Launch of Asian Economic Integration Report 2016: An Annual Report of the Asian Development Bank |

Launch of Asian Economic Integration Report 2016: An Annual Report of the Asian Development Bank

Panel Discussion


Synopsis:

The Asian Economic Integration Report (AEIR) 2016 is ADB’s annual report on Asia’s regional economic cooperation and integration, covering 48 regional members of the ADB and analyzing their regional as well as global economic linkages.  It has two major chapters— (i) the progress in regional cooperation and integration (RCI), which provides the latest progress in economic outlook, trade and investment integration, financial integration, and people movement, and updates of subregional cooperation initiatives; and (ii) special theme chapter on RCI-related topics which could draw broad interest from policy makers and academia alike.

The theme chapter of this year’s report features policy drivers and economic factors that help to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) in Asia and the Pacific. FDI can take various forms depending on firms’ strategy: (i) investment in new assets (greenfield FDI); or (ii) mergers and acquisitions. Firms can also decide to enter the market to (i) avoid trade barriers and gain better access to local market (horizontal FDI); or (ii) lower the production costs by relocating different stages of production in the country with least cost (vertical FDI). Given that the beneficial impact of FDI is contingent on the type of FDI and the country context, it is important from a policy perspective to investigate how to attract the type of FDI most in line with the host economies’ development goals.

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Speaker(s):
Mr Juzhong Zhuang

Deputy Chief Economist and Deputy Director General,
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD)
Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Mr. Juzhong Zhuang  joined Asian Development Bank in 1997, and is currently Deputy Chief Economist and Deputy Director General of the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department. He has written extensively on Asian development, and his latest publications include co-edited books, Inequality in Asia and the Pacific, published in 2014, and Managing Middle Income Transition: The Challenges Facing China, published in 2015. In 1992-1997, he was a Research Officer of the Development Economics Research Program at the London School of Economics. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester.

Dr. Cyn-Young Park

Director, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, Economics Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank

Dr. Cyn-Young Park is Director of the Regional Cooperation and Integration Division in the Economics Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In her current capacity, she manages a team of economists to examine policy issues related to regional cooperation and integration (RCI) and develop strategies and approaches to support RCI. During her progressive career within ADB, she has been a main author and contributor to ADB’s major publications including Asian Development Outlook (ADB’s flagship publication), Asia Capital Markets Monitor, Asia Economic Monitor, Asia Bond Monitor, and ADB Country Diagnostic Study Series. She has also participated in various global and regional forums including the G20 Development Working Group, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), ASEAN+3, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). She has written and lectured extensively about the Asian economy and financial markets. Prior to joining the ADB, she served as Economist (1999-2002) at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University. 

Dr. Hoe Ee Khor

Chief Economist, ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO)

Dr Khor is currently Chief Economist of AMRO (ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office), responsible to lead and coordinate macroeconomic and financial market surveillance on member economies in the ASEAN+3 Region.

Before joining AMRO, Dr Khor worked as a Deputy Director of Asia and Pacific Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), responsible for overseeing the work on six ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Brunei) and twelve Pacific Island countries. He was also mission chief for Korea, front office reviewer for New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Fiji and the Solomon Islands. From April 2009 to August 2010, Dr Khor was Head of Economic Development and Chief Economist at the Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development (ADCED). Dr Khor joined the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in July 1996 and was the Assistant Managing Director from 2001 to 2009. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University in 1982.

Dr. Tomoo Kikuchi

Senior Research Fellow, Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Dr. Tomoo Kikuchi is a Senior Research Fellow at Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and a Guest Research Fellow at the Global Security Research Institute at Keio University. He was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the National University of Singapore (2007-2014) and a Visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University in 2011. He studied in Japan, Germany and the UK, and obtained his PhD in Economics from Bielefeld University in Germany. His research areas are International Economics, Financial Economics, and Economic Growth and Development. He has published in top economics journals such as Journal of Economic Theory and Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control and he regularly contributes op-eds to newspapers such as the Straits Times and the Nikkei Asian Review.


Chair Person:

Mr. Juzhong Zhuang,  Deputy Chief Economist and Deputy Director General of the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department


Date:
Tuesday, 06 December 2016

Time:
9.00am - 11.30am

Venue:

Lobby
Oei Tiong Ham Building,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772


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