SERD Policy Talk (SPOT) Series


SERD Policy Talk (SPOT) Series

01 December 2020 to 30 November 2022

SERD Policy Talk (SPOT) Series, organized by ADB's Southeast Asia Department, features conversations on new ideas and development beyond office walls. SPOT aims to inspire people to explore issues outside their normal area of work. SPOT encourages active interaction among the participants and ignites debate from varied perspective and approaches. Listen to the previous sessions by clicking to the links below. 

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
01 Dec 2020 01 December 2020 SERD Policy Talk (SPOT): Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and How It Can Transform the Economies in the Region
The members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and five regional partners (Australia, Japan, New Zealand, PRC, and Republic of Korea...
Jayant Menon, Cuong Minh Nguyen
01 Dec 2020 28 January 2021 SERD Policy Talk (SPOT): Transforming Education
This policy talk discussed how education is reshaping in response to COVID-19 and how students and teachers are responding in the transition. Policies...
Jian Jeffrey Xu, Yumiko Yamakawa
01 Dec 2020 26 February 2021 SERD Policy Talk (SPOT): Small Economy Challenges
Small economies face unique development challenges due to the small size of their domestic economy, limited economic base and high cost of connecting ...
David Freedman, Kanya Sasradipoera, Kavita Iyengar
01 Dec 2020 25 March 2021 SERD Policy Talk (SPOT): Building Dynamic SMEs
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have generally lagged behind, being less productive and profitable than bigger companies. Now, SMEs face the added...
Sameer Khatiwada, Emma Allen
01 Dec 2020 29 April 2021 SERD Policy Talk (SPOT): Reinvigorating the Agro-processing Industry
SEER's Takeshi Ueda, SDTC-AR's Michiko Katagami, and OPSD's Carine Donges on 29 April discussed the role of public and private sectors in reinvigorating...
Takeshi Ueda, Michiko Katagami, Carine Donges
01 Dec 2020 24 June 2021 SERD Policy Talk (SPOT): Focusing on Debt Sustainability
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised debt sustainability issues in Asia with the debt-to-GDP ratio rising from 47% in 2019 to 52% in 2020 for ASEAN economies...
Lei Lei Song, Jhelum Tini Thomas, Peter Rosenkranz
01 Dec 2020 29 July 2021 SERD Policy Talk (SPOT): Reshaping Cities in Post-COVID-19 World
The 7th SPOT on Reshaping Cities in the Post-COVID-19 World discussed these issues: a) the challenges of the urban cities in battling the impact of...
Sanjay Grover, Thuy Trang Dang, Yi Jiang, Arghya Sinha Roy
01 Dec 2020 26 August 2021 SERD Policy Talk (SPOT): Promoting Inclusive Finance
In the 8th SPOT series, Director Christine Engstrom from PSOD, Shigehiro Shinozaki from ERCD, Poornima G.W. Jayawardana from SERD, and Yoonee Jeong from...
Christine Engstrom, Shigehiro Shinozaki, Yoonee Jeong, Poornima Jayawardana
01 Dec 2020 25 November 2021 SERD Policy Talk (SPOT) Series: SPOT on the Prospects and Building Resilience of Remittances in Asia
In the 9th SPOT series, Aiko Kikkawa, Guntur Sugiyarto, and James Villafuerte from the ADB...
James Villafuerte, Jonathan Capal, Aiko Kikkawa, Guntur Sugiyarto
01 Dec 2020 10 June 2022 SERD Policy Talk (SPOT): Strengthening the Agri-food System
In the 10th SPOT webinar, Omer Zafar, Takashi Yamano, and Noorullah from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Dil Rahut from the ADB Institute, and Jennifer...
Dil Rahut, Jennifer Kim Rosenzweig, Noor Ullah, Omer A. Zafar, Takashi Yamano
01 Dec 2020 15 July 2022 SERD Policy Talk (SPOT): Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Economy
As Southeast Asia slowly bounces back from the impact of COVID-19, a return to business as usual will not only be environmentally damaging but also economically...
Shu Tian, David Dovan, Naeeda Crishna Morgado, Lorraine Elliot, Marlon Apanada
01 Dec 2020 04 November 2022 SERD Policy Talk (SPOT): Changing Workforce in the Post-COVID-19 World
In the 12th SPOT webinar, the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Keiko Nowacka and Fook Yen Chong, EIEE’sJohannes Emmerling, ILO’sChristian Viegelahn, and...
Emma Allen, Keiko Nowacka, Fook Yen Chong, Johannes Emmerling, Christian Viegelahn, Callista Ng


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