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The World Bank in commemoration of the launch of the Phase III of the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) partnership will host the first annual International Conference on Sustainable Development through “Quality Infrastructure” on January 20-21, 2016.
Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center, The World Bank, WB Tokyo Development Learning Center, KDI School of Public Policy and Management will jointly host a seminar series, The New Engine of Global Economy. Seminar 1: The Internet Economy will be held on October 15, 2014 from 15:00-17:00 (JST) and Seminar 2: Internet Finance: Reform and Development will be held on November 14, 2014 from 15:00 -17:30 (JST).
As the world economy becomes more globalized, the developing countries, which account for over 40 percent of the global trade, play an increasingly important role in global economy and trade. Since the financial crisis, the global economic and trade pattern has been readjusted, and new rules of global trade, which pursue higher liberalization in business operation, investment and services, and emphasize more on fair competition and protection of rights and interests, have been established. The new pattern may to a large extent reshape the external environment of the emerging economies and reconstruct the global economic value chain, and thus may again repel the emerging economies, including China, to the edge of the international trade system. Emerging economies are therefore confronted with severe challenges to establish more reasonable economic and trade policies for the purpose of playing an even more active role in the global economy and boosting sustainable local economic development.
This program is jointly organized by the Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center (AFDC), Korean Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management, The World Bank, and the WB Tokyo Development Learning Center.
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are key drivers of economic growth, job creation and inclusive growth. However, access to finance, especially for MSMEs, remains largely limited in most emerging markets. Financing has been a long-time problem for MSMEs, which restrains them from sustainable development in the long run. This course aims to summarize and share experiences on “MSME Financing and Inclusive Growth” by governments and financial institutions in China, Japan, Korea in order to address the issue of providing sufficient financing support and financing access, and innovating financing pattern to promote sustainable development for MSMEs.
A good investment environment plays a very important role in a country’s development strategy. When a country starts to grow, many aspects of the investment environment should be taken into account, and infrastructure is one that comes on top. Yet many developing countries in the region face a challenge to build and promote their infrastructure. As indicated by economic theories and practice, shortage of capital has always been a major impediment to growth and development. Therefore, financing of infrastructure development has become an urgent issue for these countries to deal with.
The second seminar will focus on Transport Infrastructure Development and Financing.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities have been playing essential roles in addressing the development needs of nations and in promoting social inclusion, particularly in developing economies. In India, US$7.5 billion was spent by private companies for the year 2009-2010 and US$700 million by public-sector enterprises for CSR activities.
The World Bank is currently assisting the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), Government of India, via IICA (Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs) – under the MCA- through technical assistance to structure its CSR work through advocacy, research, and capacity building. The Bank has also been working closely with the IICA in structuring the National Foundation for CSR that is the model body for CSR work in India. It helps channelize CSR efforts towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals in a socially responsible manner. As a part of the efforts, the World Bank is providing the MCA with access to international best practices, including institutional frameworks with transparent guidelines and effective monitoring mechanisms. After the first video conference on CSR held through Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) in December 2011, a strong demand for learning international best practices in CSR has emerged among CSR stakeholders in India, especially with regards to various approaches to engage with local community, CSOs and local government, CSR promotion, integrated policy development, stakeholder consultations and capacity development.
In response to this demand, IICA, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the World Bank and the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) will jointly organize a video conference-based seminar to exchange practice and knowledge on CSR in India and Japan.
Please submit your confirmation of participation to the designated local contact person in India or using the form below for Japan, and specify a city site (either Delhi or Tokyo) you wish to participate from.
Registration Deadline: July 31, 2012
World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Asia Pacific Tourism Exchange Center (APTEC) and Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC), are jointly hosting a 2-day seminar ‘Tourism Exchange of South Pacific Islands’. 5 countries will be connected via Video Conferencing- Indonesia, Fiji, Maldives, Timor-Leste and Japan to discuss and promote ideas and approaches for sustainable tourism. The purpose for this seminar is to improve the tourism sector, as well as developing the tourism relationship between participating countries and Japan. Advance registration required (first-come-first-served).
The Mekong Delta boasts a rich history, culture, and precious natural environment. To help develop sustainable tourism in the region, a two-day video conference seminar was held August 18-19, 2009, connecting Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and TDLC.
This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Announcement: UNWTO Educational Seminar on Tourism Development in Mekong-Triangle Countries
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Asia-Pacific Tourism Exchange Center (APTEC) and the TDLC will co-organize the Seminar on Tourism Development in Mekong-Triangle Country on the theme of “Sustainable Tourism Development in Mekong River Basin Countries and Eliminating Poverty through the Tourism Promotion” for representatives from both public and private tourism-related sectors in these countries.
“Improving Manufacturing Productivity” is part of a capacity-building seminar series developed by Tokyo Development Learning Center for domestic businesses, especially Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Organized jointly with GDLN Distance Learning Centers, the seminars are aimed to support SMEs in today’s competitive global environment, to thrive and serve their communities as the engine of economic growth.
Content will be provided by the Central Japan Industries Association (ChuSanRen).
This session is part of a larger program. For more information see SME Course 1: