ADB-ADBI Virtual Workshop: Trade, Investment, and Climate Change in Asia

Trade and investment play an outsized role in the economic development story in the region, but it has come with environmental costs. Asia and the Pacific is in the frontline of climate change and is responsible for over 50% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The theme chapter of the Asian Economic Integration Report 2023, to which the background papers to be presented in this virtual conference will contribute to, seeks to better understand how trade and investment contribute to climate change, and what can be done to mitigate it.


Event details:


2:00-5:30 PM
(Philippine Standard Time)
Wednesday, 20 July 2022

2:00-5:30 PM
(Philippine Standard Time)
Thursday, 21 July 2022

MS Teams Meeting


Agenda (PDF)


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


Day 1–Wednesday, 20 July 2022toggle

Opening Session

1:30–2:00 p.m.
Meeting Connection Opens for Testing (Presenters/Discussants)
2:00–2:05 p.m.
Opening Remarks:
Tetsushi Sonobe Dean and CEO, Asian Development Bank Institute

Tetsushi Sonobe is the Dean and CEO of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the Tokyo-based think tank of the Asian Development Bank that promotes the realization of a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific through policy research and capacity building.

Born in 1960 in Tokyo, Dean Sonobe obtained his PhD in economics from Yale University and BA in economics from the University of Tokyo. His research interests are centered on the empirics of economic development, particularly the roles of industrial clusters, human capital, social capital, management practices, and market competition in industrial development in developing Asia and other regions.

Before joining ADBI in April 2020, Dean Sonobe served for six years as a vice president of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo and taught economics for thirty years at Tokyo Metropolitan University and GRIPS. Dean Sonobe is a recipient of the Nikkei Book Publication Prize and the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize, and a founding board member of the Japanese Association for Development Economics.

2:05–2:10 p.m.
Welcome Remarks:
Albert Park Chief Economist and Director General, Economic Research and Development Impact Department, Asian Development Bank

Albert F. Park is Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Director General of its Economic Research and Development Impact Department. He is chief spokesperson on economic and development trends and leads the production of ADB’s flagship knowledge products and support for regional cooperation fora. He has more than 2 decades of experience as a development economist and is a well-known expert on the economy of the People’s Republic of China. He has worked on a broad range of development issues including poverty and inequality, intergenerational mobility, microfinance, migration and labor markets, the future of work, and foreign investment.

He is Chair Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Policy at HKUST (on leave). He served as a founding director of HKUST’s Institute for Emerging Market Studies and professor at the University of Oxford. A national of the United States, he received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and his doctorate in applied economics from Stanford University.


Session 1: Impact of Trade on Climate Change


Session 2: FDI and its Impacts on Climate Change

Day 2–Thursday, 21 July 2022toggle

Session 3: How International Cooperation and Agreements can Support Climate Action


Session 4: Policy Panel Discussion


Session 5: How Green Finance and Carbon Pricing/Markets can Support Climate Action