Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations

Conferences & Workshops Details

The 2016 Forum will be held on 27-28 October 2016 in New Delhi, India. The Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP)and the Asian Development Bank organized the forum.

The ADB-Asian Think Tank Development Forum 2016 will bring together forty participants from top think tanks in 27 Asian and Pacific countries including New Zealand. New participants from think tanks in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are attending for the first time. Experts from three regional think tanks (ADB Institute, CAREC Institute and the Regional Cooperation Institute) will share their experiences on the selected topics. Participants are expected to more than double in number with think tanks from India joining the discussion. A few representatives from various governments will also attend.

    1. 27 October 2016 — Day 1

      Session 1: Opening Ceremonies

      Time Speaker / Affiliation
      09:30 a.m. Registration, Long Champ Function Room
      10:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m. Emcees: Samreen Badr and Meghna Paul, National Institute of Public Finance Policy
      Welcome remarks

      1. Rathin Roy, Executive Director, National Institute of Public Finance Policy (NIPFP)
      2. Rajat Kathuria, Director and Chief Executive, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
      3. Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean, ADB Institute
      10:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Keynote address
      Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, India
      11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Photo session and coffee break

    1. Session 2: Economic Outlook

      The global economic environment is challenging and downside risks remain, highlighted by slow growth in international trade and domestic demand, and potential volatility in financial markets. There is uncertainty from the US Federal Reserve’s monetary policy actions and the unfolding of the UK separation from the EU. Asian countries need to respond to global economic challenges, using available policy tools and cross border policy coordination to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth. The purpose of this session is to analyze the impact of these challenges on the Asian region and countries, and explore effective policy mix to address the challenges.

      Chair: Xiaoming Huang, Wellington Network of Asia-Pacific Research and Policy, New Zealand

      Time Speaker / Affiliation
      11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Regional Economic Outlook
      Juzhong Zhuang, Deputy Chief Economist and Deputy Director General, ADB
      Financial Integration and External Spillovers 
      Peter Rosenkranz, Economist, ADB
      12:00 p.m.–12:30 p.m. Selected countries’ responses to challenges

      1. N R Bhanumurthy, Professor, NIPFP
      2. China’s economic development under the New Normal
      3. Zhang Qi, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director General, Development Research Centre
      4. Azerbaijan: New Economic Paradigm
      5. Vusal Gasimli, Executive Director, Center for Analysis and Communication for Economic Reforms, Azerbaijan
      12:30 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Discussants

      1. Ngu Wah Win, Policy Coordinator Analyst, Centre for Economic and Social Development
      2. Some Remarks on Asian Economic Outlook and Challenges Ahead and Financial Integration and External Spillovers
      3. Ram Chandra Dhakal, Executive Director, Center for Economic Development and Administration
      4. Ponciano Intal, Jr., Senior Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia
      1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Open Discussion
      1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Lunch

    1. Session 3: Challenges of Sustainable Urbanization

      Urbanization is a mega trend. Half of humanity lives in cities today and the figure will increase to 60 percent by 2030. Ninety-five percent of urban expansion in the next decades will take place in the developing world, including developing Asia. Rapid urbanization exerts huge pressure on basic services and infrastructure in cities (such as education, public health, water supply, sewage, housing, energy, and transportation). As Asian countries quickly urbanize, the challenges need to be addressed in ways that allow the cities to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resources use and reducing pollution and poverty.

      Chair: Dushni Weerakoon, Deputy Director, Institute of Policy Studies

      Time Speaker / Affiliation
      3:00 p.m.–3:20 p.m. Challenges for Sustainable Urban Development in Asia
      Michael Lindfield, Director, Urban Infrastructure Services, Ltd.
      3:20 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Country presentation

      1. Challenges of Sustainable Urbanization: The Case of Thailand
      2. Nonarit Bisonyabut, Research Fellow, Thailand Development Research Institute
      3. The State of Urbanization in Pakistan
      4. Shujaat Farooq, Assistant Professor, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics
      3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Discussant

