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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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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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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.

Objectives

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

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

Moderator

Madhavi Pundit

Madhavi Pundit
Economist, Macroeconomics Research Division
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Panelists

 
Thomas Abell

Thomas Abell
Advisor and Chief of Digital Technology for Development
Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Asian Development Bank

 
Chong Yoke Sin

Chong Yoke Sin
President, Singapore Computer Society
Managing Partner, iGlobe Partners

 
Erkko Autio

Erkko Autio
Professor in Technology Venturing and Entrepreneurship
Management and Entrepreneurship Department
Imperial College Business School, London

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Future of Regional Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific book launch

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

Description

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.

Objectives

During the webinar, attendees will have the opportunity 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

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 join

Registration is closed.

Resource speakers

Webinar host

Bambang Susantono

Bambang Susantono
Vice-President
Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development
Asian Development Bank

Moderator

Yasuyuki Sawada

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

Opening remarks

Dato Lim Jock Hoi

Dato Lim Jock Hoi
Secretary-General
ASEAN

Keynote address

Bambang Brodjonegoro

Bambang Brodjonegoro
Minister for Research and Technology / Chairman of National Agency for Research and Innovation
Indonesia

Presentor

Cyn-Young Park

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

Panelists

Mia Mikic

Mia Mikic
Director of Trade, Investment and Innovation Division
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Hal Hill

Hal Hill
H.W. Arndt Professor of Southeast Asian Economies
Australian National University

Jikyeong Kang

Jikyeong Kang
President and Dean
Asian Institute of Management

Ronald Butiong

Ronald Butiong
Chief of Regional Cooperation and Integration Thematic Group
Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Asian Development Bank

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Wellness in Worrying Times

11 November 2020, Online via Zoom, 9:30-10:30, 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.

Objectives

  • 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.

How to join

Registration is closed

Resource persons

Webinar host

Donghyun Park

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

Moderator

Matthias Helble

Matthias Helble
Economist
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Panelists

Gerard Bodeker

Gerard Bodeker
Chairman of the Global Initiative for Traditional Systems of Health Initiative
Chair, Mental Wellness Initiative
Global Wellness Institute

Katherine Johnston

Katherine Johnston
Senior Research Fellow
Global Wellness Institute

Ophelia Yeung

Ophelia Yeung
Senior Research Fellow
Global Wellness Institute

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Asia’s SMEs Beyond the COVID-19 Crisis

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

Objective

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.

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 join

Registration is closed.

Resource persons

Webinar host

Shigehiro Shinozaki

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

Moderator

Yasuyuki Sawada

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

Panelists

Tetsushi Sonobe

Tetsushi Sonobe
Dean
Asian Development Bank Institute           

Tientip Subhanij

Tientip Subhanij
Chief of Financing for Development in the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division
United Nations ESCAP

Neil Adrian Cabiles

Neil Adrian Cabiles
Director IV of the International Finance Group
Philippines Department of Finance

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