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November 2021
ADBI Researcher Discusses Asia’s Post-COP26 Climate Imperatives with Regional, Global Media

ADBI’s Dina Azhgaliyeva discussed the outlook for developing Asia’s low-carbon transition in media interviews coinciding with the global climate change talks of the 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26). Speaking to Bloomberg, CNBC, Channel News Asia, and NHK World, she described policy priorities for boosting climate risk mitigation, green investment, and economic resilience in the face of accelerating energy demand and socioeconomic change. She also explained the importance of project quality and efficiency, technology cost reduction, skills development, and knowledge-sharing for meeting more ambitious post-COP26 climate commitments.

November 2021
ADBI Expert Highlights G20 2022 Infrastructure Investment, Sustainability Keys

ADBI’s Nella Hendriyetty explained how Indonesia’s 2022 Group of 20 (G20) presidency could boost infrastructure investment to support net-zero transition and narrow social inequalities during the Think20 (T20) Italy 2021 infrastructure task force’s final meeting on 4 November. She highlighted the importance of building sectoral and stakeholder interconnectivity for maximizing the socioeconomic benefits of infrastructure projects and attracting greater private investment. She also called for enhanced debt transparency and management to promote infrastructure financing and fiscal risk mitigation, and meet developing Asia’s sustainable growth needs moving forward.

November 2021
Think Tank Forum to Examine Asia’s Tourism Development Keys After COVID-19

Evidence-based solutions for reviving tourism growth in developing Asia following the COVID-19 crisis will be the focus of the Asian Think Tank Development Forum 2021 on 16-17 November, cohosted by ADBI and the Asian Development Bank. The forum will feature country-level case studies on the pandemic’s tourism industry impacts, policy responses, and pathways to inclusive and sustainable tourism development. It will also explore how technology and greater connectivity can strengthen the sector, and the evolving role and capacity needs of the region’s think tanks. Register

November 2021
REGISTRATION: Francis Fukuyama on Next Steps for Public Policy and Digital Development in Asia

Registration is open for an ADBI Featured Speaker Webinar presenting renowned political scientist Francis Fukuyama of Stanford University, who will discuss the political and public policy calculus for advancing inclusive and sustainable digital development in Asia after the COVID-19 crisis. Hosted by ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe, Fukuyama will examine onward challenges and opportunities governments in the region face toward optimizing the socioeconomic benefits of digitalization, competition, and innovation. Among them include rebalancing policy design to address digital divides and structural intervention to mitigate monopoly risks in the online marketplace. Register

November 2021
REGISTRATION: Indonesia Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati on G20 2022 Host Vision and Priorities

Registration is open for an ADBI Featured Speaker Webinar on 19 November at 15:00 Jakarta/17:00 Tokyo presenting Indonesia Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who will discuss Indonesia’s vision and priorities for its 2022 Group of 20 (G20) presidency. Minister Sri Mulyani will explain Indonesia’s G20 host strategy to bolster inclusive, resilient post-COVID-19 recovery and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific and globally. The discussion will be followed by an audience question and answer session. English-Bahasa Indonesia simultaneous interpreting will be offered. Register

November 2021
ADBI Dean Discusses Asia’s Onward Development Priorities During Think Tank Summit

ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe described how think tanks can help meet Asia’s post-COVID-19 sustainability and inclusion needs during the virtual 2021 Asia Think Tank Summit on 4 November. He noted that the crisis has disproportionately affected vulnerable groups, deepened inequality, and reversed poverty reduction in Asia. He urged think tanks to champion evidence-based solutions that address recovery keys, such as external demand, monetary stimuli, economic fundamentals, and green financing. Boosting sustainable investment can enhance prosperity and well-being in the face of future pandemics, climate change, and other risks, Dean Sonobe concluded.

November 2021
Experts Detail Measures for Extending Reach of Safe Water and Sanitation Services

Experts discussed ways to achieve safe and universal water and sanitation services in emerging economies during a virtual workshop on 28-29 October cohosted by ADBI, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Institute for Fiscal Studies, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and University of Virginia. Former Deputy Treasury Minister of Argentina Sebastian Galiani described how privatization and policy design evaluation have helped improve services within the sector and reduce child mortality. Meera Mehta of CEPT University in India also urged results-based funding and strong monitoring systems to promote expansive safe sanitation systems. View the webinar recording.

November 2021
Researchers Assess Socioeconomic Impacts of Online Commerce for Women in Developing Asia

Researchers discussed women-online commerce dynamics in developing Asian economies during a conference cohosted by ADBI, ADB, Nanyang Technological University, and the Japanese Association for Development Economics on 26-28 October. Drawing upon country case studies, they explored how online commerce can boost women’s labor participation and household income. They also examined policy imperatives for narrowing gender gaps in the digital economy and alleviating constraints on online commerce’s benefits for women. View the webinar recording.

October 2021
ADBI Dean Promotes Carbon-Neutral Asian Smart Cities in Yokohama

ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe joined Yokohama City Mayor Takeharu Yamanaka and experts to promote carbon neutrality and sustainable urban development at the 10th Asia Smart City Conference in Yokohama on 28 October. Dean Sonobe emphasized the importance of city-to-city collaboration under the Asia Smart City Alliance and the adoption of technological innovation for the progress of green smart-city solutions in the region. He also underscored ADBI’s commitment to advancing the post-COVID-19 sustainable development of Asia emerging cities through timely, evidence-based research and capacity building.

October 2021
ADBI–ADB Evaluate Path to Post-COVID-19 Asian Labor Market Resilience

Strategies for enhancing the resilience of vulnerable groups disproportionately impacted by COVID-19-induced job losses and disruptions were examined during an ADBI–Asian Development Bank virtual conference on 27–28 October. Experts assessed the fiscal challenges of pandemic-affected worker support and how active labor market programs can facilitate upskilling and the transition to better quality jobs. They also discussed the scope of the post-COVID-19 labor market and measures for addressing gender and age-related employability challenges. View the webinar recording.