ADB-OECD Webinar on Advancing Digital Services Trade in Asia and the Pacific

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.

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Event details


4:00–5:00 p.m. (GMT+8, Manila)
Thursday, 21 April 2022
Online meeting


  • Pia Asuncion P. Tenchavez
    Senior Operations Assistant, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department,
    Asian Development Bank







3:30 p.m.
Speakers connect via Zoom
4:00 p.m.–4:10 p.m.
Welcome Remarks:
Annabelle Mourougane Head of Division, Trade and Productivity Statistics, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Annabelle Mourougane joined the OECD in 2001, and has held a number of senior positions in the Economics Department, including leading the UK/Netherlands and the Indonesia/Brazil Desks, heading the Fiscal Policy Workstream and holding several Deputy Head of Division positions. From 2019, Ms Mourougane was lead Economist in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate where she led its analytical work on services trade. Prior to joining the OECD, Ms Mourougane worked at the French National Statistical Agency (INSEE), the European Central Bank, the French Fiscal Council and the Court of Audit.

She has published extensively in international academic journals, in the areas of forecasting and modelling, trade, labour market and fiscal policy. Recent publications include the impact of travel bans on services trade costs, an assessment of the trade impact of UK’s exit from the Single Market and developing models to nowcast services trade.

She holds Master’s Degrees in Economics and Econometrics (ENSAE) and in Macroeconomics (EHESS and École Polytechnique).

Cyn-Young Park Director, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD), ADB

Cyn-Young Park is Director of Regional Cooperation and Integration in the Economics Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). During her progressive career within ADB, she has been a main author and contributor to ADB’s major publications including Asian Development Outlook (ADB’s flagship publication), Asia Capital Markets Monitor, Asia Economic Monitor, Asia Bond Monitor, and ADB Country Diagnostic Study Series. She has also participated in various global and regional forums including the G20 Development Working Group, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), ASEAN+3, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). She has written and lectured extensively about the Asian economy and financial markets. Her work has been published in peer reviewed academic journals including the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Futures Markets, the Review of Income and Wealth, and the World Economy.

Prior to joining the ADB, she served as Economist (1999-2002) at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), where she contributed to the OECD Economic Outlook. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Economics from Seoul National University.

4:10 p.m.–4:25 p.m.
Pramila Crivelli Economist, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, ERCD, ADB

Pramila Crivelli is an economist in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Her main fields of specialization are applied econometrics in international trade policy, regional trade agreements, trade negotiations, rules or origin, nontariff measures and geographical indications. At ADB, her portfolio also covers APEC and regional public goods.

Prior to joining ADB in November 2020, she was an assistant professor at the Goethe University Frankfurt leading the Chair of International Trade. Her work has been published in academic peer reviewed journals including the Journal of International Economics and the World Economy.

She received her PhD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She accumulated extensive experience in applied economic policy and technical cooperation serving as an economic affairs officer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, researching at the European University Institute and the World Trade Organization, and carrying out consultancies for various clients in Asia and Africa. She has a strong expertise in delivering capacity building and advisory services to governments, public and private institutions, and trade negotiators in multilateral and regional fora.

Rolando Avendano Economist, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, ERCD, ADB

Rolando Avendano is an economist at the Economic Research and Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank. His research focuses on financial and international economics, with an emphasis on regional integration, competitiveness, and Asia’s impact on emerging economies. Prior to joining ADB, he worked for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France. He was partnership coordinator of PARIS21 (OECD Statistics and Data Directorate), economist with the Director’s Office and the Americas Desk (OECD Development Centre), and research associate with the OECD Trade Directorate and Economics Department. Previously, he was a lecturer at the Engineering Faculty of University of Los Andes (Colombia), and research associate at University College London (UK). A French and Colombian national, he holds a BSc in industrial engineering from University of Los Andes and a Masters and PhD in economics from the Paris School of Economics (PSE).

4:25 p.m.–4:50 p.m.
Panel Discussion:
Antonella Liberatore Head of the Trade Statistics Section, Statistics and Data Directorate, OECD

Antonella Liberatore joined the OECD in 2019 and since April 2022 is Head of the Trade Statistics Section in the OECD Statistics and Data Directorate, where she’s leading the section’s program of work on trade and business statistics.

She has over twelve years’ experience with international trade statistics and she actively contributes to the development of international guidance to deal with the emerging challenges in measuring international trade, notably with respect to global value chains, digitalization of transactions and trade by mode of supply.

From 2010 to 2019, Antonella was a Statistician at the World Trade Organization. She was responsible for the production and dissemination of all data products related to trade in services statistics and contributed to a number of WTO flagship publications.

Antonella holds a MS in Applied Economics from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Spain) and a MS in Management Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy).

Janos Ferencz Trade Policy Analyst, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD

Janos Ferencz is a trade policy analyst at the Trade in Services Division of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He works on analysing policy trends affecting services trade globally using the OECD’s Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI), and manages the annual update of the STRI regulatory database and indices. Additionally, Janos’ work covers digital trade focusing on lowering trade barriers for digitally enabled services. He developed the OECD Digital STRI tool, and contributed to analysis on digital trade and market openness, cross-border data flows, and the trade implications of new digital technologies such as artificial intelligence. Janos also engages with various international and regional partners, including APEC and ASEAN, to assist interested economies in benefitting from the STRI tools. Janos is a jurist with background in international trade law.

Jong Woo Kang Principal Economist, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, ERCD, ADB

Jong Woo Kang is principal economist at the Economic Research and Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He is a seasoned economist with extensive knowledge and experiences on policy and strategic issues. He was senior advisor to the managing director general of ADB and senior economist at Strategy and Policy Department at ADB. He leads the annual publication of Asian Economic Integration Report. Areas of his research interest include regional integration, inclusive growth, macroeconomic and international trade policies, and aid effectiveness. He has published research articles in academic journals such as Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Applied Economics, and Journal of World Trade, and wrote numerous blogs and opinion articles on global macroeconomy and international trade and finance. Before joining ADB, he was director at Ministry of Finance and Economy of the Republic of Korea. He got his BA in economics and MA in public administration from Seoul National University, and PhD in economics from University of Washington.

4:50 p.m.–5:00 p.m.