Events and Seminars
Regional Cooperation and Integration Policy Open Dialogue (RCI-POD) Webinar Series
Co-organized by the Regional Cooperation and Integration Division and RCI Thematic Group, the webinar series aims to provide a venue for casual and open policy dialogue on RCI issues.
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.
The Aid for Trade Global Review 2022, which will take place from 27 to 29 July both in-person and virtually, will discuss the role of Aid for Trade in supporting women’s economic empowerment, digital connectivity, and how environmentally sustainable development can contribute to the desired development outcomes. ADB, in coordination with the World Trade Organization, is organizing two virtual sessions.
Trade and investment play an outsized role in the economic development story in the region, but it has come with environmental costs. Asia and the Pacific is in the frontline of climate change and is responsible for over 50% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The theme chapter of the Asian Economic Integration Report 2023, to which the background papers to be presented in this virtual conference will contribute to, seeks to better understand how trade and investment contribute to climate change, and what can be done to mitigate it.
The Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will share the main findings of its report “The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): A New Paradigm in Asian Regional Cooperation?” and exchange views with senior government officials from RCEP member countries on the way forward in RCEP implementation. Over 2 half-days of focused sessions, the conference will bring in government officials from RCEP member countries, representatives from international organizations, research institutes, and business community to share and deliberate on issues of interest in the RCEP agreement. Sessions mix of presentation and panel discussions will aim at identifying key areas where further inter-governmental work is needed for a successful RCEP implementation. These will serve as main basis for further research, dissemination, and capacity building activities to support ADB developing members in the negotiations and development of the RCEP built-in agenda.
Another year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Economic Integration Report 2022 describes an Asia and Pacific region that has more experience in tackling pandemic hardships, better data showing positive integration trends, and greater confidence in cooperation to address shared concerns. The report also features a theme chapter “Advancing Digital Services Trade in Asia and the Pacific“, which discusses various ways for Asian economies to capitalize on the rapid digitalization and growing digital services trade through structural reforms and international cooperation. This webinar will present the main results of the report and bring together leading experts to focus on how policy measures in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Asia and Pacific economies steer digital services trade. The webinar will also discuss the role of regional cooperation and structural reforms to help the economies unlock this potential.
This inception workshop for the Asian Economic Integration Report 2023 theme chapter will gather international and ADB experts to exchange views, experiences, and perspectives on how trade and investment contribute to climate change and what can be done to mitigate it. The workshop will also examine how finance can support trade and investment in reducing its impact on climate change.
this webinar highlighted the key findings from the edited volume prepared by the Asian Development Bank and the European Central Bank. The discussion distilled the main insights on the implications of an increase in NPLs as well as the available policy options. The lessons outlined draw from empirical analyses as well as on country and regional case studies. Among the learnings highlighted is the necessity of fostering an ecosystem conducive to NPL market development and resolution, including addressing data asymmetries, improving financial market infrastructure, and enhancing legal frameworks and judicial capacities.
The tourism sector has been one of the most dynamic services sectors prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. For many developing countries, the sector also generated the largest share in services exports. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the tourism sector particularly hard and abruptly. Reviving the sector is posing major challenges to governments around the world. With a focus on the Asia and Pacific region, this webinar discussed options to help the tourism sector survive and how to prepare for a gradual re-opening. It also analyzed how aid-for-trade can be used strategically to help the sector and to ensure that it delivers in terms of sustainability in the short and long run. The session also presented latest research findings on the future of tourism and how to achieve sustainable outcomes conducted by the Asian Development Bank jointly with the UN World Tourism Organization.
This webinar featured a presentation of the main findings of the ADB-OECD report on Leveraging Technology and Innovation for Disaster Risk Management and Financing. The report proposed strategic approaches to leveraging and integrating these technologies and innovations into effective disaster risk management and financing. It also examined the policy and regulatory factors that can best support preparedness and response to increasing disaster and climate risks to ultimately enhancing financial resilience. These policy considerations were further discussed in the subsequent panel discussion.
This virtual regional meeting explores how trade and transport facilitation measures can be implemented more effectively during and in the aftermath of the unprecedented crisis to improve the countries’ resilience. It also focuses on the proven and emerging best practices, including digitalization reforms, and on the concrete ways to foster greater regional cooperation towards ensuring resilience and efficiency of trade and transport connectivity in Asia and the Pacific.
ADB will launch the AEIR 2019/2020 on 13 November 2019 at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), and National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, Japan. The GRIPS event will be streamed live via ADB’s Japan Representative Office Facebook account at 3:30 pm (Manila), 4:30 pm (Tokyo).
The Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APFFF) is the leading regional platform for the exchange of information, experiences and practice on trade facilitation. The APTFF has been organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and growing number of partners since 2009. The Forum attracts over 250 participants from over 30 countries.
The 9th Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum focused on how digital and sustainable trade facilitation measures and practices can bring prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.
ADB launched this year’s issue of the AEIR, an annual publication on regional cooperation and integration featuring a special chapter on Toward Optimal Provision of Regional Public Goods in Asia and the Pacific.