Committee on Macroeconomic Policy, Poverty Reduction and Financing for Development

6 Dec 2017 to 8 Dec 2017
Bangkok, Thailand


The Committee on Macroeconomic Policy, Poverty Reduction and Financing for Development is one of the nine committees that make up the subsidiary structure of the Commission. Its sessions are convened every two years, and attended by senior government officials and experts from the ministries of finance, planning and development, and foreign affairs, and representatives of central banks, think tanks, the private sector, regional financing institutions, development partners and United Nations agencies, as well as eminent experts.

Asia-Pacific economies are leading global economic growth but face several sustainable development challenges, including persistent poverty and rising inequality, weak growth in decent jobs, and unsustainable use of natural resources. Sustaining long-term economic growth and addressing these challenges will require, among other considerations, rethinking of public policies and considerable investments by both the public and the private sector. The focus of the deliberations of this session of the Committee, with financing for development as part of its agenda, will therefore be on ways to address these challenges.This will include identifying strategies for financing sustainable development, with a focus on domestic resource mobilization, financial inclusion, infrastructure financing and leveraging private finance.

Supporting sustainable development in Asia-Pacific least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States is a special priority of the Committee, and offers an opportunity to member States to provide guidance to the secretariat regarding its research and capacity building activities.

To enrich the discussions and the experience of participants, the secretariat is also planning to launch several analytical and knowledge products during the Committee session, including the 2017 Year-end Update of the Commission’s flagship publication the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific. Special side events on selected thematic areas will also be organized prior to and as part of Committee deliberations.

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Annotated provisional agenda (E/ESCAP/CMPF(1)/L.1)

Agenda Item 2
Agenda Item 3
3. Programmes of action for Asia-Pacific least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States and the Sustainable Development Goals

a) Prospects for poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific: progress, opportunities and challenges, especially in countries with special needs (E/ESCAP/CMPF(1)/2)

b) Supporting sustainable development in Asia-Pacific least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States (E/ESCAP/CMPF(1)/3)

Agenda Item 4

Strengthening finance for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific (E/ESCAP/CMPF(1)/4)

Agenda Item 5

Consideration of the future focus of the subprogramme (E/ESCAP/CMPF(1)/5)

Agenda Item 6

Consideration of draft resolutions for submission to the Commission at its seventy-fourth session

Agenda Item 7

Dates and venue of and provisional agenda for the second session of the Committee

Agenda Item 8

Other matters

Agenda Item 9

Adoption of the report of the Committee on its first session (E/ESCAP/CMPF(1)/L.2)

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017
08:00 – 09:00
Registration
09:00-09:40
Agenda item 1

Opening of the session

Opening statements

Welcoming address

  • Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

Inaugural addresses

  • H.E. Mr. Apisak Tantivorawong, Finance Minister, Thailand
  • H.E. Mr. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister and President of the National Committee for ESCAP, Cambodia
  • H.E. Mr. Gaetan Pikioune, Minister of Finance and Economic Management, Vanuatu
09:40-09:50
Election of officers
09:50-10:00
Adoption of the agenda
Parallel events
10:00-13:00
Regional Workshop on PPP and Capital Market Financing for Sustainable Infrastructure Development
10:00-13:00
Workshop on Domestic Public Resource Mobilization for Sustainable Development
11:15-12:45
Expert Group Meeting on Macroeconomic Prospects and Policy Challenges in Asia and the Pacific, including Countries with Special Needs (An earlier day-long session will be held on 4 December.)
10:00-12:30
Expert Group Meeting on the Regional Implementation of the Istanbul Declaration and Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries
13:00-14:00
Side event: Launch of Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017: Year-end Update
14:00-16:00
Agenda item 2

Macroeconomic policies and other development strategies in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Introductory remarks by Mr. Jose Antonio Pedrosa Garcia, Officer-in-Charge, a.i., Macroeconomic Policy and Analysis Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division

Panel discussion:

Moderator:

  • H.E. Mr. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister and President of the National Committee for ESCAP, Cambodia

Panellists:

