Time of Event

Day 1: 10:00-13:30 Tokyo time
Day 2: 14:00-17:10 Tokyo time
Day 3: 10:00-13:20 Tokyo time


Digital transformation is central to enhancing economies’ productivity, competitiveness, and sustainable development. Digital finance and trade play an important role in these dynamics, with sound and efficient domestic and cross-border digital payments systems increasingly crucial for reducing inequality and enhancing economic integration. Moreover, a new strand of research on sustainable digital finance and green financial technology (fintech) has emerged in recent years and could deliver new environmental sustainability breakthroughs.

This ADBI-Singapore Management University (SMU) virtual conference, with a focus on Asia, featured new research on digital finance and its implications for sustainable and inclusive economic growth. Areas of exploration included the role of digital finance in economic resilience, digital payment systems and economic efficiency, how digital finance can affect environmental sustainability and sectoral productivity, and sustainable digital finance and green fintech-related issues.

  • Examine the impact of digital finance on sustainable economic development in Asia 
  • Spotlight the channels through which digital finance affects sustainable outcomes  
  • Discuss current and future sustainable development challenges for policy makers posed by digital finance
Target Participants

Policy makers, researchers from think tanks, universities, and international organizations, and interested members of the public

  • Enhanced understanding of the impacts of digital finance on sustainable development and possible policy solutions
  • Greater impetus for research dialogue and collaboration
  • Research presentations to be made available online on the ADBI website
  • Selected papers will be published in the ADBI Working Paper Series and considered for open access publication in a special issue of the journal Sustainability

Singapore Management University

Event Presentations*

Impact of COVID-19 Movement Restrictions on Financial Inclusion in Bangladesh through Mobile Financing Services
Discussant: Rishi Manrai, Assistant Professor, Amity University Haryana


Fintech Data Infrastructure for Sustainable Digital Finance
Presenter: Randall E. Duran


Imagining an Inclusive Economy: The Role of Digital Payment in Elevating SMEs Contribution to Economic Equality
Presenter: Kiki Khoifin, Mae Fah Luang University


Fintech and Inclusive Growth: Evidence from 25 Asian Developing Countries
Presenter: Md. Al-Amin Parvez, Assistant Director, Bangladesh Bank


Central Bank Digital Currency and Cryptocurrency in Emerging Markets
Presenter: Anh H. Le, IMFS and Goethe University Frankfurt


Inclusive Digitalization: A way towards sustainability & shared prosperity
Presenter: Trisha Bhattacharya, Research Scholar


Gender-inclusive development through Fintech: Studying Gender-based digital financial inclusion in a cross-economy settings
Presenter: Sabyasachi Tripathi


Can digital finance promote the low-carbon transition? Evidence from the PRC
Presenter: Xing Ge, Xi’an Jiaotong University


*Disclaimer: The views expressed in these presentations are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), its Board of Directors, or the governments they represent. ADBI does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in these presentations and accepts no responsibility for any consequences of their use. Terminology used may not necessarily be consistent with ADB official terms.

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