AEIR 2017

ERCD: International Conference on Promoting Connectivity for an Inclusive Asia and the Pacific


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.

Event details

Date/Venue:

27–28 June 2018
Miran Hotel,
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Contacts:

  • Paulo Rodelio M. Halili
    Senior Economics Officer
    Asian Development Bank
    Email: phalili@adb.org

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Conference Agenda

Program and Agenda



Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Day 1


Opening:toggle

Registration / Keynote

8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Registration
9:00 a.m.–9:05 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
Takeo Konishi Country Director,
ADB
9:05 a.m.–9:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Shishir Priyadarshi Director,
Development Division, World Trade Organization (WTO)
9:15 a.m.–9:25 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Mia Mikic Director,
Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
9:25 a.m.–9:40 a.m.
Keynote Speech 1
Bambang Susantono Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development,
ADB
9:40 a.m.–9:55 a.m.
Keynote Speech 2
Sahib Saifnazarov Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade,
Government of Uzbekistan
9:55 a.m.–10:25 a.m.
Photo Session and Coffee Break


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Harnessing the Potential of E-commerce

Chair:
Bambang Susantono Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development,
ADB
10:25 a.m.–10:55 a.m.
Embracing the E-commerce Revolution in Asia and the Pacific
Jong Woo Kang Principal Economist,
ADB

Q&A
10:55 a.m.–12:10 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion
Michael Roberts Head,
Aid for Trade Unit, WTO
Mia Mikic Director,
Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Botir Arifdjanov founder,
Paynet and Lebazar.uz
Farhod Karimov
Westminister University
12:10 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
Lunch Break


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Progress Towards Digital Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade

Chair:
Yann Duval Chief,
Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, ESCAP
2:15 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
Overview of Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation
Yann Duval Chief,
Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, ESCAP

Q&A
2:45 p.m.–4 p.m.
Presentations and Discussion
Yelena Vassilevskaya Director,
Study and Training Centre, Kazakhastan
Ali Aliyev Head of Project Management Department,
State Customs Committee, Government of Azerbaijan
Professor Hong Xue Director of Institute for Internet Policy and Law,
Beijing Normal University
Larissa Kokareva Regional Manager,
Crown Agents for Overseas Development



Wednesday, 28 June 2018

Day 2


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Aid for Trade and Trade Facilitation for Inclusive Development

8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Chair
Michael Roberts Head,
Aid for Trade Unit, WTO
9:00 a.m.–9:20 a.m.
Aid for Trade and Trade Facilitation in Asia and the Pacific: Promoting Connectivity for Inclusive Development
Cyn-Young Park Director of Regional Cooperation and Integration,
ADB

Q&A
9:20 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Roundtable Discussion
Saeed Qadir Senior Research Officer,
CAREC Institute
Yann Duval Chief,
Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, ESCAP
Dilshor Akbarov Project Manager,
Aid for Trade Project, United Nations Development Programme
Umida Haqnazar
Independent Consultant
10:15 a.m.–10:35 a.m.
Coffee Break


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Progress and Challenges in WTO Accession

8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Chair
Jong Woo Kang Principal Economist,
ADB
10:35 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Progress and Challenges in WTO Accessions
Michael Roberts Head,
Aid for Trade Unit, WTO

Donors Perspective
Farkhod Sherzatov Coordinator of ‘Trade Facilitation in Central Asia’ Program,
GIZ
Bahtiyor Mirzabaev
USAID

Country Lessons and Experiences
Askar Mirsaidov Head of Department,
Ministry of Foreign Trade, Government of Uzbekistan
Meruyert Syzdykova Chief Expert,
Foreign Trade Activity Department, Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan
Umida Haqnazar
Independent Consultant

Q&A
12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break


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The Future of Inclusive Trade-Driven Growth

Chair
Cyn-Young Park Director of Regional Cooperation and Integration,
ADB
2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion
Michael Roberts Head,
Aid for Trade Unit, WTO
Yann Duval Chief,
Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, ESCAP
Alfiya Musina Manager,
USAID’s Competitiveness, Trade and Jobs Project
Saeed Qadir Senior Research Officer,
CAREC Institute
Nishanbay Sirajiddinov Scientific Supervisor,
Center for Economic Development

Q&A


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Closing Remarks

Takeo Konishi Country Director,
ADB