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12 April 2022, 14:00 - 15:00 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting

Survey2022 cover

Survey2022 launch flyer

About the event

The 2022 edition of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific Survey was launched last Tuesday, 12 April 2022, from 14:00 to 15:00 (Bangkok time). Published annually since 1947, the Survey provides analyses to guide policy discussion on the current and emerging socio-economic issues and policy challenges to support sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.

The event was opened to media, policymakers, civil society, academics, researchers, and all other stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region as well as outside of the region. 

Survey 2022 presentation

About the report

The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific Survey 2022 discusses at length how the rapid development of Asia-Pacific economies over the past few decades has lifted millions out of poverty but the high economic growth has masked key social issues, particularly inequality, and the global financial crisis and COVID-19 pandemic have forced such issues into the mainstream.

This 75th issue of the Survey released during the auspicious occasion of ESCAP's 75th anniversary, suggests Asia-Pacific economies must prioritise inclusive growth – whereby citizens of all socio-economic groups are able to improve their livelihoods, incomes, health and education levels. An important opportunity to shift the paradigm that was missed in 2009, so it is vital that Asia-Pacific economies make full use of this post-COVID-19 rebuilding process.

 

12 Apr 2022
14:00
14:02
Introduction to the Survey 2022 launch
Virtual (from Bangkok)

Mr. Mitch Hsieh, Chief, Communications and Knowledge Management Section

14:02
14:10
Opening remarks
Virtual (from Bangkok)

Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

14:10
14:25
Keynote address
Virtual (from London)

Can Asia-Pacific region be the cradle of inclusive structural transformation?   

Professor Lant Pritchett, Research Director at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and Fellow at the London School of Economics

14:25
14:40
Presentation on the 2022 Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific
Virtual (from Bangkok)

Ms. Sweta C. Saxena, Chief, Macroeconomic Policy and Analysis Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division

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

14:40
15:00
Q&A session
Virtual (from Bangkok)

Moderated by Mr. Mitch Hsieh, Chief, Communications and Knowledge Management Section

ES_Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations 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.

Prof Lant Pritchett
Prof. Lant Pritchett
Research Director at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and Fellow at the London School of Economics
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Professor Lant Pritchett is the Research Director at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and a Fellow at the London School of Economics since May 2018. Prior to this, he was a professor at the Practice of Economic Development, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University from July 2007 to 2019. Over the years, he had been a senior economist in various postings at World Bank.

He has published papers with over 500 Google Scholar citations (highest citations first) and has authored books, the latest of which is “Deals and Development: The Political Dynamics of Growth Episodes” published in 2018 by the Oxford University Press.

Prof Pritchett obtained his Ph.D. in Economics in 1988 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his B.S. in Economics from Brigham Young University in 1983.

Sweta C. Saxena
Ms. Sweta C. Saxena
Chief, Macroeconomic Policy and Analysis Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division
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Ms. Sweta C. Saxena is currently on leave from the IMF to serve as the Chief in the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. She has led 3 flagship reports at ESCAP: 2019 "Ambitions beyond growth", 2020 "Towards sustainable economies", and 2021 “Towards post-COVID-19 resilient economies.” At the IMF, she has worked on multilateral surveillance for the G20 countries in the Research Department and on fragile countries in the African Department.

Her research has focused on policy-relevant macro-financial issues, namely, crises and recoveries, contagion, and exchange rates. Her more recent work focuses exclusively on sustainable development. Sweta has published extensively, including in the American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature and the Journal of International Economics.

Prior to joining the IMF, she worked at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, and as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the United States. Sweta obtained her PhD in economics from the University of Washington, an M.A. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and a B.A. in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College.

Mr Hamza Ali Malik
Mr. Hamza Ali Malik
Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division
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Mr. Hamza Ali Malik is currently the Director of Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD) at UNESCAP. 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 UNESCAP 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.

Mr. Mitch Hsieh
Mr. Mitch Hsieh
Chief, Communications and Knowledge Management Section
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Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division +66 2 288-1234 [email protected]
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