Keys to enhancing Asia’s small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) development and firm performance amid de-globalization were explored during an ADBI-National University of Singapore NUS) virtual conference on 8-10 September. ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe opened by describing the impacts of trade tensions and protectionism on SMEs and the importance of promoting productivity and innovation within the sector. Experts went on to present research on supply-side measures for boosting SME access to finance, productivity, and business innovation, based on firm-level data.
Experts discussed ways to build the safety and well-being of Asia’s aging societies amid the COVID-19 pandemic during an ADBI-Center for Strategic and International Studies webinar on 16 September, in conjunction with the 53rd ADB Annual Meeting. Drawing upon country-level case studies, they emphasized the importance of advancing social and financial protection for the elderly as well as the role of innovative technology and education in fostering an inclusive care economy. Boosting COVID-19 mitigation and structural reforms that improve protections for aging societies would promote resilient and inclusive post-pandemic growth in the region, they added. See related infographic.
ADBI and Asian Development Bank (ADB) researchers presented survey results on COVID-19’s impacts on developing Asia during a joint webinar on 16 September, part of the 53rd ADB Annual Meeting seminar series. ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe discussed survey findings on the pandemic’s impacts on the region’s micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), as well as rural households in Bangladesh. ADBI Vice Chair of Research Peter Morgan described survey findings on COVID-19’s impacts on households in Southeast Asia, while ADBI Financial Economist Naoko Nemoto assessed post-pandemic MSME policies. Their insights provided a guide for safety net development.
ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe shared COVID-19 compatible development lessons from Asia’s emerging economies during an African Development Bank webinar on 14 September. Dean Sonobe compared the near-term pandemic recovery paths of Asian and African economies. Drawing upon his research background in Africa, he added that the African economy could achieve high long-term growth if countries in the region steadily and equitably develop infrastructure and human capital. He noted the potential for collaborative policy research and capacity building to help address these needs.
Government officials from developing Asia examined policy imperatives for promoting financial inclusion as a driver of sustainable pandemic recovery during an ADBI Policy Maker E-Training webinar on 14-15 September. The webinar featured group instruction and discussion on addressing emerging digitalization and financial literacy challenges as new technologies open financial services to more socioeconomically vulnerable groups. It is a public component of the inaugural, two-month ADBI Policy Maker E-Training program to build policy development capacity in the region via video-based e-learning courses and virtual classroom-style learning for invited policy makers.
- Stepping up civil service reforms in Myanmar
- The impacts of COVID-19 on financial stability and regional financial safety nets in ASEAN
- Enhancing agriculture potential in developing countries during the COVID-19 crisis
- COVID-19 hitting migration and remittances hard in developing Asia
- How can trade liberalization boost women’s employment and well-being? An analysis of the Thai labor market
- Barefoot doctor 2.0: Making it happen
- Achieving a peaceful world: What can intellectuals do to make it happen?
- Virtual Conference on Fintech to Enable Development, Investment, Financial Inclusion, and Sustainability
- Virtual Workshop on Addressing the Tax Challenges of the Digitalization of the Economy: Focus on Value-Added Tax
- Virtual Policy Workshop on Unlocking Private Investment in Sustainable Infrastructure in Asia: Lessons from Central Asia
Growing Central Bank Challenges in the World and Japan: Low Inflation, Monetary Policy, and Digital Currency
Central banks are facing a range of growing challenges that have arisen from recent trends in aging populations, low productivity, and new technology and innovation.
Environmental, Social, and Governance Investment: Opportunities and Risks for Asia
Interest in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investment has been growing steadily around the world, and investors are increasingly integrating ESG factors into their investment decisions.
- 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
- Introducing the Book Environmental, Social, and Governance Investment: Opportunities and Risks for Asia
- Introducing ADBI E-Learning’s Course on Powering Green Investments
- ADBI-Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Renew Sanitation Partnership
- ADBI Dean Sonobe on Enabling Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery
- As pandemic bonds hit the market, what can Asia do to ensure its green bond growth potential?
- Japan’s wastewater lessons in the face of shocks provide timely sanitation solutions for Asia
- The new and unexpected ways Mobility as a Service systems could affect Asia’s cities
- What more can be done to attract wary investors in Asian infrastructure?
- Could AI be the answer to Asia’s mounting education delivery challenges?
- How can digitalization deliver a pandemic soft landing for Asian economies?