Seminar & Events
Poverty Reduction and Beyond: Development Strategies for Low–Income Countries
On November 29th, 2007 in Tokyo, IDE-JETRO held a symposium—together with the Asahi Shimbun and the World Bank—examining the usefulness of ODA. The efforts underway to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been only partially successful thus far. East and South Asia, led by China and India, have reduced poverty by significant margins, however, many countries in Sub Saharan Africa are still quite far from achieving the goals and their future progress in reducing poverty is likely to depend upon continuing external assistance. The purpose of this symposium was to promote discussion and debate so as to help improve the tools now in use and to point the way to fresh and promising possibilities. Participants were requested to propose changes that could increase the impact of poverty reducing measures now in use; new policies and institutional mechanisms; and alternative strategies for pursuing the MDG goals in countries where progress to date has been slow. The keynote speeches by Dr. William R. Easterly of New York University and Dr. Shahid Yusuf of the World bank were followed by presentations by other experts and a panel discussion in which participants engaged in active dialog on the better way of the international assistance and the development strategies to the world‘s poorer countries and related topics posed by audience members. IDE-JETRO offers its sincere gratitude to the distinguished speakers and panelists—and to the more than 300 audience members—for making the event a confirmed success.
Date&time:November 29, 2007, (Thursday)13:00-18:30 (Open 12:15)
(14F, Keidanren Kaikan 1-9-4 Otemachi, Tokyo)
Languages:Simultaneous interpretation of Japanese & English and sign language of Japanese are available
Organizer:JETRO, The World Bank, Asahi Shimbun
Participation fee:JETRO or IDE-JETRO Members, Students: 2,000 (3,000) yen
Non-members: 3,000 (4,000) yen
* Figures in brackets are fees when joining the reception party from 18:30
Contact:External Relations Division, IDE-JETRO
3-2-2 Wakaba, Mihama-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba 261-8545
TEL: 043-299-9536 FAX: 043-299-9726)
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13:00 -13:10Tadashi Izawa (President, JETRO)
Takashi Kasuya(Managing Editor of TokyoEditorial Division,Asahishimbun)
Lester J. Dally(Acting Special Representative,Japan,World Bank)
13:30 -14:20William Easterly, Professor, Department of Economics, New York University
"Free Markets and Economic Development "
14:20 -15:10Shahid Yusuf, Economic Adviser, Development Economics Research Group World Bank
"Reducing Poverty Through Innovation "
15:20 -15:50Tatsufumi Yamagata, Director, Development Strategies Studies Group, Development Studies Center, IDE-JETRO
"Industrialization cum Poverty Reduction: The Cases of Bangladesh and Cambodia "
15:50 -16:20Simeen Mahmud, Research Director, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies
"The Pledge to End Poverty: The Image and the Reality of International Aid for Health and Population "
16:20 -16:50Katsumi Hirano, Senior Researcher, Area Studies Center, IDE-JETRO
"What is Happening in "Poor" Africa? "
Hiroshi Sato, Director-General, Research Promotion Department, IDE-JETRO
Hiroshi Kato, Director General, Institute for International Cooperation, Japan International Cooperation Agency Presentation
18:20Akifumi Kuchiki (Executive Vice President, JETRO)
18:30 -20:00(Crystal Room, 9F Keidanren Kaikan)