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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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Financing for Tech Startups

10 March 2021, 4:000 p.m., Manila time (GMT+8), via Zoom

Tech startups can provide needed digital solutions that can reinvigorate economies. However, findings from Cambodia, Thailand, and Viet Nam show that tech startups rely on an array of small financing sources and that venture capital is elusive. This webinar will discuss financing sources and policy options to support impactful tech startups in the greentech, agritech, edtech, and healthtech when patient capital is in short supply.

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

  • Find out about tech startups’ strategies to acquire financing at various stages of growth.
  • Explore how incubators and accelerators assist tech startups in their journey.
  • Determine why registering a startup in another country might help attract investment.

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Asian Economic Integration Report 2021 Launch

10 February 2021, 10:00 a.m., Manila time (GMT+8)

COVID-19 threatens to reverse decades of progress in open borders for trade, investment, and people. The report examines how regional cooperation and integration can help economies in Asia and the Pacific recover and reconnect. It also features a theme chapter “Making Digital Platforms Work in Asia”, which discusses how to realize vast potential of the digital economy during and after the pandemic.

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

  • Understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on trade, investment, finance, and people’s mobility;
  • Explore how the reconfiguration of supply chains will reshape the global trade landscape;
  • Examine how different foreign direct investment policies—including investment restrictions and bilateral investment treaties—can affect cross-border investment flows; and
  • Discuss how digitalization and regional cooperation can promote economic recovery as the COVID-19 threat wanes.

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Online Platforms to Catalyze Inclusive Growth

13 January 2021, 3:30 p.m., Manila time (GMT+8), via Zoom

Online platforms were a lifeline for many during the pandemic, crowding in small business and generating much needed jobs. Can these platforms help drive inclusive growth as the COVID-19 threat abates? The panel will explore the role of online platforms from policy, regulatory and practitioners’ perspectives, and the opportunities to leverage their value addition for economic recovery and inclusive growth in the post-COVID era.

Participants in the webinar will engage with the experts to:

  • Explore how e-commerce rapidly evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Consider prospects and challenges for these platforms to contribute to inclusive growth.
  • Discuss how regulatory frameworks may evolve as platform economies continue to expand.

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COVID-19 and the Wellbeing of Older Persons in Asia

14 December 2020, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT+8), via Zoom

Asia’s population is rapidly aging, a trend that predates the ongoing pandemic. As COVID-19 does disproportionate harm to the elderly—particularly those with pre-existing health problems—ensuring the wellbeing of older persons in the region is even more urgent. Asia’s policy makers need to know how seniors in the region are faring in this pandemic, how they can be protected from the worst aspects of the disease, and what can be done to support them. Even as economies return to normal after the pandemic, the region will face the question of how best to promote healthy and active aging.

Participants in the webinar will engage with the experts to:

  • Get a clear picture on how the pandemic is impacting the physical health, mental health, and economic security of older persons in Asia.
  • Discuss the needs of older persons and the extent to which these needs are addressed by country systems in the context of the pandemic.
  • Discuss the role of government policy in promoting active and healthy aging in times of the COVID-19 and its aftermath.

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What Drives Innovation in Post-COVID Asia?

3 December 2020, 4:00 p.m. Manila time, (GMT+8) via Zoom

Innovation is vital for coping with the COVID-19 crisis. Digital technology allowed the economy and society to function amid the lockdowns. Going forward, vaccines offer the clearest pathway to normalcy. How can Asia innovate its way to sustainable post-pandemic recovery?  This is the burning question that the webinar will explore.

Participants in the webinar will engage with the experts to:

  • Disseminate the key messages of ADO 2020 theme chapter What drives innovation in Asia?
  • Explore the role of innovation in Asia's recovery from the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.
  • Discuss the role of government policy in promoting innovation in post-COVID Asia.

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Future of Regional Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific

26 November 2020, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT+8)

Regional cooperation has been a powerful force for economic development and inclusive growth in Asia and the Pacific. Yet, the region is now facing considerable challenges, with notable disruptions to integration due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing these challenges will require coordinated action and a revitalized approach to the regional agenda, making the best use of digitalization and innovation. This edited volume provides a timely overview of regional cooperation in Asia and explores insights on how future cooperation initiatives can be implemented for a world reshaped by COVID-19. The book examines Asia’s accomplishments and challenges in providing regional public goods, leveraging trade and investment for inclusive growth, strengthening financial cooperation and building resilience to enhance future cooperation on health, carbon markets and oceans. This ADB Asian Impact session will bring together a group of distinguished policy makers and scholars to discuss the main findings of this volume and draw policy lessons for the future of regional cooperation in Asia and the Pacific.

