Conference & Forum

2nd ADB-Asian Think Tank Forum Accelerating Innovation and Inclusion for a Prosperous Asia

20 Nov 2014 - 21 Nov 2014 Seoul, Republic of Korea

“Accelerating Innovation and Inclusion for a Prosperous Asia” is the theme of the ADB-Asian Think Tank Development Forum in 2014. Similar to the previous one, this forum will focus on two development issues that are of high significance to developing Asia: innovation and inclusion.

Given that one of the objectives of the 1st forum of establishing a network among the major economic policy development-oriented think tanks in the Asia-Pacific region was successfully achieved, the 2014 forum will focus on generating commitment among the think tank members on the measures that will promote the sustainability of the network.


Session 1: Opening Ceremonies (plenary)
Moderator: Taejong Kim, Professor, KDI School of Public Policy and Management
09:30Welcome remarks

  • Joon-Kyung Kim, President, Korea Development Institute

  • Juzhong Zhuang, Deputy Chief Economist, Economics and Research Department, ADB

09:40 Keynote Address
Hyung-Hwan Joo, First Vice Minister, Ministry of Strategy and Finance
10:00Photo session and coffee break
10:30 Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2014 – Poverty in Asia: A Deeper Look
Juzhong Zhuang, Deputy Chief Economist, Economics and Research Department, ADB
11:00 Open Discussion
11:15New Directions for a Rapidly Maturing Miracle Economy: The Case of Korea
Wonhyuk Lim, Executive Director, Center for Regulatory Studies, Korea Development Institute
11:45 Open Discussion
12:00 Lunch Break
Session 2a: Opportunities and Challenges of Globalization and Regional Integration in Asia (parallel session)

  • Rathin Roy, Director, National Institute of Public Finance Policy

  • Rethy Kieth Chhem, Executive Director, Cambodia Development Resource Institute

13:30East Asian Economies, Regional Economic Structure and the Emerging Regional Trade Regimes: TPP and RECP
Xiaoming Huang, Professor and Director, New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre
13:50Open discussion
14:10Development of the PRC’s Processing Trade and Employment
Guoqiang Long, Vice Minister, Development Research Center of the State Council
14:30Open discussion
14:50Enjoying the Fruits of their Labor: Redirecting Asian Exports to Asian Consumers
Willem Thorbecke, Senior Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry
15:10 Open discussion
15:30 Coffee/tea break
16:00 Lao PDR’s Joining ASEAN Economic Communities by and after 2015: Opportunities and Challenges
Leeber Leebouapao, Director General, National Economic Research Institute
16:20Open discussion
16:40 The Practice and Experience of PPP in the PRC
Qiangwu Zhou, Deputy Director-General, Asia-Pacific Finance Development Center Beijing Office
17:00Open discussion
17:20 **Informal exchange / Networking**
18:30Dinner at Intercontinental Seoul Coex Hotel, Jupiter Room (30/F)
Session 2b: Innovation and Escaping the Middle Income Trap (parallel session)

  • Derek Brien, Executive Director, Pacific Institute of Public Policy

  • Nonarit Bisonyabut, Research Fellow, Thailand Development Research Institute

13:30 An Exploratory Cross-Country Analysis of the Relationship between Entrepreneurial Propensity and Income Inequality
Poh Kam Wong, Director, NUS Entrepreneurship Centre and Professor, NUS Business School
13:50Open discussion
14:10 Malaysia’s Structural Issues in Overcoming Middle Income Trap: Decomposition Analysis of Output Growth 1991-2005
Zakariah Bin Abdul Rashid, Executive Director, Malaysian Institute for Economic Research
14:30 Open discussion
14:50 Industrial and Innovation Policies to Escape from the Middle-Income Trap: Cases of Uruguay and Malaysia
Alibek Konkakov, Analyst, Economic Research Institute
15:10Open discussion
15:30Coffee/tea break
16:00 Does Innovation Mediate Good Firm Performance? Some Findings from Philippines Small and Medium Enterprises
Gilberto Llanto, President, Philippine Institute of Development Studies
16:20Open discussion
16:40 Chaebol and Industrial Policy in the Republic of Korea
Wonhyuk Lim, Executive Director, Center for Regulatory Studies, Korea Development Institute
17:00 Open discussion
17:20 **Informal exchange / Networking**
18:30Dinner at Coex Intercontinental Hotel, Jupiter Room (30/F)

Session 3a: Inclusive Growth and Social Protection (parallel session)
Moderator: Zaw Oo, Executive Director, Myanmar Development Resource I
08:30 Why Growth Isn’t Getting the Job Done: An Analysis of the Growth−Employment Relationship in India
Radhicka Kapoor, Consultant, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations
08:50 Open discussion
09:10 Fiscal Space for Inclusive Growth in Emerging Market Economies
Rathin Roy, Director, National Institute for Public Finance Policy
09:30 Open discussion
09:50Social Protection For Small-Scale Agriculture – Evidences From Viet Nam
Tran Kim Chung, Vice President, Central Institute for Economic Management
10:10 Open discussion
10:30Coffee/tea break
10:40Effective Social Protection for Various Scenarios of Economic and Social Transformations of Uzbekistan
Kamila Mukhamedkhanova, Researcher, Center for Economic Research
11:00 Open discussion
Session 3b: Addressing Poverty and Inequality (parallel session)
Moderator: Dushni Weerakoon, Deputy Director, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka
08:00 Registration
08:30 Alternative Concept and Measure of Poverty in Indonesia
Carunia Mulya Hamid Firdausy, Director, National Research Centre for Economics, LIPI
08:50 Open discussion
09:10 The Impact of Remittance on Poverty and Inequality: Evidence Using Data on Labour Migration in Nepal
Ram Chandra Dhakal, Executive Director, Centre for Economic Development and Administration, Tribhuvan University
09:30 Open discussion
09:50The Rural Non-farm Economy, Livelihood Strategies and Household Welfare in Rural Pakistan
Shujaat Farooq, Researcher Economist, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics
10:10 Open discussion
10:30 Coffee/tea break
10:40Sustained National Deworming Campaign in the Republic of Korea
Taejong Kim, Professor, KDI School of Public Policy and Management
11:00Open discussion
Session 4: Asian Think Tank Networking: Sustaining the ADB-Asian Think Tank Network
Moderator: Juzhong Zhuang, Deputy Chief Economist, Economics and Research Department, ADB
11:30 Updates and Action Planning
Dongxiang Li, Advisor, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, ADB
12:30 Lunch break
14:00-17:30Informal Networking Activity (Tour of Seoul’s cultural attractions)

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