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Incheon 2020: Schedule of Events

Events listed are open to all registered participants unless "by invitation" is stated. Unless otherwise specified, event rooms are in Songdo Convensia. 

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Saturday, 02 May 2020

  • Host Country Event Sharing Knowledge toward the New Era in Asia 2020 Knowledge Sharing Program Dissemination Conference

    As the host country of ADB's 53rd Annual Meeting, the Republic of Korea is convening a Knowledge Sharing Program for partner countries. This event provides an innovative, inclusive, and integrated platform for sharing knowledge to explore the promotion of knowledge-driven development for a sustainable and prosperous Asia. 

    9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Sheraton Incheon, Grand Ballroom
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  • Lunch for Participants 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, Exhibition Hall 3
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  • Institutional Event Business Opportunities Seminar Identifying and Securing ADB-financed Contracts 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Room 116–118
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Sunday, 03 May 2020

  • Civil Society Program Meeting between Civil Society Organizations and ADB Management 8:00 am to 9:00 am, Room 116–118
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  • Institutional Event Making Digital Development Work for Asia and the Pacific

    The Independent Evaluation Department of ADB is currently evaluating ADB’s readiness to deliver knowledge solutions that meet the changing development needs of the region. This event features a panel discussion focusing on ways in which digital technology can enhance development outcomes, thereby promoting inclusive growth.

    9:00 am to 10:00 am, Room 107–109
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  • ADB Seminar Asian Cities: Green Light for a New Age of Urban Mobility?

    Technological innovations are seen as part of the solution to urban transport. However, in isolation they may not have the desired impact. What is the mix of technological solutions and social behavior change required to solve urban transport problems?

    10:00 am to 11:30 am, Room 104–106
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  • Lunch for Participants 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, Exhibition Hall 3
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  • ADB Seminar Challenges to International Tax Transparency, Cooperation, and Domestic Resources Mobilization

    This event highlights ADB’s initiatives focused on international standards that enhance tax transparency and combat base erosion and profit shifting, as well as domestic mobilization approaches, including digital transformation and municipal financing. The event will also discuss current and emerging challenges faced by developing member countries and ways to address these.

    2:30 pm to 4:00 pm, Room 104–106
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  • ADB Seminar Joint Seminar with the International Monetary Fund 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, Room 107–109
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  • ADB President's Reception 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Grand Ballroom Foyer
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Monday, 04 May 2020

  • ADB Seminar Gender and Digital Identity: The Enabler to Access and Growth

    Women and girls in developing Asia are disproportionately affected by the lack of official registration and national identification documents, without which they struggle to access basic services and economic opportunities. The seminar will discuss opportunities, challenges, and solutions for increasing the uptake of digital identity and ID-linked services for women and girls in developing Asia.

    9:00 am to 10:30 am, Room 104–106
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  • ADB Seminar Leapfrogging Impact-technology Investment in Asia and the Pacific

    Market conditions seem ripe for venture impact investment in Asia and the Pacific, yet venture capital portfolios tend to be concentrated in selected markets and certain sectors. This session will explore how to grow the pool of capital for impact technologies in the Asia and Pacific region.

    9:00 am to 10:30 am, Room 107–109
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  • Host Country Event Asia Infrastructure Project Plaza Forum and Business Meeting

    This business plaza aims to accelerate infrastructure development in Asia through information sharing and business meetings among interested parties in the field, including governments, ADB, public/private financial institutions, and construction corporations. Note: the business meeting is by invitation only.

    10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Business Lounge, Exhibition Hall 3
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  • Opening Session of the Board of Governors 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, Grand Ballroom
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  • Lunch for Participants 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, Exhibition Hall 3
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  • Host Country Seminar ASEAN Industry 4.0 Based on Innovation and Digitalization

    This seminar aims to increase awareness of smartization, inviting the international community to inspect and resolve various policy issues related to innovation and digitalization. It will also present the status of the Republic of Korea's Fourth Industrial Revolution and discuss how the country can participate in the industrial upgrading of developing countries.

