Accelerating Innovation and Inclusion for a Prosperous Asia

“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.

Agenda:
TimeProgram
08:30Registration
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)
Moderators:

  • 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)
Moderators:

  • 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)
TimeProgram
Session 3a: Inclusive Growth and Social Protection (parallel session)
Moderator: Zaw Oo, Executive Director, Myanmar Development Resource I
08:00Registration
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
Afternoon
14:00-17:30Informal Networking Activity (Tour of Seoul’s cultural attractions)

Innovation and Inclusion for a Prosperous Asia

“Innovation and Inclusion for a Prosperous Asia” was the theme of the 1st ADB–Asian Think Tank Development Forum held on 30–31 October 2013 at the Tangla Hotel in Beijing. The forum was organized by ADB in partnership with the Beijing office of the Asia–Pacific Finance and Development Center (AFDC), a think tank of the PRC Ministry of Finance. The forum gathered 130 participants, comprising mostly representatives of 47 think tanks from 26 countries in Asia and the Pacific. The discussions covered latest global and regional policy developments and country-specific experiences and policy issues on innovation and inclusion. The forum was organized into four sessions. The opening session was followed by a presentation and discussion on Asia’s Challenges and Opportunities in Scaling Up Innovation, followed by a session on Inclusive Growth in Asia: Retrospect and Prospects. Both these sessions included regional overviews and country perspectives. The fourth session was on Asian Think Tank Networking. Capping the forum was a visit to Beijing’s Forbidden City, giving the participants an opportunity for informal networking.

Agenda:
TimeProgram
08:00-09:00Registration
Session 1: Opening and Welcome
09:00-09:05Welcome remarks
Head, Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center (AFDC)
09:05-09:10Opening remarks
Bindu Lohani, ADB Vice President for Knowledge Management
09:10-09:20Keynote address
Vice Minister, Ministry of Finance, the PRC
09:20-09:40 Photo session and coffee break
Session 2: Asia’s Challenges and Opportunities in Scaling up Innovation
Part One: Regional overview
09:40-10:00 Structural Transformation in Asia
Jesus Felipe, Advisor, ADB
10:00-10:20 Asia’s Challenges and Opportunities in Scaling Up Innovation
Prof. Poh Kam Wong, Director, NUS Entrepreneurship Centre and Professor,
NUS Business School
10:20-10:40 Discussant 1 – Korea Capital Market Institute
Discussant 2 – Center for Strategic Studies, New Zealand
Discussant 3 – Yuqing Xing, Asian Development Bank Institute
10:40-11:00Q&A
Part Two: Country perspectives
11:00-11:15Country presentation: Japan (Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry)
11:15-11:30Country presentation: Korea (Korea Development Institute)
11:30-11:45 Country presentation: Singapore
Prof. Poh Kam Wong, Director, NUS Entrepreneurship Centre and Professor, NUS Business School
11:45-12:00Open discussions
12.00-13:30Lunch break
TimeProgram
Session 4: Inclusive Growth in Asia: Retrospect and Prospect
Part 1: Regional overview
09:00-09:20Presentation
Timothy Besley, Professor of Economics and Political Science, London School of Economics
09:20-09:40Presentation
Juzhong Zhuang, Deputy Chief Economist, ADB
09:40-10:00Discussant 1 – Policy Research Institute of Japan
Discussant 2 – East Asian Bureau of Economic Research of Australia
Discussant 3 – The PRC
10:00-10:20Q&A
10.20-10.30 Coffee break
Part Two: Country perspectives
10:30-10:45Country presentation: The PRC
10.45-11.00Country presentation: India (NIPFP)
11:00-11:15Country presentation: Pakistan (PIDE)
11:15-11:30Country presentation: Philippines (PIDS)
11:30-11:45Country presentation: Bangladesh (BIDS)
11:45-12:00Country presentation: Indonesia (CER)
12:00-12:30 Open discussions and conclusion
12:30-14:00Lunch break
Afternoon
14:00-17:30 Cultural event: Visit to Forbidden City
Hosted by AFDC

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