Development Cooperation in North-East Asia in Addressing Covid-19 Pandemic: Initiatives by Development Cooperation Agencies in the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea

Marzia Mongiorgi-Lorenzo, ADB Beijing office on 30 July shared ADB’s response to COVID-19 at the forum using examples from the PRC and Mongolia to highlight the strengthening of finance, knowledge, and partnership operations. Speakers from the region’s aid agencies provided updates on how they responded to and helped other countries in the pandemic. Over 200 participants attended.

Agenda:
TimeProgram
2:00 – 4:00 pm (Beijing),

3:00-5:00 pm (Tokyo)
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic tests the fiscal resilience of most countries in the world, raising question on the current and post-COVID landscape of international development cooperation. While countries in East Asia are major players of development cooperation, they were one of the first hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and responded with various policy measures including the fiscal expenditures at the unprecedented scale for their people. Thus, the webinar aims to stock-take and share the latest stories of the bilateral development agencies in the North-East Asian countries on their responses to the pandemic.
Opening
Mr. Ganbold BAASANJAV, Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office
Special welcome

  • Ms. BAEK Sook Hee, Vice President, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)

  • Mr. GONG Yuanshi, Vice President of China Agricultural University

Moderator:
Ms. XU Xiuli, Professor, Dean of College of International Development and Global Agriculture, China Agricultural University

Responding to COVID19 Pandemic – experiences of bilateral development cooperation in North-East Asia
Presentations:

  • Mr. TIAN Lin, Director-General of Department of International Cooperation, China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA)

  • Ms. KIM Hyunwon, Director-General of Climate Crisis and Pandemic Response Department, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)



Discussion: new landscape of post-COVID19 development cooperation of North-East Asian countries?
Discussants:

  • Mr. LI Xiaoyun, Lead Chair Professor, China Agricultural University/Chair of China International Development Research Network (CIDRN)

  • Mr. KWON Huck-ju, Professor, Seoul National University/ President of Korea Association of International Development and Cooperation (KAIDEC)

  • Mr. YAMAGATA Tatsufumi, Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University/ President of Japan Society for International Development (JASID)

  • Ms Celia REYES, President of Philippine institute for development studies (PIDS)

  • Ms. Marzia MONGIORGI-LORENZO, Head, Economics and Strategy Unit, PRC Resident Mission, East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank


CAREC-SASEC Inter-Subregional Knowledge Sharing Forum: Trade Facilitation and Customs Modernization

Customs agencies of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) and South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) programs, with support from the CAREC Institute and ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative, will share knowledge, experience, and best practice on challenging aspects of trade facilitation reform and modernization efforts, and (ii) identify critical success factors for effective trade facilitation measures for efficient trade flow, resource allocation, and improved regional cooperation. The General Administration of Customs of the PRC will share successes and lessons learned from implementing the PRC-Mongolia Joint Customs Control pilot project. A field visit to the Azerbaijan-Georgia border-crossing point will familiarize participants on efforts made in coordinated border management.

Chairs/Moderators:

  • Georgia Revenue Service.
  • Ministry of Finance.
  • ADB.

Participants:

  • Customs Officials (Director General (DG) and/or Deputy DG level) from participating CAREC and SASEC countries.
  • ADB staff and consultants.

Objectives:

  • Share knowledge, experience, and best practice on challenging aspects of trade facilitation reform and modernization efforts facing CAREC and SASEC customs administrations, with special emphasis on overland trade, including areas such as transit systems and facilitation, joint border controls, regional improvement of border services, and private sector involvement; and
  • Identify critical success factors for effective trade facilitation measures for efficient trade flow, resource allocation, and improved regional cooperation.

Agenda:

TimeProgram
08:30 – 09:00Registration
09:00 – 09:15Opening Session

Opening Remarks
Mr. Shane Rosenthal, Country Director, Georgia Resident Mission, ADB
Dr. Iskandar Abdullaev, Deputy Director, CAREC Institute

Welcome Remarks
Mr. Samson Uridia, Head of International Relations Department, Revenue Service of Georgia, Ministry of Finance
09:15 – 09:45Session 1: Introduction of the CAREC Customs Cooperation Committee and the SASEC Customs Subgroup
Session 1 will briefly introduce the customs platforms of CAREC and SASEC, sharing the mandate, the institutional arrangements, and the current priority areas.

Presenters:
Ms. Rose McKenzie, Senior Regional Cooperation Specialist, Public Management, Finance Sector, and Regional Cooperation Division, East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank
Ms. Aileen Pangilinan, Senior Regional Cooperation Officer, South Asia Department, ADB

Moderator:
Mr. Samson Uridia, Head of International Relations Department, Revenue Service of Georgia, Ministry of Finance

Q&A
09:45 – 10:45Session 2: Transit Systems and Facilitation
The experience of SASEC countries in development of modern transit procedures, leveraging technology to enhance security and simplify formalities will be presented. A comparative analysis of the transit systems to the provisions of Article 11 of the WTO TFA and other international best practices will be shared.
The CAREC Advanced Transit System (CATS) and Information Common Exchange (ICE) will be presented. The CATS/ICE architecture has been developed to provide a single exchange of transit data and allows for the implementation of a comprehensive transit guarantee mechanism.

Presenters:
Mr. Satish Kumar Reddy Mulamreddy, Trade Facilitation Expert, South Asia Department
Ms. Rose McKenzie, ADB

Moderator:
Mr. Masato Nakane, Senior Economist, South Asia Department, ADB

Open Discussion
10:45 – 11:00Coffee/Tea Break and Group Photo
11:00 – 12:00Session 3: Customs Cooperation and Coordinated Border Management and Regional Improvement of Border Services
CAREC will share its Joint Customs Control (JCC) Pilot Project, a priority area under the CAREC Customs Cooperation Committee (CCC) work program. The JCC pilot project is implemented between Mongolia and the PRC to address serious delays in the cross-border movement of goods in select pairs of border-crossing points (BCPs).
CAREC will present its Regional Improvement of Border Services projects, with the specific example of the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan BCPs, which were identified as major bottlenecks for transport and trade along CAREC corridors. Complementary investments in BCP infrastructure and the introduction of single windows, together with border control agency cooperation, have helped eliminate some of the bottlenecks.
SASEC will share experience in its coordinated approach to improving border infrastructure and complementary facilities, cross-border connectivity, and support for trade and transport facilitation reforms to make cross-border trade in the region efficient and well-regulated.

