6th South Asia Economic Summit, 2-4 September 2013, Colombo
Held annually since 2008, the South Asia Economic Summit (SAES), hosted each year in a different South Asian country, has become the premier regional event that debates socio-economic issues facing South Asia. It brings together leading experts from academia, government, civil society and the private sector across the subregion. The 6th South Asia Economic Summit will be held at Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo from 2 to 4 September 2013.
It will tackle many of the critical issues challenging the economies and people of South Asian countries, including the imperatives for closer regional cooperation. This year, the summit will meet under the theme “Towards a Stronger, Dynamic, and Inclusive South Asia”, divided under four broad sub-themes: harnessing human capital; tackling environmental challenges and climate change; managing intra-country growth disparities; and supporting the competitiveness of private-sector enterprises. The opening remarks on day 1 of the Summit will be delivered by Ahmed Saleem, Secretary General, SAARC. Honorable Sarath Amunugama, Senior Minister for International Monetary Cooperation and Deputy Minister of Finance, Sri Lanka will be the Chief Guest.
The Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka is hosting the event, with support from ESCAP-SSWA office as one of SAES’ core partners. Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Chief Economist, ESCAP and Director, ESCAP-SSWA will deliver the lead presentation at the expert panel discussion titled “A Closer South Asia: Re-energizing Regional Economic Integration and Connectivity”. ESCAP-SSWA will also be hosting a session on managing food security.
|Sri Lanka set to become the 27th Country to launch the ‘Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders’ in Asia-Pacific, 3-6 September 2013, Colombo |
On 3-6 September, APCICT will launch the “Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders” (Academy) in Sri Lanka, making Sri Lanka the 27th country to roll out the Academy in Asia and the Pacific region. The Academy is APCICT’s flagship ICTD training programme for government officials and policymakers. Since its launch in 2008, the Academy has been localized across Asia and the Pacific region, and it is currently available in 12 languages.
The upcoming workshop will be organized in partnership with the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka. The ICTA is the apex body for formulating and implementing policies for the e-Sri Lanka project, a national development initiative aimed at using ICT for socio-economic development. The workshop aims to increase awareness and build capacities of government officials and trainers on e-Government applications (Module 3) as well as on information security and privacy protection (Module 6). Module 3 on e-Government introduces various ICT applications of e-government, their key elements and concepts, strategies, important determinant factors and a future roadmap, while Module 6 examines the current threats to ICT security, possible safeguards which governments could undertake, and issues pertaining user privacy.
The upcoming workshop will provide 40 mid-level government officials and trainers from various government agencies, academia, and training institutions with necessary training to enable them to serve as resource persons and champions of the Academy in Sri Lanka. Apart from the Academy, APCICT launched the Primer Series on ICTD for Youth in Sri Lanka in March 2012 in partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education engaging 15 universities across the country to help expand the coverage of ICTD education in higher education. The Primer Series is another flagship training programme of APCICT designed to serve as a tool to help educators fill the current gap in ICTD coverage in universities.
|The Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF 2013), 10-11 September 2013, Beijing
UN ESCAP and ADB, in collaboration with the China International Electronic Commerce Center (CIECC), are convening the 5th Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum
on 10 and 11 September 2013. Under the theme of “towards more efficient and inclusive supply chains: public and private sector perspectives”, the Forum this year includes a high-level panel discussion and four thematic sessions on trade logistics, trade finance, paperless trade and single window, respectively. In parallel with the Forum, an exhibition on trade facilitation will also be held to maximize information sharing on practices, case studies and findings of trade facilitation. A number of other side events on trade facilitation will also be held back-to-back with the Forum on 9-13 September 2013. More than 200 participants, including commerce ministers, senior customs officials, executive managers from global corporations across the region, international organizations, and other public and private stakeholders, are expected to attend the Forum and other events. The Forum was held in Thailand, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea and Sri Lanka since 2009. More information is available from http://www.unescap.org/tid/projects/tfforum13.asp
ARTNeT Seminar on Future Research Agenda for Trade Facilitation and Inclusive Growth, 12 September 2013, Beijing
Organised by ESCAP Trade and Investment Division in cooperation with China International Electronic Commerce Center (CIECC) and the International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC), the objective of this seminar is to disseminate the latest outputs from a China-funded project on trade facilitation and poverty and discuss the way forward in terms of ARTNeT-led research on trade facilitation for inclusive and sustainable growth. This event will be held on 12 September 2013, back-to-back with the Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2013.
