High-Level Roundtable on Asian Cities: Fostering Growth and Inclusion

30 September 2019

Urbanization is widely believed to be an engine of growth. Cities host dynamic firms and create productive jobs, with agglomerations resulting in better matches between workers and jobs, strong input-output linkages, and more knowledge spillovers. But there is some concern that the nature of urbanization underway in developing countries today may undermine the potential for cities to serve as engines of growth and generate productive and well-paying jobs for workers at large. Underinvestments in urban infrastructure, limited coordination between economic and spatial planning, and a lack of affordable housing, among others, may lead the forces of congestion to overwhelm the benefits of agglomeration.

Co-organized by ADB and the Indonesian Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (MPWH), the Roundtable encouraged the exchange of views on the implications of the patterns of urbanization being experienced in Asia for cities' role as engines of growth and job creation. It also discussed key policy options and reforms needed to ensure that Asia's urbanization fosters growth and inclusion. The Roundtable is a critical avenue to inform Indonesia's key stakeholders of ADB's findings and receive their feedbacks in the context of transforming cities as the engines of growth that generates productive and well-paying jobs for workers at large.

The discussion was based on ADB’s flagship economic publication titled Asian Development Outlook Update 2019 that carries a special chapter on the same theme. Download the theme chapter here.

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
30 Sep 2019 Opening Session Welcome Remarks Anita Firmanti, MPWH and Winfried Wicklein, ADB
30 Sep 2019 Presentation Opening Remarks Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, MPWH
30 Sep 2019 Presentation Keynote Presentation: Fostering Growth and Inclusion in Asia's Cities VP Bambang Susantono, ADB
30 Sep 2019 Presentation Fostering Growth and Inclusion in Asia’s Cities: Asian Development Outlook 2019 Update Theme Chapter Rana Hasan
30 Sep 2019 Panel discussion Panel Presentation 1: Toward Inclusive Cities and Settlements in Indonesia
This presentation underscored the importance of managing urbanization well, and the need for inclusive urban development and settlement through...
Hadi Sucahyono
30 Sep 2019 Panel discussion Panel Presentation 2: Sustainable Urban Development in Indonesia
This presentation discussed the issues and opportunities linked to urbanization in Indonesia, and some development strategies to foster growth...
Sumedi Andono Mulyo
30 Sep 2019 Panel discussion Panel Presentation 3: The Nature of Urbanization: Implications of Urbanization Patterns and Policy Options & Reforms for Fostering Growth and Inclusion
This presentation discussed the nature of urbanization in Asia and the implications of urbanization patterns for cities role as engines of growth...
Erna Witoelar
30 Sep 2019 Panel discussion Panel Presentation 4: Perspective of Indonesian City Mayors' Association
This presentation discussed the Asosiasi Pemerintah Kota Seluruh Indonesia (APEKSI) and their strategy of creating creative and smart cities...
Airin Rachmi Diany


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