International Forum on Economic Development and Public Policy: Riding the Waves of Technological Change: The Way Forward to Drive Productivity and Alleviate Inequality

Event | 7 - 8 December 2017
Jakarta, Indonesia


The rapid growth of technology has brought about substantive changes in all sectors, undoubtedly boosting economic development. Equally, however, technological changes aggravate inequality, reinforced by the digital divide and potentially creating jobless growth. Moreover, technological changes have been affecting various aspects of the economy from automation in manufacturing, to the digital economy and e-commerce in services, to financial technology. Thus, policy makers need to better understand the role of technology in their economies to make sure that technological changes are maximized as a powerful engine for shared prosperity.

This forum provides an opportunity to explore current and future technological developments; assess their impact on productivity, growth, inequality, and other aspects of economic development; and how we can better respond to them. The program will focus on three key topics:

  • technological changes, the global economy, and the future;
  • technological changes, their impact on the labor market, productivity, and inequality; and
  • fiscal policy and technological changes.


  • To capture current and future technological developments
  • To assess the impact of technological change on economic development including productivity, growth and inequality


Senior and mid-level government officials from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

Participant responsibilities

Actively join discussions and share views and experiences.


  • Shared knowledge and experiences on current technological advances and how they can impact inequality
  • Key lessons and best practices learned from challenges and constraints faced in Asia
  • Enhanced regional cooperation and coordination on these issues
  • Technical information on fiscal policy regarding technology
  • Presentation materials and other relevant documents to be uploaded on the ADBI website

How to register

By invitation only.




Ministry of Finance Indonesia, Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance (AIPEG)