Experts provided capacity building support for disaster risk financing and insurance development in Southeast Asia at an ADBI workshop in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on 27-28 November, co-hosted with the Asian Development Bank, ASEAN Secretariat, GIZ, and ICRM, Nanyang Technological University. The focus was on enhancing the application of data, analytics, and modeling methodologies to quantify disaster risk profiles and strengthen physical and financial resilience against natural hazards, in step with other risk prevention measures. Disaster finance and insurance solutions for public-private partnerships were also proposed.
Key digital currency and fintech growth questions were addressed during a panel discussion launching the new ADBI book Central Bank Digital Currency and Fintech in Asia at the 2019 ADBI Annual Conference in Tokyo on 29 November. Two of the co-editors, ADBI’s Bihong Huang and Sayuri Shirai, and contributor Feng Zhu of Alibaba’s Luo Han Academy discussed the book’s insights on the benefits, risks, and outlook for the potential issuance of digital currency by central banks. They also spotlighted the book’s examination of fintech regulation and country-level case studies.
ADBI has published the new book Aging Societies: Policies and Perspectives which describes innovative policy measures for addressing the economic effects of population aging. The proposals were developed as part of the Think20 (T20) process led by ADBI, in conjunction with Japan’s G20 presidency. The focuses include structural reforms to promote growth, macroeconomic stability, and labor market resilience, as well as ways to enhance social protection systems. Additional emphasis is on data system development, policy pools, and analysis of population aging impacts.
ADBI Dean Naoyuki Yoshino shared guidance on strengthening infrastructure growth and resilience in Southeast Asia in remarks at the 44th Federation of ASEAN Economic Associations Conference in Singapore on 29-30 November. Dean Yoshino said spillover tax revenues could be used to mobilize private investment such as insurance and pension funds critical to meeting long-term infrastructure demand. He also explained how GDP and tax revenues could be used to project the economic impact of natural disasters, and well as ways to ease budget pressures linked to large-scale catastrophes.
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Aging Societies: Policies and Perspectives
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