Development Cooperation in North-East Asia in Addressing COVID-19 Pandemic: Initiatives by Development Cooperation Agencies in the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea

ESCAP-CIDRN Webinar agenda


PRCM's Marzia Mongiorgi-Lorenzo on 30 July shared ADB's response to COVID-19 at the forum using examples from the PRC and Mongolia to highlight the strengthening of finance, knowledge, and partnership operations. Speakers from the region's aid agencies provided updates on how they responded to and helped other countries in the pandemic. Over 200 participants attended.

2:00 – 4:00 pm (Beijing), 3:00 – 5:00 pm (Seoul/Tokyo)

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic tests the fiscal resilience of most countries in the world, raising question on the current and post-COVID landscape of international development cooperation. While countries in East Asia are major players of development cooperation, they were one of the first hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and responded with various policy measures including the fiscal expenditures at the unprecedented scale for their people. Thus, the webinar aims to stock-take and share the latest stories of the bilateral development agencies in the North-East Asian countries on their responses to the pandemic.


• Mr. Ganbold BAASANJAV, Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office

Special welcome
• Ms. BAEK Sook Hee, Vice President, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)
• Mr. GONG Yuanshi, Vice President of China Agricultural University

• Ms. XU Xiuli, Professor, Dean of College of International Development and Global Agriculture, China Agricultural University

[Responding to COVID19 Pandemic – experiences of bilateral development cooperation in North-East Asia]

• Mr. TIAN Lin, Director-General of Department of International Cooperation, China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA)
• Ms. KIM Hyunwon, Director-General of Climate Crisis and Pandemic Response Department, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)

[Discussion: new landscape of post-COVID19 development cooperation of North-East Asian countries?]

• Mr. LI Xiaoyun, Lead Chair Professor, China Agricultural University/Chair of China International Development Research Network (CIDRN)
• Mr. KWON Huck-ju, Professor, Seoul National University/ President of Korea Association of International Development and Cooperation (KAIDEC)
• Mr. YAMAGATA Tatsufumi, Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University/ President of Japan Society for International Development (JASID)
• Ms Celia REYES, President of Philippine institute for development studies (PIDS)
• Ms. Marzia MONGIORGI-LORENZO, Head, Economics and Strategy Unit, PRC Resident Mission, East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank