Webinar on “Microfinance in Cambodia: ‘Building-back-better’ in the post-Covid-19 Era Confirmation”


In this first webinar of the webinar series Financial Transformation, Credit Markets and Household Debt in Southeast Asia, Dr Milford Bateman examines the microfinance sector using Cambodia as an illustration given that its microfinance sector is considered as the world largest and most profitable. 


Webinar on “Industrial Parks in Vietnam”


In this webinar, Dr Doan Thi Thanh Ha provides an update and evaluation of the state of industrial parks (IPs) in Vietnam, as well as discuss current government policies regarding IPs – their strengths, weaknesses and the way forward, taking into account recent developments in the global economy.


Webinar on “Value Chain Analysis of Medical Devices Industry in Penang”


In this webinar, Dr Lee Siu Ming discusses the current state of the manufacturing product segment and value chain in Penang’s medical devices industry, its evolvement over time, different sub-segments in the industry, and linkages among different related industries.


Webinar on “Asia’s Development Over 50 Years”


This webinar launches a new book by the Asian Development Bank entitled Asia’s Journey to Prosperity: Policy, Market and Technology over 50 Years. The webinar examines critical elements behind the success of Asia and the Pacific’s economic development.


Industrial Parks in Vietnam


Regional Economic Studies Programme Webinar

About the Webinar

Development of industrial parks (IPs) is regarded as an important policy instrument to foster socio-economic growth in Vietnam by attracting foreign direct investment, generating jobs, restructuring regional economy and enhancing the capacity of domestic firms through inter-firm linkages and technology spillovers. For the past two decades the number of IPs has increased five-fold, reflecting the country’s commitment to further facilitate investment and boost business competitiveness. In the context of increasing global uncertainty, the resulting disruption in global value chain and FDI relocation trend, how can the country prepare itself to overcome challenges and grab new opportunities? What role does IPs development policy play?

This webinar will provide an update and evaluation of the state of IPs in Vietnam, as well as discuss current government policies regarding IPs – their strengths, weaknesses and the way forward, taking into account recent developments in the global economy.

About the Speaker

Dr Doan Thi Thanh Ha is an Economist at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) in Jakarta. Her research interests include industrial organization, international trade, labor market and income distribution. She is involved in various research-based policy development projects at ERIA, focusing on trade facilitation and economic integration; globalization and firms’ behaviour; participation in global value chains and labour market outcome; technology exposure and employment; productivity improvement of the private sector in selected East Asian countries, among others. She is coordinating a capacity building program, in collaboration with UNCTAD experts, for ASEAN government officials on non-tariff measures.

Before joining ERIA, Dr Doan was a Research Associate at the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo. She was also a short-term consultant for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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Webinar on “ASEAN+3 in Global Value Networks”


In this webinar, Dr Hoe Ee Khor delves into growth prospects in the region and evolving global supply chains. His presentation is followed by a panel discussion with Dr Jayant Menon and Ms Selena Ling.


Webinar on “Jokowi’s Vision and Policies for Indonesia’s Economic Development: Laying the Foundations for Future Growth Acceleration?”


In this webinar, Dr Arief Ramayandi and Dr Siwage Dharma Negara discussed the challenges of laying the foundations for Jokowi’s vision, given the current Covid-19 crisis faced by the economy.


Seminar on “Stunting in Indonesia: Costs, Causes and Courses of Action”


In this seminar, Mr Zack Petersen delves deep into the issue of childhood stunting in Indonesia. Factors such as poverty, chronic infection caused by malnutrition and an overall lack of sanitation causes stunting in 1 in 3 Indonesian children, yet there remains a general lack of understanding surrounding the issue.


Seminar on “Updates on China’s Investments in Three ASEAN Economies: Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia”


This seminar provides an overall update on China’s investment activities in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Malaysia. It attempts to provide comparisons on specific projects, namely industrial park and rail developments in each country. It also examines the main challenges and prospects for these projects.


Seminar: Challenges for Railway Systems in South-East Asia: Lessons from 30 Years’ Experience of Japanese National Railways Privatization



About the Seminar

In 1987, Japanese National Railways (JNR), the government-owned body responsible for operating the railway network across Japan was privatised and divided into seven railway companies that together form the JR Group. In 1985, JNR made a loss of 1.8 trillion yen, but as of 2015, the JR Group makes a combined profit of 1 trillion yen per annum. Of the seven companies, JR Kyushu remains one of the few that consistently turns profits. The success of JR Kyushu is largely down to an innovative approach in which diversification has been embraced, whilst customer service has been placed at the core of the business model.

Nevertheless, JR Kyushu continues to face key challenges, and Mr Ishii will address what he considers to be particularly pertinent amongst these issues, and how we can overcome them. A railway system is a key infrastructure for passenger and cargo transportation and affects the relationship between the urban and regional economies in a fundamental way. Based on 30 years’ experience of JNR privatization, he identifies challenges for expanding railway systems in Southeast Asia, and proposes how the region could cooperate better for mutual benefits.

About the Speaker

Yoshitaka Ishii served as the first president and chairman of JR Kyushu Railway Company between 1987 and 2002. JR Kyushu was formed after the Japan National Railway Corporation was privatised and divided into seven railway companies. During his tenure as president, Ishii diversified the business of JR Kyushu into new ventures ranging from property development to the management of shopping malls, restaurants and hotels, as well as the establishing a hydrofoil ferry service between Fukuoka and Busan. He also improved the quality of the railway service and the cutting-edge trains designed by a leading designer Mitooka received the Brunel Award, one of the most prestigious awards for railway industry design worldwide. Under his leadership, the company increased its total sales significantly from 150,000 million yen in 1987, with sales as high as 378,000 million yen in 2015. He has been advising the Japanese government and the Japan Freight Railway Company on its strategy. He began working in the National Railways in 1955 as a graduate engineer, and he played a pivotal role in the development of diesel railcars and locomotives in the early stages of his professional career. Drawing on his experiences in the railway industry, he has been a prolific writer over a period of more than 4 decades. His books on the KiHa series of diesel railcars has been well received, especially “KiHa 58”.

Mr Ishii served on the selection committee for the Japan Foundation Prizes for Global Citizenship, and has also been involved in the local community, and since retiring, he has served as the Chairman of the Fukuoka Prefecture Football Association and as President of the Kourokan-Fukuoka Castle History & Tourism Citizen’s Association. In the latter role, he has been heavily involved in the restoration of historic buildings in Fukuoka.

Mr Ishii holds a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Tokyo.


For registration, please fill in this form and email to iseasevents3@iseas.edu.sg by 15 August 2017.