AEIR 2021

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: ADB research in action

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.

24 March 2021

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.

11 March 2021

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.

2 December 2020

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.

13 November 2019
Tokyo, Japan

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).

17–18 September 2019
New Delhi, India

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.

23 October 2018
Asian Development Bank Institute, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

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.

11 October 2018
Sahadewa Room, Grand Bali Nusa Dua, Indonesia

The High-Level Policy Dialogue on Regional Cooperation to Support Innovation, Inclusion, and Stability in Asia, held on 11 October 2018 in Bali, Indonesia, gathered central bankers, financial regulators, international organization heads, and market participants who discussed the role of technology in creating new markets and opportunities for the inclusive future of Asia, and how to foster technological entrepreneurship that can have a positive impact on innovation, inclusion, and sustainable development in Asia.

27–28 June 2018
Miran Hotel, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

International trade is a key driving force behind economic growth that since 1990 has listed more than a billion people out of poverty in Asia and the Pacific. However, in the years since the global financial crisis, trade growth has fallen behind GDP growth, after outpacing it for many decades. Despite early signs of a recovery in the growth of world trade, the global economic environment is still uncertain, and much remains to be done to realize potential trade outcomes for inclusive growth.

10–11 May 2018
Asian Development Bank Institute, 8F Kasumigaseki Building, 3-2-5 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

With rapid technological advances, deepening regional integration requires Asia’s policymakers to consider and develop new ways of regional policy cooperation to deal with the region’s common challenges such as cross-border trade and investment, vulnerabilities to volatile capital flows and financial shocks, regional infrastructure gaps, technological adaptations, environmental challenges, natural disaster responses, and communicable diseases.

Aid for Trade in Asia and the Pacific:

Promoting Connectivity for Inclusive Development
7–8 February 2018
Postgraduate Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Business and Economics Building, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji

Since the launch of the Aid for Trade (AfT) initiative, AfT has been an important part of ADB’s support for regional cooperation and integration, and inclusive development in Asia and the Pacific. This conference discussed key findings from ADB’s 2017 Aid for Trade report.

5 February 2018
UNSW Business Lounge, UNSW Business School, West Wing Level 6, Kensington NSW 2052, Australia

The International Conference on Financial Services and Technology: Financial Inclusion and Stability discussed the role of digital technologies in shaping the financial service landscape and how Asia’s financial system should evolve to be more responsive to Asia’s development needs. This conference also examined the new regulatory challenges with financial technology advancement and how best policy makers and regulators can address these emerging issues to safeguard financial stability and more effectively promote financial inclusion. It gathered such participants as researchers, representatives from governments, private sector, and international organizations in the Asia and Pacific region.

Optimal Provision of Regional Public Goods in Asia and the Pacific:

Implications for Supporting Sustainable Development
14–15 December 2017
Asian Development Bank Headquarters, 6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City, 1550, Philippines

Globalization and the increased flows of goods, services, and factors of production across borders brought new challenges such as dealing with cross-border infrastructure, clean energy, environment, natural disaster response, and communicable diseases in Asia and the Pacific. Tackling these cross-border challenges through promoting regional public goods (RPGs), the region would likely benefit further from deepening regional cooperation and integration.