AEIR 2017

Regional Cooperation and Integration Week 2017

Accelerating RCI in Asia and the Pacific for Economic Growth, Shared Prosperity, and Sustainability


Description


RCI Week will include:

  • RCI Roundtable Conference on Economic Corridors, including presentation on the joint ADB, DFID, JICA, and World Bank report on economic corridors (27 November)
  • Emerging RCI Initiatives, Financial Cooperation, and Regional Public Goods (28 November)

Objectives

The core purpose of RCI Week 2017 is to assess several strategic and operationally important RCI themes and associated innovative initiatives in the region, consider how to accelerate future operational cooperation on them involving RCI stakeholders in the region, and define ADB’s associated roles in the context of implementing ADB’s RCI Operational Plan, 2016-2020.

Target participants

Participants at RCI Week 2017 will include government officials of ADB's developing member countries (DMCs) working on RCI issues (such as cross-border infrastructure, trade, investment, and capital flows; and regional public goods); representatives of multilateral institutions and other development partners; private sector representatives; research institutes/think tanks; and ADB management and staff.

Resource speakers

Presenters, panelists, and discussants from DMC governments; multilateral institutions, including ADB; and the private sector



Event details

Date/Venue:

27–28 November 2017
Auditorium A and B, Asian Development Bank Headquarters,
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City, 1550, Philippines

Contacts:

  • Arjun Goswami
    Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department,
    Asian Development Bank

    Email: agoswani@adb.org
  • Melanie Pre
    Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department,
    Asian Development Bank

    Email: mpre@adb.org

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Official Program

Program and Agenda



Monday, 27 November 2017

RCI Roundtable Conference: Economic Corridors and Cross-border Economic Zones to Support Economic Growth in the Region


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Welcome / Keynote

08:15–09:00 AM
Registration
09:00–09:05 AM
Welcome Remarks and Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Arjun Goswami Chief, Regional Cooperation and Integration Thematic Group,
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB
09:05–09:20 AM
Keynote Address: “Accelerating RCI in Asia and the Pacific for Economic Growth, Shared Prosperity, and Sustainability”
Takehiko Nakao President, ADB


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Strategic Planning Framework of Economic Corridors: Joint ADB, DFID, JICA and WB Report on Economic Corridors

09:20–10:40 AM
Moderator:
Amy Leung Director General, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB

Presenter:
Martin Melecky Lead Economist, South Asia Region, World Bank

Panelists:
Yasuyuki Sawada Chief Economist and Director General, Economic Research
and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB
Koki Hirota Chief Economist, Japan International Cooperation Agency
Martin Rama Chief Economist, South Asia Region, World Bank
Duncan Overfield Deputy Head and Regional Economic Development Lead, Department for International Development
10:40–11:00 AM
Coffee/Tea break


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Economic Corridors and Development Impact in Middle Income Countries

11:00–12:30 PM
Moderator:
Diwakar Gupta Vice President, Private Sector and Cofinancing Operations,
ADB

Presenters:
Jayant Menon Lead Economist, Economic Research
and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB
Ying Qian Director, EAPF, ADB

Panelists:
Suthad Setboonsarng Board Member, Bank of Thailand, Banpu PLC, and Cambodia Development Research Institute
Pham Thanh Tung Former Director General of International Cooperation Department,
Ministry of Transport, Viet Nam
Rishikesh Singh Director (MI), Department of Economic Affairs,
Ministry of Finance, India
Wu Tiancheng Director, Foreign Capital Utilization and Overseas Investment Division,
Guangxi Development and Reform Commission, People’s Republic of China
12:30–01:30 PM
Lunch
Venue: ADB Executive Dining Room (EDR) Special Facilities Block


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Subregional Economic Corridors

01:30–03:00 PM
Moderator:
Ayumi Konishi Special Senior Advisor to the President, ADB

Presenters:

The experience of GMS on corridor development and geographic directions of GMS
Cuong Minh Nguyen Principal Regional Cooperation Specialist, SERC, ADB
Almaty–Bishkek Economic Corridor
Kristian Rosbach Economist, (Regional Cooperation), CWRC, ADB
India’s East Coast Economic Corridor
Hoe Yun Jeong Principal Economist, SARC, ADB

