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Call for Papers on Economic and Strategic Impacts of Energy Supply and Transport Infrastructure Connecting Asia and Europe

Economic and Strategic Impacts of Energy Supply and Transport Infrastructure Connecting Asia and Europe
Asian Development Bank Institute
Tokyo, Japan

The development of trade routes between Asia and Europe will require substantial investments in transportation infrastructure in Central Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Attracting greater private sector investment is increasingly critical to bridging the region’s nearly 300% annual infrastructure financing shortfall and building on recent connectivity inroads.

Notable infrastructure breakthroughs include construction of rail lines linking the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Kazakhstan as a gateway to Europe. The PRC has also invested in a variety of energy infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia such as the ‘first Belt & Road power grid cooperation project’ in the Lao PDR enhancing connectivity across its northern provinces and regionally.

Improving understanding of the economic and strategic impacts of infrastructure connecting Asia and Europe is needed to identify and promote policy changes for attracting private finance to sustainably develop projects like these. One promising approach, for instance, is fiscal policy in which some tax revenue resulting from the spillover effects of privately funded infrastructure is returned to investors.

Against this backdrop, ADBI invites paper submissions assessing the effects of infrastructure development connecting Asia and Europe and detailing recommendations to policy makers from Central Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia for fostering regional cooperation and integration. While Asia is the main focus, papers on relevant lessons from other regions are also welcomed, including those from the European Union, Eastern Europe, Russia, Africa, Latin America, and others.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Infrastructure investment and financing
  • Energy trade and infrastructure
  • Trade and infrastructure connectivity
  • Drivers and barriers of infrastructure investments
  • Policy, regulations and governance
  • National strategies
  • Case studies

Travel Grants

Authors of selected papers will be invited to the paper development workshop to be held at ADBI in Tokyo on 26-27 May 2020. ADBI will cover flight and hotel costs for one author of per paper who must be a citizen of an ADB member country.

Submission Procedure

All paper submissions must be written in English and contain only original unpublished work and a brief author bio spotlighting any prominent publications such as book chapters or edited or authored books.

Abstracts of about 300 words should be submitted no later than 30 November 2019 via this link and contain a paper title, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), contact information, and appropriate fields under JEL classifications. Early applications including a full paper are preferred. Authors of selected papers will be notified by 30 December 2019. A full draft paper should be submitted by 29 February 2020.

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit their papers for publication in a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal or book. The name of the journal or book publisher will be announced at a later date.

Organizing Committee

  • Naoyuki Yoshino, Asian Development Bank Institute
  • Peter J. Morgan, Asian Development Bank Institute
  • Dina Azhgaliyeva, Asian Development Bank Institute
  • Alfred Gerstl, Palacký University Olomouc
  • Lixia Yao, National University of Singapore

Questions or inquiries may be directed to: Dina Azhgaliyeva ([email protected])