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東京大学公共政策大学院 | GraSPP / Graduate School of Public Policy | The university of Tokyo

GraSPP Research Seminar/HSP Seminar “AIIB Today—Its Governance and the Rule of Law”
Mr. Gerard SANDERS and Mr. Xuan GAO November 22, 2018

GraSPP Research Seminar

Report

On November 22, 2018, GraSPP hosted a research seminar titled “AIIB Today—Its Governance & the Rule of Law—” with Graduate Program on Human Security (HSP), Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) began its operations in January 2016. Together with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), “AIIB” is one of the most popular topics today for the people involved in development finance with a focus on Asia. Some people express concerns on AIIB’s governance, transparency and accountability and others wonder if AIIB could be independent of China’s political influence. Good governance, transparency and accountability have been concerns for Japanese policy makers while AIIB’s growing presence appears to attract interests of Japan’s businesses in the context of China’s BRI.

While addressing these concerns and questions and seeking clearer views about AIIB, the seminar provided the audience with an opportunity to discuss possible policies of Japan to cooperate and collaborate with AIIB as well as China for its BRI. The main focus was governance and the rule of law, and access to justice for sustainable development as prescribed in the Goal 16 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Two speakers from AIIB, Mr. Gerard Sanders, General Counsel, and Ms. Ranjini Ramakrishnan, Senior Counsel, gave an overview of AIIB. The participants learned how AIIB was working for dispelling the concerns on issues on its governance, transparency and accountability as well as how it was complementary to China’s BRI. The panel session, joined by Prof. Yasunobu Sato from HSP and Prof. Toshiro Nishizawa from GraSPP, invited the audience to discuss implications for Japan’s policy directions going forward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Date: Thursday,  November 22nd 2018

Time: 10:00−12:00

Venue: SMBC Academia Hall, 4F, International Academic Research Building, The University of Tokyo (MAP)

Speakers:

Mr. Gerard SANDERS, General Counsel, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Mr. Xuan GAO, Ph.D., Senior Counsel, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Discussants:

Prof. Yasunobu SATO, Ph.D., Graduate Program on Human Security (HSP), Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, The University of Tokyo

Prof. Toshiro NISHIZAWA, Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), The University of Tokyo

Language: English

Capacity: 80 persons

Registration: Needed. Please register from here

Co-hosted by: Graduate Program on Human Security (HSP)

Background:

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) began its operations in January 2016. Loans approved since inception have reached US$6.3 billion. The total number of member countries plus other countries whose membership applications have been approved by AIIB has reached 87 worldwide, with all G20 countries except Japan, Mexico and the United States having joined or in the process to join the Bank. Good governance, transparency and accountability have been concerns for Japanese policy makers while AIIB’s growing presence appears to attract interests of Japan’s businesses in the context of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Objectives:

We learn how AIIB is working for dispelling the concerns on issues on its governance, transparency and accountability as well as how it is independent of and in the meanwhile complementary to China’s BRI. We discuss possible policies of Japan to cooperate and collaborate with AIIB as well as China for its BRI for rule of law and access to justice for sustainable development as prescribed in the Goal 16 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Inquiry: graspp_eventinfo[at]pp.u-tokyo.ac.jp