Participants in the webinar will engage with the experts to:

  • Learn about various reasons and drivers of regional integration and future agenda of regional cooperation in Asia and the Pacific
  • Discuss how policy makers can leverage on regional cooperation to rebuild smart resilient future post COVID-19
  • Draw policy lessons for defining new channels of cooperation for the region

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Wellness in Worrying Times

11 November 2020, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Manila time (GMT +8)

The COVID-19 crisis highlights the importance of physical and mental wellness. On the one hand, mobility restrictions to contain the pandemic are causing a mental health crisis. On the other hand, physically fit individuals are less vulnerable to the disease. The webinar will present the key findings from the Asian Development Outlook 2020 Update theme chapter on wellness. A panel of global experts will discuss the role of wellness in individual welfare and sustainable social development.

Participants in the webinar will engage with the experts to:

  • Hear the key findings from ADB’s recent research on wellness.
  • Explore the role of wellness in physical and mental health.
  • Discuss the role of wellness in economic growth and sustainable development.

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Asia’s SMEs Beyond the COVID-19 Crisis

28 October 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT +8)

Measures to contain COVID-19 outbreaks have had devastating effects on Asia’s micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). These firms have cut back production and service delivery during the pandemic. Some have had to temporarily lay off employees and have had difficulty raising working capital, which has hindered continued operations. MSMEs are at great risk due to abrupt supply chain disruptions and tightened financial conditions. Since prolonged containment of COVID-19 increases the risk of business failure and bankruptcy, what do these firms urgently need to survive the pandemic and thrive in its aftermath?

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

  • Discuss what policy actions needed to support MSMEs after the COVID-19 crisis, including financial assistance and tax relief measures.
  • Understand major constraints and challenges to implement MSME assistance programs by depending on the length of the containment scenario.
  • Hear about country’s strategic policy actions and implementation strategy to accelerate MSMEs’ dynamics for revitalizing national economies.

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Harnessing Data in the Digital Age for Poverty Reduction

14 October 2020, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT +8)

The demand for data that can provide more nuanced view of poverty and facilitate a more equitable distribution of development resources continues to rise. How can big data such as those from satellite imagery help reduce poverty? The webinar will present the results from a special supplement to Key Indicators for the Asia and the Pacific 2020 and discuss the enormous potential of innovative data sources in enhancing our understanding of various development issues, particularly poverty.

Webinar attendees will engage with a panel of experts to:

  • Discuss how the application of satellite imagery in various fields, including the development sector, evolved through time.
  • Learn how innovative sources of data in the digital age, can enhance the compilation and policy use of development statistics including data on poverty.
  • Discover what types of investments are needed by national statistical systems to be able to integrate new sources of data into their work programs and embrace a new paradigm of compiling data for development. 

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ADB Distinguished Speaker Program—Michael Kremer

1 October 2020, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT +8)

Delivering a safe, effective vaccine will be a turning point in the fight against COVID-19. Drawing on his ongoing research, Nobel Laureate Michael Kremer will explore how to create appropriate incentives to accelerate vaccine access. Led by Vice President Deborah Stokes, a high-level panel of experts from the ADB’s knowledge and operations departments will discuss how ADB can help ensure Asia is not left behind.

Webinar attendees will engage with the distinguished speaker to:

  • Hear the latest thinking in economics on how best to develop and deliver vaccines quickly and safely.
  • Understand what market failures stand in the way and how public policy can address them.
  • Discuss how multilateral development banks and bilateral partners can facilitate vaccine access in poorer economies.

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Digital Transformation in a Post-COVID-19 World

29 September 2020, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m

Digital transformation is affecting how we work, socialize, and create economic value. Digital platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, and Baidu; and video sharing and music streaming platforms such as YouTube and Spotify create virtual spaces where communities interact and exchange information, goods, and services in a digital place. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of digital platforms through online shopping, Zoom meeting, digital payment, EdTech, and telehealth have intensified; successfully allowing society to maintain essential economic interactions without the risk of infection. The increased role of digital platforms in our economic lives is expected to persist even beyond the pandemic, as more and more businesses, transactions, and interactions move to the digital sphere.

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

  • Discuss the role of digital transformation in opening up the economy and promoting economic recovery after COVID-19.
  • Understand the likely magnitude of potential economic dividends from digital transformation.
  • Hear about key policy and regulatory actions that are essential to leverage the digital economy for economic gains.

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Asian Development Outlook 2020 Update Launch

15 September 2020, 9:30-10:30 a.m

COVID-19 may bring about the first economic contraction in developing Asia in nearly six decades, according to ADB’s flagship report. How can policy makers in the region navigate these risks and steer their economies though this pandemic?

