Southeast Asian leaders have discussed the creation of a regional “travel corridor” during regional summit meetings, in a bid to drag the region’s economy out of its pandemic-induced slump.
While the move has yet to be officially announced, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said in a statement that leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) had discussed the plan during online meetings on November 12.
Jokowi said that the 10-nation bloc was set to issue an “ASEAN declaration on an ASEAN travel corridor arrangement framework.” He added that the corridor, which would involve the coordination and streamlining of strict regional health protocols, would be up and running by the first quarter of 2021. “The people cannot wait much longer, they want to see our region revive,” he said.
If implemented, the plan would build on the…