From its aging population to its economic policy, the Japanese economy faces a number of challenges in striving toward sustainable growth. Moving forward, the focus should be on measures to strengthen productivity and wage pressures by reducing labor market duality and increasing mobility. This should be followed by reforms to bolster investment as well as diversify and enhance the labor supply to raise potential growth by facilitating full-time work, female and older labor market participation, and the use of foreign labor. These were some of the conclusions from the “2018 AMRO-ADBI Roundtable on Japanese Economy” organized by ADBI and the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO). The event was held in Tokyo on 7 November 2018.
ADB Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation organized a roundtable among development partners and a policy dialogue with government officials on 20-21 September at ADBI, Tokyo. Participants discussed innovative ways to scale up and improve the quality of investments supported by multilateral development banks and development partners for countrywide, citywide, and countywide inclusive sanitation (CWIS) and non-sewered sanitation (NSS). Participants also proposed to create a global platform, “Sanitation for All from NOW,” whereby development partners would (i) plan and deliver services for everyone to benefit from good and sustainable sanitation services, (ii) safely manage human waste along the whole sanitation service chain, and (iii) prioritize the unserved, among others. Click here to see the complete final statement.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including micro-enterprises, play a pivotal role in economic development in Asia, contributing significantly to domestic output. Financial technology, however, can offer many opportunities to address this constraint by allowing SMEs better access to finance. For example, using big data and artificial intelligence for compiling SME credit data could help investors make informed investment decisions on SMEs, leading to the improvement of access to finance. These are some of the conclusions from the workshop, “The Role of Financial Technology for SME Development in Asia”, organized by ADBI in cooperation with the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo, and Lembaga Penyelidikan Ekonomi & Masyarakat (LPEM), Universitas Indonesia, on 7–8 November 2018 in Jakarta. ADBI Senior Economist Wawan Juswanto and LPEM FEB UI Director Surapol Opasatien gave the opening remarks.
Growth in the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector is often hindered by financing bottlenecks. Alternative lending using digital technologies, such as peer-to-peer platforms and open banking systems, offers invaluable opportunities for improving SMEs’ access to finance. These were some of the conclusions from the workshop, How Digital Innovation Can Help Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Access Finance in Asia, organized by ADBI in cooperation with the National Credit Bureau on 29–30 October in Bangkok, where over 20 experts and government officials from Asia and the Pacific presented their latest research and policy developments. ADBI Dean Naoyuki Yoshino and National Credit Bureau Chief Executive Officer Surapol Opasatien gave the opening remarks.
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