Policy makers and experts evaluated regulatory frameworks for promoting e-commerce development in Asia and the Pacific in the COVID-19 environment during an ADBI-CAREC Institute webinar on 28 May. ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe opened the proceedings by addressing the role of e-commerce in reducing the pandemic’s socio-economic impacts, as well as complementary measures needed to enhance ICT infrastructure, digital payments, logistics systems, and digital literacy. The discussion went on to examine how policies that enable regional cooperation, infrastructure improvements, and public-private partnerships could help expand e-commerce activity in the region.
ADBI Vice Chair of Research Peter Morgan explained during a Think20 (T20) task force webinar on 20 May that greater efforts by the G20 and other governments to promote digital financial literacy could advance financial inclusion in the COVID-19 era. Morgan said the pandemic-driven acceleration of the digital economy is increasing the need for national digital financial education strategies and guidelines, developed in coordination with fintech companies. He noted that this approach could boost access to financial services and financial education for disadvantaged groups.
ADBI Senior Capacity Building and Training Economist Nella Hendriyetty discussed ways the G20 and other governments can bolster quality infrastructure growth that supports post-COVID 19 economic recovery and job creation during a Think20 (T20) task force webinar on 20 May. Hendriyetty said policy makers could address COVID-19 triggered weakening in public infrastructure funding by introducing innovative policies to attract private investment while boosting small and medium-sized enterprises for increased spillover effects to ensure sustainable growth.
ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe discussed the use of behavioral insights to combat COVID-19 during an ADBI-Japan Nudge Promotion Council-Ministry of Environment, Japan webinar on 15 May, which also featured ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada. The focus was on “nudges” that alter people’s behavior in a predictable way without restrictions or changes to economic incentives. Dean Sonobe described ways nudges could help policy makers in Asia and the Pacific meet immediate needs such as social distancing, as well as mitigate economic damage and build more resilient, sustainable societies. This includes inducing digitalization and the transition to new work arrangements and business models.
The economic impacts and future of energy and transport infrastructure connecting Asia and Europe were discussed during an ADBI virtual workshop on 27-29 May. ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe opened the proceedings by underscoring the importance of sustainable infrastructure development for bridging the two regions and promoting economic inclusion. Researchers shared case studies measuring the effects of regional energy and transport projects on investment, transportation, and trade flows. The workshop concluded with a special session on COVID-19-related connectivity challenges and enhancing infrastructure resilience.
- Achieving fiscal sustainability in the face of demographic change
- Economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and oil price collapse
- SMEs in global value chains: Catalysts for dynamic and inclusive economic growth
- How should ASEAN and ASEAN+3 respond to the COVID-19 crisis?
- The tip of the iceberg for COVID-19 cases in developing Asia?
- Global stimulus to fight the COVID-19 pandemic
- Webinar Series on Casting Wider Safety Nets to Reach Asia’s Most Vulnerable: Real-Time Policy Recommendations During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Part One)
- Webinar Series on Casting Wider Safety Nets to Reach Asia’s Most Vulnerable: Real-Time Policy Recommendations During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Part Two)
- Webinar Series on Casting Wider Safety Nets to Reach Asia’s Most Vulnerable: Real-Time Policy Recommendations During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Part Three)
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- ADBI-Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Renew Sanitation Partnership
- ADBI Dean Sonobe on Enabling Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery
- Building the Future of Quality Infrastructure
- Linda Arthur, Senior Capacity Building and Training Specialist on Policy Maker Engagement
- Dina Azhgaliyeva, Research Fellow on Igniting Green Growth
- Derek Hondo, Research Associate on Disseminating Policy Lessons
- Behavioral insights can support the transition to a post-COVID-19 world
- Quality infrastructure Asia needs to address COVID-19 and the SDGs
- Asia’s economic recovery is an opportunity for green policy
- Mitigating the effects of graying populations in an age of uncertainty
- Improving handwashing access is vital to combating COVID-19
- Book authors dispel doubts about services growth potential in Factory Asia