Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) hosted its 20th Annual Conference on Managing Private and Local Government Debt on 30 November–1 December in Tokyo. Speakers examined debt increases and their impacts, identified better ways to lower potential risks, and explored innovation in debt management to promote sound and sustainable socioeconomic growth in and outside Asia. Some 38 experts and senior officials from ministries of finance, central banks, or reserve banks of selected countries, ADB, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Bank, and other international organizations spoke during the 2-day event. About 200 people attended. ADB President Takehiko Nakao delivered the keynote speech.
The ADB Institute (ADBI) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in association with The University of Tokyo’s i.School and the Japan Social Innovation Centre, collaborated on a capacity-building pilot workshop on designing social innovation in non-sewered sanitation and fecal sludge management (FSM) for 20 international students in Tokyo, 24 November. Participants suggested, among several proposals, introducing F Coins to initiate an ecosystem to accelerate the FSM supply chain. Dorai Narayana, previously from the Indah Water Konsortium, and Pierre Flamand from the Japan Sanitation Consortium mentored the participants. ADBI Senior Capacity Building and Training Specialist KE Seetha Ram gave the opening remarks and i.School Executive Director Hideyuki Horii conducted the workshop.
Asian think tank representatives gathered in Singapore on 22–23 November at the 2017 Asia Think Tank Summit on "Think Tanks, Public Policy and Governance" to discuss key development issues facing Asia and how to more effectively communicate research findings. ADBI Dean Naoyuki Yoshino spoke on the conditions for public and private debt stability, while Peter Morgan, ADBI senior consulting economist, and Naoko Nemoto, ADBI financial economist, led sessions on developing human capital and small and medium-sized enterprise finance, respectively.
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- Policy Workshop on the Sustainable Energy Industry and Managing Effective Green Technology
- Technical Workshop on Productivity Drivers in Asia: The Firm-Level Perspective
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Central and Local Government Relations in Asia: Achieving Fiscal Sustainability
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