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Unlocking the Potential of Digital Services Trade in Asia and the Pacific
Rapid digitalization amid the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred the growth of digital services trade around the globe. At the forefront is the Asia and Pacific region, demonstrating the highest growth in digital services trade. This book attempts to provide analysis on the opportunities, challenges, and risks associated with trade in digital services that could help inform policy makers in undertaking necessary domestic reforms and pursuing international cooperation.
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15:00 (GMT+8, Manila)
Monday, 28 November 2022
Asian Development Bank
- Agenda (PDF)
- Ms. Mara Tayag
Senior Economics Officer, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank
- Mr. Amiel Bryan Esperanza.
Administrative Assistant, BPMS, Asian Development Bank
- Ms. Mara Tayag
- 3:00 – 3:05
- Opening RemarksMr. Bruce Gosper Vice-President (Administration and Corporate Management) Asian Development BankBio
Mr. Bruce Gosper is the Vice-President for Administration and Corporate Management of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Mr. Gosper is responsible for the overall management of the operations of the Budget, People, and Management Systems Department; Corporate Services Department; Office of the General Counsel; Information Technology Department; Office of the Secretary; and Procurement, Portfolio and Financial Management Department.
Mr. Gosper has 40 years of experience working with multilateral and regional institutions dealing with trade and economic policy and running large public sector organizations. Before taking up a role at ADB, he was Australia’s High Commissioner to Singapore. Prior to that he was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Australia’s trade promotion and investment facilitation agency. Previous roles include Deputy Secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, responsible for Australia’s trade policy and trade negotiations, and Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, where he led Australia’s multilateral trade initiatives and chaired the WTO General Council and WTO Dispute Settlement Body. He held senior roles in the Australian Embassies in Washington and Tokyo, as well as served on the Board of the former Export Finance and Insurance Corporation. He is a member of the Asia Society’s Advisory Council.
Mr. Gosper is a graduate of Macquarie University and the University of New England.
- 3:05 – 3:10Introduction: Book Structure and Key MessagesMr. Jong Woo Kang Principal Economist, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development BankBio Presentation
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 had got his BA in economics and MA in public administration from Seoul National University, and PhD in economics from University of Washington.
- 3:10 – 3:35Keynote Presentation:Data-Related Restrictions and Digital Services TradeMr. Erik van der Marel Chief Economist, European Centre for International Political EconomyBio Presentation
Erik van der Marel is a Chief Economist at ECIPE, Associate Professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and Consultant Economist at the World Bank. His areas of expertise are in digital trade, services trade, cross-border data flows, and their associated digital services trade policy.
Prior to his appointment at ECIPE, Erik was a full-time lecturing at the London School of Economics (LSE) where he taught international trade at post-graduate level. In the past, Erik also gained various professional experience as a consultant at the, OECD, APEC, ADBI, and the World Bank Trade Research Department. Erik received his PhD in economics from Sciences-Po Paris and did his post-doctorate at the LSE, too.
Erik has published peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, working papers and reports, and made contributions to ECIPE, the World Bank, and ADBI on digital trade and services, domestic regulations in digital services trade and data flows. He has also provided various capacity building courses for policy makers at National Ministries and taught at the European University Institute (EUI) and World Trade Institute (WTI).
- 3:35 – 4:25Moderated Discussions:Moderator:Ms. Cyn-Young Park Director, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development BankBio
Cyn-Young Park is Director of the Regional Cooperation and Integration Division in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In her current capacity, she manages a team of economists to examine economic and policy issues related to regional cooperation and integration (RCI) and develop strategies and approaches to support RCI. 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), Asian Economic Integration Report, 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 Financial Stability, the Journal of Futures Markets, the Review of Income and Wealth, and the World Economy.
Prior to joining 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 PhD in Economics from Columbia University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Economics from Seoul National University.Panelists:Mr. Thomas Abell Chief of Digital Technology for Development Unit, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development BankBio
Thomas Abell is the Chief of ADB’s Digital Technology for Development Unit, which promotes the effective use of digital technology across ADB programs to improve development impact. His team works with ADB member countries in supporting the transition to the digital economy and provides assistance across many areas, including eGovernment, connectivity, tech startup ecosystems, earth observation, technology policy, and industry partnerships.
Thomas has over 30 years of professional experience in digital technology, including technology policy and strategy, software development, and systems architecture. During his 10+ years of experience in international development, he has worked extensively across Asia, Africa and Latin America, working with governments, development organizations, NGOs and corporations. He has authored many publications on technology innovation in development, focused mainly on education, financial inclusion and agriculture. Thomas has master’s degrees in engineering and management and a bachelor’s in engineering from MIT.Ms. Stephanie Honey Founder, Global Trade InsightsBio
Stephanie is a trade policy consultant with expertise in digital trade, regional economic integration, especially in the Asia-Pacific, the WTO, services trade, agriculture trade and inclusion (especially trade and gender issues). Formerly a New Zealand trade negotiator, including chief agriculture negotiator during the intensive phase of the WTO Doha Round, Stephanie is currently Lead Staffer for New Zealand at the APEC Business Advisory Council and co-founder of Global Trade Insights, a business offering executive education in trade policy. Stephanie sits on the Board of the New Zealand Horticulture Export Authority, the Advisory Board of the Centres for Asia-Pacific Excellence and the Executive Board of the TradeExperettes, an international network of women trade experts.Mr. Francis Quimba Research Fellow, Philippine Institute of Development StudiesBio
Francis Mark A. Quimba is a Research Fellow at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies and Director of Philippine APEC Study Center Network.
He has worked on number of research topics including agriculture, trade, and rural development. His current research interest is in innovation activity of local firms. He has participated in round table discussions on issues and trade, industrial development, innovation, and e-commerce.
He obtained his master’s in International Development from the International University of Japan. He obtained another MA and his PhD in Development Economics from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan.Ms. Pramila A. Crivelli Economist, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development BankBio
Pramila A. Crivelli is an economist at the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Her main fields of specializations are applied econometrics, international trade policy, regional trade agreements, trade negotiations, rules or origin, and nontariff measures, and geographical indications. At ADB, her current work focuses on trade agreements, aid for trade, the digital economy, and on supporting the APEC regional forum.
Prior to joining ADB in November 2020, she was an assistant professor at the Goethe University Frankfurt leading the Chair of International Trade. Pramila’s work has been published in academic peer reviewed journals including the Journal of International Economics and The World Economy. With a strong expertise in applied economic policy and technical cooperation, she served as an economic affairs officer at United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, researcher at the European University Institute, and the World Trade Organization. Widely experience in delivering capacity building and advisory services to governments, public and private institutions, and trade negotiators in multilateral and regional fora, she carried out consultancies for various clients in Asia and Africa. She received her PhD in economics from the University of Geneva.
- 4:25 – 4:30Closing Remarks:Mr. Matthias Helble Senior Economist, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, ERCD, ADB (currently on special leave to the Science Division of the World Health Organization)Bio
Matthias Helble is a senior economist at the Economic Research and Cooperation Department of ADB (currently on special leave to the World Health Organization).
Previously, he was a senior research fellow and cochair of the Research Department of the ADB Institute in Tokyo and worked for several other international organizations. His research interests include international trade, health, and development. Matthias holds a PhD in international economics from the Geneva Graduate Institute, Switzerland.Refreshments will be served.
- ---Host:Mr. Rolando Avendano Economist, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development BankBio
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 foreign direct investment.
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 B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from University of Los Andes and a Master and PhD in Economics from the Paris School of Economics (PSE).
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