The 3rd ADB-ADBI Forum on Governance and Institutions was held in partnership with the Korea Development Institute on 11–13 June in Seoul. It provided a platform for 18 public officials from 10 developing member countries and 15 ADB staff members to share experiences in reforming state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in Asia and the Pacific. In line with the ADB Strategy 2030’s priority to strengthen governance and institutional capacity, the forum helped participants gain insights on best practices in designing and applying innovative approaches to transparent and accountable corporate governance of SOEs.
Held by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Policy Research Institute of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 4–5 June, this year’s Tokyo Fiscal Forum focused on strengthening fiscal management in Asia. ADBI Dean Naoyuki Yoshino gave a keynote address, as did Mitsuhiro Furusawa, deputy managing director of the IMF. Dean Yoshino highlighted the impact of aging populations on fiscal management. Discussions explored frameworks for investment, and the incorporation of digital innovation in revenues and spending programs.
ADBI and the African Development Bank organized the Africa Day side event, Sharing the Development Experiences of Africa and Asia for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, on 25 May in Busan, Republic of Korea. Keynote speaker ADBI Dean Naoyuki Yoshino emphasized the importance of infrastructure, finance, and education in Asian development, and said Asia’s experience could provide valuable lessons for African countries. During the panel discussion, chaired by ADBI Deputy Dean Chul Ju Kim, experts from the People’s Republic of China, India, the Republic of Korea, Japan, and Nigeria shared their own country’s development experiences and affirmed the need for deeper cooperation between Asia and Africa. Byong Yol Woo, director general of the Fiscal Performance Management Division of the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Strategy and Finance, and Takashi Miyahara, deputy director general of the International Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Finance, gave the opening remarks.
Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, ADB Institute, and Zhejiang University’s Academy of Internet Finance launch 3rd Asia-Pacific Region Alternative Finance Industry Survey
The initiative aims to capture key trends, including the development, size, transaction volume, and growth of alternative finance, including crowdfunding, peer-to-peer (marketplace) lending, reward-based, and other new forms of finance outside the traditional financial system across Asia and the Pacific. Survey results will be published later this year in the 3rd Asia-Pacific Region Alternative Finance Industry Report and made freely available to help inform policy makers and regulators. The survey will run from 29 May to 6 July 2018. Click here to see the survey link and here to view last year’s report.
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- 8th Annual Asia Pacific Financial Inclusion Forum—The Inclusion Imperative: Advancing Policies, Targets, and Plans
- Economic Corridor Development for Competitive and Inclusive Asia Training
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Mission Incomplete: Reflating Japan's Economy (second edition)
In April 2013 the Bank of Japan launched an unprecedented quantitative and qualitative monetary easing policy. It was thought that a 2% price stability target could be achieved within 2 years; 4 years on and we are still mission incomplete.
Global Shocks and the New Global and Regional Financial Architecture: Asian Perspectives
This book addresses how Asia’s regional financial architecture can be strengthened and meshed with those of the International Monetary Fund and the Financial Stability Board to effectively deal with economic and financial shocks.
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- Financial technology will help lower remittance costs for Asia
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