APCICT Partners with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean to Organize Training on ICT in Disaster Risk Management, 15-18 September 2013, Port-of-Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
APCICT takes its flagship training programme for government officials beyond Asia and the Pacific region by supporting a training workshop on ICT in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) which will be organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Port-of-Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on 15-18 September 2013 for national government agencies of the Caribbean. The training course is based on Module 9 of the ‘Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders’, one of the flagship programmes of APCICT geared towards equipping policymakers with necessary knowledge to leverage ICT for advancing national development goals.
The training will provide participants with a brief overview of Disaster Risk Management(DRM) focusing on matching ICT with identified DRM information needs in the context of the Caribbean. Existing ICT applications will also be described and discussed to provide a better understanding of the benefits as well as barriers in utilizing ICT in DRM. The inter-regional collaboration is expected to help build capacities of participating government officials to improve Disaster Risk Management using ICT at national and sub-regional levels in the Caribbean.
|ESCAP and UNFPA to convene the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference (APPC), 16-20 September 2013, Bangkok
The Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference (APPC) will be held from 16 to 20 September 2013 at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok. This landmark Conference, held every decade, will set the regional agenda on population and development for the next 10 years, and provide the Asia-Pacific regional input for the ICPD beyond 2014 process at the global level. The Conference will be attended by heads of State, Ministers, senior officials and representatives of civil society.
|Regional Workshop on Trade and Environment for Asia and Pacific Economies, 17-19 September 2013, Bogor, Indonesia
ESCAP and the World Trade Organization (WTO), in collaboration with the Government of Indonesia and the Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA), a subsidiary body of ESCAP, are organizing the Regional Workshop on Trade and Environment for Asia and Pacific Economies from 17 to 19 September 2013 in Bogor, Indonesia. This joint workshop aims to assist government officials in enhancing and consolidating their knowledge and understanding of the interface between trade and the environment and its importance for sustainable development. The workshop will introduce participants to the work on trade and environment in WTO, ESCAP and other relevant bodies and provide a forum for participants to share experiences with respect to the challenges and opportunities in the field of trade and environment.
|"Know your population: High-level Panel on Civil Registration" Side-event to the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference, 20 September 2013, Bangkok
ESCAP, Plan International and UNFPA are co-organizing a High-level Panel on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) as a side-event on September 20th (10.30-12.00) at the the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok. The event will be introduced by a personal story from an Indonesian youth of how having their birth finally registered in their teen years improved their quality of life. The High-level Panel will then discuss the importance of CRVS for inclusive and sustainable social and economic development in Asia and the Pacific, particularly in achieving population development outcomes.
|National Awareness and Capacity Building Workshop on Measurement of Inland Transport CO2 Emissions and Mitigation Policies, 23-24 September 2013, Bangkok, and Regional Capacity Building Workshop on Measurement of Inland Transport CO2 Emissions and Mitigation Policies, 26-27 September 2013, Bangkok
Reducing energy consumption and emissions from transport operations are at the forefront of global concerns and governments around the world are adopting different strategies to tackle it. One of the challenges facing governments is the lack of comprehensive assessment tools to understand first, the level and sources of energy use and emissions in the transport sector; and second, the impact of different policy options on these variables. UNESCAP along with other regional commissions is implementing a project entitled “Development and implementation of a monitoring and assessment tool for CO2 emissions in inland transport to facilitate climate change mitigation” funded by the UNDA. As part of the project, the global status report on inland transport CO2 emissions was prepared and an inland transport (road, rail and inland waterways) emission measurement model called For Future Inland Transport Systems (ForFITS) was developed.
To provide opportunities to learn about various emission measurement methods and mitigation policies as well as about the use of the model, UNESCAP is planning a piloting exercise for the model and organizing regional and national capacity building workshops. At the national level, UNESCAP in collaboration with the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning and the Ministry of Transport, Thailand will organize the first National Piloting Workshop on the ForFITS model
, 23-24 September 2013, Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop aims to create awareness of the need to measure and mitigate transport emissions and enhance technical level skills of relevant officials in Thailand for the use of the ForFITS model. At the regional level, UNESCAP will organize the Regional Capacity Building Workshop
, 26-27 September 2013, Bangkok, Thailand. The regional workshop aims to create awareness of the need to measure and mitigate transport emissions, introduce the ForFITS model and enhance capacity of government officials from Asia and Pacific region. Experts and Government officials from more than 30 counters and international experts are expected to participate in the regional workshop.
ForFITS model and user manual are available for download from UNECE web site: http://www.unece.org/trans/theme_forfits.html
. It is hoped that the model can be a useful planning tool for sustainable transport policies.
