“Asia’s Economic Rise — Prospects and Pitfalls”, a Conversation with Under-Secretary-General Shamshad Akhtar

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•01•26    18:30 - 19:30

    On 26 January 2017, UNU will host “Asia’s Economic Rise — Prospects and Pitfalls”, a conversation with Under-Secretary-General Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    The economic rise — or the resurgence — of the Asia-Pacific has been an important but complex development. Starting with Japan and the “Asian Tigers”, the economic trend has extended throughout much of the region, including its two giants, China and India. By some projections, the region’s share of the world economy will exceed one-half by 2050. Though the Asia-Pacific may continue to enjoy economic growth over the coming decades — fuelled by domestic and regional demand, an expanding middle class, and rapid urbanisation, to name a few — there are challenges on the horizon that threaten this growth. How can obstacles such as climate change, shifting demographics, and the recent US election outcome, be dealt with to ensure the region’s continuing economic rise?

    Dr Akhtar will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation exploring how these challenges can be managed through regional integration and economic cooperation. Dr Akhtar will offer her unique perspective as Executive Secretary of UN ESCAP on the economic rise of the Asia-Pacific.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 25 January) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Dr Shamshad Akhtar was appointed as UN Under-Secretary-General and the tenth Executive Secretary of UN ESCAP in December 2013. She has also served as UN Sherpa for the Group of Twenty, as the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa, and Director-General (South-East Asia region) of the Asian Development Bank.

    Dr Akhtar studied at Harvard University in the United States, in the United Kingdom, and in Pakistan.


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