ADBI’s Seminar Series brings eminent persons to ADBI to encourage debate among policymakers, researchers, academics, think tanks, and other audiences interested in economic development challenges in the Asia and Pacific region.


Christopher Edmonds is the Senior Economist in the Pacific Department at ADB, where he looks after much of the Department’s economic research, including acting as Editor-in-Chief for the Department’s Pacific Economic Monitor. He is also responsible for managing ADB’s work on a number of technical assistance projects in the Pacific Region—including acting as chair of ADB’s Impact Evaluation Committee—and joins project teams preparing ADB loan and grant projects. His publications include papers in the Asian Development Review, Agricultural Economics, Journal of Asian Economics, Journal of Sustainable Development, and Journal of Travel Research.

Matthias Helble joined the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) as a research fellow in August 2013. His research interests include international trade, health, environment, and urban economics. His work has been published in flagship reports of international organizations such as the World Trade Organization’s World Trade Report, as well as in numerous books and scientific journals, including the Review of World Economics, Kyklos, Journal of World Trade, World Economy, Health & Place, and the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.


How can Pacific island economies, including those of Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste, tap into projected growth in Asia? How can economic and financial integration between Asia and the Pacific be expanded to benefit both regions? This seminar featuring two authors of a recent Asian Development Bank (ADB)-Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) book: Pacific Opportunities: Leveraging Asia’s Growth, will explore these issues, identify critical constraints to integration, and suggest relevant policy reforms.


Policymakers, academics, outside researchers, and the general public.


A better understanding of the implications of Pacific island economies tap into projected growth in Asia.



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12:00 - 13:00

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