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

  • Hear about recent developments on the evolution of the outbreak and economic activity in developing Asia’s economies;
  • Examine the factors that will shape the outlook and risks for the region in 2020 and 2021; and 
  • Discuss the actions policymakers can take to traverse the precarious path out of the crisis and into recovery.

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#DigitalAgainstCOVID-19 Hackathon Winners Showcase

21 August 2020, 4:00-5:15 p.m

ADB teamed up with the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) for a virtual challenge to crowdsource digital solutions for Asia and the Pacific economies reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us as the winners of the first two events present their solutions to the questions of how to track the pandemic impacts in real time and how to use technology to give smaller firms access to finance.

Webinar attendees will engage with the winning teams to:

  • Learn how hackathons can be used to generate ideas to tackle major development problems.
  • See ways to link diverse datasets to accurately nowcast key economic variables such as GDP and inflation.
  • Examine the accuracy of these models in times of financial crisis for a range of countries.
  • Explore how store owners and their vendors’ supply chain data could be used to de-risk working capital loans.
  • Discover how monitoring microentrepreneurs’ inventory repurchases can be used as an early warning of credit defaults.

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Asia’s Journey to Prosperity—Past, Present, and Post COVID-19 

12 August 2020, 3:00-4:15 p.m., online, Manila time (GMT +8)

ADB’s essential research work Asia’s Journey to Prosperity traces the economic and social evolution of Asia and the Pacific—from a low-income agrarian region in the 1960s to a global manufacturing powerhouse today. With COVID-19 threatening to turn back the clock on that progress, how will Asia get back to its growth path?

Webinar attendees will engage with a panel of experts to:

  • Explore the underlying factors that can explain Asia’s development performance in the last 50 years, as well as the large variations across the region and time periods.
  • Discuss the evolution of ideas on economic development that affected policymaking across Asia.
  • Extract crucial policy lessons—particularly on the roles of technology, markets, and policies—to help steer Asia’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Restarting Economies and COVID-19 Control: Letting Loose Without Letting Up

28 July 2020, 2:00-3:15 p.m., online, Manila time (GMT +8)

Lockdowns have helped restrict COVID-19 transmission but at a terrible cost for business activity and people’s livelihoods. Policy makers need to know: How can we reopen our economies while keeping this disease in check?

Webinar attendees will engage with a panel of experts to:

  • Learn about the different non-pharmaceutical interventions countries have taken to contain COVID-19, and how these vary across countries and phases of the pandemic.
  • Discuss how effective different measures have been in controlling the spread of the disease.
  • Explore best practices in scaling up measures in testing, tracing, and isolation.
  • Discuss emerging lessons for public health systems over the medium and long term.

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COVID-19 and Dollar Funding Strains

8 July 2020, 3:00-4:30 p.m., online, Manila, Philippines time (GMT +8)

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed vulnerabilities in Asia’s banks. A sudden tightening in dollar liquidity could threaten the sustainability of US dollar-denominated debt in emerging Asia. Could this crisis be an opportunity to strengthen Asia’s financial resilience?

During the webinar, attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about Asian banks’ vulnerabilities to U.S. dollar funding risks even though they have strengthened their external positions since the Asian financial crisis.
  • Discuss to what extent the lessons from the Asian financial crisis relating to currency and maturity mismatches remain applicable to the present context.
  • Discuss if Asia’s financial safety net is sufficient to cushion the impact of financial turmoil during COVID-19?

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Asian Impact: Lockdown, Loosening and Asia’s Growth Prospects

18 June 2020, 4:00 PM Manila, Philippines time (GMT +8) 

The live webinar featured a panel of experts as they discussed the updated growth prospects for developing Asia contained in the Asian Development Outlook 2020 Supplement.

During the webinar, attendees had the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the factors underlying the forecast revisions in the Asian Development Outlook Supplement.
  • Discuss implications of lockdowns, mobility declines, and loosening on the outlook of the different subregions and major economies.

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Thinking Outside the Box: Policy Recommendations for Developing Countries in the COVID-19 era and Beyond

11 June 2020, 10:00 am, online, Manila, Philippines time (GMT +8) 

Authorities across the globe are confronting the staggering economic costs of COVID-19. Join us in a candid discussion of Asia’s response to the pandemic, as our expect panel weighs the policy measures taken so far and considers how best to position the region for recovery.

During the webinar, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the following:

  • The different measures implemented by ADB's members
  • The policy constraints unique to developing economies in addressing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The options for countries to be able to move forward
  • The specific experiences and policy responses of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, and the Philippines

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Maria Melissa GREGORIO-DELA PAZ (Ms) Senior Operations Assistant Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD) Asian Development Bank   +632 8632 6621   E-mail contact form