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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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How Smaller Firms in Indonesia Survive One Year into the Pandemic

19 August 2021, Online, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT+8)

Description

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about forced changes of people’s lives and work styles as fit to contactless societies under the “new normal.” One year after the outbreak in 2020, how could Indonesia’s micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) survive and change their business models in response to the crisis? To what extent could the government assistance programs support MSMEs in overcoming the hardships? The webinar discusses what MSMEs need to bounce back and what policy actions would be needed for them post COVID-19.

Objectives

Participants in the webinar will engage with the experts to:

  • Hear key findings from a year-long MSME surveys on the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects in Indonesia.
  • Understand how MSMEs have coped with the hardships during the pandemic and what they need to bounce back post COVID-19.
  • Discuss policy directions and post-crisis actions to support MSMEs in Indonesia.

How to join

Registration is closed.

Resource persons

Webinar host

Shigehiro Shinozaki

Shigehiro Shinozaki
Senior Economist
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Moderator

Henry Ma

Henry Ma
Senior Country Economist
Indonesia Resident Mission
Asian Development Bank

Panelists

Adi Budiarso

Adi Budiarso
Head of the Center for Financial Sector Policy
Fiscal Policy Office, Ministry of Finance
Indonesia

Eddy Satriya

Eddy Satriya
Deputy Minister for Micro Enterprises
Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs
Indonesia

Shinta Widjaja Kamdani

Shinta Widjaja Kamdani
Coordinating Vice Chairwoman
Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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Promoting Social Bonds for Impact Investments in Asia

4 August 2021, Online, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Manila time (GMT+8)

Description

Social bond markets have grown rapidly amid the pandemic. This webinar discusses potential social impacts of social bonds in tackling developing Asia’s most urgent social issues, in both the short and long term. The findings help maximize the impact of the social bond market for sustainable development in Asia.

Objectives

Webinar participants will engage with a group of experts as they:

  • Present key findings of the ADB study Promoting Social Bonds for Impact Investments in Asia
  • Share knowledge on development trends of social bond markets and potential contribution of social bonds in tackling developing Asia’s most urgent social issues. 
  • Discuss how to maximize the impact of the social bond market for sustainable development in Asia. 

How to join

Registration is closed.

Webinar host and moderator

Kosintr Puongsophol

Kosintr Puongsophol
Financial Sector Specialist
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Presenter and panelist

Jason Mortimer

Jason Mortimer
Head, Sustainable Investment – Fixed Income and Senior Portfolio Manager
Nomura Asset Management, Tokyo, Japan

Panelists

Shu Tian

Shu Tian
Economist
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Ricco Zhang

Ricco Zhang
Senior Director, Asia Pacific
International Capital Market Association (ICMA)

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Recent Financial Conditions in Emerging East Asia and Real Time Macroeconomic Monitoring

14 July 2021, Online, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Manila time (GMT+8)

Description

Despite the pandemic-induced economic uncertainty, financial conditions in emerging East Asia remained stable. Local currency bonds markets in the region are expanding at a slower pace relative to past quarters. TrackingAsia on the AsianBondsOnline website featured novel tools to help monitoring recent monthly aggregate economic conditions in the region.

Objectives 

  • Hear about the latest trends in local currency bond markets from the June 2021 Asia Bond Monitor.
  • Be introduced to the macroeconomic tracker, TrackingAsia, on the AsianBondsOnline website.
  • Share knowledge on recent bond market development and tools for monitoring aggregate macroeconomic condition.

How to join

Registration is closed.

Webinar host

Shu Tian

Shu Tian
Economist, Macroeconomics Research Division
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Moderator

Arief Ramayandi

Arief Ramayandi
Principal Economist
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Panelists

Christoph Schumacher

Christoph Schumacher
Professor in Innovation and Economics, and Director Knowledge Exchange Hub
School of Economics and Finance, Massey University
New Zealand

Amalia Adininggar Widyasanti

Amalia Adininggar Widyasanti
Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs
Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency 
Indonesia

Joseph Ernest Zveglich, Jr.

Joseph Ernest Zveglich, Jr.
Deputy Chief Economist
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

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Disaster Resilience in Asia

1 July 2021, Online, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT+8)

Description

Asia and the Pacific has seen tremendous economic and social progress since the 1960s. Yet, the region remains vulnerable to disaster risk that threatens its hard-won gains. Over the years, developing Asia has endured a growing number of disasters triggered by natural hazards. As a result, numerous lives, livelihoods, and communities have been damaged or lost. The COVID-19 pandemic is testament to the debilitating effects of such a disaster on people, businesses, and economies. Indeed, in 2020, developing Asia suffered its first economic contraction in 6 decades. Now more than ever, the region must find ways to reduce its vulnerability to natural hazards and build economic resilience. This webinar will discuss disaster resilience in Asia, highlighting the issues identified in the new report, “Disaster Resilience in Asia,” which is a special supplement of Asia’s Journey to Prosperity: Policy, Market, and Technology over 50 Years.

Objectives

Participants in the webinar will engage with the experts to:

  • Get a clear picture of the trends in natural hazards in the region and the underlying causes of these trends. 
  • Understand the region’s vulnerability to disaster risks, such as the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Discuss policy options that can help make the region more resilient to natural disaster risks in the future.

How to join

Registration is closed.

Host

Yasuyuki Sawada

Yasuyuki Sawada
Chief Economist and Director General
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Moderator

Karen Lane

Karen Lane
Director, Knowledge Support Division
Department of Communications
Asian Development Bank

Panelists

Debarati Guha-Sapir

Debarati Guha-Sapir
Director
Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED)
Belgium

Ilan Noy

Ilan Noy
Professor and the Inaugural Chair in the Economics of Disasters and Climate Change
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand

Charlotte Benson

Charlotte Benson
Principal Disaster Risk Management Specialist
Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Asian Development Bank

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Measuring the Digital Economy

23 June 2021, online, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT+8)

Description

Over the years, digital technologies have developed at an incessant pace and now play a prominent role in modern life activities. In response to this, development, academic, and private institutions have started developing methods to measure digitalization. ADB’s Statistics and Data Innovations Unit is developing a framework that uses national accounts and input-output analysis to better understand how the digital economy adds to a country’s gross domestic product.

Objectives

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

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the underpinnings of the digital economy from a national accounts perspective
  • Discuss the team’s proposed framework and the results of its applications
  • Obtain insights on the implications of digitalization on the economy from experts on statistics, input-output analysis and policy.

How to join

Registration is closed

Webinar host and moderator

Mahinthan J. Mariasingham

Mahinthan J. Mariasingham
Senior Statistician 
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Presenter

Clara Delos Santos

Clara Delos Santos
Digital Economy Consultant
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Panelists

Nadim Ahmad

Nadim Ahmad
Deputy Director
Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Sanjiv Mahajan

Sanjiv Mahajan
Head of Methods and Research Engagement
Office for National Statistics
United Kingdom

Mathilde Pak

Mathilde Pak
Economist
Economics Department
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Yasuyuki Sawada

Yasuyuki Sawada
Chief Economist and Director General
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

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