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 will explore the transfer of foreign firms’ technology to local businesses via foreign direct investment in developing Asian countries. The event will assess the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful technology transfers. The focus will be 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

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

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