Fresh thinking on growth and development in Asia and the Pacific

Developing Asia Journalism Awards 2013

Event | 21 - 22 November 2013 ADBI, Tokyo, Japan


This event will cover economic integration in countries in the Asia and Pacific region and provide seven sessions, including two lectures and a panel discussion, on a broad range of economic integration issues, including production networks, free trade agreements (FTAs), and the role of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


The Developing Asia Journalism Awards (DAJA) is an annual writing competition that invites journalists to submit published or newly written articles on pressing issues in Asia. The DAJA 2013 theme is "Regionalism in Asia versus Globalization." Following the breakdown in negotiations during the Doha Development Round of the WTO, regional integration initiatives have gathered momentum in Asia. Two major initiatives—the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)—currently dominate the process. But do regional FTAs complement or compete with multilateral liberalization under the WTO? Are the TPP and RCEP competitive or complementary? What is the best way for developing countries in the Asia and Pacific region to liberalize and integrate their economies? And what is the likely impact of such closer regional integration on economic development in the region?

The story of Asian growth and development in the past several decades is nothing less than a miracle. While trade is known as the engine of growth, increased regional integration in Asia is an unsung contributor to Asia's success. Fragmentations of production have allowed countries that lack the capital and skill to participate in the regional production process, increasing the capital and manpower available. However, major challenges remain in the distribution of those benefits, the potential limits of regional integration, and the role of regional FTAs under the WTO.

The winners of the DAJA competition will be brought to Tokyo for a one-and-half day workshop including a ceremony to present the awards. The workshop will emphasize interaction among participants, and between participants and resource persons, who are distinguished journalists in Asia.

The first day will host an overview presentation on key regional and global trade and economic integration issues facing the Asia and Pacific region. This will be followed by sessions where selected winners of the competition will contribute to the discussion by introducing their articles with personal perspectives and, possibly, country perspectives from their home country, on the pros and cons of existing and new regional FTA agreements and initiatives with multilateral liberalization under the WTO. The afternoon sessions will cover the role of the ASEAN economic community and the South Asia Free Trade Agreement, concluding with a panel discussion and award ceremony.

The second day will offer a presentation on Asia and regionalism followed by another session on the value of fair and objective journalism in reporting on Asian economic integration.


The event will examine:

  • Through interaction with their peers and resource persons, the journalists will improve their ability to place their work in a broader context, link national issues to regional and global developments, and provide their national audiences with clearer reporting and analysis.
  • The activity will highlight the value of fair and objective news reporting by emphasizing the role of journalism in fostering awareness of emerging and key development issues in individual Asian countries and communities following regional integration and ASEAN.
  • The journalists will gain greater insight into the future of the WTO and its conflict with regional FTAs.


  • Participating journalists will gain new perspectives and insights into key regional and global trade and economic integration issues shaping the growth and development of Asian economies, and use these insights to improve their reporting on these and other development issues.
  • Greater public understanding of the relationship between regional and global economic integration issues through the work of the participating journalists.
  • Greater understanding of the contribution of fair and objective news reporting in fostering awareness of emerging and key development issues.
  • Greater understanding of ASEAN and other regional FTAs and the benefits and challenges the economies of Asia and the Pacific will face as they integrate.


Journalists from ADB developing member countries.

Post course

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 Developing Asia Journalism Awards (DAJA). Shamindra Kulamannage from Sri Lanka won the 2013 Development Journalist of the Year Award, while David Bryan Lozada from the Philippines won the Young Development Journalist of the Year Award.

The winners were selected from more than 80 entries from across ADB's developing member countries by a distinguished panel of three independent judges comprising Presiding Judge Anthony Rowley (Business Times, Singapore), Monzurul Huq (Prothorn Alo, Bangladesh), and Yoshio Murakami (International New York Times, Japan).

Nineteen finalists from 11 developing countries in the Asia and Pacific region attended a two-day workshop in Tokyo organized by ADBI. The program culminated in the awards ceremony on 21 November at the Tokai University Club.

The theme of DAJA 2013 was "Regionalism in Asia versus Globalization." The forum provided selected journalists from ADB developing member countries with the opportunity to discuss the emergence of regional trade agreements influencing development in Asia.

The DAJA program recognizes excellence in journalistic reporting by those covering development trends and issues in the Asia and Pacific region. DAJA was established by ADBI in 2004 to build capacity among journalists working on key development issues. The annual awards honor the work and contributions of journalists engaging in the dissemination of knowledge related to poverty reduction, and other areas that support the long-term growth in the Asia and Pacific region.