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Description

Asian Impact is a webinar series that showcases ADB’s research work and informs debate on critical policy issues in Asia. ADB experts, noted academics, frontline policy makers, and others will provide their insights through engaging panel discussions and stimulating research seminars. Join us for an evidence-based exploration of Asia’s continuing economic transformation and the risks that the region faces.

Who is the series for

This series is primarily for policy makers in Asia and the Pacific; researchers from universities and think tanks; members of the international development community as well as anyone with an interest in the topic.

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Trade, Investment, and Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific

15 February 2023, Online, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT +8)

Description

Trade and investment play an outsized role in the economic development of the Asia and Pacific region, but it has come with unintended environmental costs. Asia and the Pacific is on the frontline of climate change and is responsible for about half of global annual carbon dioxide emissions. The webinar will present key findings of the theme chapter of the Asian Economic Integration Report 2023 on Trade, Investment, and Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific, and discuss how the right mix of policies and governance systems can make trade and investment an important part of the climate solution.

Objectives

Webinar attendees will have the chance to engage with the speakers and:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of how trade and investment contribute to climate change,
  • Examine how trade and investment policies can be integrated into the region’s climate actions, and
  • Discuss ways on how international and regional cooperation in trade and investment can help tackle climate risks.

How to register

Resource speakers

Webinar host / Moderator

Jong Woo Kang

Jong Woo Kang
Principal Economist
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
ADB

Presenter

Rolando Avendano

Rolando Avendano
Economist
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
ADB

Panelists

Pramila Crivelli

Pramila Crivelli
Economist
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
ADB

Virender Kumar Duggal

Virender Kumar Duggal
Principal Climate Change Specialist
Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
ADB

Liyun Zhang

Liyun Zhang
Research Fellow in Economics
The Department of Economics
University of Birmingham

Background material

Economic Impacts of Urban Transit Infrastructure Upgrading

20 January 2023, Online via Zoom, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT +8)

Description

Mass transit infrastructure can have a wide range of development benefits—many of which are not captured in traditional cost-benefit analysis. Beyond shorter commuting times and improved traffic, these investments can alter the economic landscape of a metropolis as firms and families relocate. And with proper land-use planning and development policies, these benefits can be amplified. Using the estimated benefits of the planned North-South Railway project in the Philippines, a panel of experts will explore how policy reforms tied to large-scale infrastructure projects can promote regional economic development.

Objectives

Webinar attendees will have the chance to engage with the speakers and:

  • Gain an understanding of wider economic impacts of mass transit infrastructure and the new methodology to quantify them.
  • Share insights on policies of the Philippine government associated with the North-South Railway project in promoting regional economic development.
  • Discuss potential non-financial support institutions like ADB can provide to maximize the impacts of large infrastructure investments.

How to register

Registration is closed.

Resource speakers

Webinar host/Presenter

Yi Jiang

Yi Jiang
Principal Economist
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
ADB

Presenter

Julia Bird

Julia Bird
Senior Economist
Vivid Economics

Moderator

Maria Rowena Cham

Maria Rowena Cham
Senior Economics Officer
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
ADB

Panelists

Arturo Corpuz

Arturo Corpuz
Urban and Regional Planner
Independent Consultant

James Leather

James Leather
Chief of Transport Sector Group
Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
ADB

Roderick Planta

Roderick Planta
Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Development
National Economic and Development Authority
Philippines

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Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age

5 December 2022, Online via Zoom, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT +8)

Description

Dynamic entrepreneurs are needed to innovate and create the jobs that will support Asia’s future development. How can digitalization and the business environment provide conditions for entrepreneurs to thrive?

Objectives

Webinar attendees will have the chance to engage with the speakers and:  

  • Learn about the role of digitalization and entrepreneurship in the region  
  • Understand the challenges facing digital entrepreneurship during the pandemic crisis  
  • Obtain insights on policy environment and potential long-term opportunities for the region 

How to register

Registration is closed.

