Conference & Forum

North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum 2020 Experience and Challenges of North-East Asian Countries on Development Cooperation in the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic

15 Oct 2020 - 16 Oct 2020 Online

East Asia Department’s Sujata Gupta on 15 October joined the forum that discussed development agencies’ assistance to developing countries in overcoming the pandemic. In a panel discussion, she introduced ADB’s support for infrastructure and its forward-looking strategies, and ADB’s work to develop the Northeast Asia Power System Interconnection. Over 90 participants attended through Teams and a livestream channel.


Welcome remarks
Ganbold BAASANJAV, Head, UNESCAP East and North-East Asia Office
Huck Ju KWON, Professor, Seoul National University, and President of KAIDEC
Perspectives of development cooperation agencies – how they helped countries in COVID19 responses and will help them to “build back better”?
The session invites panelists from development cooperation agencies/offices to share their current contribution in responding to COVID19 as well as their perspective on how they expect to help developing countries to “build back better” after COVID19.


  • KIM Jiyoon, Director-General, Multilateral Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance Department, KOICA

  • SIDOROV Alexander Alexandrovich, Head of the Department for Interaction with the Constituent Entities, ROSSOTRUDNICHESTVO, and TARCHOKOVA Asiyat Arsenovna, Consultant, ROSSOTRUDNICHESTVO

  • Sujata GUPTA, Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Division, East Asia Department, ADB

(Q & A)
International Cooperation to cope with COVID-19 and new landscape of development cooperation in post COVID-19
The session discusses how international cooperation (e.g., development cooperation, humanitarian assistance) in the North-East Asian countries helped in responding to COVID-19 and how it differs from the past practice of development cooperation and international cooperation, and what are the post-COVID19 landscape of development cooperation


  • Tatsufumi YAMAGATA, Professor and Director, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, and President of JASID; and Hisahiro KONDOH, Professor, Saitama University

  • Xiaoyun LI, Distinguished Professor, China Agricultural University, and Chair of CIDRN; and Chuanhong ZHANG, College of International Development and Global Agriculture, China Agricultural University, and CIDRN

Q & A and open discussion

Hamza Ali MALIK, Director, UNESCAP Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division
Impacts of COVID-19 in developing countries
Kilkon KO, Professor, Seoul National University, and KAIDEC
The presentation provides overview of quantitative assessment of COVID-19 impact in developing countries and how it could be applied in development cooperation strategies of COVID-19 response.
North East Asian countries’ development cooperation to counter pandemics
Denis DEGTYAREV, Head of IR Department, RUDN University, and Executive Director, RAEDAE
The presentation discusses the North-East Asian countries’ development cooperation in responding to COVID-19 emergencies and its role in strengthening national regional and global capacity for future outbreaks of infectious diseases.
Q & A
Partner countries’ perspectives on how North-East Asia’s development cooperation contributes to “build-back better”
This session discusses key areas of opportunities where North-East Asia’s development cooperation can take lead to build back better and assist more sustainable development path of partner countries.


  • SAMRETH Sovannroeun, Associate professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Saitama University

  • Shafqat Munir AHMAD, Research Fellow/Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute

  • Miguel MUSNGI, Senior Officer, Poverty Eradication and Gender Division, Human Development Directorate, ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Department, ASEAN Secretariat

  • Stephan KLINGEBIEL, Director, UNDP Seoul Policy Centre

Open discussion

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