October 10, 2014 @ 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (ET)

Asia is transforming from a manufacturing hub to a group of vibrant, diverse and interconnected markets with a rising middle-class population. The financial sector needs to serve Asia’s transformation to its new growth models—growth that is more consumption-driven and more inclusive, with the private sector playing an increasingly important role. Such a transformation in the region would also have far reaching effects for the rest of the world. 

Some key questions for discussion in this session include:

(i) how can Asia develop a long-term investor base (e.g., pension funds and life insurance) to provide a stable source of finance for infrastructure and companies?

(ii) how can Asia’s financial systems better support SMEs, start-ups, and the region’s service sectors?

(iii) what are the appropriate roles for the private and public sectors in the process of financial development?