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12th ASEAN-China Forum on Social Development and Poverty Reduction Enhancing Poverty Reduction Partnerships for an ASEAN-China Community With a Shared Future

27 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018 Manila, Philippines

In Asia and the Pacific, 330 million people still live on less than $1.90 a day, and 1.2 billion still live on less than $3.10 a day. What can we do to eradicate poverty? The 12th ASEAN-China Forum on Social Development and Poverty Reduction was held in Manila, Philippines from 27-29 June 2018. It was jointly hosted by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) of the Philippines and the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development of China; co-organized by the International Poverty Reduction Center in China, the Secretariat of the NAPC of the Philippines, supported by ASEAN Secretariat, the ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative, and UNDP. Under the theme of “Enhancing Poverty Reduction Partnerships for an ASEAN-China Community with a Shared Future”, the forum invited representatives from ASEAN member states and the PRC to share their successful experiences, discuss the challenges they face in poverty reduction at grass-root, national, and regional levels, and further explore how to push forward the partnership in poverty reduction.

The ASEAN-China Forum on Social Development and Poverty Reduction has been successfully held for 11 sessions since 2007. With focus on poverty alleviation and development, the forum is designed to provide a sound platform for the PRC and ASEAN members to exchange views on common concerns, explore ways to narrow development gaps and share the best practices with the aim to achieve harmonious development based on mutual benefit and win-win spirit.  

Agenda:

Time Program
09:00 – 10:00Opening Ceremony

Moderator:
Ms. Angela Garchitorena and Mr. Mario Urrutia III, National Anti-Poverty Commission of the Philippines

Speakers:

  • Mr. Stephen Groff, Vice-President for East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific, ADB

  • Mr. SUN Yi, Charge D’Affaires, Embassy of the PRC in the Philippines

  • H.E. Dr. AKP Mochtan, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN

  • H.E. Mr. Hla Kyaw, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Myanmar

  • H.E. Mr. Sao Chivoan, Secretary of State, Ministry of Rural Development, Cambodia

  • H.E. Mr. CHEN Zhigang, Vice Minister of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development of the PRC

  • Honorable Ms. Liza L. Maza, Secretary and Lead Convenor of the National Anti-Poverty Commission of the Philippines

  • Honorable Mr. Alan Peter Cayetano, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines (TBC)

10:00- 10:30Group Photo and Coffee Break
10:30 -12:00Plenary Panel: What’s Next on Working for Poverty Reduction in the PRC-ASEAN Cooperation

Moderator:
Ms. Benilda B. Tayag>, Professorial Lecturer, College of Social Work and Community Development, University of the Philippines

Agricultural Development and Transformation-Led Growth and Poverty Reduction in the PRC – Key experiences and lessons to share with ASEAN Countries
Prof. Dr. LI Xiaoyun, Dean of China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSCA)

International Experiences on Poverty Reduction
Mr. Nicholas Rosellini, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the PRC
Mr. Stephen Groff, Vice-President for East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific, ADB

Philippine Experiences on Poverty Reduction
Ms. Corazon Jimenez-Tan, Undersecretary, the National Anti-Poverty Commission of the Philippines
12:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:30Session 1:The PRC and ASEAN: Rural Rejuvenation and Poverty Reduction
In this session, representatives from the PRC and ASEAN countries will discuss the relationship between rural rejuvenation and poverty reduction, sharing their practical experience, methods and case studies in implementing the strategy of rural rejuvenation and rural poverty reduction.

