally others are struggling with emotional distress and suicidal thoughts during the coronavirus pandemic – sparked by school closures, feelings of isolation, family arguments, and uncertainty over the future. How can the government help young Asians mitigate financial hardship including repayment of student loans as well as tackling mental health and wellbeing? How can youth voices be at the forefront of action and policy responses? How can corporations or investors help young Southeast Asian entrepreneurs transform their business idea into reality during these challenging times?