Fresh thinking on growth and development in Asia and the Pacific

ADB-ADBI Seminar: Asian Development Outlook 2012

Event | 16 April 2012 ADBI, Tokyo, Japan


ADB flagship economic publication, Asian Development Outlook 2012, provides a comprehensive analysis of macroeconomic issues in developing Asia.

At the seminar, Changyong Rhee, Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will discuss key findings and policy messages of the Asian Development Outlook 2012, ADB's flagship economic publication. The ADO examines the medium-term prospects for developing Asia, by country and by sub region – East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central and West Asia, and the Pacific. It includes comprehensive economic analysis of more than 40 economies in developing Asia and the Pacific, including the People's Republic of China and India. This year's ADO special theme, "Confronting Rising Inequality in Asia," will explore such pertinent questions as:

  • Why is there growing inequality in many Asian countries despite impressive development gains?
  • What consequences would Asia face if these disparities were allowed to widen further?
  • How can developing Asia ensure the gains of economic growth are shared broadly?

Rhee's presentation will be followed by a Panel Discussion to be moderated by Masahiro Kawai, Dean and CEO, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI). The panel consists of the following persons.

  • Hiroto Arakawa, Senior Special Advisor, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Tatsufumi Yamagata, Deputy Director-General, Development Studies Center, Institute of Developing Economies (IDE)
  • Hiromi Hirose, Senior Commentator, NHK
  • Yuki Isogai, International Development Leader, Sustainability Team, PricewaterhouseCoopers Aarata
  • Changyong Rhee, Chief Economist, ADB


General Public


English and Japanese (Simultaneous Interpretation)