Moderator:
Prof. Dr. LI Xiaoyun, Dean of China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSCA)

Policy Design and Implementation of Industrial Poverty Alleviation in the PRC
Dr. Tan Weiping, Acting Director General, International Poverty Reduction Center in China

Cambodian Experiences on Rural Development and Poverty Reduction
Ms. Somony Him, Chief of Planning and Statistics Office, Ministry of Rural Development, Cambodia

Mr. Bouahom Bounthong, Director General, National Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development Institute, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Lao PDR

Rural Rejuvenation and Poverty Reduction in Myanmar
Mr. Khant Zaw, Director General, Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Myanmar

Free Discussion
15:30 – 16:00Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30Session 2 – Rural-Urban Poverty Linkages and Innovation for Poverty Reduction
In this session, representatives from the PRC and ASEAN countries will discuss the opportunities various forms of urbanization bring for the rural and urban poor. They will highlight innovative and 3 scaled approaches for a more inclusive, sustainable and harmonious rural-urban relationship that benefits the poor and the low income people in Asia.

Moderator:
Dr. Armin Bauer, International Poverty Reduction and Development Expert

Mr. Wu Qingsong, Deputy Director-General, Poverty Alleviation and Development Office of the People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of the PRC

Rural-Urban Poverty Linkages and Innovation for Poverty Reduction in Malaysia
Ms. Nazlinda Zamani, Principle Assistant Secretary, Strategic Planning Division, Ministry of Rural Development, Malaysia

Singapore’s Approach to Social Security and Uplifting LowIncome and Vulnerable Families
Mr. Richard Tan Kok Tong, Senior Director, Customer & International Relations Division, Ministry of Social Family Development, Singapore

Rural Development Strategies in Vietnam and Poverty Reduction Outcomes
Mr. Nguyen Van Nghiem, Senior Expert, Department of Cooperatives and Rural development, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam

Free Discussion
18:00 – 22:00Welcome Dinner
Hosted by the National Anti-Poverty Commission of the Philippines
Time Program
09:00 – 10:15Session 3: Rethinking Trade Liberalization for Rural Development
In this session, representatives from the PRC and ASEAN countries will discuss the relationship between trade liberalization and rural development from the viewpoint of the basic sectors in local agricultural economies, and explore the innovative and flexible trade mechanisms that benefit small farmers through technology transfers, integrating the rural poor in global value chains and agricultural exports. Civil society representatives will share on the ground reflections on trade impacts, while academic experts, from the Philippines and the PRC will serve as trigger discussants on various trade and industrial issues

Moderator:
Mr. Paul Quintos, Associate Professorial Lecturer, Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Productivity Gap, International Trade and Structural Change

  • Ms. Wang Xin, Assistant Professor, Institute of New Structural Economics, Peking University

  • Dr. Rene Ofreneo, Professor Emeritus, School of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of the Philippines

  • Dr. Chito Medina, Former National Coordinator, Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (Farmer-Scientist Partnership for Development)



Free Discussion
10:15 – 10:30Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:00 Session 4: Enhancing Poverty Reduction Partnerships for a Community of Shared Future for ASEAN and the PRC
In this session, representatives from the PRC and ASEAN countries will discuss new innovations for partnerships to address poverty in Asia. Especially new forms of cooperation with the private sector, local government, NGOs, and at a regional level will be highlighted in its effect to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Moderator:
Mr. Robert Schoellhammer, Advisor, East Asia Department, ADB


  • Mr. LI Xin, Counselor, Mission of the PRC to ASEAN

  • Dr. Armin Bauer, International Poverty Reduction and Development Expert


Involvement of Community Development Department in International Cooperation

  • Mr. Pallop Tanjariyaporn, Chief of International Relations Unit, Community Development Department, Ministry of Interior, Thailand

  • Mr. Miguel Musngi, Senior Officer, Poverty Eradication and Gender Division, ASEAN Secretariat

  • Ms. ZHANG Weiyu, Research Assistant, Institute for One BeltOne Road Studies, Tsinghua University, China Free Discussion

12:00 – 12:30Closing Ceremony

Moderator:
Mr. Li Xin, Counselor, Mission of the PRC to ASEAN

Speakers:

  • Dr. TAN Weiping, Acting Director-General of International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC)

  • Honorable Ms. Liza L. Maza, Secretary and Lead Convenor, National Anti-Poverty Commission of the Philippines

12:30 – 02:00Lunch

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