Time of Event

Day One: 14:00-18:00 Tokyo time
Day Two: 14:00-17:00 Tokyo time


Assimilating foreign technology has been crucial to the development and competitiveness of businesses and economies in East Asia. This technology has been obtained through channels such as capital goods importation, reverse engineering, technology licensing, original equipment manufacturers, and labor mobility. Among them, foreign direct investment has increased in importance in recent decades, largely because foreign firms have viewed it as a way to reduce their exposure to technology market failures. 

This virtual conference explored the transfer of foreign firms’ technology to local businesses via foreign direct investment in developing Asian countries. The event assessed the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful technology transfers. The focus was on intrinsic factors such as foreign and local firms’ size and research and development activity, as well as external factors such as their geographical location, composition, and business environment.

  • Examine technology transfer from foreign to local firms in select Asian countries
  • Analyze factors affecting the presence or absence of technology transfer
  • Discuss the technology transfer role of external players such as governments, chambers of commerce, industry associations, and other firms
  • Describe the impacts and benefits of technology transfer for domestic firms and economies
Target Participants

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

  • Greater understanding of the dynamics between technology transfer and firm and economic competitiveness
  • Identification of factors that affect technology transfer outcomes
  • Papers featured during the conference will be considered for publication as ADBI working papers and inclusion in an edited book
Event Presentations*

Technology spillover and Firm Competitiveness
Presenter: Shujiro Urata, ADBI and Waseda University, and Youngmin Baek, Fukuyama University


Do Political Connections Spur Technology Transfer? Evidence from Governance Perspective in India
Presenter: Wasim Ahmad, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur


Simultaneity Nature in Import and Productivity: Case Study of Indonesian Manufacturing
Presenter: Chandra Tri Putra, Australian National University Dionisius Narjoko, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia


Is Hiring Foreign Worth? Spillover from Foreign firms Human Capital and Local Firms Productivity
Presenter: Ju H. Pyun and Jongin Sun, Korea University Business School


Global Engagement and Innovation Activities: The Case of Malaysian Manufacturing Firms
Presenter: Lim Ee Shiang, Universiti Sains Malaysia Cassey Lee, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute


Harnessing Foreign Technology to Improve Firm Performance: Evidence from Manufacturing Firms in the Philippines
Presenter: Raymond Gaspar


*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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