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ABCDE Tokyo 2006

ABCDE 2006 was held May 29-30 in Tokyo, Japan, co-sponsored by the World Bank and Japenese Ministry of Finance. The theme of the conference was "Rethinking Infrastructure for Development". Sessions addressed several major topics related to infrastructure and growth, climate change, energy efficiency, rural development, agriculture and the implications for regional cooperation.


The conference featured research papers and working sessions on four topics:

  • Infrastructure and growth
  • Infrastructure and sustainable development: climate change, clean energy, and energy efficiency
  • Rural infrastructure and agricultural development
  • Infrastructure and regional cooperation

Opening Speeches
Sadakazu TANIGAKI, Minister of Finance, Japan
Paul WOLFOWITZ, President, The World Bank Group

Plenary Session 1
Infrastructure for Growth: Emerging Issues
Antonio ESTACHE, Senior Economic Adviser, Infrastructure Vice Presidency, The World Bank

Plenary Session 2
Sustainable Development and Infrastructure: Climate Change, Clean Energy, and Energy Efficiency
Michael GRUBB, Chief Economist, UK Carbon Trust and Senior Research Associate, Department of Applied Economics, Cambridge University, UK

Management of Energy Resources in China
Jiang KEJUN, Energy Research Institute, China

Plenary Session 3
Rural Agriculture and Infrastructure Development
Per PINSTRUP-ANDERSEN, Chair of the Science Council, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

Economic Development Capitalizing on Brand Agriculture: Turning Development Strategy on Its Head
Masahisa FUJITA, Professor, Kyoto University, Japan and President, Institute of Developing Economies-Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO), Japan

Plenary Session 4
Infrastructure and Regional Cooperation
Haruhiko KURODA, President, Asian Development Bank

Keynote Address
Infrastructure Development and Human Security
Sadako OGATA, President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan

Closing Speech
Francois BOURGUIGNON, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, The World Bank (Chair of the ABCDE Steering Committee)

Parallel Session Papers

Infrastructure and Governance
Anton EBERHARD, Graduate School of Business (GSB), University of Cape Town, South Africa (paper; ppt. presentation)
Donal T. O’LEARY, Senior Advisor, Transparency International (TI) (paper; ppt. presentation)
Tina SOREIDE, Research Fellow, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway (paper; ppt. presentation)

Trade-Induced Changes in Economic Inequalities: Assessment Issues and Policy Implications for Developing Countries
Edward ANDERSON, Research Officer, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK
(paper; ppt. presentation)
Andrew CHARLTON, Research Officer, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics, UK (ppt. presentation)
Tancrede VOITURIEZ, Head of Trade Program, Institut du Developpement Durable et des Relations Internationales (IDDRI), France (paper; ppt. presentation)

Integrating Disaster Prevention into Infrastructure Development
Yoshiaki KAWATA, Director and Professor, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan (ppt. presentation)
Quamrul Islam SIDDQUE, Former Chief Engineer and Advisor to Local Government Engineering Department, Bangladesh (ppt. presentation)
Mustafa Ohzan YAGUCI, High Ranked Architect Engineer, Directorate of Ground and Research, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey (ppt. presentation)

Transit Migration and the Economy of Transit Countries

Graeme HUGO, Director, National Centre for Social Applications of Geographical Information Systems, University of Adelaide, Australia (ppt. presentation)
Ahmet IÇDUYGU, Professor, Department of International Relations, Koç University Istanbul, Turkey (ppt. presentation)

Second Series

Urban Infrastructure for Pro-Poor Growth in Emerging Asia
Keshav VARMA, Director, Urban Development, East Asia and Pacific Region, The World Bank
(ppt. presentation)
Hiroto ARAKAWA, Executive Director, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Japan
(ppt. presentation; paper)
Pierre JACQUET, Executive Director, Agence française du Developpement (AfD), France
(ppt. presentation)
Norbert KLOPPENBURG, Senior Vice President, Asia and Europe Department, KfW Development Bank (KfW), Germany (ppt. presentation)