Presenters:
Mr. Dong Xiaolin, Division Director of Department of Port Control, General Administration of Customs of PRC
Mr. Azim Tursunzoda, First Deputy Head, Customs Service of the Republic of Tajikistan
Mr. Satish Kumar Reddy Mulamreddy, Trade Facilitation Expert, South Asia Department
Ms. Aileen Pangilinan, ADB

Moderator:
Ms. Rose McKenzie, ADB

Open Discussion
12:00 – 12:30Session 4: CAREC Institute Trade Related Activities
CAREC Institute will present its trade related activities in relation to customs cooperation including activities in e-Commerce, e-certification for SPS, etc.

Presenter:
Dr. Iskandar Abdullaev, Deputy Director, CAREC Institute

Moderator:
Ms. Rose McKenzie, ADB
12:30 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 14:45Session 5: Engagement with the Private Sector for Effective Trade Facilitation
SASEC will present on designing institutionalized structures for engaging with the private sector for obtaining feedback on policy reforms and legal processes and other statutory requirements. The role of Customs Administrations in coordinating between private sector and other cross- border regulatory agencies will also be discussed. The need for multi-level institutional mechanisms for such engagement and the challenges in their sustainable functioning will be shared.
Pakistan’s National Trade and Transport Facilitation Committee (NTTFC) was first established through a government resolution in 1998. In February 2018, the NTTFC was reconstituted to meet the new requirements under the WTO TFA. The new NTTFC also identifies issues and problems involving stakeholders, including private sector issues related to trade facilitation.

Presenters:
Mr. Satish Kumar Reddy Mulamreddy, Trade Facilitation Expert, South Asia Department
Mr. Muhammad Javed Ghani, Member, Customs Policy, Federal Board of Revenue, Pakistan

Moderator:
Mr. Ronald Butiong, Director, South Asia Department, ADB

Open Discussion
14:45 – 15:00Coffee/Tea Break
15:00 – 16:00Session 6: Authorized Economic Operator Systems
CAREC will present Georgia’s Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) scheme based on their experience from the Revenue Service “Golden List” Program introduced in 2008, which grants certain customs simplifications to trusted companies when importing and/or exporting of goods to and from Georgian customs territory.
SASEC will share its experience in introducing a multi-tiered compliance management program to suit the needs of various players in the supply chain, the approach taken for speedy validation, advocacy and designing benefits relevant to the trade needs. The challenges faced in propagating the program will also be discussed.

Presenters:
Ms. Ketevan Bitsadze, Senior Auditor, Post Clearance Audit Division, Customs Department, Georgia Revenue Service
Mr. Satish Kumar Reddy Mulamreddy, Trade Facilitation Expert, South Asia Department

Moderator:
Ms. Rose McKenzie, ADB

Open Discussion
16:00 – 16:30Session 7: Wrap Up and Closing of Learning Event
Mr. Samson Uridia, Georgia Revenue Service
Mr. Ronald Antonio Q. Butiong, ADB
19:00 – 2100Dinner sponsored by Georgia Revenue Service
Pick-up at hotel lobby at 19:00. The dress code is official, no casual attire please.

Dinner sponsored by South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program at ATI Restaurant

TimeProgram
09:30 – 10:00Assembly at the Lobby
10:00 – 11:00Leave promptly from hotel to Tsiteli Khidi Border Crossing Point (BCP)
11:00 – 13:00Tour of the Tsiteli Khidi BCP
13:00 – 14:00Travel from BCP to the Lunch Venue
14:00 – 15:30Lunch at the Bread House in Tbilisi
15:30 – 16:00Travel back to the hotel

2019 China Climate Investment and Finance International Workshop

On 29-30 October 2019, the first China Climate Investment and Finance International Workshop was held in the Media Center, Beijing, the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), China Society for Environmental Sciences, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank (WB). Around 250 participants from different countries attended the workshop comprising M. Teresa Kho, Deputy Director General, East Asia Department, ADB; Xie Zhenhua, Special Envoy of the PRC on Climate Change, PRC; government officials, staff from international organizations, members of the academe from the PRC, and other regional experts. This was the first workshop on climate investment and finance in the PRC which discussed the opportunities and challenges confronting climate investment in the PRC and the world.

The workshop was partly funded by the ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative (RKSI) and ADB Climate Change Fund.

Agenda:

Registration

TimeProgram
08:00-09:00Registration
09:00-09:30Opening Remarks

Chair: Li Gao, Director General of Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Ecology and Environment; Director of the Climate Investment and Finance Association (CIFA), Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences (CSES)

Speakers:

  • Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs of China

  • Zhao Hualin, Senior Official (Vice Minister Level), State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council

09:30-09:45Launch of “Climate Investment and Finance Association (CIFA), CESE,” Group Photo of representatives from CIFA and supporting agencies

Moderator: Xie Guoguang, Chief Accountant of China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP), Secretary-General of CIFA

09:45-10:45Keynote Session 1: Climate Investment and Finance Boosting the High-Quality Development

Moderator: Xie Guoguang, Chief Accountant of China Energy Conservation and Environmental ProtectionGroup (CECEP), Secretary-General of CIFA

Keynote Speakers:

  • Li Gao, Director General of Department of Climate Change, MEE, Director of CIFA, CSES

  • M. Teresa Kho, Deputy Director-General, East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

  • Martin Raiser, Country Director for China, Mongolia and Korea, World Bank

  • Yu Honghui, General Manager of China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection (CECEP) Group

10:45-11:00Coffee Break
11:00-12:00Round Table Discussion 1: Climate Investment and Finance Leading Sustainable Economic Development

Moderator: Wang Yi, Vice President, Institutes of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Science; Standing Committee Member of the National People’s Congress

Panel Discussion:

  • Wang Ning, Deputy Director of China Clean Development Mechanism Fund Management Centre, Ministry of Finance

  • Lei Yao, Deputy Director of Financial Research Institute, the People’s Bank of China, Deputy Director of CIFA

  • Li Xiaowen, Director for Financial Policy Division, Policy Research Department, China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission

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

  • Lu Hanwen, Full-Time Member of Credit Committee, Project Appraisal Department of China Development Bank

  • Zhu Liyang, Director of Resources and Environment Business Department, China International Engineering Consulting Corporation; Deputy Director of CIFA

