Keys to integrating solar and wind power into Asia’s energy systems was the focus of an ADBI virtual workshop on 8-10 July. Researchers noted renewable energy’s improving cost competitiveness and the continuing need to overcome intermittent power generation within the sector. They presented case studies which examined the development of energy infrastructure, storage and transmission technologies, and policy reforms, providing guidance for delivering more stable, reliable, and sustainable renewable energy across the regions’ developing economies.
New ADBI E-Learning Course Explores Aging Population Impacts
A new ADBI E-Learning course spotlights the socio-economic and policy implications of rapid demographic change. Led by ADBI Capacity Building and Training Economist, Pitchaya Sirivunnabood, Demographic Transition and its Impacts examines aging population trends and offers policy recommendations, against the backdrop of uncertainty. The course assesses measures such as macroeconomic policy reorientation, financial innovation, and social security schemes. It also discusses health and social protection needs for seniors in response to COVID-19. See the course video summary.
Ways to reduce poverty and advance inclusive and sustainable growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic were discussed during the 9th International Conference on Asia Economic Development on 21-22 July, co-hosted by ADBI and Chiang Mai University (CMU) to move toward the Sustainable Development Goals. ADBI and CMU experts, together with policy makers and representatives from ADB, UNDP, and the World Bank, called for prompt fiscal stimulus and greater efforts to boost economic equality and social protection. They also reaffirmed the importance of open economic systems and the role digitalization for promoting financial inclusion and post-COVID-19 adjustment.
ADBI Experts Urge Coordinated Action for Inclusive Digital Recovery
ADBI experts discussed the potential for digitalization to advance inclusive recovery during a Global Solutions Dialogue on 16 July on urbanization and infrastructure-based pandemic mitigation. ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe explained that greater efforts to leverage increasing demand for digital infrastructure and tools could improve COVID-19 controls and productivity. He also called for stepped up international coordination to combat cybercrime and privacy threats. ADBI Senior Capacity Building and Training Economist, Nella Hendriyetty, added that the digital divide in developing countries and among vulnerable groups must be narrowed to achieve recovery for all.
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- Introducing ADBI E-Learning’s Course on Demographic Transition and its Impacts
- Introducing the Book Growing Central Bank Challenges in the World and Japan: Low Inflation, Monetary Policy, and Digital Currency
- Introducing the Book Environmental, Social, and Governance Investment: Opportunities and Risks for Asia
- Introducing ADBI E-Learning’s Course on Powering Green Investments
- ADBI-Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Renew Sanitation Partnership
- ADBI Dean Sonobe on Enabling Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery
- How can digitalization deliver a pandemic soft landing for Asian economies?
- Addressing new challenges for financial inclusion amid a disruptive double whammy
- How can smartphone data promote pandemic recovery?
- How far will Asia’s investors turn to ESG investment?
- The time is now for Asian green investments and an incentivized private sector
- Behavioral insights can support the transition to a post-COVID-19 world