    1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, Room 107–109
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  • Host Country Event Asia Venture Business Challenge for the Sustainable Development Goals Demo Day and Forum

    ADB will launch ADB Ventures Facility in early 2020 to boost innovative startups in Asia and the Pacific. In this light, the Republic of Korea presents the “Asia Venture Business Challenge for the Sustainable Development Goals,” in which outstanding startup companies from Korea and other countries compete for funding to solve some of the region's pressing problems.

    2:00 pm to 5:30 pm, Business Lounge, Exhibition Hall 3
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  • Host Country Seminar Accelerating Sustainable Energy for Developing Countries through Energy 4.0

    This seminar will discuss the challenges of and measures that should be taken in solving the region's energy problems, taking into account the possible roles of public sector, private sector, and the international community, as well as the part that advanced technologies and innovations will play. It will also look into the potential presented by cooperation between the Republic of Korea and Asia's developing countries.

    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Room 107–109
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  • Institutional Event Asia’s Journey to Prosperity: Policy, Market, and Technology over 50 Years Book Launch

    This ADB book presents a comprehensive review of Asia’s growth and transformation in the last 50 years. It examines underlying factors that can explain this development performance, as well as the large variations across the region and time periods.

    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Room 104–106
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  • Media Event by The Economist Innovation, Finance, Policy: Winning the Battle Against Climate Change 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Premier Ballroom C
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  • Host Country Seminar Financial Sector Development for Sustainable Future in Asia

    The overall condition of financial institutions and markets throughout Asia is considered underdeveloped. The government's role has been limited, and the ability of individuals and companies to access financial services is very low. This seminar will discuss financial systems and infrastructure in Asian countries for their sustainable development.

    4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, Room 107–109
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  • ADB Seminar Innovating for the Sustainable Development Goals New Approaches to Achieve the 2030 Agenda

    It has been 5 years since ADB member countries signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals, but the Asia and Pacific region is not yet on track to achieve any of the 17 goals. This interactive panel discussion will reflect on innovations that can help the region achieve the 2030 Agenda. 

    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Room 104–106
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  • Host Country Reception 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Gyeongwonjae Ambassador
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Tuesday, 05 May 2020

  • Media Event CNBC Debate 9:00 am to 10:00 am, Premier Ballroom C
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  • Institutional Event Measuring for Success ADB's Performance under the New Strategy 2030 Results Framework

    In 2019, ADB adopted a new corporate results framework to track progress toward the goals and targets set out in Strategy 2030. In this context, the seminar will reflect on ADB’s evolving approach to results management to maximize the impact of its operations, and highlight major achievements in 2019.

    9:00 am to 10:00 am, Room 104–106
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  • Host Country Event Investment Conference Incheon

    The Songdo area, where the annual meeting will be held, proudly presents advanced technology industries and infrastructure—such as bioindustry and smart cities—providing companies from Asia with great opportunities for their businesses through investment in Incheon, a thriving business center in Northeast Asia.

    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Business Lounge, Exhibition Hall 3
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  • Institutional Event Comparison of World Bank and ADB Experience in Implementing Grievance Redress Mechanisms

    Recent joint analysis by the World Bank and ADB demonstrates a need to strengthen capacity for planning and managing grievance redress mechanisms in order to minimize complaints escalating to accountability mechanisms. Case studies from ADB-financed infrastructure projects will be presented for discussion.

    10:30 am to 11:30 am, Room 104–106
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  • Governors' Seminar Digital Platforms for Inclusive Growth

    Digital platforms are transforming the way we work, socialize, and create economic value—but these technologies are also disruptive. We need to understand the market and social outcomes of digital platforms, as well as investigate key policy areas critical to the contribution of digital platforms to sustainable and inclusive development in Asia.

    10:30 am to 12:00 pm, Premier Ballroom A and B
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  • Lunch for Participants 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, Exhibition Hall 3
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  • Business Session 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm, Grand Ballroom
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  • Future Host Country Event (Tbilisi 2021) 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Premier Ballroom C
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