Asia and the Pacific Transport Forum 2020


Asia and the Pacific Transport Forum 2020

24 August 2020 to 28 August 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on transport and human mobility. Almost overnight, both the systems of transport and our assumptions of modern mobility – of its availability, and accessibility – vanished. Cities, states, and countries went into quarantine lockdowns to slow the transmission of the virus. Months later, much of the world is exiting the most stringent lockdowns and entering into a “new normal”. The pandemic’s effects have hammered the transport sector and the economy built around it, but it also created new opportunities. Streets were reclaimed by pedestrians and nonmotorized transport users, and urban dwellers experienced unprecedented clean air and clear skies in the absence of motor vehicle pollution. Very briefly, a new way of living in the city emerged.


The Asia-Pacific Transport Forum provided an opportunity for representatives of the Asian transport expert community to develop a greater understanding on key transport issues in the new normal, including but not limited to changes in urban transport, the cross-sectoral impact of limited transport, building resilience to future crises in transport, and environmental aspects to transport. It also allowed those working on real-world sustainable transport solutions such as policymakers, thought leaders, and practitioners working in the transport sector to discuss their experiences during the pandemic and their views on the future to come. Sessions during the Forum encouraged discussions between ADB and its developing member countries and partners on the challenges and opportunities facing the transport sector as it seeks to rebuild after a major pandemic.

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
24 Aug 2020 High-Level Panel Transport in Developing Asia’s New Normal
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25 Aug 2020 Morning session Sustaining Road Infrastructure Quality in Asia and the Pacific: Challenges and Opportunities
25 Aug 2020 Afternoon session Re-Imagining the Future of Transport Through Futures and Foresight Research
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
26 Aug 2020 Morning session Emerging Stronger: Upstream Actions for Environmental, Climate Change and Disaster Resilience in Transport Infrastructure
26 Aug 2020 Afternoon session (by invitation only) First Workshop on the Implementation of the Asia Pacific Road Safety Observatory
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
27 Aug 2020 Morning session Taking-off During the COVID Storm: Challenges in Re-opening International Aviation in the Asia Pacific Region
27 Aug 2020 Afternoon session Enhancing the Role of Big Data in Promoting Sustainable Development of Transport Systems
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
28 Aug 2020 Closing Plenary Transport in Developing Asia’s New Normal
ADB'sVice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Bambang Susantono,discussed different trends for transport during COVID 19 pandemic...
Bambang Susantono


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