The Prospects and Consequences of Growth in China and India
Guanghua WAN, Senior Research Fellow, United Nations University (UNU-WIDER)
(paper; ppt. presentation)
Mahvash Saeed QURESHI, Trinity College, UK (paper; ppt. presentation)
Yin ZHANG, Professor, College of Economics and Management, Northwest University, China
(ppt. presentation)
Shantong LI, Development Research Center, The State Council, China (ppt. presentation)

Why Human Security Now? Challenges for Implementation at Regional and Country Levels

China and India Impact in Developing Countries: Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Nicolas PINAUD, Economist, OECD Development Centre (ppt. presentation)
Harry G. BROADMAN, Economic Advisor, Africa Region, The World Bank (ppt. presentation)
Javier SANTISO, Chief Development Economist and Deputy Director, OECD Development Centre
(ppt. presentation)
John WEISS, Research Director, Asian Development Bank Institute, Japan
(paper; ppt. presentation)

Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy in Poor Countries
Thuc Duc LE, Institute of Economics, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Vietnam
(paper; ppt. presentation)
Alejandro F. MERCADO, Director, Instituto de Investigaciones Socio-Económicas, Universidad Católica Boliviana, Bolivia (ppt. presentation)
Rodney SCHMIDT, The North South Institute, Canada (paper)

Third Series

Industrial Network in the Asia-Pacific Region
Bo MENG, Microeconomic Analysis Group, Development Studies Center, Institute of Development Economies (IDE- JETRO), Japan (ppt. presentation)

The Role of Private Foundations in the MDGs International Financing from a Regional and Multilateral Perspective
Joseph ZIMET, NGOs and Foundations Liaison Officer, Agence française du Développement (AfD), France (ppt. presentation)
Benoît CHERVALIER, Transatlantic Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (paper)

Investing in Agriculture for Poverty Reduction
Keijiro OTSUKA, Professorial Fellow, Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID), Japan (ppt. presentation)
Yasuyuki SAWADA, University of Tokyo, Japan (ppt. presentation)
Ousmane BADIANE, Africa Coordinator, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Senior Research Advisor, The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)
(ppt. presentation)
Ernesto GARILAO, Asian Institute of Management, Philippines (paper; ppt. presentation)

The Emergence of an Organized Private Sector in China
Hu ANGANG, Director, Center of China Studies, Tsinghua University, China (ppt. presentation)
Bai CHONG-EN, Dean, Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, China (ppt. presentation)
David DOLLAR, Country Director for China and Mongolia, The World Bank (ppt. presentation)

Africa Economic Outlook 2006: An Overview of Recent Economic, Social, and Political Development in 30 African Countries
Lucia WEGNER, Economist, OECD Development Centre (ppt. presentation)
Mikael SODERBACK, Senior Policy Analyst, Poverty Reduction and Growth Division, OECD Development Cooperation Directorate (ppt. presentation)
Rosetti Nabbumba NAYENGA, Policy Analyst, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economy, Uganda (ppt. presentation)

Breakfast Session Papers:

First Series, May 29

Water Resouce Management and Infrastructure Development
Organizers: Japan Water Forum; The World Bank, Tokyo Office
(ppt. presentation)

Reducing Poverty on a Global Scale. Learning and Innovating for Development
Frannie LEAUTIER, Vice-President, World Bank Institute (ppt. presentation)
Teruyuki TANABE, Executive Director, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Institute
(ppt. presentation)

Second Series, May 30

The Transfer of Public Infrastructure and Equipment in the Decentralization Process
Bernard BIZET, Professor, Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC), France (ppt. presentation)

The UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research, and Knowledge. Higher Education, Research, and Knowledge in the Asia Pacific Region
Rose Marie SALAZAR-CLEMENA, Executive Vice- President, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Philippines (ppt. presentation)
Lynn MEEK, Professor and Director, Centre for Higher Education Management and Policy, University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia (ppt. presentation)
Charas SUWANWELA, Professor Emeritus and Chairperson, Chulalongkorn University Council, Thailand (ppt. presentation)

Japan: Moving Toward an Advanced Knowledge Economy

Tsutomu SHIBATA, Senior Adviser, World Bank Institute (ppt. presentation)
Risaburo NEZU, Senior Executive Officer, Fujitsu Research Institute, Japan (ppt. presentation)
Ho-Chul LEE, Director General, Public Procurement Service, Korea (ppt. presentation)

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