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BRIEF June 1, 2020

Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Webinars 2020

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This seminar series hosted by the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Practice in the World Bank Malaysia’s Knowledge and Research Hub features expert practitioners and researchers to address solutions around policy areas related to COVID-19 recovery and other frontier issues pertaining to the financial sector


Thematic Area

Topic

Presenters

Date

Sustainable Finance/Financial Stability

Changing Perspectives: Addressing Climate Risks in the Financial Sector

Opening Remarks: Dr. Firas Raad, Country Manager for Malaysia, World Bank

Speakers:

  • Martin Gert Jan Regelink, Sr. Financial Sector Specialist, The World Bank
  • Henk Jan Reinders, Financial Sector Specialist, the World Bank
  • Emma Dalhuijesen, Senior Adviser, the World Bank Group (former adviser, Bank of England Climate Hub)

Presentation Slides

May 20, 2020

Payment Systems and Services

Securing Social Transfers in the Time of COVID-19 (with the Social Protection Global Practice)

Speakers:

  • Harish Natarajan, Lead Financial Sector Specialist, Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, the World Bank
  • Robert Palacios, Lead Specialist, Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice, The World Bank 

Moderator: Marco Nicoli, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, the World Bank

Presentation Slides

May 19, 2020

Islamic Finance

COVID-19 Response: How Islamic Sustainable Finance Can Help

Opening Remarks: Dr. Firas Raad, Country Manager for Malaysia, World Bank

Moderator: Abayomi A. Alawode, Head of Islamic Finance, Finance Competitiveness & Innovation, World Bank

Speakers:

  • Islamic finance takes on COVID-19: Aamir A. Rehman, Senior Advisor at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) [Slides]
  • Roles of Islamic Social Finance for Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs): Muazzam Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer, Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad [Slides]
  • Sustainable Finance for COVID-19: From Impact Investors perspective: Dr Jemilah Mahmood, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia on Public Health [Slides]

May 18, 2020

Firm Financing

Leveraging E-Commerce for SMEs: Learning from the Field in East Asia

Opening Remarks: Cecile Thioro Niang, Practice Manager for East Asia and the Pacific, Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation, the World Bank

Speakers:  

  • Overview of the key challenges to SMEs for Post Covid-19 recovery and policy recommendations for SMEs support: Smita Kuriakose, Senior Economist, the World Bank [Slides]
  • Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) and its relevance to boosting e-commerce development amongst SMEs in Malaysia. Opportunities and strategies to pivot post Covid-19: Dato' Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operations Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) [Slides]
  • E-Commerce Development in China: Experience from TaoBao Villages: Xubei Luo, Senior Economist, the World Bank [Slides]
  • Digital Financial Services to Small Vendors on e-Commerce Platforms in China: Ant Financials’ approach: Howard Mu, Senior Advisor, Digital Lending, Ant Financial

May 19, 2020

Financial Stability

Borrower Relief Measures: Lessons for East Asia

Opening Remarks: Irina Astrakhan, Practice Manager, World Bank

Speakers:

  • Non-Performing Assets (NPA) Identification and Measurement Frameworks in Asia: Implications for Policy under the Pandemic: Raihan Zamil, Senior Adviser, Financial Stability Institute, Bank for International Settlements (BIS) [Slides]
  • Borrower Relief Measures in Europe and Central AsiaMiquel Dijkman, Lead Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank & Valeria Salomao Garcia, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank [Slides]

Discussant: Katia D’Hulster, Lead Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank

May 13, 2020

Sustainable Finance

Sovereign Social Bonds to fight the COVID-19 Crisis (with World Bank Treasury)

Opening Remarks: Dr Firas Raad, Country Manager, Malaysia World Bank

Speaker: Farah Imrana Hussain, Senior Financial Officer, World Bank [Slides]

May 8, 2020

Firm Financing 

Maintaining Firm Finance for Firms impacted by COVID-19: Perspectives for East Asia (with the World Bank Development Economics Research Group)

Opening Remarks: Alfonso Garcia Mora, Global Director, World Bank Group

  • Speakers:
    The Impact of COVID-19 on Financial MarketsIlhyock Shim, Head of Economics and Financial Markets for Asia and the Pacific Monetary and Economic Department (Bank for International Settlements) [Slides]
  • Financing Firms during the COVID-19 PandemicSergio Schmukler, Lead Economist and Acting Research Manager (Development Research Group, World Bank) [Slides]
  • COVID-19 and the Chinese Corporate Bond Market: Yi Huang, Associate Professor of International Economics (The Graduate Institute, Geneva) [Slides]
  • Maintaining Financing for Firms: Perspectives from Singapore: Joseph Cherian, Practice Professor of Finance (National University of Singapore) [Slides]

May 5, 2020

Payment Systems and Services

Digital Payments and Remittances in the times of COVID-19

Moderator: Marco Nicoli: Senior Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank

Speaker: Harish Natarajan, Lead Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank [Slides]

April 30, 2020

Sustainable Finance

Risk Transfer Solutions for Pandemic and Natural Disaster Risks (with World Bank Treasury)

Speakers:

  • Transferring Risk to Capital Markets: Naomi Cooney, Senior Financial Officer, World Bank Treasury 
  • World Bank Pandemic Bond: Rebeca Godoy, Senior Financial Officer, World Bank Treasury

Presentation Slides

April 15, 2020

Sustainable Finance

Environmental Information Disclosure by Financial Institutions and Green Bond Issuers (with the Sustainable Business Network and Tsinghua University)

Opening Remarks:

  • Dr Ma Jun, Chairman of China Green Finance Committee, Director of Research Center for Green Finance Development, Tsinghua University
  • Vivek Pathak, Regional Director EAP, IFC
  • Dr Firas Raad, Country Manager, Malaysia, World Bank

Speakers:

  • Arsalaan Oz Ahmed, CEO HSBC Amanah Malaysia
  • Frederic Samama, Co-Head Institutional Clients Coverage, Amundi
  • Dr Shi Zhengfang, Senior E&S Specialist, IFC
  • Tan Ai Chin, MD, Senior Banker Client Coverage & Head of Global Investment Banking, OCBC Bank Malayia
  • Crystal Geng, Principle ESG Expert, Ping An Group
  • Sean Kidney, CEO Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Francisco Avendano, Climate Operations Officer, IFC

Presentation Slides

April 2, 2020