Resource speakers

Webinar host

Yothin Jinjarak

Yothin Jinjarak
Senior Economist
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
ADB

Keynote speaker

Donghyun Park

Donghyun Park
Economic Advisor
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
ADB

Moderator

Cynthia Castillejos Petalcorin

Cynthia Castillejos Petalcorin
Senior Economics Officer
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
ADB

Panelists

Erkko Autio

Erkko Autio
Chair in Technology Venturing and Entrepreneurship
Imperial College London
Business School

Thai Ha Le

Thai Ha Le
Managing Director
VinFuture Prize, VinFuture
Foundation, Hanoi, Viet Nam

Pham Minh Quyen

Pham Minh Quyen
Lecturer
Thu Dau Mot University
Viet Nam

Willem Smit

Willem Smit
Lead Faculty for Entrepreneurship
YSEALI Academy of Fulbright University Viet Nam

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Investors’ and Underwriters’ Perspectives on Sustainable Finance in ASEAN

24 November 2022, Online via Zoom, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT +8)

Description

The COVID-19 pandemic and the effects of climate change serve as a wake-up call for policymakers, corporations, investors, and all other relevant stakeholders to integrate environmental, social and governance factors into their operations and daily lives. While the ASEAN's sustainable bond market has grown significantly in recent years, there is still a pressing need for massive sustainable investments, but time is running out. A panel of experts will discuss the key findings of a green bond market survey in ASEAN and explore potential solutions for mobilizing private capital on a large scale through capital markets.

Objectives

Webinar attendees will have the chance to engage with the speakers and:

  • Gain insight into institutional investors' and underwriters' perspectives on green finance
  • Understand what impact investor looks for when making investment decisions
  • Learn about key success factors in issuing green and sustainable bonds

How to register

Registration is closed.

Resource speakers

Webinar host

Kosintr Puongsophol

Kosintr Puongsophol
Financial Sector Specialist
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
ADB

Welcome remarks

Achala Abeysinghe

Achala Abeysinghe
Asia Regional Director and Head of Programs
Global Green Growth Institute

Webinar host / moderator

Srinath Komarina

Srinath Komarina
Program Manager
Global Green Growth Institute
Viet Nam

Panelists

Jason Mortimer

Jason Mortimer
Head of Sustainable Investment - Fixed Income
Nomura Asset Management

Huyen Pham

Huyen Pham
Treasury Officer
EVN Finance

Allen Tenedero

Allen Tenedero
Vice President
BDO Capital & Investment Corporation

Hien Tran

Hien Tran
Sustainable Finance Policy Associate
Global Green Growth Institute
Viet Nam

Background material

Russian Invasion of Ukraine and the Impact on Small Firms in Central and West Asia

10 November 2022, Online via Zoom, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT +8)

Description

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine—and the associated sanctions—interrupted the COVID-19 pandemic recovery in Central and West Asia. The resulting supply chain disruptions and surging inflation have undermined business in the region, particularly for smaller firms. Yet impacts have differed creating two distinct groups of countries: those with limited impact but increased business opportunities and those where the spillovers from the invasion have left businesses struggling. The seminar will discuss key findings from the business surveys conducted in seven Central and West Asian countries and explore needed policy actions.

Objectives

Webinar attendees will have the chance to engage with the speakers and:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the impact of Russian invasion of Ukraine on small firms in Central and West Asia.
  • Discuss the policy actions needed to support small firms in the region.
  • Obtain and share insights on policy recommendations from experts.

How to register

Registration is closed.

Resource speakers

Webinar host/presenter

Shigehiro Shinozaki

Shigehiro Shinozaki
Senior Economist of the Financial Cooperation and Integration Team
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
ADB

Moderator

Satoru Yamadera

Satoru Yamadera
Advisor
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
ADB

Panelists

Kanokpan Lao-Araya

Kanokpan Lao-Araya
Country Director
Kyrgyz Republic Resident Mission
ADB

Roman Mogilevskii

Roman Mogilevskii
Senior Economist
Central and West Asia Department
ADB

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