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23 February 2022, 15:00 - 16:30 UTC +7 | Open meeting

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Rapid digitalization amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is spurring the growth of services trade. The pandemic has further prompted the transition of economic activities into the digital mode of transactions for a wider range of services. Mobility restrictions and physical distancing during the pandemic is accelerating digitalization of provision of services across borders. Digital services trade is expected to grow further post pandemic from risk management and cost-efficiency perspectives.

Asia and the Pacific has seen rapid growth in digital services trade from 17% to 24% of global share between 2005 and 2020, and is at the forefront in such areas as business process outsourcing and information and technology services. Yet, the region is still behind other advanced economies such as the EU and North America in the share of digital services exports out of total goods and services exports, which translates into lower revealed comparative advantage for the region.

In order to unlock the potential of digital services trade, Asian countries need to invest in human and physical capital, expand ICT infrastructure and improve the regulatory and policy environment. Trade liberalization and domestic reforms could reinforce the positive impacts. This webinar will shed light on these crucial issues and explore ways to harness that digital services trade offers to the region.

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23 Feb 2022
15:00
15:07
Opening Remarks
  • Mr. Kijin Kim, Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Mr. Oswald Kuyler, Managing Director, Digital Standards Initiative, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Mr. Yann Duval, Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), UNESCAP

 

 

15:07
15:27
Presentations

Moderator: Mr. Armen ManukyanConsultant, Project Manager, UNESCAP

  • Introductory Video Clip
  • Definition, Scope and Overview: Mr. Rolando Avendano, Economist, Economic Research and Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Drivers, Economic Impacts and Policies: Ms. Pramila Crivelli, Economist,  Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
15:27
16:17
Panel Discussion

Moderator: Mr. Jong Woo Kang, Principal Economist, Economic Research and Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

  • Ms. Rupa Chanda, Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, UNESCAP - Country experiences: challenges and policy recommendations
  • Ms. Jane Drake-Brockman, Industry Professor, Institute of International Trade, University of Adelaide - The role of  international cooperation
  • Mr. Henry Gao, Associate Professor, Singapore Management University - Data flows and legal framework
  • Mr. Oswald Kuyler, Managing Director, Digital Standards Initiative, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) - Standards and industry perspectives
16:17
16:27
Q&A
16:27
16:30
Closing Remarks

Opening Remarks

Kijin Kim
Mr. Kijin Kim
Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Mr. Kijin Kim is Economist in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank. Since he joined the ADB in 2017, he has been working on trade, trade facilitation, and trade finance within the context of regional cooperation and integration (RCI). He contributed to ADB’s publications on these areas including the Asian Economic Integration Report, Trade Finance Gaps, Growth, and Jobs Survey, and Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Report.

Before joining the ADB, he was a research fellow of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois since 2012. From 2004 to 2010, he worked as Economist at the Bank of Korea. He earned his PhD in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016, focusing on research within the fields of regional economics and applied econometrics, centered on the role of labor markets, the effects of heterogeneity in consumption spending and labor market participation on regional economies.

Oswald Kuyler
Mr. Oswald Kuyler
Managing Director, Digital Standards Initiative, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
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Mr. Oswald Kuyler is the former Head of Data Strategy of BHP, the world's largest diversified mining company. He has worked on initiatives covering blockchain, electronic documentation in trade, data and analytics, and automation.

Before BHP, he was on the leadership team of EOH MS in South Africa, delivering solutions for a diverse customer base globally. He focused on providing solutions that enabled electronic documentation and records management, enhanced collaboration, business process management, and reporting. 

A technologist at heart with a strong focus on its impact on a corporates balance sheet, he is now focused on further the enabling of trade digitizations through the creation of standards at the international chamber of commerce.

Mr. Yann Duval
Mr. Yann Duval
Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), UNESCAP
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Mr. Yann Duval is currently Chief of Trade Policy and Facilitation at ESCAP, the regional branch of the United Nations Secretariat for Asia and the Pacific.