Panelists:
Thiru S. Krishnan, IAS Principal Secretary, Planning & Development Department, Government of Tamil Nadu
and Chief Executive Officer, Tamil Nadu Infrastructure Development Board
Martin Rama Chief Economist, South Asia Region, World Bank
Duncan Overfield Deputy Head and Regional Economic Development Lead, Department for International Development
03:00–03:30 PM
Coffee/Tea Break


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Developing New Cross-Border Economic Zones and Economic Corridors

03:30–05:00 PM
Moderator:
Bambang Susantono Vice President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB

Presenters:

Scoping Study for the Special Economic Zone in IMT-GT
Alfredo Perdiguero Director, SERC, ADB
Timor-Leste–Indonesia RCI paper
Anna Fink Economist, Regional Cooperation, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

Panelists:
Suahazil Nazara Deputy Minister of Finance / Chairman of Fiscal Policy Agency, Ministry of Finance, Indonesia
Mothi Kothandabhany Director, Regional Development Section, Prime Minister’s Department, Economic Planning Unit, Malaysia
Paolo Spantigati Country Director for Timor-Leste Resident Mission, ADB


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05:00–05:15 PM
Closing Remarks
Bambang Susantono Vice President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB



Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Emerging Regional Cooperation and Integration (RCI) Initiatives, Financial Cooperation, and Regional Public Goods: Supporting Shared Prosperity and Sustainability in the Region


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Welcome / Introduction

09:00–09:05 AM
Welcome Remarks
Arjun Goswami Chief, Regional Cooperation and Integration Thematic Group,
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB
09:05–09:20 AM
Introduction
Yasuyuki Sawada Chief Economist and Director General, Economic Research
and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB


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Emerging RCI Initiatives

09:20–12:15 AM

(Coffee/Tea:
10:50–11:05 AM)
Moderator:
Ramesh Subramaniam Director General, Southeast Asia Department, ADB

  1. Trade and Trade Facilitation
    • Connectivity and Trade Facilitation for Inclusive Growth
    • ASEAN+6 Architecture

  2. Connectivity and Competitiveness
    • Connecting Asian Initiatives
    • Technology, Competitiveness, and Digital Trade

Presenters:
Jong Woo Kang Principal Economist, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, ADB
Deborah Elms Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre, Singapore (via videoconference)
Arjun Goswami Chief, Regional Cooperation and Integration Thematic Group,
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB
Matthew Goodman William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy and Senior Adviser for Asian Economics,
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Ziyang Fan Project Head, Digital Trade and Cross Border Data Flows, World Economic Forum (via videoconference)
12:15–01:30 PM
Lunch


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Regional Cooperation for Financial Stability and Resilience

01:30–03:00 PM
Moderator:
Teresa Kho Deputy Director General, East Asia Department, ADB

  • ‘Special Theme Chapter’ of AEIR 2017
  • ASEAN+3 Bond Market Initiative including Asian Bond Monitor

Presenters:
Cyn-Young Park Director, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, ADB
Noritaka Akamatsu Senior Advisor, (Financial Cooperation and Integration) EROD, ADB
Joseph Zveglich, Jr. Director, ERMR, ERCD, ADB

Discussants:
Atsuhiro Yoshitsugu Director, Promotion of Regional Financial Cooperation International Bureau Ministry of Finance, Japan
Thomas Benjamin Marcelo Director, International Relations Department, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Philippines
03:00–03:15 PM
Coffee/Tea Break


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Regional Public Goods

03:15–04:45 PM
Moderator:
James Patrick Lynch Deputy Director General, Pacific Department, ADB

  • Trade and SDG 13
  • Carbon Trading in Asia
  • Renewable Energy in Asia
  • Collective Action for Climate Change and Environmental Protection

Presenters:
Andrew Prag International Energy Agency (via videoconference)
Andrei Marcu Director, European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition; Senior Fellow, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva, Switzerland
P.K. Pujari Adviser, International Solar Alliance, National Institute of Solar Energy Campus, India
Cristelle Pratt Deputy Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat


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04:45–05:00 PM
Closing Remarks
Juzhong Zhuang Deputy Chief Economist and Deputy Director General, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB



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