AEIR 2018

Official Launch of the Asian Economic Integration Report 2018

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


The AEIR 2018 launch includes a panel discussion on this year’s special chapter, “Toward Optimal Provision of Regional Public Goods in Asia and the Pacific.” The chapter examines how collective action among countries can help find solutions to growing transnational development challenges. It discusses how to best provide regional public goods (RPGs) that transcend the so-called “collective action problem,” which occurs when individual interests are too weak on their own to drive cooperation on common issues. It chapter suggests that multilateral development banks should act as honest broker in enhancing mutual trust and facilitating regional cooperation for RPGs.

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Event details

Date/Venue:

23 October 2018
Lobby, Oei Tiong Ham Building, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore

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Program and Agenda:

9:30–9:40 a.m.
Registration
9:40–10:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Ramkishen S. Rajan Vice Dean and Professor,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Bio

Vice Dean (Research) and Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Prior to this, he was a Professor of Economics at ESSEC Business School, Asia-Pacific and before that he was a Professor of International Economic Policy at George Mason University in Virginia, USA. He has also taught at the University of Adelaide in Australia, Singapore Management University and Claremont McKenna College in California, among other places. He specializes in international finance with particular reference to the emerging Asian region and has published extensively on the subject. He has also been a consultant with the APEC Secretariat, Asian Development Bank, Development Bank of Singapore, UNESCAP, and the World Bank.
Yasuyuki Sawada Chief Economist and Director General,
Asian Development Bank
Bio

Chief Economist of the ADB and Director General of its Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department. Mr. Sawada is the chief spokesperson for ADB on economic and development trends, and leads the production and dissemination of ADB’s flagship knowledge products, as well as ADB’s support for various regional cooperation forums such as ASEAN+3 and APEC. Before joining ADB, Mr. Sawada was Professor of Economics at the University of Tokyo. He did research in a variety of institutions, such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency Research Institute and the World Bank, where he led a number of large-scale development policy evaluation projects in Asia and other developing countries. His key research areas are macro- and micro-development economics, microeconometrics, economics of disasters, and field surveys and experiments. Mr. Sawada obtained his PhD in Economics and his Master’s degree in International Development Policy from Stanford University.
10:00–10:40 a.m.
Presentation on the Key Findings of Asian Economic Integration Report 2018

Chair:
Yasuyuki Sawada Chief Economist and Director General,
Asian Development Bank
Bio

Chief Economist of the ADB and Director General of its Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department. Mr. Sawada is the chief spokesperson for ADB on economic and development trends, and leads the production and dissemination of ADB’s flagship knowledge products, as well as ADB’s support for various regional cooperation forums such as ASEAN+3 and APEC. Before joining ADB, Mr. Sawada was Professor of Economics at the University of Tokyo. He did research in a variety of institutions, such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency Research Institute and the World Bank, where he led a number of large-scale development policy evaluation projects in Asia and other developing countries. His key research areas are macro- and micro-development economics, microeconometrics, economics of disasters, and field surveys and experiments. Mr. Sawada obtained his PhD in Economics and his Master’s degree in International Development Policy from Stanford University.

Panelists:
Ramkishen S. Rajan Vice Dean and Professor,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Bio

Vice Dean (Research) and Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Prior to this, he was a Professor of Economics at ESSEC Business School, Asia-Pacific and before that he was a Professor of International Economic Policy at George Mason University in Virginia, USA. He has also taught at the University of Adelaide in Australia, Singapore Management University and Claremont McKenna College in California, among other places. He specializes in international finance with particular reference to the emerging Asian region and has published extensively on the subject. He has also been a consultant with the APEC Secretariat, Asian Development Bank, Development Bank of Singapore, UNESCAP, and the World Bank.
Pradumna Bickram Rana Professor,
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Bio

Associate Professor and Coordinator of the International Political Economy Programme at the Centre for Multilateralism Studies (CMS) of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Prior to this, he worked for 25 years at the Asian Development Bank. His last appointment at the ADB was Senior Director of the Office of Regional Economic Integration which spearheads ADB’s support for Asian economic integration. He obtained his PhD from Vanderbilt University where he was a Fulbright Scholar and a Masters in Economics from Michigan State University and Tribhuvan University. He has authored/edited 15 books, and published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed international academic journals.
Siow Yue Chia Senior Research Fellow,
Singapore Institute of International Affairs
Bio

Senior Research Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. She has been active in research, publications, training, and consultancy on trade and regional economic integration, international labor mobility, and foreign direct investment with focus on Asia and the Pacific, particularly Singapore, ASEAN, and East Asia. Her consultancies have included World Bank, UNCTAD, WTO, UNESCAP, Asian Development Bank, Asian Development Bank Institute, ASEAN Secretariat, and ERIA. Her recent publications include “The Emerging Regional Economic Integration Architecture in East Asia”. Asian Economic Papers. Vol. 12, Issue 1, 2013.
Jong Woo Kang Principal Economist,
Asian Development Bank
Bio

Principal Economist at the Regional Cooperation and Integration Division in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of ADB. He was Senior Advisor to the Managing Director General of ADB and Senior Economist at Strategy and Policy Department at ADB. He has published articles in economics journals on such topics as regional integration, inclusive growth, macroeconomic and international trade policies and aid effectiveness. Before joining ADB, he was director at Ministry of Finance and Economy of Korea until 2006. He had got his BA in economics and MA in public administration from Seoul National University, and PhD in economics from University of Washington.
10:40–11:05 a.m.
Open Floor Discussion
11:05–11:10 a.m.
Concluding Remark
Yasuyuki Sawada Chief Economist and Director General,
Asian Development Bank
Bio Presentation

Chief Economist of the ADB and Director General of its Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department. Mr. Sawada is the chief spokesperson for ADB on economic and development trends, and leads the production and dissemination of ADB’s flagship knowledge products, as well as ADB’s support for various regional cooperation forums such as ASEAN+3 and APEC. Before joining ADB, Mr. Sawada was Professor of Economics at the University of Tokyo. He did research in a variety of institutions, such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency Research Institute and the World Bank, where he led a number of large-scale development policy evaluation projects in Asia and other developing countries. His key research areas are macro- and micro-development economics, microeconometrics, economics of disasters, and field surveys and experiments. Mr. Sawada obtained his PhD in Economics and his Master’s degree in International Development Policy from Stanford University.