Over the past 15 years, Mr. Duval has conducted research and delivered technical assistance and advisory services on trade policy and facilitation throughout Asia and the Pacific, including on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. He spearheaded the development of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), as well as the creation of the ESCAP-World Bank Trade Cost Database and the UN Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation. Mr. Duval was also instrumental in the development of the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade and Transport in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT) and the negotiation of a new intergovernmental Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific, adopted as a UN treaty in 2016.

Moderator

Mr. Armen Manukyan
Mr. Armen Manukyan
Consultant, Project Manager, UNESCAP
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Currently ESCAP-UNEP-UNECE Consultant, PM for UN ESCAP PM CBTD Project and Business Process Re-engineering Specialist in Avenue Consulting Group LLC for the NSW (National Single Window). Experience includes Technical Attaché in World Customs Organization for last seven years up to April 2021. Covered the role of Customs Attaché for Armenian State Revenue Committee for the cooperation with EU DGTAXUD. Leaded several WCO programmes in the area of Implementation/enhancement of Single Window environments in the Member States, enhancement for national Coordinated Border Management projects, Globally Networked Customs development of Utility Blocks, development of standards, guidelines and tools, coordination in the relevant areas with other international stakeholders such as UN CEFACT, ESCAP, COMESA, UNCTAD, ECOWAS, IDB, USAID. Contributed to the development of UN CEFACT standards and Recommendations for trade facilitation focusing on SW and overall digitalization of public services. UN ESCAP expert for Single Window and Exchange of information (WCO-ESCAP Joint Task Force for the development of Utility Blocks). Between 2014-2020 planned and delivered more than thirty regional projects, national capacity building projects, contributed to more than twenty five projects and events organized by other international stakeholders, delivered feasibility study missions. From 2008-2014 covered various positions in Armenian State Revenue Committee starting from customs officer to top management positions such as Head of International Relations Department and Executive Assistant to Chairman of SRC.

Presentations

Rolando Avendano
Mr. Rolando Avendano
Economist, Economic Research and Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Rolando Avendano is an Economist at the Economic Research and Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank. His research focuses on financial and international economics, with an emphasis on regional integration, competitiveness and foreign direct investment. Prior to joining ADB, he worked for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France. He was partnership coordinator of PARIS21 (OECD Statistics and Data Directorate), economist with the Director’s Office and the Americas Desk (OECD Development Centre), and research associate with the OECD Trade Directorate and Economics Department. Previously, he was a lecturer at the Engineering Faculty of University of Los Andes (Colombia), and research associate at University College London (UK).

A French and Colombian national, he holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from University of Los Andes and a Master and PhD in Economics from the Paris School of Economics (PSE).

Pramila Crivelli
Ms. Pramila Crivelli
Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Pramila Crivelli is an Economist in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Her main fields of specialization are applied econometrics in international trade policy, regional trade agreements, trade negotiations, rules or origin, non-tariff measures and geographical indications. At ADB, her portfolio also covers APEC and regional public goods.

Prior to joining ADB in November 2020, she was an Assistant Professor at the Goethe University Frankfurt leading the Chair of International Trade. Her work has been published in academic peer reviewed journals including the Journal of International Economics and the World Economy.

She received her PhD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She accumulated extensive experience in applied economic policy and technical cooperation serving as an Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, researching at the European University Institute and the World Trade Organization, and carrying out consultancies for various clients in Asia and Africa. She has a strong expertise in delivering capacity building and advisory services to governments, public and private institutions, and trade negotiators in multilateral and regional fora.

Moderator

Jong Woo Kang
Mr. Jong Woo Kang
Principal Economist, Economic Research and Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Jong Woo Kang is Principal Economist at the Economic Research and Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He is a seasoned economist with extensive knowledge and experiences on policy and strategic issues. He was senior advisor to the managing director general of ADB and senior economist at Strategy and Policy Department at ADB. He leads the annual publication of Asian Economic Integration Report. Areas of his research interest include regional integration, inclusive growth, macroeconomic and international trade policies, and aid effectiveness. He has published research articles in academic journals such as Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Applied Economics, and Journal of World Trade, and wrote numerous blogs and opinion articles on global macroeconomy and international trade and finance.