  • Ms. Ekaterine Mikabadze, Head of Macroeconomic Analysis and Fiscal Policy Planning Department, Ministry of Finance, Georgia
  • Ms. Maria-Louise Wau, First Assistant Secretary, Macro Planning Division, Department of National Planning & Monitoring, Papua New Guinea
  • Mr. Dang Ngoc Minh – Deputy Director General, General Department of Taxation, Viet Nam
  • Mr. M. Govinda Rao, Member, Fourteenth Finance Commission, Emeritus Professor, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, India

Discussions

16:15-17:40
Sub-Regional Policy Dialogue on Infrastructure Strategies for the Pacific
Thursday, 7 December 2017
09:00-10:30
Agenda item 3: Programmes of action for Asia-Pacific least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States and the Sustainable Development Goals

Agenda item 3a: Prospects for poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific: progress, opportunities and challenges, especially in the countries with special needs

Introductory remarks by Mr. Oliver Paddison, Chief, Countries with Special Needs Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division

Panel discussion:

Moderator:

  • Mr. Khamlien Pholsena, Vice Minister, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Lao PDR

Panellists:

  • H.E. Mr. Thinley Namgyel, Secretary, Gross National Happiness Commission, Bhutan
  • Mr. Ribaun Korm, Deputy Secretary General, National Committee for ESCAP, Cambodia
  • Mr. August Letlet, Director General, Ministry of Finance and Economic Management, Vanuatu
  • Mr. Shankar P Sharma, former Vice-Chairman, National Planning Commission, Nepal

Discussions

10:30-12:00
Agenda item 3b: Supporting sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States

Introductory remarks by Mr. Oliver Paddison, Chief, Countries with Special Needs Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division

Panel discussion:

Moderator:

  • H.E. Mr. Gaetan Pikioune, Minister of Finance and Economic Management, Vanuatu

Panellists:

  • Dr. Kazi Anowarul Hoque, Additional Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh
  • Mr. Phonesay Vilaysak, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Lao PDR
  • Mr. Lae Tui Siliva, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Finance Sector, Ministry of Finance, Samoa
  • Mr. Mustafa Kamal Mujeri, former Director General, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Bangladesh

Discussions

12:00-14:00
Lunch
12:30-13:30
Infrastructure Financing Studies in Selected Countries
14:00-16:00
Agenda item 4: Strengthening finance for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific

Introductory remarks by Ms. Tientip Subhanij, Chief, Financing for Development Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division

Panel discussion:

Moderator:

  • H.E.Mr. Nim Dorji, Finance Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Bhutan

Panellists:

  • H.E. Mr. Wayne Swan, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Australia, and Chair of the ESCAP Eminent Expert Group on Tax Policy and Public Expenditure Management
  • Mr. Jiao Xiaoping, Director General, China PPP Center, Ministry of Finance, China
  • Mr. Astera Primanto Bhakti, Chief of Financial Education and Training Agency, Ministry of Finance, Indonesia
  • Mr. Sunghwan Shin, Chairman, Council on International Financial Cooperation, Republic of Korea.

Discussions

16:00-17:00
Agenda item 5: Consideration of the future focus of the subprogramme

Introductory remarks by Mr. Hamza Ali Malik, Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division

Introductory remarks by Mr. Adnan Aliani, Director, Strategy and Programme Management Division

Discussions

Agenda item 6: Consideration of draft resolutions for submission to the Commission at its seventy-fourth session

Introduction by Mr. Hamza Ali Malik, Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division

Discussions

Agenda item 7: Dates and venue of and provisional agenda for the 2nd session of the Committee
Agenda item 8: Other matters
Friday, 8 December 2017
Parallel events
09:00-12:00
(continued) Expert Group Meeting on the Regional Implementation of the Istanbul Declaration and Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries
12:00-14:00
Lunch
12:10-12:50
Side event: Launch of ESCAP-Oxfam joint paper on Taxing for Shared Prosperity
14:00-16:00
Agenda item 9: Adoption of the report of the Committee on its first session
16:00-16:30
Break
16:30-17:00
Closing remarks

Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

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