9th International Conference on Asian Economic Development-Toward Sustainable Development Goals: Poverty Eradication and Inclusive Sustainable Growth

Event | 21 - 22 July 2020
Online

Time of event

Day 1: 14:00–16:10 (Tokyo time)
Day 2: 14:00–16:30 (Tokyo time)

Conference Summary

Although remarkable progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty globally, approximately 264 million people are still living below the poverty line. Over 1.1 billion people are also at risk of being pushed back into poverty, with limited social protection and difficulties fulfilling basic needs like access to food, healthcare, education, and water and sanitation.

New threats brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, conflicts, and food insecurity are increasing economic and social vulnerability in many countries in Asia and the Pacific. Such challenges stand in the way of achieving an end to poverty by 2030, as called for by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are also prompting renewed poverty elimination efforts, particularly in Asia and the Pacific.

Against this backdrop, ADBI and Chiang Mai University co-hosted a virtual conference on tackling constraints on poverty reduction and inclusive growth. The focus was on sharing country experiences and best practices for generating quality jobs, promoting small and medium-sized enterprise microcredit and financing, improving human capital development, gender equality, and ensuring social protection.

Objectives
  • Examine imperatives for achieving the SDG poverty elimination target and inclusive, sustainable growth in Asia and the Pacific
  • Better equip policy makers to set priority policies and resource allocation for meeting these goals
  • Exchange views and experiences pertaining to eradicating poverty, related challenges and progress, development agendas, and policy opportunities
Participants
Output
  • Greater knowledge and understanding of poverty eradication and sustainable financing needs among government officials and experts
  • Enhanced dialogue, networking, and policy cooperation toward achieving poverty reduction and inclusive growth
  • Identification of policies for poverty alleviation and improving equality
Partner

Chiang Mai University

Conference Presentations

Keynote Address
Tetsushi Sonobe, Dean, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

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COVID-19 and the SDGs in Asia Opportunities and Challenges
Biplove Choudhary, Chief, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth Unit, UNDP

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Knowledge Sharing for Sustainable Development: Perspective and Challenges
Sanghoon Ahn, Executive Director, Korea Development Institute

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Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Indonesia: Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Amalia Widyasanti, Senior Advisor to the Minister of National Development, Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS), Indonesia

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Economic Impact of COVID 19
Yasuyuki Sawada, Chief Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

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Keynote Address
Naoyuki Yoshino, Professor Emeritus of Keio University (VDO presentation)

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Thailand in the Time of COVID-19: Poverty Eradication and Inclusive Sustainable Growth
Kiatipong Ariyapruchya, Senior Country Economist, World Bank, Thailand

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Poverty Eradication for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth The Perspective of PRC
Tang Zhimin, Dean of International College and Director of China ASEAN studies center, Panyapiwat Institute of Management

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Nepal Toward Ending of Poverty and Reducing Equality
Narayan Dhakal, Under Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Nepal

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Digital Financial Services for The Improvement of Financial Inclusion
Kanittha Tambunlertchai, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University

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The Philippine: State of Financial Inclusion, MSME Financing and Fintech
Griselda (Gay) Santos, Chair, Financial Inclusion Committee, Financial Executives' Institute of the Philippines and Executive Director, Fintech Alliance.ph

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E-commerce Development and Female Entrepreneurship: Evidence from PRC
Quanyun Song, Assistant Professor, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics

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