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Plenary Session

 

Plenary Session: Navigating Resilient Recovery through Statistics

Entering the second year of the unprecedented global health crisis, Malaysia and other countries are still grappling with the multiple impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Apart from devastating loss of life and long term health consequences, the pandemic has also altered the way we conduct businesses and leisure activities. From the perspective of businesses, prolonged movement restrictions intended to contain escalation of infections in the community had resulted in diminishing demand in selected industries. Hence, smaller and more vulnerable enterprises might have to resolve to termination of workforce and ultimately succumb to business closure. Large companies in certain industries such as tourism-related had already bore the brunt of this virus. Along the same line, loss of income and employment would affect the livelihood of households. Therefore, the pandemic also had attributed to increasing social challenges such as mental health and domestic abuse.

With emergences of new variants amidst the ongoing vaccination efforts, our path to recovery remains difficult. Nevertheless, governments, businesses and communities continue to find ways to ensure livelihood and economic wellbeing with limited resources. Among the efforts include leveraging upon revolutions of technology to adopt digitalisation, strategising creative business models as well as raising fiscal stimulus. In the short-term, fiscal and subsidies injections are administered as and when needed, to ease the social and economic predicaments of various segments of the business and community, particularly the vulnerable groups.

In this difficult time, the reliance on facts and figures become more crucial than ever to monitor health situations and the effects towards the population. Thus, this session will deliberate on the crucial roles of data and statistics in navigating the recovery process. In order to ensure a holistic point of view, the panel will consist of experts in government relations, private sector, academia at the national and international arenas. Specifically, the session will discuss on the challenges and subsequence innovations by data compilers in guiding decisions and policy responses; discuss technological advancement as means of gauging more timely data; as well as listen to industry’s perspective in leveraging statistics to review and to improve business model as crisis strikes.


Moderator:
YBhg. Dato’ Sri Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin,
Chief Statistician Malaysia, DOSM


Panellists:

  1. Dr. Stephen Penneck 
    President of International Statistical Institute

     
  2. Dr. Titi Kanti Lestari 
    Director, Finance, Information Technology and Tourism Statistics
    BPS-Statistics Indonesia

     
  3. Proffesor Geoffrey Williams 
    Professor of Malaysia University of Science and Technology

     
  4. Prof. Yeah Kim Leng 
    Director, Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia