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17 May 2022, 15:00 PM - 16:30 PM Korea Standard Time | Open meeting

Building Forward Fairer POLICY DIALOGUES: East and North-East Asia

Building Forward Fairer: Economic Policies for an Inclusive Recovery and Development

The 2022 Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP’s flagship publication, draws attention to how macroeconomic and structural policies can tackle inequality. Such focus finds much relevance at this post-pandemic time when the Asia-Pacific region is experiencing a still nascent recovery that is also quite uneven (between and within countries) and with vulnerable sectors most disproportionately affected. The 2022 Survey recommends a three-pronged policy agenda aimed at shaping an inclusive economy in Asia and the Pacific. First, through “smart” fiscal policies that can improve the overall efficiency and impact of public spending and revenue collection. Second, through monetary policy more geared towards promoting inclusive development. And third, through structural reform policies generating more inclusive outcomes.

The policy dialogue will highlight the 2022 Survey outcomes, especially in relation to East and North-East Asia subregion. In addition, the sharing of perspectives from member States in the subregion will aim to further contextualize how the three-pronged agenda on fiscal, monetary, and structural reform policies could foster inclusive recovery and development. The role of subregional cooperation to amplify national efforts in building forward fairer will also be given focus.

17 May 2022
15:00
15:05

Opening Remarks
Dr. Ganbold Baasanjav (Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office) 

15:05
15:30

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2022: Highlights for East and North-East Asia

•    Ms. Lin Zhuo (Associate Economic Affairs Officer, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, ESCAP)

15:30
16:10

Building Forward Fairer: Economic Policies for an Inclusive Recovery and Development

  • China's macroeconomic policies in relation to poverty reduction. 
    Dr. Chuanhong Zhang (Associate Professor of College of Humanities and Development Studies and Director of Center for International Development Cooperation Studies at College of International Development and Global Agriculture (CIDGA), China Agricultural University)
  • Inequality and monetary policy in Korea. 
    Dr. Seungcheol Lee (Economist, Macroeconomics Team, Economic Research Institute, Bank of Korea)
  • Regional cooperation in building forward fairer. 
    Dr. Masahiro Kawai (Representative Director, The Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia)

 Ten (10)-minute presentation from each speaker.
 

16:10
16:35

Q&A

Wrap-Up 

Dr. Baasanjav Ganbold
Dr. Baasanjav Ganbold
Head of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) East and North-East Asia Office
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Dr. Baasanjav Ganbold is the Head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) East and North-East Asia Office based in Incheon, Republic of Korea. Prior to joining ESCAP in 2019, Dr. Ganbold worked extensively for the government of Mongolia as a career diplomat, serving as Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2013-2018) and Vietnam (2004-2008), and more recently as the Ambassador-at-large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Sustainable Development. Earlier he served as the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Director-General of the Departments of Public Affairs and Asia and the Pacific respectively, and in the Embassy of Mongolia in Pyongyang, DPR of Korea. He earned his BA in International Relations from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Russia, MA in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA, and Ph.D. in Law from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea.

Lin Zhuo
Ms.Lin Zhuo
Associate Economic Affairs Officer, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, ESCAP
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Lin Zhuo has worked as the Associate Economic Affairs Officer in the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) since 2020. She has been part of the drafting team for the Survey. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Before joining ESCAP, she worked for the UN in New York. Before joining UN, she worked for various financial institutions in Hong Kong. Lin obtained her master's in investment management from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

 

Dr. Chuanhong Zhang
Dr. Chuanhong Zhang
Associate Professor at College of Humanities and Development Studies and Director of Center for International Development Cooperation Studies at College of International Development and Global Agriculture (CIDGA), China Agricultural University.
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Dr. Chuanhong Zhang is Associate Professor at College of Humanities and Development Studies and Director of Center for International Development Cooperation Studies at College of International Development and Global Agriculture (CIDGA), China Agricultural University. Dr. Zhang also serves as the Secretary of China International Development Research Network (CIDRN). She was an academic visitor of the China Centre at University of Oxford (2011-2012) and a visiting scholar of the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis (2017-2018). Her research interests cover both China’s domestic transformation and international development cooperation, specifically on China’s poverty reduction, China-Africa Agricultural Cooperation, Gender and Development, etc.

Dr. Seungcheol Lee
Dr. Seungcheol Lee
Economist at Macroeconomics Team of the Economic Research Institute, Bank of Korea.
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Dr. Seungcheol Lee is an Economist at the Macroeconomics Team of the Economic Research Institute, Bank of Korea. Before taking his current position in 2022, he has served as an economist for the Research Department, Financial Market Department, and Economic Statistics Department in the Bank of Korea, and also for the Department of International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His main research field is macroeconomics, specializing in heterogeneous agent model. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from University College London.

Dr. Masahiro Kawai
Dr. Masahiro Kawai
Representative Director and Director-General of the Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA)
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Dr. Masahiro Kawai is Representative Director and Director-General of the Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA). Dr. Kawai began his professional career as a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He then taught as an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Economy of The Johns Hopkins University, and as a Professor of Economics at the Institute of Social Science of the University of Tokyo. He also served as: Chief Economist for the World Bank’s East Asia and the Pacific Region; Deputy Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs of Japan’s Ministry of Finance; President of the Policy Research Institute of Japan’s Finance Ministry; Special Advisor to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) President in charge of regional economic cooperation and integration; and Dean and CEO of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI).

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