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  • 20 Years after the Asian Financial Crisis: Lessons, Challenges, and the Way Forward - Conference Highlights
    September 2017
    A conference held 20 years after the Asian Financial Crisis highlights lessons learned and policy discussions on enhancing resilience in financial systems in Asia and the Pacific.  
  • 2017 Trade Finance Gaps, Growth, and Job Surveys
    September 2017
    This brief discusses the 2017 ADB Trade Finance Gaps, Growth, and Jobs Survey which quantifies global market gaps for trade finance and the impact on growth and jobs.  
  • Financial Regulations: Intermediation, Stability and Productivity
    August 2017
    Leading academics, central bankers, financial regulators, and experts from international financial organizations discussed theory, practices, and policy implications of financial regulations on intermediation, stability and productivity in this 2-day conference. Read the highlights.
  • Pacific Economic Monitor July 2017
    July 2017
    This issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor discusses economic integration, not only through ICT and transport network investments, but also by promoting greater competition and private investment.  
  • Aid for Trade in Asia and the Pacific: Promoting Connectivity for Inclusive Development
    14 July 2017
    This report highlights emerging trends in Aid for Trade (AfT) - in particular, the impact of AfT on trade in services - in the context of evolving trade performance in Asia and the Pacific. Download the full report
  • ARIC FTA Database Update June 2017
    June 8, 2017
    Amidst the global spread of protectionist sentiment, Asia’s push for trade liberalization persists. Two Asian economies, the People's Republic of China and Georgia, have signed a trade pact on 13 May 2017. A number of FTAs involving Asian economies and non-regional partners are currently being proposed, suggesting Asia’s move to expand trade outside the region and explore new export markets. 
  • International conference on Regional Integration and Economic Resilience
    9 May 2017
    Co-organized with Korea University and UNESCAP-ENEA, the ADB conference—held on 13-14 June 2017 in Seoul—brought together over 50 academics, senior policy makers, and representatives from international organizations to discuss the role that regional integration, through trade and investment, can play in bolstering economic resilience. See event page for the agenda and presentation materials.
  • Benefits of good governance outweigh the costs
    27 April 2017
    ADB Principal economist and ARIC Team Leader Jong Woo Kang's latest blog explains the role of good governance in ensuring efficient and fair allocation of resources.
  • Revisiting FDI and the international trade nexus
    17 April 2017
    Recent improvement in global economic outlook, largely due to better growth prospects in major economies and increase in trade flows, can be a boon for FDI. But as some countries pursue more inward looking economic policies, how would this bear on the link between international trade and investment?
  • Why penalizing imports is a bad idea
    10 April 2017
    Amid a growing lack of openness to trade, discussions on how to discourage imports are gaining momentum. Jong Woo Kang, ADB Principal Economist and ARIC Team Leader, explains why penalizing imports is a bad idea.  Read more here.
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