      1. Daniiar Bakchiev, Deputy Director, National Institute of Strategic Studies
      2. Urbanisation in Asia
      3. Tran Kim Chun, Vice President, Central Institute for Economic Management
      4. Enkhbaigali Byambasuren, President, Analysis Group
      5. S Chandrasekhar, Professor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
      4:10 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Open discussion
      4:30 p.m.–4:50 p.m. Coffee break

    1. Session 4: Financing for Sustainable Urbanization

      Mobilizing funds to support sustainable urbanization remains a big challenge In Asia. This session will focus on the financing dimension of urbanization, such as legal and regulatory framework; different financing instruments/models (taxation, land income, transfer payment, equity investment, loans, guarantee, subsidy, municipal bonds, etc.) and their advantages and limits; the roles of governments (including central, provincial and local), MDBs, policy financiers, SOEs, and private sector; public-private-partnership (PPP); tariff issues, etc. Discussions will be policy–oriented and center on lessons, experiences, constraints and areas for improvement.

      Chair: M. Teresa Kho, Country Director, India Resident Mission, ADB

      Time Speaker / Affiliation
      4:50 p.m.–5:10 p.m. Financing for Sustainable Urbanization
      Rana Hasan, Director, ADB
      5:10 p.m.–5:40 p.m. Selected countries’ financing schemes

      1. Financing for Sustainable Urbanization: PFI/PPP in Japan
      2. Keiichiro Oda, Senior Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry
      3. Innovation Financing is the Key to Urban Development in China
      4. Qiu Aijun, Deputy Director, China Center for Urban Development
      5. Financing sustainable Urbanization: Case of Korea
      6. Jeong-Ho Kim, Professor, Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management
      5:40 p.m.–6:10 p.m. Discussants

      1. Khan Ahmed Sayeed Murshid,Director General, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies
      2. Carunia Mulya Hamid Firdausy, Senior Fellow, National Center for Economic Research
      3. Saikat Sinha Roy, Professor, Jadavpur University
      6:10 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Open discussion
      7:30 p.m. Dinner (hosted by NIPFP), Annex Court, India International Centre

    1. 28 October 2016 — Day 2

      Session 5: Dialogue between Think Tanks and Government Clients

      One of the important tasks of government-linked think tanks is to provide policy advice to governments anchored on researches and studies. To be effective, think tanks need to be aware of potential challenges and constraints to the countries, sound these out well-ahead before the threats occur, and propose implementable policy options.

      In this session, selected think tanks will describe the services they provide to their clients, discuss difficulties and constraints and how they are dealt with, as well as their future plans. Government agencies will give feedback on how the think tanks’ researches have influenced their thinking and strategies and how they hope the think tank’s services could be further improved.

      Chair: Rathin Roy, Executive Director, National Institute of Public Finance Policy, India

      Time Speaker / Affiliation
      9:00 a.m.–9;30 a.m. Registration
      9:30 a.m.–10:20 a.m. Think Tanks’ Respective Mission and Services/Activities

      1. Dushni Weerakoon, Deputy Director, Institute of Policy Studies
      2. Qiangwu Zhou, Director General, International Economics and Finance Institute
      3. Shaibal Gupta, Director, Asian Development Research Institute
      4. G Ramesh, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Management
      5. Aromar Revi, Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements
      6. Samir Saran, Vice President, Observer Research Foundation
      7. Rajat Kathuria, Director and Chief Executive, ICRIER
      10:20 a.m.–11:20 a.m. Feedback from Government Agencies

      1. Sarath Amunugama, Minister, Ministry of Special Assignments
      2. Yu Hong, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Finance
      3. Representative from NITI Aayog
      4. Representative from Ministry of Finance
      5. Representative from RBI
      11:20 a.m.–11:40 a.m. Open discussion
      11:40 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Coffee break

    1. Session 6: Closing Ceremonies

      Chair: Dongxiang Li, Lead Regional Cooperation and Integration Specialist, ADB

      Time Speaker / Affiliation
      12:00 p.m.–12:30 p.m. Updates on ATTN and Next Steps
      12:30 p.m. Lunch
      2:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Informal Networking Activity (Visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan or India President House)


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