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Principal Economist, Economic Research and Development Impact Department, Asian Development Bank
Paul is fascinated by the process of economic development and how some countries become rich while others remain poor. His interests include industrialization, human capital development, enterprise finance, and the labor market. He taught in the United Kingdom and India before joining ADB in 2010. He was seconded to the ADB Institute in Tokyo and later took temporary leave to teach in Thailand. He holds a PhD in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
The city-state offers a good case example for other Southeast Asian countries vying to become tech and innovation hubs.
Tech startups in agriculture, education, environment, and health have high potential for social impact but need a supportive ecosystem to thrive.
Large-scale and youth-targeted government policies can mitigate the short- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on youth employment in Asia.
Governments must have a strategy that looks at SMEs at the enterprise level to help them survive in the new normal.