Events

2017 ADB-Asian Think Tank Development Forum: Promoting Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and the Pacific

20 September 2017 to 21 September 2017

Cities have much potential that can help propel growth even beyond its boundaries. Looking at the current state of most cities in Asia and the Pacific region, however, financial gaps are still apparent. Underinvesting remains a problem. 

This was the context of 2017 ADB-Asia Think Thank Development Forum held in September. This served as a venue to share insights and lessons learned on sustainable urbanization in the region. Members of the Asia Think Tanks Network also identified ways on how they can work together to promote financing on sustainable urbanization in the region. 

The ADB–Asian Think Tanks Network is an informal group of Asian think tanks—mainly economic development academic research institutions and organizations in Asia—working on the areas of sustainable economic growth and inclusive development.

Venue: 
Colombo
Sri Lanka
Topics: 
Capacity Development,
Knowledge Management,
Urban Development
ADB Organizer: 
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department,
South Asia Department
Event Coordinator: 
Aiko Kikkawa Takenaka
Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
20 Sep 2017 Session 1 - Opening Ceremonies Welcome Remarks Dushni Weerakoon
20 Sep 2017 Session 1 - Opening Ceremonies Welcome Remarks Sri Widowati
20 Sep 2017 Session 2 - Regional and Country Economic Outlook Regional Integration in Asia: Trends and Issues
Regional integration shows large variations across subregions and six dimensions, with Southeast Asia being the most advanced. Asian financial...
Cyn-Young Park
20 Sep 2017 Session 2 - Regional and Country Economic Outlook China’s Economic Outlook Qiangwu Zhou
20 Sep 2017 Session 2 - Regional and Country Economic Outlook India’s Economic Outlook Radhicka Kapoor
20 Sep 2017 Session 2 - Regional and Country Economic Outlook Sri Lanka’s Economic Outlook Dushni Weerakoon
20 Sep 2017 Session 3 - Financing for Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and the Pacific Meeting Asia’s Infrastructure Needs
Infrastructure is associated with development. For Asia to cope with its inhabitants’ needs, more and better infrastructure is needed. Unfortunately...
Juzhong Zhuang
20 Sep 2017 Session 3 - Financing for Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and the Pacific Financing for Urban Infrastructure in the Era of Climate Change and Disaster Risks: Philippines Marife Ballesteros
20 Sep 2017 Session 3 - Financing for Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and the Pacific Potential Instruments Toward Sustainable Urban Infrastructural Development in Indonesia
Urban population in Indonesia continue to rise. In 2025, urban population is projected to comprise about 68 percent of the total population...
Carunia Mulya Firdausy
20 Sep 2017 Session 3 - Financing for Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and the Pacific Sustainable Financing for Urban Solid Waste Disposal Services in Sri Lanka Bilesha Weeraratne
20 Sep 2017 Session 3 - Financing for Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and the Pacific Dynamics of Financing and Governance of the Melamchi Water Supply Project in Kathmandu
The Government of Nepal initiated the Melamchi Water Transfer Project in 1997 to meet the growing demand for water in the capital city, Kathmandu...
Ram Kumar Phuyal
20 Sep 2017 Session 3 - Financing for Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and the Pacific Financing the Belt and Road Initiative of the People’s Republic of China Qiangwu Zhou
20 Sep 2017 Session 3 - Financing for Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and the Pacific Land Conversion During the Urbanization Process in Viet Nam: Current Status, Problems and Solutions Tran Kim Chung
20 Sep 2017 Session 3 - Financing for Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and the Pacific Public–Private Partnerships with a Governmental Fund: An Optimal Incentive Device Keiichiro Oda
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
21 Sep 2017 Session 3 - Financing for Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and the Pacific Fiscal Implications of Urbanization Sanjeev Gupta
21 Sep 2017 Session 3 - Financing for Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and the Pacific Infrastructure Investment, SME Promotion, and Education for Sustainable Growth
Without infrastructure, farmers and manufacturers cannot sell their products. This is especially true in the CAREC region, where market is...
Naoyuki Yoshino
21 Sep 2017 Session 3 - Financing for Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and the Pacific The State of Urban Living: A Review of Housing Laws and Financing Instruments in Urban Pakistan Shujaat Farooq
21 Sep 2017 Session 3 - Financing for Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and the Pacific Global Capital Supply and Sustainable Urbanization: Investment-led Development Financing Xiaoming Huang
21 Sep 2017 Session 3 - Financing for Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and the Pacific Dynamic Relationship Between Rural and Urban Area Enkhbaigali Byambasureng
21 Sep 2017 Session 3 - Financing for Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and the Pacific Financing for Effective, Inclusive, and Sustainable Urbanization (People's Republic of China Case)
Urbanization rate in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has increased to 56.7% in 2016, a far cry from 35.88% rate recorded in 2000. This...
Xu Li
21 Sep 2017 Session 4 - ATTN: Way Forward ATTN Accomplishments Dongxiang Li
21 Sep 2017 Session 4 - ATTN: Way Forward Options/Next Steps for the ADB–Asian Think Tanks Network
21 Sep 2017 Session 4 - ATTN: Way Forward Open Discussion
21 Sep 2017 Session 4 - ATTN: Way Forward Concluding Remarks ADB and IPS Sri Lanka
21 Sep 2017 Session 5 - ATTN Networking Session Cultural Site Visit and Networking activity (hosted by IPS Sri Lanka)