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DBS Bank Asian Insights Conference 2022

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DBS Bank Indonesia again holds the annual Asian Insights Conference from February to March 2022 through DBS digital platform, and will be divided into four sessions. The first session in February 2022, highlighted the theme “Economy and Environment: Towards a Revolutionary Future”. This year’s discussion about “The Road to Endemic – Finding Normal in New Normal” presented with keynote speech by the Minister of Health of the Republic of Indonesia – Budi Gunadi Sadikin, as well as experts in the field of Health, namely the Director of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health – Siti Nadia Tarmizi, microbiologist expert at the University of Indonesia – Prof. dr. Amin Soebandrio, Ph.D and Former Director of Infectious Diseases WHO Southeast Asia and Director of Postgraduate University YARSI – Prof. Tjandra Yoga Aditama. In the session, each notable expert provided insights especially with the recent outbreak of Omicron, pandemic control, as well as government measures to support the recovery of various sectors in Indonesia.

Paulus Sutisna, President Director of PT Bank DBS Indonesia opened the session with remarks, “It is an honor for Bank DBS Indonesia with the presence of notable experts in the health sector to share information to the Indonesian people in the first session of the 2022 Asian Insights Conference. We are optimistic, if the vaccination program can run smoothly and the pandemic situation is well-controlled, then the economy will gradually return to normal, and increase employment opportunities which will bring significant benefits to the Indonesian economy. This is also in line with DBS Bank’s vision as the Best Bank for a Better World where we strive to contribute positively to a better world.”

Indonesian Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin said, “So far, Indonesia has experienced two-wave in the development of Covid-19 cases. Based on the global pandemic situation, there are many countries that have reached the fourth-wave of Covid-19, where the number of positive cases can reach three to six times compared to three previous waves. In response to the global situation, the Indonesian government through the Ministry of Health has prepared the six pillars of transformation to deal with Covid-19, namely the transformation of basic health services, transformation of the health sector, transformation of the health system, funding, transformation of resources, and health technology.”

The Secretary General of Public Health and Spokesperson for the Indonesian Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi said, “Tackling the Covid-19 requires joint efforts. Learning from the two-waves, as well as by looking at the developments and steps taken by other countries, we can now better understand how to deal with Covid-19, especially the Omicron variant. The government continues to impose mobility restrictions and PPKM level three, along with acceleration of vaccination, testing, and tracing,”

Prof. Amin added, “According to research by FKM UI, Ministry of Health and LBM Eijkman, with the Omicron variant, more than 70% of Indonesian population already have antibodies, although they haven’t been infected with Covid-19 nor vaccinated, and 90% of the population who have been infected and vaccinated already have these antibodies. It shows that immunity to the virus has been formed in most Indonesian populations.”

Prof. Tjandra also added, “The Covid-19 virus will co-exist with the possibility of further mutation to other variants in the future. Therefore, it is important for us to stay disciplined about health protocols. Although the number of deaths from Omicron is lower than the Delta variant and symptoms are not as severe as the previous, still every life matters. This pandemic has changed people’s lives tremendously, especially towards health. Health is not everything but without health, everything is nothing. Being adaptive, where new normal becomes now normal.”

Next sessions of DBS Asian Insights Conference 2022 will be on 21-23 March 2022 and for more information, please follow @dbsbankid.