ADBI Dean Naoyuki Yoshino took his messages of how to improve financial literacy and infrastructure financing on the road during 9 and 10 October. He addressed over 200 charterholders and affiliates at Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Society meetings in Shenzhen and Shanghai, People's Republic of China. In wide-ranging and lengthy interactions, Professor Yoshino fielded questions from finance industry practitioners on spillover tax effects, hometown investment trusts, and the One Belt One Road Initiative. At a reception in his honor in Hong Kong, China, the Dean discussed ADBI's knowledge and training partnership with CFA Institute Deputy CEO Bjorn Forfang and Board Member Hua Yu.
Community-based initiatives for cleaner and cheaper electricity are turning to hometown investment trust funds. Small contributions from villagers are pooled together and matched with internet crowdfunding and ADB’s innovative Green Finance Catalyzing Facility. Learn more about how hometown investment trust funds could provide much-needed finance for green energy projects.
ADBI, OECD, and the State Bank of Viet Nam co-host conference on Financial Literacy and Consumer Protection
On 3-4 October participants discussed the status of financial literacy and financial inclusion in Southeast Asia, challenges for consumer protection, the development of national strategies for financial education, issues related to digital financial services, financial education programs for the youth, and micro-insurance at the ADBI-OECD-State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) conference on Financial Literacy and Consumer Protection. State Bank of Viet Nam Deputy Governor Nguyen Thi Hong, ADBI Dean Yoshino, and OECD Senior Counsellor Andre Laboul gave welcome remarks. ADBI's Peter Morgan and Long Q. Trinh presented on financial literacy in Cambodia and Viet Nam, and Bihong Huang presented on financial education needs of SMEs. Read more.
Ways to promote access to finance by small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) in Asia and Latin America were discussed in a conference sponsored by UNESCAP and co-hosted by ADBI in Bangkok on 27-28 September. Topics included the relationship between financial inclusion and financial stability, financial infrastructure for SME finance, the role of national development banks, and the implications of FinTech. ADBI Dean Yoshino delivered welcoming remarks and presented on financial infrastructure, and Peter Morgan, ADBI's Senior Consulting Economist, presented research on the impact of lending to SMEs on the financial stability of banks. Read more.
- Technical Conference on Financial Inclusion, Regulation, Financial Literacy and Education in Central Asia and South Caucasus
- Seminar: Innovation in Managing Local Government Debt—the Case of the People’s Republic of China
- ADBI-IIMA-IEFI Workshop on Economic and Financial Cooperation in East Asia
- Innovative Approaches to SMEs and Entrepreneurial Financing for Enhanced Competitiveness
Japan’s Lost Decade: Lessons for Asian Economies
ADB Institute’s new book examines Japan’s long-term recession since the 1990s’ economic bubble burst and offers lessons for Asian and other economies.
Food Insecurity in Asia: Why Institutions Matter
Useful for anyone who is interested in food security of individual Asian nations and Asia as a whole, including officials of national governments and international bodies, researchers, and university students.