  • Calvin Quek, Senior Stakeholder Relations Specialist, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

  • Li Lifeng, Coordinator of Support Programmes, Green Climate Fund (GCF)

  • Alex Fisher, Director for Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change, Environment, and Urban Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

12:00-14:00Lunch
14:00-14:40Keynote Session 2: Climate Investment and Finance Development Pathways and Innovation Opportunity

Moderator: Ding Hui, Division Director, Department of Climate Change, MEE

Keynote Speakers:

  • Ma Jun, Director, Center for Finance and Development, Tsinghua National Institute of Financial Research. Chairman, Green Finance Committee, China Society for Finance and Banking, UN Environment’s Special Advisor on Sustainable Finance

  • Zhai Yongping, Chief, Energy Group, Asian Development Bank

  • Lu Zhengwei, Chief Economist, China Industrial Bank, Vice President of CIB Research

  • Jean-Paul Paddack, Network Development Executive Director of World Wide Fund for Nature International

14:40-15:30Exchanges on Climate Investment and Finance Case Studies

Moderator: Jia Feng, Director of Center for Environmental Education and Communications, MEE

Case Studies
Representatives from the developer or financial institute present their case studies on climate investment and finance

  • Shanghai Lingang Offshore Wind Power Project

  • Dalian Liquid Flow Battery Energy Storage Peaking Power Station Demonstration Project

  • Langshi Green Center Low Carbon Building Project

  • Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum CCUS Project

15:30-15:40Coffee Break
15:40-16:35Roundtable Discussion 2: Climate Investment and Finance Pathways and Practices at Local Levels

Moderator: Peng Bin, Deputy Secretary-General of CSES

Panel Discussion:

  • Tian Qi, Director, Climate Change Division, Department of Ecology and Environment of Hubei Province Chen Yijun, Deputy Director, Climate Change Division, Department of Ecology and Environment of Guangdong Province

  • Liu Qiang, Deputy Director, Climate Change Division, Chongqing Ecology and Environment Bureau

  • Guan Dabo, Professor of School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences, UK

  • Liu Qiang, Director of Programs, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation China Office

  • Zhang Jianyu, Chief Representative and Vice President, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) China Program

  • Mei Dewen, President, China Beijing Environment Exchange

16:35-17:30Roundtable Discussion 3: Financial Institute Advancing Climate Investment and Finance

Moderator: Liao Yuan, General Manager of CECEP Consulting Co., Ltd.

Panel Discussion:

  • Liu Fan, Vice General Manager, China Central Depository & Clearing Co., Ltd.

  • Cai Yu, Deputy Secretary-General, Insurance Society of China Lu Xuedu, Lead Climate Change Specialist, East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank

  • Zhang Yongmiao, Director of the Green Finance Center of the Corporate Business Department of HUAXIA Bank

  • Huang Dafei, Senior Environment Specialist, the World Bank

  • Chen Yaqin, Division Chief of Green Finance Department, Head Office of Industrial Bank

  • Kelvin Yuen, Associate Director, Green Investment Group

  • Huang Chaoni, Head of Sustainable Capital Markets, Global Markets Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas


Technical Events (by Invitation Only)

The People’ Republic of China (PRC)-Japan-The Republic of Korea (ROK) Rural Vitalization Experiences: Implications for ASEAN Countries

The workshop was hosted by the International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC) and co-organized by China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSCA). The ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative and Guangxi Foreign Capital Poverty Reduction Project Management Center supported the event. The workshop objective was to gather experts in the field of rural development from the Plus Three countries (the PRC, Japan, ROK) to share their experiences in tackling rural development challenges. Four topics were covered: rural vitalization strategies and policies in the Plus Three countries, industrial development and rural income generation in rural areas, social organizations and services in rural communities; and potential development cooperation with ASEAN countries.

Forty-five scholars from the Plus Three countries, officials from the PRC, ASEAN countries, representatives from the ADB and IPRCC, and media attended the event. Experts from ASEAN and international organizations joined as discussants or observers. The workshop would produce a vision and actions for rural vitalization in the three countries and beyond. Opportunities for future collaborations among the Plus Three with ASEAN countries would be explored to speed up rural development and reduce poverty.

Agenda:
TimeProgram
08:00-08:30Registration of Participants
08:30-09:00Opening and Strategic Context

Moderator: Mr. Wang Dajun, Director of International Exchange Division, International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC)

Opening Remarks:

  • Ms. Zhang Guangping, Deputy Director General, International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC)

  • Dr./Prof. Tang Lixia, Deputy Dean of China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSCA)/College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University (CAU)

09:00-10:30Session I: Strategies and Policies of China-Japan-Korea Rural Vitalization

Moderator: Prof. Tang Lixia, Deputy Dean of China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSCA)

Speakers:

  • Prof. Li Xiaoyun, Honorary Dean of China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSCA), CAU

  • Prof. Yoshiaki Nishikawa, Dean of Graduate School of Economics, Ryukoku University

  • Dr. Myungsoo Lee, Former Vice Minister of Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of Korea; Chief Representative of Global Agro-Network, Korea


Discussants

  • Mr. CHREAY Pom, Director General of Technical Affair, Ministry of Rural Development, Cambodia

  • Dr. Dong Le, Poverty Reduction and Innovation Officer, FAO Representation in China


Open Discussions
10:30-11:00Tea/ Coffee Break and Group Photo
11:00-12:30Session II: Industrial Development and Rural Income Generation in China-Japan-Korea rural areas

Moderator: Ms. Li Xin, Director of Foreign Affairs Division, International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC)

Speakers:

  • Prof. Han Yijun, China Agricultural University

  • Prof. Takano Masao, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University

  • Dr. Taejin Kwon, GS&J Institute

  • Dr. Sotaro INOUE, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan


Discussants

  • Representative from Lao PDR

  • Sun Yinhong, Country Program Officer, IFAD China Office


Open Discussions
12:30-14:00Lunch Break
14:00-15:30Session III: Social Organizations and Social Services in China-Japan-Korea Rural Communities

Moderator: Mr. Lu Liqun, Director of Cooperation Division, International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC)

Speakers

  • Dr. Hu Zhiquan, Researcher at Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

