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20 October 2021, 12:30 - 13:50 UTC +7 | Open meeting

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ESCAP continues to undertake research and facilitate exchange of policy ideas among Asia-Pacific policymakers and researchers through its various publications, policy dialogues and dedicated events on poverty reduction strategies. ESCAP developed a methodology and provided estimates of increases in poverty levels across Asia and the Pacific in its flagship publication, the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2021. The issue was further discussed during numerous policy dialogues organized in collaboration with regional think tanks. Similarly, during the second session of the Committee on Macroeconomic Policy, Poverty Reduction and Financing for Development, held in November 2019, ESCAP and the Government of China jointly organized a special side event on Closing the last mile: Precise and Targeted Poverty Reduction in China.

Continuing with such efforts, ESCAP, the Government of China and the Government of Uzbekistan will co-host this side event with the objective to discuss the latest policy experiences from the Asia-Pacific region and shed light on forward-looking and targeted poverty reduction strategies keeping in view the latest challenges. The discussion will be informed by ESCAP’s latest work, supported by the Government of China, that takes stock of policies being pursued by different countries with regards to reducing poverty. Uzbekistan has also reached out to ESCAP with a proposal to develop a joint strategy for poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific.

 

Please watch the VIDEO here.

 

20 Oct 2021
12:30
12:55
Opening remarks
Video conference

Speakers:

  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of ESCAP (5 minutes)

  • Mr. Ke Yousheng, Permanent Representative of China to ESCAP (8 minutes)

  • Mr. Fakhriddin Sultanov, General and Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to ESCAP (8 minutes)

 

Moderator:  

  • Mr. Hamza Malik, Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD), ESCAP

12:55
13:30
Experts' presentations
Video conference

Presenters/Speakers:

 

13:30
13:45
Open discussion
Video conference

Moderated by Mr. Hamza Malik, Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD), ESCAP

13:45
13:50
Closing remarks

Mr. Hamza Malik, Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD), ESCAP

Opening remarks

Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
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Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana is the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Formerly, she was Professor of Economics at Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia, where she also served as a Director for the Center for Sustainable Development Goals Studies, as well as Vice Chair of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences. Prior, she was the Minister of National Development Planning and the Head of National Development Planning Agency in Indonesia, alongside being the Alternate Governor of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank representing Indonesia.

Ke Yousheng
Mr. Ke Yousheng
Permanent Representative of China to ESCAP
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Mr. Sultanov
Mr. Fakhriddin Sultanov
Counsellor General and Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to ESCAP
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Experts' presentations

Sweta
Ms. Sweta C. Saxena
Chief of the Macroeconomic Policy and Analysis Section of ESCAP
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She has over 20 years of experience as an international macroeconomics and development specialist in major global institutions, including in the IMF, the BIS, the UN, and the academia, and is widely recognized for her thought leadership. In her current role, she has led the production of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific, an ESCAP flagship, for three consecutive years. She has also published extensively in academic journals, such as the American Economic Review and the Journal of Economic Literature.

Prof. Vijay Naidu
Prof. Vijay Naidu
Professor and former Director of Development Studies at the University of the South Pacific
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During his 47 years at the university, he held various senior positions including as dean, pro-vice chancellor and acting vice chancellor. His research covered a broad range of economic and development issues, such as economic growth, poverty reduction, aid, education, ethnicity and racism, and migration. He has published, individually and jointly, 14 books and monographs, 25 reports, and close to one hundred papers on different topics of economic development.

Dr. Liu Junwen
Dr. Liu Junwen
Director General of the International Poverty Reduction Center (IPRCC) in China
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He has more than 20 years of experience working on poverty reduction in China. Prior to joining IPRCC, he held various positions in the Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development of the State Council and was Director General of China Poverty Alleviation and Development Center. He also held leadership positions at the sub-national level, including as Deputy Mayor of Foshan Municipality and as member of the CPC Standing Committee for Liangshan Prefecture and Mianning County previously.

Aniceto Orbeta
Dr. Aniceto C. Orbeta
President of Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)
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As an economist specializing in applied economic modelling, impact evaluation, social sector issues, demographic economics, and information technologies, he has extensive experience in solving real policy problems with these tools and contributed significantly to the work of various national, regional and international institutes and organizations, such as the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) of the Philippines, ESCAP, ADB, ADBI and the World Bank. He also teaches program evaluation at the UP School of Economics and designed and taught short-term training on impact evaluation for a number of government departments and institutes in the Philippines.

Binayak Sen
Dr. Binayak Sen
Director General of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies
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He joined BIDS in September 1986 and has held different positions since, with a focus in the areas of poverty, income inequality and human development. During the time, he also worked as Visiting Research Fellow and long-term consultant at the World Bank for different periods. Dr. Sen has been involved in policy-advising on a number of national committees, most notably the Macroeconomic Consultative Committee to the Ministry of Finance, and was a Member of the International Steering Committee of the South Asia Network of Economic Institutes (SANEI). Apart from the above, he taught part timely as the Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences under the National University in Dhaka and published extensively in academic journals including Bangladesh Development Studies, Economic Development and Cultural Change, World Development, Economic and Political Weekly, and Asian Development Review.

Moderator

Hamza Malik
Mr. Hamza Malik
Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, ESCAP
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Mr. Malik is currently the Director of Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD) at UN ESCAP. He leads the team responsible for analyzing economic conditions and emerging development challenges in Asia and the Pacific economies and assesses potential policy options and financing strategies that can support them in their pursuit of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Before joining the UN ESCAP in 2014, Hamza worked as the Director of Monetary Policy Department at the central bank of Pakistan (SBP). He graduated from McMaster University with a Ph.D. in economics in 2002.

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