Experts presented cutting-edge research on firm productivity and innovation at the macro and micro levels, as well as the progress in developing unified codes for firm databases in Asia to facilitate international comparisons. Academics and think tank and government researchers attended the ADBI-hosted workshop of the Productivity Research Network in Asia on empirical research on productivity and innovation on 11–12 September 2017 in Tokyo. It was jointly organized with the National University of Singapore Business School and the Singapore Government Investment Corporation. ADBI Dean Naoyuki Yoshino and ADBI Research Department Co-Chair Peter Morgan chaired sessions, and ADBI project consultant Long Q. Trinh presented on the Vietnamese firm database.
Globalization—including international trade, capital flows, financial market integration, global value chains, and spillover of macroeconomic policies—may upend countries’ economic stability. Governments need institutional, legal, and financial tools to reduce volatility. The ADB Institute, Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen), and Shenzhen Finance Institute organized the Conference on Globalization and Economic Stability on 11–12 December in Tokyo. The event brought together distinguished speakers from academia, central banks and international organizations, including the Bank for International Settlements, Bank of England, European Central Bank, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, and International Monetary Fund. Among the topics they discussed were financial globalization; trade, growth, and stability; global value chains; and unconventional monetary policy and global effects.
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.
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- New challenges, opportunities, and strategic choices for financing sustainable urbanization in the PRC
- Innovations in managing local government debt in the People’s Republic of China
- International outsourcing, environmental costs, and welfare
- Policy Workshop on Food Security and Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia
- Did High-Speed Rail Promote Local Economic Activities? Application of Night-Time Satellite Data
- Mini-Workshop on Capacity Building Toward Social Innovation
- Myths and Observations on Unconventional Monetary Policy: Takeaways from Post-Bubble Japan
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