  • Dr. Taro Hirai, Graduate School of Hirosaki University

  • Prof. Taeyeon Kim, Dongkuk University

  • Prof. Do-Hyun Han, Academy of Korean Studies


Discussants

  • Prof. Yang Xiaoqiang, Dean of ASEAN Research Institute, Guangxi Minzu University

  • Representative from Thailand


Open Discussions
15:30-15:50 Tea/ Coffee Break
15:50-17:20Session IV: Potential Development Cooperation among China-Japan-Korea with Partner Developing Countries

Moderator: Ms. Li Linyi, Deputy Director of International Exchange Division, International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC)

Speakers:

  • Dr. Xu Liping, Deputy Director of Research Division, International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC)

  • Dr. Gen Furuhashi, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan

  • Dr. Jang Heo, Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI)

  • Dr. Noriko Ito, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Japan (PRIMAFF)


Discussants

  • Dr. Zhang Chun, Professor, Institute of International Relations, Yunan University

  • Representative from Indonesia


Open Discussions
17:20-17:30Closing and Ways Forward
Dr. Zhang Chuanhong, Director of Center for International Development Aid Studies, China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture, CAU CN

All participants are welcomed to join the 13th ASEAN-China Forum on Social Development and Poverty Reduction as observers.

26-27 June (1.5 days): Plenary Conference

28 June: Field Visit of Rural Development Projects

An Innovative Global Partnership Through Knowledge Sharing: The Role of Technological Innovations to Help Accelerate Poverty Reduction and Achieve Zero Hunger

In most developing countries, access to technologies is still weak in rural areas. This can lead to further exclusion of marginalized communities and an exacerbation of existing socio-economic inequalities. Moreover, not all communities are benefiting from emerging innovations and novel technologies. Technological innovations, including information and communication technologies (ICTs), are one of the main enablers that will accelerate the achievement of sustainable development goals, while leaving no one behind. New digital technologies and innovative uses of ICTs can potentially contribute to increasing productivity and wealth; generating new activities, products, and services; addressing information gaps; and improving livelihoods.

Agenda:

DateProgram
14.00 – 14.20Opening Remarks:

  • Mr Amir Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director, WFP – On behalf of RBAs

  • Mr. Gengsheng Xia, Vice Minister, the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development (LGOP), the PRC

14.20 – 14.40Result Release of the Global Solicitation and Challenge Prize on Best Poverty Reduction Practices

Moderator:
Mr. Lisheng XUE, Vice Editor-in-Chief, CIIC

3-minute video presenting the result of selected case studies
14.40 – 15.45Session 1 – Multi Stakeholders Roundtable: Facilitating The Access Of Rural Communities To Technological Innovations

Moderator:
Ashwani K. Muthoo, Director of the Global Engagement and Multilateral Relations Division, IFAD

Internet + Poverty Reduction: An effective approach for targeted poverty alleviation through ICTs.
Mr. Limin Ni, Director of Alibaba Poverty Relief Fund, Alibaba Group

ADB case of Shanxi Integrated Agricultural Development Project
Ms. Melanie Ullrich, External Relations Officer, European Representative Office, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Digitalization in the Field: IT tools to improve agricultural productivity and human development in rural areas
Mr Giampaolo Silvestri, Secretary-General, AVSI Foundation

Food Policy Analysis in the Digital Age: The Agricultural Investment Data Analyzer
James Thurlow, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Q&A session
15.45 – 16.15Coffee Break
16.15 – 17.15Session 2 – Case Studies: How Technological Innovations Helped Accelerating Poverty Reduction And Eradicating Hunger

Moderator:
Zuo Changsheng, Director General, IPRCC

UN Decade of Family Farming
Mr Luis Fernando Ceciliano Piedra, Alternate Permanent Representative, Republic of Costa Rica to FAO, IFAD and WFP

The role of ICTs and innovation in the Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment Partnership – a joint initiative between FAO, IFAD, UN Women and WFP, which takes place in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger, and Rwanda
Ms Azzurra Chiarini, Global Coordinator, Joint Programme “Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women”

Ecosystem rehabilitation for poverty alleviation: Model of Ke’erqin Zuoyi Houqi (County), Inner Mongolia
Mr. Zhiwei HE, County Mayor, Kezuo Houqi (County), Tongliao City, Inner Mongolia, the PRC

Poverty reduction through charitable vocational education: the story of BN Vocational School
Ms Li YAO, Founder and Chairperson of BN Vocational School, the PRC

Q&A session
17.15 – 17.30Conclusions and Closing Remarks
Mr Shengyao Tang, Director, Office of South-South and Triangular Cooperation, FAO – On behalf of RBAs

International Workshop on Air Quality Improvement in the Greater Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region

The workshop intends to share the (i) analytical research on the air quality related issues, (ii) lessons learned and good practices from ADB’s Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (BTH) program, (iii) technology and financial innovations for air quality improvement, and (iv) policy and regulatory development on air quality improvement. It will be a platform for information exchanges, learning and cooperation on air quality improvement between governments, enterprises, scientific research institutions, non-governmental organizations, multilateral development banks, financial institutions and other stakeholders. Various PRC agencies and ministries, and municipal and provincial governments will attend.  Representatives from Mongolia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Viet Nam, and Nepal, who are facing the similar air quality issues, will also join the workshop.

ADB provided a multiyear, multisector support program for air quality improvement in the greater BTH region from 2015-2020. The first loan, approved in 2015, focused on reforming policy and strengthening regulatory capacity in Hebei province. The second loan, approved in 2016, targeted better access to finance, especially for small and medium sized-enterprises, to scale up investments in pollution-reduction projects in the region. The third loan, approved in 2017, targeted advance technology deployment throughout the region in large emitters in agriculture, energy, transport, and urban sectors to provide air pollution reduction at scale. In 2018, ADB supported a clean heating and cooling project in Shandong Province by integrating various clean and renewable energy technologies for district and distributed heating and cooling systems. Coal-based heating in urban, peri-urban, and rural households is major cause of rising level of outdoor and indoor air pollution during the winter months.

