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Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on indigenous peoples

Marta Hortus, Chairwoman of the Active Woman Foundation, of the Isla de Pascua of Rapa Nui, was keynote speaker at the 26 August workshop.


25 August 2021

Data and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on indigenous peoples was the focus of yesterday's APEC Policy Workshop.

More than 100 participants discussed the economic impacts, opportunities, successes and challenges of COVID-19 facing indigenous peoples, including indigenous household income, employment, business viability and international trade. They also considered the role of traditional knowledge in response efforts, capacity building and engagement best practice principles. 

A clearer understanding of the impacts of COVID-19 on indigenous peoples will improve policy decisions, economic sustainability and recovery. Better partnerships with indigenous peoples will lead to better engagement and community driven solutions, benefiting the APEC economies as well as the region as a whole.

Keynote speaker Marta Hortus, Chairwoman of the Active Woman Foundation, of the Isla de Pascua of Rapa Nui, spoke about “Projecting Rapa Nui’s Economic Recovery”, given their reliance on tourism, and the prevalence of informality among Rapa Nui entrepreneurship.

Dr Hillmare Schulze, Director, Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL) shared the key learnings from APEC economies and a literature review of the economic impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous communities.

Part of an APEC project called Understanding the Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples this SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation workshop builds on a March 2021 project Measuring and Valuing Indigenous Economies within APEC.