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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Decarbonizing Global Value Chains

, Online via Zoom, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Manila time (GMT +8)

Description

Carbon emissions from global value chains rise faster than from any other sources, especially in developing Asia. This is of particular concern for developing Asian economies, as they have become critical players within global value chains. The webinar will present key findings of the theme chapter of the Asian Economic Integration Report 2024 on Decarbonizing Global Value Chains, and discuss the need for policymakers to address this environmental challenge while maximizing the economic advantages of globalization and global production networks. It evaluates the impact of initiatives like the EU's Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism for Asian subregions, suggesting strategies such as carbon pricing, emission accounting, enhanced trade cooperation, technology upgrades, and international collaboration for technology transfer to mitigate carbon emissions.

Objectives

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

  • Gain a deeper understanding of developing Asia’s contribution in the rising carbon emissions from global value chains;
  • Examine the impact of the European Union’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism on carbon emissions, trade, employment, and income globally and across developing Asia; and
  • Discuss ways to reduce the carbon footprint of global value chains while maximizing the economic benefits of globalization.

How to register

Resource speakers

Webinar host / Moderator

Jong Woo Kang

Jong Woo Kang
Director
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
ADB

Webinar host / Presenter

Neil Foster-McGregor

Neil Foster-McGregor
Senior Economist
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
ADB

Panelists

Saule Burkitbayeva

Saule Burkitbayeva
Research Fellow
School of Law
Australian National University

Yann Duval

Yann Duval
Chief of Trade Policy and Facilitation
Trade, Investment and Innovation Division
United Nations ESCAP

Background material

Decarbonizing Global Value Chains

Cloud Computing Policies and Impacts in Asia and the Pacific

, Online via Zoom, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Manila time (GMT +8)

Description

Government policies promoting cloud adoption not only impact the level of government effectiveness but also have positive spillover effects on the rest of the economy. Drawing on a recent ADB Institute Policy Brief, this webinar examines the types of policies that are critical for stimulating the migration of government systems to the cloud.

Objectives

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

  • To enhance our understanding of the economic impact of cloud computing in Asia and the Pacific.
  • To provide insights on the barriers to the adoption of cloud computing.
  • To explore policy interventions that could boost cloud adoption in the region.

How to register

Registration is closed.

Resource speakers

Webinar host / Moderator

John Beirne

John Beirne
Principal Economist
Economic Research and Development Impact Department
ADB

Presenter

Raul Katz

Raul Katz
President
Telecom Advisory Services
New York

Panelists

Natasha Beschorner

Natasha Beschorner
Senior Manager
Public Sector Public Policy, Amazon Web Services
Asia Pacific and Japan

May-Ann Lim

May-Ann Lim
Director
Data Governance at Access Partnership
and Emeritus Director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association

Peter Morgan

Peter Morgan
Senior Consulting Economist
and Advisor to the Dean
ADB Institute

Dil Rahut

Dil Rahut
Vice-Chair of Research and Senior Research Fellow
ADB Institute

Background material

Cloud Computing Policies and Impacts in Asia and the Pacific

Promoting Small Firms for Resilient, Gender-Balance Growth in the Pacific

, Online via Zoom, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Manila time (GMT +8)

Description

Low business diversity can limit Pacific countries’ growth potential. Asia Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Monitor 2023 shows how promoting women entrepreneurs can be part of the solution. The webinar will discuss key findings from the business survey conducted in Fiji and explore needed policy actions for gender mainstreaming in the Pacific.

Objectives

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

  • Gain a deeper understanding of challenges on women-led small firms through the survey findings in Fiji;
  • Discuss the policy actions needed to support women-led small firms and entrepreneurs in the Pacific;
  • 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
Economic Research and Development Impact Department
ADB

Moderator

Lisette Cipriano

Lisette Cipriano
Principal Digital Finance Specialist
Sectors Group
ADB

Panelists

Sarah Boxall

Sarah Boxall
Economic Empowerment of Women Specialist
Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative
ADB

Sera Dugucanavanua-Halofaki

Sera Dugucanavanua-Halofaki
Senior Women Interest Officer
Department of Women, Ministry of Women, Children, and Social Protection
Fiji

Faizal Khan

Faizal Khan
Director
Ministry of Trade, Co-operatives, Small and Medium Enterprises in Fiji,
and the Program Director of MSME Fiji

Background material

How to Stop Automotive Battery Recycling from Poisoning our Children

, Online via Zoom, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Manila time (GMT +8)

Description

Lead is a harmful substance that, if not properly handled, can impair cognitive development, especially among children. A major source of lead pollution nowadays is informal, open-air recycling of automotive batteries, particularly in developing countries. But as a recent ADB Policy Brief argues there are ways to make recycling practices safe, with appropriate safety standards to prevent the release of lead into the environment. A panel of experts will consider the role of communities, manufacturers, consumers, governments, and funding agencies in protecting children from the harms of lead.

Objectives

Attendees will engage with the panelists to:

  • Understand the risk of lead exposure in developing countries arising from unsafe practices in recycling automotive batteries
  • Hear about solutions that can make recycling practices safe for workers, children, and communities
  • Learn strategies based on best practices that can help address remaining challenges

How to register

Registration is closed.

Resource speakers

Webinar host and moderator

Albert Park

Albert Park
Chief Economist and Director General
Economic Research and Development Impact Department
ADB

Presenter

Rhea Molato-Gayares

Rhea Molato-Gayares
Associate Economics Officer
Economic Research and Development Impact Department
ADB

Panelists

Amrita Kundu

Amrita Kundu
Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Management
McDonough School of Business Georgetown University

Geri-Geronimo Sañez

Geri-Geronimo Sañez
Chief of Hazardous Waste Management Section
Environmental Management Bureau
Department of Environment and Natural Resources Philippines

Budi Susilorini

Budi Susilorini
Country Director
Pure Earth Indonesia Foundation

Carlos Zaim

Carlos Zaim
Vice President for Corporate Affairs
Clarios

Background material

Innovative Data for Real-Time Trade Monitoring

, Online via Zoom, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT +8)

Description

Disruptions to economies and global supply chains highlight the importance of accurate and timely economic statistics. In recent years, data on vessel movements through the Automatic Identification System (AIS), has become an experimental source of analysis for high-frequency alternative statistics. This report proposes a framework to derive high-frequency indicators from AIS for activity in individual ports and at the global-level from AIS. This report also develops methods that help overcome challenges in big data processing. Findings suggest that AIS data can be used to produce more timely maritime statistics for individual ports and global trading activity.

Objectives

  • To impart a deeper understanding of what the Automatic Identification System is and how this can be used as alternative statistics;
  • To discuss the team’s proposed AIS framework and its workability using available data; and,
  • To explore the extent and impact of AIS on the economy

How to register

Registration is closed.

Resource speakers

Webinar host and moderator

Mahinthan Mariasingham

Mahinthan Mariasingham
Senior Statistician
Economic Research and Development Impact Department
ADB

Presenters

Ed Kieran Reyes

Ed Kieran Reyes
Consultant
Economic Research and Development Impact Department
ADB

Cherryl Chico

Cherryl Chico
Consultant
Economic Research and Development Impact Department
ADB

Panelists

Gabriel Fuentes

Gabriel Fuentes
Assistant Professor
Norwegian School of Economics

Justin McGurk

Justin McGurk
Geospatial Specialist
Irish Central Statistics Office

Jasper Verschuur

Jasper Verschuur
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Oxford

Nele van der Wielen

Nele van der Wielen
Statistician
Transport Division
Irish Central Statistics Office