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26 Oct 2020 (Monday)
15:00–16:30 (Manila)
Microsoft Teams Meeting

Measuring Regional Cooperation and Integration: Early Results and Extensions

This webinar presented the improvements to the Asia-Pacific Regional Cooperation and Integration Index (ARCII). Together with the latest results of index, the presentation was made on the progress of new collected indicators for the enhanced ARCII framework and a spatial analysis of the determinants of regional integration. A panel of leading experts on regional integration discussed the findings and possible methodological improvements and extensions to this work.

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Rolando Avendano Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD), ADB
Bio Presentation

Rolando Avendano is Economist at the Economic Research and Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank. Prior to joining ADB, he worked for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), including the Economics Department, the OECD Development Centre and the Statistics and Data Directorate (PARIS21). He was a Lecturer at the Engineering Faculty at University of Los Andes (Colombia), and research associate at University College London (UK). 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).

Panel Discussion:
Cyn-Young Park Director, ERCD, ADB

Cyn-Young Park is Director of the Regional Cooperation and Integration Division in the Economics Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the 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 with ADB, she has been a main author and contributor to ADB’s major publications including Asian Development Outlook, 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 fora including the G20 Development Working Group, ASEAN, ASEAN+3, 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 journals including the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Financial Stability, the Journal of Futures Market, 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 Co-operation 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.

Hans Holzhacker Chief Economist, CAREC Institute
Bio Presentation

Hans Holzhacker is Chief Economist at the CAREC Institute in Urumqi, People’s Republic of China. Before joining the CAREC Institute, he was lead economist for Central Asia at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development based in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He has 30 years of experience as an economist focusing on transition economies and holds a PhD from the University of Vienna in Austria.

Alfredo Perdiguero Director, Southeast Asia Department, ADB

Alfredo Perdiguero is Director of the Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Division in the Southeast Asia Department of Asian Development Bank. He has worked in Southeast Asia for the last 20 years and has broad exposure, deep knowledge and extensive work with ADB on regional cooperation and integration issues in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), and the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT), and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). Mr. Perdiguero also acts as the administrator of the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund, the largest initiative of the ASEAN in its history based on the member countries’ funding contributions.

Prior to joining ADB, Mr. Perdiguero was an economist in the European Union Delegation in South Africa. He also worked as a trade specialist in the Spanish Embassy in Egypt and in several NGOs in Latin America. He has been a Lecturer in Universities in Madrid, Spain and the Ateneo Graduate School of European Studies, Manila, Philippines. His career spans the private sector, the government and the academe.

Christopher MacCormac International Consultant, Regional Cooperation and Integration Thematic Group, ADB

A Canadian national, Mr. MacCormac is currently an international consultant working mainly in the areas of regional cooperation and integration (RCI) strategy, policy formulation, and economics; corporate strategy; and technology and innovation policy. Since 2014 Mr. MacCormac has being working with the Asian Development Bank’s RCI Thematic Group Secretariat, the Islamic Development Bank’s Country Strategy and Market Integration Division; and more recently the OPEC Fund for International Development. From 1991-2014 Mr. MacCormac was as a staff of the Asian Development Bank where his worked focused on development of the organization’s corporate-wide long-term strategies; cooperation among the major multilateral development banks on global development agendas and strategy; general capital increases of the bank’s ordinary capital resources; and replenishments of the bank’s Asian Development Fund. Prior to joining ADB Mr. MacCormac was Deputy Regional Director/Senior Program Manager (Southeast Asia) for the International Development Research Centre (Canada), where his responsibilities centered on the development and funding of sector-based science and technology research programs and the evaluation of research, at national and regional levels.