Specialty Conference

 

Fintech to Enable Development, Investment, Financial Inclusion, and Sustainability

22 September 2020, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Philippines/Singapore Standard Time (GMT+8)
23 September 2020, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Philippines/Singapore Standard Time (GMT+8)
24 September 2020, 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm, Philippines/Singapore Standard Time (GMT+8) 

Credit constraints and a lack of access to finance remain critical challenges for many developing economies in the region. Some estimates suggest that over one billion adults have no access to financial services across Asia-Pacific. Furthermore, despite being characterized by vast savings overall, Asia faces considerable long-term investment gaps, with estimates of the gap reaching trillions of US dollars per year. New financial technologies and digital financial services may help address these challenges, mobilizing finance for efficient and inclusive intermediation as well as for sustainable development. While these technological advances offer vast opportunities, they also pose challenges, such as risks to financial stability, cyber security, and data protection, meriting consideration by policy makers. This conference will feature sessions that provide an overview on fintech and financial development, examine how fintech can be leveraged to promote financial inclusion and sustainable development, and review fintech case studies in Asia in order to unpack the challenges and opportunities that accompany financial technologies. We hope to identify useful policy considerations to narrow existing financing gaps.

Please register here. Each session has a unique live stream link and will be sent to you in separate emails, two days before the event.

22
SEP
2020
Tuesday

Opening Session

2:00 pm - 2:05 pm
Welcome Remarks
Andrew Rose, Dean and Distinguished Professor, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore
2:05 pm - 2:10 pm
Opening Remarks
Yasuyuki Sawada, Chief Economist and Director General, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank
2:10 pm - 2:15 pm
Opening Remarks
Tetsushi Sonobe, Dean, Asian Development Bank Institute


Keynote Session
Moderator: Cyn-Young Park, Director, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, Asian Development Bank

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Keynote Presentation
Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
2:45 pm - 2:50 pm


Paper Session 1 – Fintech and Financial Development: An Overview
Moderator: Bernard Yeung, President, ABFER and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore

2:50 pm - 2:55 pm
2:55 pm - 3:40 pm
Financial Intermediation and Technology: What’s Old, What’s New?

Arnoud Boot (University of Amsterdam)
Peter Hoffmann* (European Central Bank)
Luc Laeven (European Central Bank)
Lev Ratnovski (European Central Bank)

Discussant:
Thorsten Beck, Professor of Banking & Finance, Cass Business School
3:40 pm - 3:45 pm
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Asset Tokenization: A Blockchain Solution to Financing Infrastructure in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies

Yifeng Tian* (University of Florida)
Peter Adriaens* (University of Michigan)
R. Edward Minchin (University of Florida)
Charles Chang (Fudan University)
Zheng Lu (Columbia University)
Chaoying Qi (Fudan University)

Discussant:
Si Cheng, Assistant Professor of Finance, CUHK Business School, Chinese University of Hong Kong

23
SEP
2020
Wednesday

Paper Session 2 – Leveraging Fintech to Promote Financial Inclusion and Sustainable Development
Moderator: Peter Rosenkranz, Economist, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, Asian Development Bank

2:00 pm - 2:05 pm
2:05 pm - 2:50 pm
Do Innovations in Lending Help SMEs?

Tan Swee Liang (Singapore Management University)
Tok Yoke Wang* (IMF-Singapore Regional Training Institute)
Thitipat Chansriniyom* (IMF-Singapore Regional Training Institute)

Discussant:
Bihong Huang, Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank
2:50 pm - 2:55 pm
2:55 pm - 3:40 pm
Blockchain Network System for Assessing SMEs' Creditworthiness

Mariya Yesseleva-Pionka* (Australian National Institute of Management and Commerce)

Discussant:
Ke Tang, Professor, Institute of Economics, School of Social Science, Tsinghua University
3:40 pm - 3:45 pm
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Scaling Up Sustainable Investment through Blockchain-based Project Bonds

Yushi Chen* (University of Sussex)
Ulrich Volz* (SOAS University of London)

Discussant:
Shu Tian, Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank

24
SEP
2020
Thursday

Paper Session 3 – Fintech Case Studies in Asia
Moderator: Peter Morgan, Senior Consulting Economist, Vice-Chair, Research Department, Asian Development Bank Institute

2:00 pm - 2:05 pm
2:05 pm - 2:50 pm
FinTech Platform and Mutual Fund Distribution

Claire Yurong Hong* (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Xiaomeng Lu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Jun Pan (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

Discussant:
Ben Charoenwong, Assistant Professor of Finance, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore
2:50 pm - 2:55 pm
3:20 pm - 3:45 pm
Crowdfunding for Infrastructure Project Financing: Lesson Learned for Asian Countries

Nika Pranata* (Indonesia Financial Services Authority and Researcher at Economic Research Center – Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI))
Nur Firdaus (LIPI)
Erla Mychelisda (LIPI)
Achsanah Hidayatina (LIPI)

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Joint Discussion and Q&A
Johan Sulaeman, Dean’s Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Finance, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore

*Presenter. Updated as at 17 Sep 2020.

Registration

Please register here. Each session has a unique live stream link and will be sent to you in separate emails, two days before the event. 

Session Format

For each paper: Presentation 25 minutes, Discussants 10 minutes, Open discussion 10 minutes

Organizers

 
Call for Papers
Agenda (PDF)
Other Conference Papers (not presented)
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