The Asian Development Bank's 2018 Asian Economic Integration Report


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When: Apr 12 2019 - 12:30pm until Apr 12 2019 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036

The Asian Development Bank's 2018 Asian Economic Integration Report

An Indo-Pacific Political Economy and Trade Seminar featuring:

Dr. Yasuyuki Sawada
Chief Economist &
Director General, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department,
Asian Development Bank

Dr. Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center & Director, East West Center in Washington

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The Asia and Pacific region maintains a healthy economic growth outlook. Excluding high-income economies, the region will grow at 6.0% this year and 5.8% in 2019. However, risks remain tilted to the downside with international trade conflicts Dr. Yasuyuki Sawada escalating and elevated debt levels exposing the region’s financial vulnerability as United States monetary policy normalization continues. With growing economic interdependence and integration, the region increasingly faces development challenges that are transnational in nature, such as infrastructure connectivity within the region, environmental degradation and resource scarcity, and transnational health threats or infectious diseases. Regional public goods such as cross-border infrastructure, sustainable management of shared natural resources, and cross-border disease surveillance and control offer benefits beyond a single nation’s territory.

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Yasuyuki Sawada is the Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Director General of its Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department. He is the chief spokesperson for ADB on economic and development trends, and leads the production and dissemination of ADB’s flagship knowledge products, as well as ADB’s support for various regional cooperation fora such as ASEAN+3 and APEC. Before joining ADB, Mr. Sawada was Professor of Economics at the University of Tokyo. He has worked at the ADB Institute in Tokyo and served as consultant for various projects at the World Bank Group. A leading figure in development economics and applied microeconometrics, he has served as a visiting professor at Stanford University’s Stanford Center for International Development and adjunct professor of economics at Korea University. He did research in a variety of institutions, such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency Research Institute and the World Bank, where he led a number of large-scale development policy evaluation projects in Asia and other developing countries. His key research areas are macro- and micro-development economics, microeconometrics, economics of disasters, and field surveys and experiments. Mr. Sawada obtained his Ph.D. in Economics and his Master’s degree in International Development Policy from Stanford University.

Satu Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and edits the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Dr. Limaye publishes and presents on a range of Indo-Pacific issues. Recent publications include: Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh and Brahmaputra River Politics (with Nilanthi Samaranayake and Joel Wuthnow); Why ASEAN is Here to Stay and What that Means for the US; The United States-Japan Alliance and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands; and Weighted West: The Indian Navy’s New Maritime Strategy, Capabilities, and Diplomacy.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Wang
Phone: 2023279755