Before joining ADB, he was director at Ministry of Finance and Economy of the Republic of Korea. He had got his BA in economics and MA in public administration from Seoul National University, and PhD in economics from University of Washington.

Panel Discussion

Rupa Chanda
Ms. Rupa Chanda
Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, UNESCAP
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Ms. Rupa Chanda is the Director of Trade, Investment and Innovation. Prior to that, she was a Professor of Economics at IIM Bangalore and the Dean of Programmes at the institute. She has worked as an Economist at the IMF and briefly served as Head, UNESCAP Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia in New Delhi. Prof. Chanda received her PhD in Economics from Columbia University and her Bachelor’s from Harvard University. She teaches Macroeconomics and International Trade and has received teaching awards. Her research interests include the WTO, trade in services, regional integration and migration. She has undertaken research and professional assignments for international and Indian organizations and has published extensively in the form of books, journal articles, book chapters, and reports.

She is active professionally as a research guide, reviewer, and member of several expert committees. She was member of the WHO’s Review Committee on the functioning of the International Health Regulations (2015-16) and the WHO’s Expert Advisory Group, International Recruitment of Health Personnel (2019-20).

Jane Drake-Brockman
Ms. Jane Drake-Brockman
Industry Professor, Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide
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Jane Drake-Brockman is a widely published, internationally recognized expert on trade and development, global value chains and regional integration, and one of Asia and the Pacific’s foremost experts on trade and competitiveness in services. Her current research focus is digital trade.  She brings a mix of experience formed across business, academia, government, and multiple international government organizations, having served with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, OECD Secretariat in Paris and International Trade Centre in Geneva. 

A former senior diplomat and trade negotiator, she held the position of Chief Economist in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and Charge d’Affaires at the Australian Delegation to the EU in Brussels.  She founded and co-chairs the Asia Pacific Services Coalition, has a close long-standing association with APEC and practical background in trade and regional integration projects across Asia and the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.  

Jane is a member of the G20-Trade and Investment Research Network (https://g20-tirn.org) and Co-Chair of the THINK20 Taskforce on Open Trade and Sustainable Investment and Industry. 

Henry Gao
Mr. Henry Gao
Associate Professor, Singapore Management University
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Henry Gao is Associate Professor of law at Singapore Management University and Dongfang Scholar Chair Professor at Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade. With law degrees from three continents, he started his career as the first Chinese lawyer at the WTO Secretariat. Before moving to Singapore in late 2007, he taught law at University of Hong Kong, where he was also the Deputy Director of the East Asian International Economic Law and Policy Program. He has taught at the IELPO program in Barcelona and the Academy of International Trade Law in Macau, and was the Academic Coordinator to the first Asia-Pacific Regional Trade Policy Course officially sponsored by the WTO. Widely published on issues relating to China and WTO, Henry has advised many national governments as well as the WTO, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, APEC and ASEAN on trade issues. He sits on the Advisory Board of the WTO Chairs Program, which was established by the WTO Secretariat in 2009 to promote research and teaching on WTO issues in leading universities around the world. He is also a member of editorial board of Journal of Financial Regulation, which was launched by Oxford University Press in 2014.

Oswald Kuyler
Mr. Oswald Kuyler
Managing Director, Digital Standards Initiative, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
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Mr. Oswald Kuyler is the former Head of Data Strategy of BHP, the world's largest diversified mining company. He has worked on initiatives covering blockchain, electronic documentation in trade, data and analytics, and automation.

Before BHP, he was on the leadership team of EOH MS in South Africa, delivering solutions for a diverse customer base globally. He focused on providing solutions that enabled electronic documentation and records management, enhanced collaboration, business process management, and reporting. 

A technologist at heart with a strong focus on its impact on a corporates balance sheet, he is now focused on further the enabling of trade digitizations through the creation of standards at the international chamber of commerce.

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