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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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New Ways to Measure Women’s Work and Empowerment

23 March 2021, Online, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Manila time (GMT+8), via Zoom

Despite progress across many areas of gender equality in the Asia Pacific region, gender gaps in the world of work remain stubborn. The Asia Pacific is the only global region with a declining female labor force participation: COVID-19 has exacerbated these inequalities, with increasing evidence that women’s work has been more negatively affected than that of men in terms of job losses as well as the rise in unpaid care work. Economic recovery strategies will need to address women’s work in order to ‘build back better’. This panel will look at new approaches to measure women’s work and empowerment, and the implications for research and evidence-based policy making. 

Objectives

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

  • Learn about new research approaches to measuring women’s work and empowerment.
  • Understand how gender inequalities will impact COVID-19 recovery.
  • Hear about gender-responsive policies that can accelerate inclusive recovery.

How to register

Registration is closed.

Webinar host

Samantha Hung

Samantha Hung
Chief of Gender Equity Thematic Group
Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Asian Development Bank

Moderator

Declan Magee

Declan Magee
Deputy Country Director
ADB Mongolia Resident Mission
Asian Development Bank

Panelists

Agnes Quisumbing

Agnes Quisumbing
Senior Research Fellow
International Food Policy Research Institute

Yesim Elhan-Kayalar

Yesim Elhan-Kayalar
Office of the Chief Economist
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Yana Rodgers

Yana Rodgers
Professor
Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Rutgers University

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Financing for Tech Startups

10 March 2021, Online via Zoom, 4:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT+8)

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.

Objectives

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.

How to register

Registration is closed.

Webinar hosts

Aimee Hampel

Aimee Hampel
Economist, Economic Research and Operational Support Division
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Paul Vandenberg

Paul Vandenberg
Senior Economist, Economic Research and Operational Support Division
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Panelists

Katrina Chan

Katrina Chan
Director
QBO Innovation Hub Philippines

Winston Damarillo

Winston Damarillo
Chief Strategy Officer
UNAWA

Lea Klein

Lea Klein
Philippines Country Director
Makesense

Nitin Pangarkar

Nitin Pangarkar
Associate Professor
National University of Singapore

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Asian Economic Integration Report 2021 Launch

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

COVID-19 threatens to reverse decades of progress in opening 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.

Objectives

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. 

Target participants

Policy makers in Asia and the Pacific; researchers in academia and think tanks; members of the international development community; ADB Board, Management, and staff.

How to register

Registration is closed.

Webinar hosts

Yasuyuki Sawada

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

Cyn-Young Park

Cyn-Young Park
Director, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Moderator

Karen Lane

Karen Lane
Director
Department of Communications
Asian Development Bank

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Online Platforms to Catalyze Inclusive Growth

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

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.

Objectives

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.

How to join

Registration is closed.

Resource persons

Webinar 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
Department of Communications
Asian Development Bank

Panelists

Reiko Aoki

Reiko Aoki
Commissioner
Japan Fair Trade Commission

Arsenio Balisacan

Arsenio Balisacan
Chairman
Philippine Competition Commission

Ridzki Kramadibrata

Ridzki Kramadibrata
President
Grab Indonesia

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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.

Objectives

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.

How to join

Registration is closed.

Resource persons

Webinar host

Donghyun Park

Donghyun Park
Principal Economist, Macroeconomics Research Division
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Webinar Co-host

Yasuyuki Sawada

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

Moderator

Aiko Kikkawa Takenaka

Aiko Kikkawa Takenaka
Economist, Economic Analysis and Operational Support Division
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Panelists

Sang-Hyop Lee

Sang-Hyop Lee
Senior Fellow, East-West Center and Professor of Economics
University of Hawaii

 
Naohiro Ogawa

Naohiro Ogawa
Visiting Fellow
Asian Development Bank Institute

 
Norma Mansor

Norma Mansor
Emeritus Professor/Director
Social Wellbeing Research Centre
Faculty of Economics and Administration
University of Malaya

 
Mary Ann Tsao

Mary Ann Tsao
Chairperson
Tsao Foundation

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