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Regional Director (Pacific Subregional Office), Pacific Department, Asian Development Bank
Aaron Batten, prior to his current position, was senior planning and policy economist at ADB's Strategy, Policy and Partnerships Department. He was also country economist at the Viet Nam Resident Mission and served in the same role at the Papua New Guinea Resident Mission. Prior to joining ADB, he was economic adviser to the Government of Malawi, focusing on fiscal reform and debt management. He has also worked on structural reform and regional trade and integration issues at the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research and the Australian Commonwealth Treasury.
To increase sustainability and inclusiveness of growth, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste need to look at ways to improve the quality and efficiency of public spending.