Agenda:
TimeProgram
Opening Session
Chair: Sujata Gupta, Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Division, East Asia Department, ADB
09:30-09:40 Benedict Bingham, Country Director, ADB PRC Resident Mission
09:40-09:50Li Junyuan, Director, Loan Division, Foreign Capital Utilization and Overseas, Investment Department, National Development and Reform Commission
09:50-10:00Kelu Shi, Energy Policy Division, Department of Economic Development, Ministry of Finance
10:00-10:10Zhang Haolong, Division Director, Department of Atmospheric Environment, Ministry of Ecology and Environment
10:10-10:20 Lu Jiang, Vice Mayor, Jinan Municipal Government
10:20-10:30 Shi Jianwang, Vice Mayor, Changzhi Municipal Government
10:30-11:00Photo and coffee break
Plenary Session: ADB, PRC and International Experience in Air Quality Improvement
Chair: Sujata Gupta, Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Division, East Asia Department, ADB
11:00-11:30 Addressing Climate Challenges and Air Pollution through Innovations: Asian Development Bank’s Approach
Yongping Zhai, Chief, Energy Sector Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB
11:30-12:00 ADB’s Experience in Air Quality Improvement in the Greater BTH Region
Lin Lu, Senior Operations Coordination Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB
12:20-13:30Lunch
Plenary Session: ADB, PRC and International Experience in Air Quality Improvement
Chair: Sujata Gupta, Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Division, East Asia Department, ADB
13:30-14:00PM2.5 Source Apportionment in 2+26 Cities of Jing-Jin-Ji (BTH) Region Meng Fan
Director, 26+2 City Pollution Control Department, National Joint Research Center for Tackling Key Problems in Air Pollution Control
Director, Institute of Atmospheric Environment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences
14:00-14:30 Using Market-based Approach for Air Quality Improvement and Coal Reduction in Beijing
Hongliang Yang, Senior Operation Specialist, AIIB
14:30-15:00Climate and Environment Protection-KfW Promotional Loan
Guoliang Zhai, Senior Coordinator for Climate and Environment, KfW Beijing Office
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-16:00Urban Air Quality Management – Practices and Learnings from Asia
Prasad Modak, Executive President, Environmental Management Centre LLP, India
16:00-16:30Experiences from Clean Heating Plan Developments in the PRC and Mongolia
Gerhard Stryi-Hipp, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Germany
16:30-17:00Discussions
TimeProgram
Parallel Sessions I
Use of innovative tools and effective partnerships to design cost-effective air quality action plans
Chair: Ben Grebot, Technical Director, Ricardo Energy and Environment
09:00 – 09:15Welcome, Introductions, Overview of Ricardo Led Work
Ben GREBOT, Technical Director, Ricardo Energy & Environment
09:15 – 09:35 Innovative air quality policy evaluation tools and health impact assessment
Michel Vedrenne, Principal Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment
09:35 – 10:05 Effective policies for improving air quality in Greater BTH
Dong Zhanfeng, Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning
10:05 – 10:30Coffee break
10:30 – 10:45Data
Michel Vedrenne, Principal Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment
10:45 – 11:15 Air quality action planning
Ben Grebot, Technical Director, Ricardo Energy & Environment
11:15 – 11:50 Discussion – Next steps for improving air quality at the city level
11:50 – 12:00 Summarize key messages and wrap up
Parallel Sessions II
Financial innovative tools – practical cases to introduce the requirements, process and key criteria to apply for ADB loans and introduction of the green financing platform
Chair: Mingbai Liu, Senior Vice President, ADB Program Center, China National Investment and Guarantee Corporation (I&G)
09:00 – 09:05Opening Speech
Xiumei Duan, Managing Director, I&G
09:05 – 09:10 Opening Speech
Lin Lu, Senior Operations Coordination Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB
09:10 – 09:30 Introduction of I&G’s Green Financial Business Practice
Yu Fan, Vice President, I&G
09:30 – 09:50Introduction of the Environmental and Social Management System of I&G’s ADB Program
Xinting Huang, Vice President, I&G
09:50 – 10:05Bank of Beijing’s Green Financial Business
Feng Zhu, Branch Manager, Zhongguancun Branch, Bank of Beijing
10:05 – 10:25Coffee Break
10:25 – 10:40 Financing Leasing Company’s Green Financial Business
Zuoyuan Cao, General Manager, Business Dept.1, E-Town Financing Leasing Company
10:40 – 10:55 Thoughts on Green Energy Business
Junwei Ding, Chief Innovation Officer & Chairman, Elion Intelligent Energy
10:55 – 12:00Discussion – how to use I&G’s ADB program to promote the implementation of green projects
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
Parallel Sessions I
Practice and Experience of the PRC in Air Pollution Prevention and Control in the Greater BTH Region
Chair: Jiayu Xu, Associated Professor, Environment School, Tsinghua University
13:30 – 14:00Air Quality Co-Benefits of Carbon Pricing in BTH Region
Chang Shiyan, Associate Professor, Low Carbon Energy Laboratory, Tsinghua University
14:00 – 14:20 Energy Saving and Emission Reduction Technology of Energy Intensive Industries in BTH Region
Gu Chengkui, China Center for Information Industry Development
14:20 – 14:40 Development Status and Trends of Major High Energy-Consuming Industries in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region
Xiao Jinsong, China Center for Information Industry Development
14:40 – 15:00Environment Policies to Achieve Air Quality Target in BTH Region
Xu Jiayu, Environment School, Tsinghua University
15:00 – 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 – 15:35 Trend of Atmospheric Environment Improvement in Greater BTH Region
Lei Yu, Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning
15:35 – 15:55 Practice and Experience of Air Quality Prevention and Control in Lang Fang and Baoding City
Mao Hongjun, Nankai University
15:55 – 16:15 Environmental Economic Analysis for Air Pollution Control in the Greater BTH Region
Shi Lei, Renmin University
16:15 – 16:35Characteristics and Control Measures Recommendations of Ammonia Emission from Agricultural Source in BTH Region
Han Yuhua, Beijing Research Institute of Environmental Protection
Parallel Session II
Advanced technologies in clean energy utilization, industrial structure adjustment, green transportation, energy savings and emission reductions, and low carbon in the PRC
Chair: Guangxi Yang, Vice President, Jiashu Technology Consulting Co. Ltd.
13:30 – 13:40Welcome and Opening Speech
Yang Guangxi, Vice President, Jiashu Technology Consulting Co. Ltd.
13:40 – 14:50Smart Micro Energy Grid & Energy Savings and Emission Reductions

Application of Smart Micro Energy Grid in Cities, Industrial Gardens and Enterprises Management
Feng Dong, CEO, Integrated Electronic Systems Lab Co., Ltd (iESLab)

More Renewable Energy, Less Fossil Fuels in Cities – Promoted by Energy IOT
Fang Bin, Trina Solar