Myanmar Business and Development Week, 23-27 September 2013, Yangon
Recognizing the enormous potential of the private sector as a catalytic force for Myanmar’s further socio-economic development, ESCAP secretariat, ESCAP Business Advisory Council (EBAC) and the United Nations Trade and Productive Capacity Cluster are organizing the Myanmar Business and Development Week at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) in Yangon from 23 to 27 September 2013.
With financial support from the Government of Japan and the Government of the Republic of Korea, this Myanmar Business and Development Week is primarily aiming to further strengthen the capacity of Myanmar’s private sector and equip the Government of Myanmar with the tools and knowledge to create a supportive business environment. Over the course of five days the participants will have the chance to attend over 20 special lectures and technical sessions. Following themes such as “Creating Value at Home and Abroad” and “Enhancing Competitiveness”, the sessions will cover topics such as “FDI Policies and Strategies for Inclusive and Sustainable Development”, “Global Value Chains and Enterprise Clusters”, “Designing Supply Chains for Success“, “Women Entrepreneurship in Agro-business”, “Development of a National Export Strategy” and “Social Media for Business.” Benefitting from the ongoing positive momentum of the country, the Myanmar Business and Development Week was able to secure the support of numerous cooperating agencies and organizations.
All together, with a diverse range of participants, cooperating agencies, private sector expertise and local stakeholders, this very first Myanmar Business and Development Week has great potential to be a catalyst for investment in Myanmar from Asia-Pacific and beyond in support of the inclusive and sustainable development of the country.
|Expert consultation on the Asian information superhighway and regional connectivity, 24-25 September 2013, Manila
Government officials, ICT experts, academia, civil society and international organizations will meet in Manila on 24-25 September 2013 for an expert consultation on the Asian information superhighway and regional connectivity. The consultation, organized by ESCAP in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO), Philippines, will review and provide feedback on the findings of a regional study on broadband connectivity in ASEAN. The meeting will be chaired by H.E. Louis Casambre, Undersecretary of DOST-ICTO and Chairman of the Third Session of the Committee on Information and Communications Technology, and is being organized in support of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity. Meeting participants and experts will review the regional map of information superhighway networks jointly developed by ESCAP and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), as well as infrastructure challenges, investment opportunities and financing options related to regional broadband connectivity. The outcome of the meeting will feed into a roadmap for the Asian information superhighway initiative, an ESCAP led-initiative that will pave the way for a seamless information and communication space in Asia and the Pacific.
South Asia Regional Training on Electronic Traceability and Market Access for Agricultural Trade Facilitation, 24-26 September 2013, New Delhi
The Trade and Investment Division (TID) of ESCAP together with its regional institution, the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) and the Agriculture Product Export Development Authority (APEDA) of India are organizing the South Asia Regional Training on Electronic Traceability and Market Access for Agricultural Trade Facilitation in New Delhi on 24-26 September 2013. The purpose of the training is to build the capacity of public and private sector stakeholders mainly on “electronic traceability” to facilitate trade in agricultural or food products. In addition, the training will include a hands-on session on technology transfer and establishing market linkages for facilitating cross-border trade. Although a voluntary requirement by the importers, electronic traceability is required more and more to address the food safety issues for the consumers and thus facilitate agricultural trade. This training activity is part of the project titled “Network for Knowledge Transfer on Sustainable Agricultural Technologies and Improved Market Linkages in South and Southeast Asia” (SATNET Asia), funded by the European Union. It is expected to be attended by about 30 participants from the South Asia region including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Nepal.
|Effectively planning, managing and utilizing ESCAP project evaluations, 25 September 2013, Bangkok
Evaluation Unit, PPD will organize its first ESCAP in-house evaluation workshop on “Effectively planning, managing and utilizing ESCAP project evaluations” (with special focus on Development Account projects) at UNCC on 25 September 2013. This half day workshop will support DA project evaluations to be undertaken by ESCAP divisions over the next 12 months. It targets ESCAP staff involved in the implementation and evaluation of DA projects, and aims to increase knowledge on how to effectively manage project evaluations and ensure that evaluation results are utilized.
|Expert Group Meeting on Improving Disaster Data to build resilience in Asia and the Pacific, 30 September-1 October 2013, Sendai, Japan
The Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD), in cooperation with Tohoku University of Sendai, Japan, will organize an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Improving Disaster Data to build resilience in Asia and the Pacific at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, from 30 September to 1 October 2013. The meeting aims to address the need to improve disaster data by sharing lessons learnt and key challenges related to establishing reliable, quality disaster data in the Asia and Pacific region. The recommendations of the EGM will be submitted to the Third session of the ESCAP Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction on 27 to 29 November 2013 in Bangkok. Participants of the meetings are experts from national disaster management authorities and statisticians from Asia and the Pacific region.
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