ADBI, Partners Build Conflict Resolution Capacity to Advance Development Projects in Asia
Strategies to resolve stakeholder disputes and advance development project implementation in Asia and the Pacific were the focus of a virtual training workshop cohosted by ADBI, SASTRA Deemed University School of Law, and the Foundation for Comprehensive Dispute Resolution on 5-9 August. Policy makers and experts discussed the alternate dispute resolution method that helps recognize conflict impacts in intra and inter-personal relationships and support constructive engagement among stakeholders to reach a consensus. They also participated in roleplay exercises to develop skills for identifying incompatible interests and optimal resolution options.
Oxford University Expert Explains Arbitration’s Development Project Relevance During ADBI Session
International arbitration approaches to resolving development project stakeholder disputes were detailed by Oxford University’s Florian Grisel during a virtual expert session on 5 August cohosted by ADBI, SASTRA Deemed University School of Law, and the Foundation for Comprehensive Dispute Resolution. He described how arbitration can be applied when disputes over politically and financially significant industrial projects arise between stakeholders from different legal, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds, drawing upon his experiences as an arbitrator. He also discussed growing recognition of arbitration as a neutral dispute resolution tool for projects. View the webinar recording
ADBI Showcases Research Supporting Developing Asia’s Post-COVID-19 Resilience
COVID-19 impacts on Asia’s developing economies and resilient recovery imperatives were highlighted at an ADBI session in Singapore on 3 August, held as part of the 2022 Singapore Economic Review Conference. Drawing upon ADBI surveys of households and small firms in the region, ADBI’s Dean Tetsushi Sonobe and Peter Morgan stressed the need for targeted government action to protect the vulnerable and promote equitable recovery. ADBI’s John Beirne explained how institutional quality can support macrofinancial resilience in Asia during periods of elevated financial stress, while Keio University’s Naoyuki Yoshino discussed the potential for boosting private sector investment in infrastructure projects in India using tax revenue spillover incentives.
New Book Details Fintech’s Expanded Capacity to Build Inclusive Economies After COVID-19
The new ADBI Press book Fintech and COVID-19: Impacts, Challenges, and Policy Priorities for Asia examines pandemic accelerated digital technology adoption in the financial sector and the role of fintech firms in supporting households and businesses. Coedited by ADBI’s John Beirne, the book describes structural policy changes needed to ensure an efficient fintech environment that minimizes risks to consumers and financial stability. It also notes the importance of digital infrastructure investment and digital financial education for maximizing fintech’s potential to boost economic inclusion and sustainable development. It was discussed at a book launch on 3 August, held as part of the 2022 Singapore Economic Review Conference. View the preview video
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Fintech and COVID-19: Impacts, Challenges, and Policy Priorities for Asia
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital technology adoption in the financial sector and impacted the role of financial technology firms in supporting households and businesses.
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