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February 2021
ADBI Outlines Support for Global Policy Innovation During T20 Italy Launch

ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe addressed the Think20 (T20) Italy 2021 Inception Conference on 8-9 February by expressing ADBI’s commitment to advancing timely and impactful global policy research, in conjunction with Italy’s Group of 20 (G20) presidency. Working with other top think tanks under T20 task forces, ADBI experts will contribute five policy briefs on “quality” post COVID-19 infrastructure development, boosting private infrastructure financing, localizing the circular economy, building a new sustainable economy, and mitigating climate change effects on sovereign risk and macroeconomic stability. The policy briefs will be among those presented to G20 Leaders for consideration ahead of their summit on 30-31 October.

February 2021
Experts Explore ESG Investment Growth Potential Under COVID-19

Experts examined the benefits and risks of  environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investment in Asia amid the COVID-19 crisis during an ADBI conference on 8-10 February. They assessed recent growth trends within the sector which underscore the importance of enhancing governmental commitment to sustainable finance, clearly defined sustainable activities, qualified data disclosure, financial innovation, and investor engagement. The discussion highlighted how this approach can help to promote sustainable finance and growth recovery.

February 2021
ADBI Dean, Think Tank Leaders in Japan Assess Sector’s Post-Pandemic Role

ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe discussed the potential for think tank research to guide inclusive and sustainable COVID-19 recovery in a virtual panel discussion on the sector’s role in times of crisis, which was co-hosted by ADBI and Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) on 5 February. The panel marked the local launch of the 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report from the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program and featured Dean Sonobe, JIIA President Kenichiro Sasae and Akio Takahara, Director of the JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development. They examined post-pandemic think tank priorities and initiatives.

February 2021
New ADBI E-Learning Course Offers Guide to Sustainable Finance Growth in Asia

Governing Sustainable Finance examines the rise of the sector and its potential to deliver robust investment returns and greener, lower carbon post COVID-19 economies in Asia and the Pacific. Led by the Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Kim Schumacher, the course details climate-related risks and how they can affect investment strategy and broader corporate decision-making. It spotlights public and private initiatives to enhance climate-related risk management and the impacts environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors can have on investment performance. It also discusses corporate corporate ESG-related disclosure and reporting gaps. View the course summary video.

February 2021
Experts Spotlight Taxation Solutions for Asia’s COVID-19-Driven Digital Economy

Policy makers and researchers explored innovative taxation approaches compatible with Asia’s COVID-19 era digital economy during an ADBI virtual policy dialogue on 27-29 January. They examined novel revenue administration frameworks and models aimed at harnessing the region’s digital transformation to enhance public services, tax compliance, and responses to pandemic-accelerated deficit challenges. They also discussed the growth of Asia’s digital economy, new business models, and the implications for taxation and sustainable recovery moving forward.

January 2021
ADBI Retains World’s Number One Government Affiliated Think Tank Ranking

ADBI has been named the world’s “best government affiliated think tank” for a second consecutive year, according to the newly released 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report from the University of Pennsylvania Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. The annual report recognized ADBI for its “outstanding policy research.” ADBI placed 24th in the worldwide think tank ranking and 6th among international development policy think tanks, also holding these positions for a second straight year. The report’s rankings are based on inputs from over 3,974 peer institutions and experts.

January 2021
City Officials, Experts Guide Asia’s Post Pandemic Urban Development

City officials and experts examined post COVID-19 sustainable urban development priorities during the 9th Asia Smart City Conference on 18 January, co-hosted by the City of Yokohama, ADBI, the Asian Development Bank, and World Bank Group. They explored ways to promote smart cities, smart energy, and green growth that is inclusive and advances the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. ADBI Deputy Dean Chul Ju Kim highlighted the role of digitalization and comprehensive urban planning and management in building livable post pandemic cities.

January 2021
New Book Highlights Central Asian SMEs’ Timely Trade Potential

A new ADBI Press book examines ways to ignite small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) trade in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) region crucial to COVID-19 recovery and inclusive development. Leveraging SME Finance through Value Chains in CAREC Landlocked Countries describes the sector’s trade challenges due to gaps in operational capacity, seaport access, infrastructure, and finance access. The book identifies measures for boosting SME participation in production and supply chains and financing. It focuses on enhancing regulation, financing options, entrepreneurship, and digital connectivity. Download the book for free and view the summary video.

January 2021
ADBI Assesses Asia’s Post-Pandemic Growth Path During ADB Forum

ADBI experts presented new research on COVID-19 impacts and recovery keys in developing Asia during the Asian Development Bank Economists’ Forum on 12-13 January. ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe discussed the findings of surveys of South Asia’s small firms and farmers and ways to enhance support for these vulnerable groups. Other ADBI experts shared insights from a Southeast Asia household survey, examined the efficacy of fiscal and monetary responses, and spotlighted policy priorities for promoting green bonds and sustainable development.

January 2021
ADBI-Cambridge University Sign Fintech Research Agreement

ADBI, the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance—University of Cambridge Judge Business School, and Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research & Education in Singapore have signed a research agreement to promote digital financial innovation and knowledge-sharing in Asia and the Pacific. A newly established research team in Singapore will support joint projects on financial technology (fintech) growth, market development, and regulation to promote financial inclusion. The partnership will also provide customized training for the region’s policy makers.