City officials and experts examined post COVID-19 sustainable urban development priorities during the 9th Asia Smart City Conference on 18 January, co-hosted by the City of Yokohama, ADBI, the Asian Development Bank, and World Bank Group. They explored ways to promote smart cities, smart energy, and green growth that is inclusive and advances the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. ADBI Deputy Dean Chul Ju Kim highlighted the role of digitalization and comprehensive urban planning and management in building livable post pandemic cities.
A new ADBI Press book examines ways to ignite small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) trade in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) region crucial to COVID-19 recovery and inclusive development. Leveraging SME Finance through Value Chains in CAREC Landlocked Countries describes the sector’s trade challenges due to gaps in operational capacity, seaport access, infrastructure, and finance access. The book identifies measures for boosting SME participation in production and supply chains and financing. It focuses on enhancing regulation, financing options, entrepreneurship, and digital connectivity. Download the book for free and view the summary video.
ADBI experts presented new research on COVID-19 impacts and recovery keys in developing Asia during the Asian Development Bank Economists’ Forum on 12-13 January. ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe discussed the findings of surveys of South Asia’s small firms and farmers and ways to enhance support for these vulnerable groups. Other ADBI experts shared insights from a Southeast Asia household survey, examined the efficacy of fiscal and monetary responses, and spotlighted policy priorities for promoting green bonds and sustainable development.
ADBI, the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance—University of Cambridge Judge Business School, and Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research & Education in Singapore have signed a research agreement to promote digital financial innovation and knowledge-sharing in Asia and the Pacific. A newly established research team in Singapore will support joint projects on financial technology (fintech) growth, market development, and regulation to promote financial inclusion. The partnership will also provide customized training for the region’s policy makers.
- Making citywide inclusive sanitation a reality through capacity development
- Toward an ASEAN COVID-19 travel balloon
- Toward a robust economic recovery from COVID-19 in Asia and the Pacific
- Does sanitation access improve schooling outcomes for girls and boys?
- Moving beyond GDP: Well-being and degrowth development alternatives
- COVID-19 and policy responses through the lens of global asset markets and capital flows
- Overcoming the challenge of energy efficiency financing in Asia
Leveraging SME Finance through Value Chains in CAREC Landlocked Countries
SMEs in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation countries can contribute to economic development by helping to diversify the production base, create employment opportunities, alleviate poverty, and increase regional food security.
Equitable Land Use for Asian Infrastructure
Developing Asia’s demand for high-quality, integrated infrastructure requires a steady but equitable supply of land.
Macroeconomic Stabilization in the Digital Age
Policy makers need to be aware of the increasing prominence of the digital economy and digital finance and seek to better understand how continued digitalization will affect policies aimed at managing the economy.
- Leveraging SME Finance through Value Chains in CAREC Landlocked Countries
- Equitable Land Use for Asian Infrastructure
- Macroeconomic Stabilization in the Digital Age
- ADBI-Led T20 Policy Briefs Promote G20 Pandemic Recovery
- Report on Climate Change and Sovereign Risk Explained
- Introducing ADBI E-Learning’s Course on Demographic Transition and its Impacts
- Introducing the Book Growing Central Bank Challenges in the World and Japan: Low Inflation, Monetary Policy, and Digital Currency
- MSME digitalization could be the ticket to a speedy Asian recovery in 2021
- How to avoid the spiral of climate vulnerability and unsustainable debt
- Could Asia’s alarming acceleration of garbage accumulation become a sustainability success story?
- The increasingly perilous act of balancing Asia’s economies as digitalization accelerates
- The G20’s think tank network is laying the groundwork for evidence-based recovery breakthroughs
- Mastering the art of post-pandemic infrastructure policymaking in politically charged environments