Application of Big Data on Efficient Buildings
Shen Qi, Vice President, Saga Cloud

Green Ansteel Driver – Low Carbon Life Practicer
Feng Zhanli, Anshan Iron and Steel Group Energy Saving Technology Service Co., Ltd

From Sole Gas Supplier to Comprehensive Energy Solution Provider
Li Qing Bao, CEO, Shanxi International Energy Group/Gemeng International Co,. Ltd
14:50 – 15:05Coffee break
15:05 – 16:15Clean Heating

Shanghe County Middle-Deep Layer Geothermal to Build Winter Clean Heating Zero-Coal Pilot County
Pan Shiying, Chairman, Jinan Heating Co., Ltd

Application of Electrode Boiler Heating and Peak-load Regulation in the Great BTH Region
Hou Tao, CEO, Beijing Zeta Energy Technology Co., Ltd

Exploring Research on Long-distance Waste Heat Utilization
Zhou Ren Hui, Vice President, Jinan Thermal Power Co., Ltd

Accelerating Clean Heating in Rural Areas with Biomass Particles and Small Biomass Boilers
Liu Feng, CEO, Beijing Uniufa Energy Technology Co., Ltd
16:15 – 16:30Closing
Yang Guangxi, Vice President, Jiashu Technology Consulting Co. Ltd.
16:30 – 17:00Closing Session

Findings of the sessions
Chairperson of each session

Yun Zhou, Environment Specialist, Sustainable Infrastructure Division, East Asia Department, ADB

Challenges in the Process of the PRC’s Urbanization

At the launch of reforms in 1978, only 18% of the population of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) lived in urban areas. In 2011, urban residents in the PRC exceeded 50% of the population for the first time, and is targeted to reach 60% of the population by 2020. Stanford University and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently published the book “Challenges in the Process of the People’s Republic of China’s Urbanization”, presenting new insights on the country’s rapid urbanization. 

The ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative (RKSI) is jointly hosting the workshop to celebrate the book launch. The panel session will review key recent developments and challenges as highlighted in the volume, drawing on the insights of the NDRC, experts from academia and ADB.  The panel will focus on the critical institutional context and policies that have contributed to the PRC’s urbanization, including the policy implications of the country’s rapid urbanization process, the progress made towards the ambitious urbanization goals for 2020, and the myriad challenges and opportunities ahead.

Organizers:

  • Stanford University
  • National Development and Reform Commission

Agenda:
TimeProgram
09:15 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 09:40Welcome
Jean C. Oi, William Haas Professor of Chinese Politics, and Director, China Program and Lee Shau Kee Director, Stanford University

Niny Khor, Coordinator, ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative (RKSI), Asian Development Bank (ADB)
09:40 – 10:00 Introduction by Volume Editors
Brief Remarks
Karen Eggleston, Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Deputy Director, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (SAPARC) & Director of the Asia Health Policy
Jean C. Oi, Stanford University
Overview
WANG Yiming, Vice Minister, Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC)
10:00 – 11:30 Panel Discussion
This session will review key recent developments and challenges in the PRC’s urbanization process, as highlighted in the volume. Drawing on the insights of outside experts, the panel discussion will focus on the critical institutional context and policies that have contributed to PRC’s urbanization, the progress made towards the ambitious urbanization goals for 2020, and the myriad challenges and opportunities that still lie ahead.

Chairs:

  • Karen Eggleston, Stanford University

  • LIU Lifeng, Research Fellow Research Fellow, Investment Research Institute, Academy of Macroeconomic Research, National Development and Research Commission (NDRC)


Panelists:

  • HOU Yongzhi, Director-general and Research Fellow of Department of Development Strategy and Regional Economy, Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC)

  • HE Canfei, Dean of College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University

  • Sangay Penjor, Director, Urban and Social Sectors Division, East Asia Department, Asia Development Bank (ADB)

11:30 – 11:45Q&A
Chairs Conclude
11:45 – 13:00Buffet Lunch @ SCPKU

2017 Regional Knowledge Sharing Forum: Exploring Avenues of Cooperation for Cross-Border Trade Logistics and Facilitation

The CAREC Forum on Regional Knowledge Sharing will be held 16-17 Aug 2017 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The workshop aims to share practical experience and knowledge obtained from technical assistance projects with CAREC stakeholders, to explore and solve challenges in regional trade facilitation, and to jointly explore new opportunities for regional trade facilitation. Topics to be discussed include the development of non-governmental standards, new business formats, new models of supply chain management on cross-border e-commerce, and ways to measure and monitor trade corridor performance.

The CAREC Program is a partnership of 11 countries (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, the People’s Republic of China, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan), supported by 6 multilateral institutions, working together to promote development through cooperation, leading to accelerated growth and poverty reduction.

Organizers:
  • CAREC Federation of Carrier and Forwarder Associations
  • CAREC Institute
Agenda:
TimeProgram
0830 – 0900Registration
0900 – 0920Welcome Remarks
Mr. Yuebin Zhang, Principal Regional Cooperation Specialist, East Asia Department, ADB
0920 – 0950Welcome Remarks
Mr. Yergali Dosmagambet, Deputy Director 2, CAREC Institute
0950 – 1010Welcome Remarks
Mr. Akram Mukhidov, Chairman of Business Logistics Development Association, LLC (ADBL)
1010 – 1030Coffee/ Tea Break
1030 – 1130SESSION 1: Interpretation and Research on CAREC Non-Governmental Organization Standards
Introduce objectives and principles of developing non-governmental organization group standards by the CFCFA for international regions; interpret the first batch of ten standards of the CFCFA; introduce second batch of CFCFA standards, which are intended to be developed and researched by the CFCFA cooperating with the Central Asia Customs Committee (CCC)

Moderator:
Mr. Yuebin Zhang, Principal Regional Cooperation Specialist, East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Speaker:
Capt. Lin Zhong, Chairman, CFCFA
1130 – 1200Open Discussion
1330 – 1420SESSION 2: Cross-Border E-commerce and Logistics in CAREC
Introduce basic knowledge of cross-border e-commerce and its relationship with standardization; describe the PRC’s main policies of cross-border e-commerce and their effects on trade logistics facilitation in CAREC; analyze market situations and demands of cross-border e-commerce in Central Asia; explore logistics modes of cross-border e-commerce in Central Asia; considering CPMM and nature of the CFCFA, provide suggestions on what a role the CFCFA shall assume in CAREC’s cross-border e-commerce and standardization construction, and what related logistics enterprises and industry associations shall act in such process.

