Emerging Asian Regionalism: A Partnership For Shared Prosperity


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Special Book Launch Seminar Co-Sponsored by the Asian Development Bank and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

When: Jul 9 2008 (All day)
Where: The East-West Center in Washington Conference Room- 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM


As Asia grows and prospers, its economies are increasingly vital to each other—and to the world. As markets connect the region, Asian governments need to work together more closely to sustain economic development, grasp common opportunities, and manage shared risks and problems. Asian regionalism was given new impetus by the vulnerabilities exposed during the financial crisis of 1997-98.It is dynamic, flexible, and outward-looking; and creates a network of bridges across the region.This new landmark study from the Asian Development Bank analyzes the nature of Asia's emerging regionalism and the opportunities and challenges it poses.Led by a team of Asian Development Bank staff, scholars, and advisers to regional policymakers, the study highlights what is at stake and paves the way for further discussion on how Asian countries ought to move forward.The key message of the study is that, in an increasingly globalized world, Asian regionalism entails a partnership for regionally and globally shared prosperity.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP with Alison Hazell via email at [email protected] or by phone at 202-327-9752 to reserve your seat as space is limited. A light breakfast will be served at 10:00 AM prior to the program.

Jong-Wha Lee is the Head of the Asian Development Bank's Office of Regional Economic Integration (OREI). He assumed office in March 2007. Mr. Lee has over 20 years of professional experience as an economist and an academic. He worked as Economist at the International Monetary Fund and taught at Harvard University as a Visiting Professor. He had served as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, the Harvard Institute for International Development, the Inter-American Development, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and the World Bank. He also served as a member of the National Economic Advisory Council for the President of the Republic of Korea. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Lee was the Director of the International Center for Korean Studies and a Professor of Economics at Korea University.He has published numerous books and reviewed journal articles in English and Korean, especially on topics relating to human capital, economic growth, financial crisis, monetary policy, and economic integration.A national of the Republic of Korea, Lee obtained his PhD and master's degree in Economics from Harvard University, and his master's and bachelor's degrees in economics from Korea University in Seoul.

Peter Petri is the Carl J. Shapiro Professor of International Finance at the Brandeis International Business School (IBS) and a Senior Fellow of the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i.He served as the founding Dean of IBS from 1994-2006.He has held appointments as a Fulbright Research Scholar and as a visiting scholar at the OECD, the Brookings Institution, Keio University (Tokyo) and Fudan University (Shanghai).He has consulted for the World Bank, the OECD, the Asian Development Bank, and numerous agencies of the United Nations and of the governments of the United States and other countries.He has served on the editorial boards of several journals dedicated to Asia-Pacific research and is the Convener of the East-West Center's East-West Dialogue.He is a member of the Board of the U.S. Asia Pacific Council and the PAFTAD International Steering Committee, and was Chair of the U.S. APEC Study Center Consortium. He received AB and PhD degrees in economics from Harvard University.

Giovanni Capannelli graduated in international economics from Bocconi University, Milan, and obtained his master and doctorate degrees from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, specializing in Asian economic development and regional integration. He lived in Japan for nine years, lecturing in local universities and working at the Tokyo Delegation of the Bank of Italy. He later served at the Asia-Europe Institute of the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, as professor of economics and regional integration. Dr. Capannelli currently works in the Office of Regional Economic Integration of the Asian Development Bank. He is also a lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Alison Hazell
Phone: 202-327-9752