Policy Dialogue on Infrastructure, Technology, and Finance for Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Asia Beyond the Pandemic

Event | 18 - 19 February 2021
Online

Time of event

Day 1: 10:30–15:05 Tokyo time/08:30–13:05 Jakarta time
Day 2: 10:30–14:40 Tokyo time/08:30–12:40 Jakarta time

Summary

Quality infrastructure growth that fosters technological innovation and economic resilience, sustainability, and inclusiveness could provide a timely boost to COVID-19 recovery across Asia and the Pacific. Building policy and financing capacity will be essential to maximizing these dynamics.

This interactive ADBI-University of Indonesia-University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy-Toshiba International Foundation policy dialogue explored the role of infrastructure, technology, and finance in enabling sustainable and inclusive post-pandemic economies in Asia and the Pacific.

Particular focus was on how quality infrastructure can both promote, and benefit from, the wider adoption of new technologies, as well as COVID-19 era infrastructure policy and financing challenges and solutions.

Objectives
  • Examine infrastructure, technology, and finance keys to advancing COVID-19 recovery in Asia and the Pacific
  • Assess digitalization and infrastructure development trends, and their potential to support sustainable and inclusive economies
  • Spotlight regional case studies and lessons learned
Participants
Output
  • Enhanced understanding of the role of infrastructure, technology, and finance in building sustainable and inclusive post-COVID-19 economies
  • Identification of measures to harness digitalization and quality infrastructure development
  • Greater impetus for policy dialogue and collaboration within the sector
Partners
  • University of Indonesia
  • University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy
  • Toshiba International Foundation
Conference Presentations

Session 1.1: Social Infrastructure in Asia: Selected Issues
Rana Hasan, Director, the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD), Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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Session 1.2: Needs for Social Infrastructure in Asia
Koki Hirota, Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Saitama University (Japan)

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Session 1.3: Impact of COVID-19 on Social Infrastructure in Asia
Teguh Dartanto, Vice Dean on Academic and Research, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Indonesia

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Session 2.1: Quality of Infrastructure Services in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Cambodia
Seng Molika, Director of Department of Science, Technology and Innovation Data Management, GDSTI, Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation (MISTI), Cambodia

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Session 2.2: Quality of Health Services Infrastructure in Viet Nam
Nguyen Anh Duong, Central Institute for Economic Management, (Viet Nam)

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Session 2.3: Infrastructure, Technology and Finance for Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Asia beyond the Pandemic
Meena Nair, Head of Research, Public Affairs Centre (India)

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Session 2.4: Infrastructure, Technology, and Finance for Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Asia beyond the Pandemic
Nicolas Buchoud, Founding Principal, Renaissance Urbaine Open Discussion

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Keynote Speech: The Role of Technology for Sustainable and Inclusive Development
Bambang P. S. Brodjonegoro, Minister of Research and Technology/Head of National Research and Innovation, Republic of Indonesia

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Session 3.1: The Role of Technology for Public Infrastructure Development
Edwin Syahruzad, President Director, Sarana Multi Infrastruktur Persero PT

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Session 3.3: The Role of Technology in Improving Public Infrastructure Outputs: The Current Context
Fauziah Zen, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

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Session 4.1: The Role of Technology and Financing for Quality Infrastructure Services: COVID-19, Thailand, and the Platform
Bhubate Samutachak, Assistant Professor, Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University (Thailand)

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Session 4.2: Technology in Korea Smart City
Daeyeon Cho, Chief Director, National Strategic Smart City R&D Program, Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement (KAIA)

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Session 4.3: Financing Infrastructure in the Philippines in the Time of the Pandemic
Adoracion M. Navarro, Senior Research Fellow, Philippine Institute for Development Studies (Philippines)

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