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International Conference on Sustainable Development through “Quality Infrastructure Investment”

January 20-21, 2016

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.

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The New Engine of Global Economy: the Internet Economy

AFDC Distance Learning Seminar Series

Seminar 1: October 15, 2014 15:00-17:00 (Tokyo Time)
Seminar 2: November 14, 2014 15:00-17:30 (Tokyo Time)
*TDLC will not be hosting participants at our Center for Seminar 2. A live webcast will be available on the day of the event.

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).

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The Pattern of Global Trade: Opportunities and Challenges for the Emerging Economics

Seminar 2: Free Trade Zone: International experience and local development

June 10, 2014
13:00 -15:30 (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.
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Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Financing and Inclusive Growth

AFDC Distance Learning Seminar Series

Seminar 1: September 11, 12:00-14:00 (JST), 2013
Seminar 2: November 7, 10:30AM-12:30 (JST), 2013*
*Please note that the starting time has changed.

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.

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Financing Growth: Improving the Investment Environment through Infrastructure Development

Seminar 3: Infrastructure Development and Financing

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Time: 10:30-13:30 (JST)

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Dr. Li Chen, Shanghai Finance Bureau

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.

AFDC runs a series of VC seminars to tackle the challenges in financing growth in the post-crisis world, in cooperation with the World Bank and other GDLN affiliates.

The second seminar will focus on Transport Infrastructure Development and Financing.

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CSR Practices & Knowledge sharing between Japan and India

Videoconference Seminar

Date: Friday, August 3, 2012
Time: 14:00-16:30 (Japan)
10:30-13:00 (India)

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Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India

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

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Tourism Exchange for South Pacific Islands

2-day seminar

February 22nd, 2011 Time: 9:10-15:50 (JST)
February 23rd, 2011 Time: 12:10-15:20 (JST)


Carl Gustav—World Bank

 

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).

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UNWTO Educational Seminar on Tourism Development in Mekong-Triangle Countries Started

August 18, 2009


Pedicab driver talks with foreigners on a Hanoi street August 12 2009. Photo courtesy of APTEC

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

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Announcement: UNWTO Educational Seminar on Tourism Development in Mekong-Triangle Countries

18-19 August 2009

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.

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SME Course 2

-Improving Manufacturing Productivity -

29th May - 2nd July, 2009

“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:

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