Moderator:
Mr. Yergali Dosmagambet, Deputy Director 2, CAREC Institute

Speaker:
Professor Ge Ju, Logistics Engineering Institute Machinery and
Traffic College Xinjiang Agriculture University
1420 – 1505Open Discussion
1505 – 1525Coffee/ Tea Break
1525 – 1615SESSION 3: CAREC Cross-Border Supply Chain Planning and Thinking under the Background of The Belt and Road
Under the background of The Belt and Road, with the promotion of the PRC’s FTA construction, normalization operation of China Railway Express and Sino-Central-Asia railway express, manufacturing enterprises, how do cross-border business enterprise and other related parties carry out the supply chain planning and standardization to further promote trade logistics facilitation in CAREC; synthesizing CPMM project and organizational nature of the CFCFA, provide suggestions on what roles the CFCFA shall assume in CAREC Cross-border supply chain planning and standardization construction.

Moderator:
Mr. Yuebin Zhang, Principal Regional Cooperation Specialist, East Asia Department, ADB

Speaker:
Mr. Xiaobing Jiang, Chief consultant of Chongqing Jingyixing Supply Chain Management Co., LTD
1615 – 1700Open Discussion
TimeProgram
0830 – 1020SESSION 4:Best Practices & New Knowledge Sharing in CAREC Countries
11 CFCFA association members, on behalf their countries, present best practices and new knowledge in trade logistics facilitation. Each country has 15 minutes

Moderator:
Capt. Lin Zhong, Chairman of CFCFA
Mr. Temirbek Shabdanaliev, Vice Chairman of CFCFA

Speaker:
11 country representatives
1020 – 1040Coffee/ Tea Break
1040 – 1130Continue Session 2
1130 – 1200Open Discussion
1200 – 1330Lunch Break
1330 – 1345SESSION 5: Sharing on Enterprise Developing Experience
CFCFA enterprises introduce their developing experience and business requirements, express their business requirement and interest appeals in trade and logistics facilitation.

Moderator:
Capt. Lin Zhong, Chairman of CFCFA
Mr. Qamar, Vice Chairman of Pakistan International Freight Forwarder Association (PIFFA)

Speaker:
3 enterprise members representatives
Kashgar Gold Leader International Logistics Center Co., Ltd (CFCFA
enterprises member)
1345 – 1400Shenzhen Hyun Young International Transportation CO., LTD (CFCFA enterprises member)
1415 – 1445Open Discussion
1445 – 1505Coffee/ Tea Break
1505 – 1550SESSION 6: Corridor Performance and Measurement Monitoring: CFCFA Experience
CPMM partners present and discuss their experiences in data collection and analyses of CPMM data; Highlight case studies and share their experiences.

Moderator:
Mr. Yergali Dosmagambet, Deputy Director 2, CAREC Institute

Speaker:
Select CPMM partner associations
1550 – 1620Open Discussion
1620 – 1700Closing Remarks
Mr. Yergali Dosmagambet, Deputy Director 2, CAREC Institute
Mr. Yuebin Zhang, Principal Regional Cooperation Specialist, East Asia Department, ADB
Capt. Lin Zhong, Chairman, CFCFA

National Consultation and Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Regional Cooperation and Integration

The workshop brings together senior officials of the Ministry of Finance, National Development and Reform Commission, representatives from Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and Yunnan Province to (i) discuss the latest trends in regional cooperation and integration (RCI); (ii) review strategies and action plans of the PRC government; (iii) explores how RCI can be further mainstreamed into the country partnership strategy and country programing; and (iv) share experience in implementing RCI initiatives, particularly in designing innovative RCI projects.

Regional cooperation and integration is a process by which national economies become more interconnected regionally. RCI plays a critical role in accelerating economic growth, reducing poverty and economic disparity, raising productivity and employment, and strengthening institutions. ADB adopted a regional cooperation policy as early as in 1994 to support ADB’s overarching goal of poverty reduction through regional cooperation. ADB’s current RCI Operational Plan focuses on strengthening connectivity between economies, enhancing competitiveness across connected markets, and improving regional public goods and collective actions. 
Organizers:
  • Ministry of Finance, PRC
  • National Development and Reform Commission
  • Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
  • Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
  • Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
  • Yunnan Province

Cross-Border E-Commerce Workshop: Towards Seamless Connectivity

Twenty-five Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT), and Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) senior government officials attended the workshop organized by ADB Southeast Asia Department in partnership with ASEAN Studies Center, Chulalongkorn University, and the ADB-Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative on 16-18 May in Bangkok. Participants learned about concepts, tools, and cases in cross-border e-commerce; and proposed cooperation frameworks and action plans. 

Agenda:
TimeProgram
0745 – 0800Assembly at Sasa International House Lobby
0815 – 0830Registration
0830 – 0900Opening Ceremonies
Welcome Remarks and Messages
Professor Suthiphand Chirathivat, Executive Director, ASEAN Studies Center, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Mr. Wolfgang Kubitzki, OIC, ADB Thailand Resident Mission
Group Photo
0900 – 1015 Introduction and Setting the Workshop Roadmap
Resource Persons:
Mr. Aekapol Chongvilaivan, Country Economist, Philippines Country Office, ADB
Ms. Pamela Asis-Layugan, Team Leader and Training Specialist (Consultant)
Ms. Jordana Queddeng-Cosme, Program Analyst (Consultant), ADB-RCDTA 8836

Interactive session for participants to get to know each other, develop a learning contract, and understand the workshop overview and objectives.
1015 – 1030 Tea/Coffee Break
1030 – 1115Session 1: Cross-border E-commerce in the Globalized World
Resource Person:
Ms. Alisa Di Caprio, Research Fellow, ADB Institute

Concepts, definitions, trends, and opportunities and risks of cross-border e-commerce and how it impacts the regional economies to be discussed. The critical role of Governments will be highlighted.
1115 – 1200Session 2: Assessing E-commerce Readiness: Tools and Best Practices
Resource Person:
Mr. Aekapol Chongvilaivan, Country Economist, Philippines Country Office, ADB

Feature select tools (e.g. UNCTAD B2C E-commerce Index) and best practices for assessing e-commerce readiness. Key elements of e-commerce transactions including internet access, payment systems for online purchases, and delivery systems presented as well as their potential (and risks) to promote cross border trade and facilitate goods and commodity flows.
1200 – 1330Lunch
1330 – 1500Session 3: Case Studies on Cross-border E-commerce (Part I)

Topic 3.1: Cross-border E-Commerce Innovation and Its Implication for Inclusive Trade: The Case of the PRC
Resource Person:
Professor Jian Wang, Director, Center for International Business Studies and Cross-border Ecommerce Research Center, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), the PRC

Topic 3.2: The Philippines E-Commerce Road Map
Resource Person:
Mr. Arturo P. Boncato, Jr, Assistant Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry, and Philippine Senior Official for BIMP-EAGA

Case studies on cross-border e-commerce opportunities and challenges in the PRC and the Philippines. The PRC case will focus on promoting inclusive growth for SMEs and implications to trade policy and regulations. The experience of the Philippines in developing an e-commerce roadmap, progress, benefits and challenges as well as the role of government in creating an enabling environment for e-commerce development and innovations will be highlighted.
1500 – 1515 Tea/Coffee Break
1515 – 1645 Session 4: Case Studies on Cross-border E-commerce (Part II)

Topic 4.1: Thailand’s Nationwide Payment Systems Project: Towards a Cash-free Society
Resource Person:
Dr. Anuchit Anuchitanukul, First Executive Vice President ,Head of Process and Product Improvement and Alternative Channels Group, Kiatnakin Bank Public Company Limited

Topic 4.2: Cross-border E-commerce Applications in Tourism
Resource Person:
Mr. Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director, Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

Case studies on cross-border e-commerce opportunities and challenges in Thailand and ecommerce applications in tourism. The Thailand case study will features steps being taken to transition into a “cash-free” society, which in turn will have significant advantages to boost commerce, security, transparency, and promote governance. Lessons on developing a comprehensive “e-framework” that will be a channel for all consumer-retailer, wholesalerretailer, financial institution-financial institution transactions will be presented. The case study on e-commerce applications in tourism will include use of digital technology.
1800 – 2000Welcome Dinner hosted by ADB and Chulalongkorn University at Thai House
TimeProgram
0800 – 0815Assembly at Sasa International House Lobby
0830 – 1030 Session 5: Tackling E-commerce Challenges
Panel Moderator:
Ms. Alisa Di Caprio, Research Fellow, ADB Institute
Panelists:

  • Mr. Arturo P. Boncato, Jr, Assistant Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry, and Philippine Senior Official for BIMP-EAGA

  • Professor Jian Wang, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), PRC

  • Dr. Anuchit Anuchitanukul, First Executive Vice President, Head of Process and Product Improvement and Alternative Channels Group, Kianakin Bank, Public, Ltd

  • Ms. Kanya Sasradipoera, Senior Trade Specialist, ADB Thailand Resident Mission


Highlight e-commerce development challenges as experienced by real life businesses, SMEs, governments and other e-commerce operators and stakeholders. Challenges to be discussed can include ICT and logistics infrastructure constraints; underdeveloped customs clearance system for e-commerce; lack of well-functioning financial systems and on-line payment systems; e-commerce legislation, regulatory frameworks, and online security; levelled playing field for SMEs; and limited consumer preferences toward online transactions.
1030 – 1045Tea/Coffee Break
1045 – 1215Session 6: Regional Cooperation in E-Commerce
Topic 6.1: Promoting Inclusive Trade through Cross-border E-commerce: The experience of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Topic 6.2: The e-ASEAN framework Agreement: Opportunities, Challenges and the Way Forward

Resource Person:
Ms. Maria Lourdes A. Yaptinchay, Director, Sector Planning Bureau (SPB) Department of Trade and Industry

Presents regional cooperation frameworks in APEC and ASEAN in promoting cross-border ecommerce including rationale, benefits, opportunities, challenges and way forward. The digital prosperity checklist in APEC to be presented. Institutional arrangements and effectiveness including private sector participation especially SMEs to be highlighted.
1215 – 1330 Lunch
1330 – 1430Session 7: Towards Cross-border E-commerce Cooperation: Case Analysis Exercises
Participants organized in BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS Teams
Resource Persons:
Mr. Aekapol Chongvilaivan, Country Economist, Philippines Country Office, ADB
Ms. Pamela Asis-Layugan, Team Leader and Training Specialist (Consultant)

Case analysis exercises on real life e-commerce challenges. Participants in small groups discuss issues and propose solutions and share in the plenary.
1430 – 1500 Session 8: Towards Cross-border E-commerce Cooperation: An Action Agenda (Part I)
Participants organized in BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS Teams
Resource Persons:
Mr. Aekapol Chongvilaivan, Country Economist, Philippines Country Office, ADB
Ms. Pamela Asis-Layugan, Team Leader and Training Specialist (Consultant)

Guidance on proposals and elements for cross-border e-commerce cooperation taking into account concepts, trends, good practices and lessons in the workshop to be provided. Participants undergo integration exercise to apply concepts, trends, good practices and lessons in cross-border e-commerce in the workshop. The main output will be the proposed Framework and Action Agenda for cross-border e-commerce development and cooperation at national and subregional levels to be presented on Day 3.
1500 – 1515Tea/Coffee Break
1515 – 1730Session 9: Towards Cross-border E-commerce Cooperation: An Action Agenda (Part II)
Participants organized in BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS Teams
1800 – 2100Participants Free time
Evaluation form online
TimeProgram
0730 – 0800 Assembly at Sasa International House Lobby
0800 – 0830Travel to ADB Thailand Resident Mission
0830 – 0945 Session 10: Towards Cross-border E-commerce Cooperation: An Action Agenda (Part III)
Participants organized in BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS Teams
0945 – 1000Tea/Coffee Break
1000 – 1200 Session 11: Towards Cross-border E-commerce Cooperation: Team Presentations
Participants organized in BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS Teams

Participants present proposed Framework and Action Agenda for cross-border ecommerce development and cooperation at national and subregional levels. A panel of distinguished experts will provide comments and guidance on how to improve
1200 – 1330Lunch hosted by Asian Development Bank
1330 – 1430Synthesis and Moving Forward
Closing Ceremonies
Awarding of Certificates of Participation and Remarks/Messages
1430 onwardsParticipants Free time

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