Shared Growth Seminar

  • SGRA Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar 39 Report

      MSME and Decentralization Held: January 22, 2024 (Monday)  Seminar Report (Lite Version) (HD Version available on request from editor)
  • SGRA Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar 38 Report

    SGRA Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar 38 Report In Search of Community Currency Held: October 14, 2023 (Sat.) Seminar Report (Lite Version) (HD Version available on request from editor)  
  • SGRA Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar 37 Report

    SGRA Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar 37 Report East Asian Dynamics Posted: May 2023 Organized By: College of Public Affairs and Development/University of the Philippines Los Baños; Institute for Northeast Asian Future; and Sekiguchi Global Research Association/Atsumi International Foundation Seminar Report (Lite Version) (HD Version available on request from editor)
  • Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar #37 (KKK 37) – East Asia Dynamics –

    Registration is now being accepted for the 37th Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar to be held on April 10th, through the collaboration of the Institute for Northeast Asian Future, Cpaf Uplb, and SGRA PH Sekiguchi Global Research Association of Atsumi Zaidan.   Title: East Asia Dynamics  Date and Time: April 10th, 2023(Monday)10:00~13:00 (Japan Time) / 9:00~12:00 (Philippine Time)  Venue: Atsumi Foundation Hall (Tokyo) &   Online (Zoom meeting) Charge: Free Registration: Register from the KKK37 Registration Form *A link for participation will be sent to those who have registered.   Host : Atsumi International Foundation Sekiguchi Global Research Association (SGRA) Co-hosts: College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Co-hosts: Institute for Northeast Asian Future (INAF)   Inquiry: SGRA Secretariat   [email protected]     【Overview】   The World Bank's "East Asian Miracle Report" (1993), a study of the rapid growth achieved by eight East Asian countries, including Japan, was controversial in every sense of the word, but it should be noted that it focused on the theme of "growth and equity" as early as the report. This theme has recently gained popularity again with Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the 21st Century" (2014) and J.E. Stiglitz's "Price of Inequality" (2013). The unifying theme of this seminar series, inspired by this discussion, is "Shared Growth" (SHARED GROWTH), which refers to the simultaneous distribution of wealth and economic growth. However, this seminar will focus on aspects not covered in the "East Asian Miracle Report," namely "regionalism" and "decentralization," in order to better understand the dynamics of economic development in East Asia from the perspective of "shared growth. The discussion of "regionalism" will focus on the positive aspects of the "Flying Geese Model," which was conceived by the Japanese researcher      Akamatsu Kaname in the 1930s. This seminar will re-evaluate the significance of this theory in the development of the region, which in the 1980s gained renewed attention as an explanatory theory for the remarkable economic development of East Asia. Another trend that took place in East Asia in the 1990s was "decentralization”. Economic growth is supported by a society that sustains decentralization, which      can be thought of as a mechanism for supporting and diffusing growth. ※KKK stands for Kahusayan (Efficiency), Katarungan (Equity), and Kalikasan (Environment), which represents the socio-economic goals of sustainable shared growth. It is also the name of the revolutionary organization that fought for the independence of the Philippines from Spain. For the Philippines, therefore, KKK stands for what is most noble in her traditions, and is very much against repression, albeit peacefully. We feel that the Philippines is in dire need of sustainable shared growth, and requires nothing short of a revolution in our ways of thinking and acting.     【Program】   Presentation1: “Regionalization in East Asia” by Dr. Hitoshi Hirakawa ……………...…..(INAF, SGRA/AISF, Nagoya University)   In today’s presentation, the presenter uses the term "regionalization" as a comprehensive concept that indicates regionalism, regional cooperation, regional integration, and their institutionalization in East Asia (Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia) in a broad sense. Regionalism had two origins. One is Northeast Asia (mainly Japan) and the other is Southeast Asia. Both coexisted before the Asian currency crisis, and since then the ASEAN+3 framework, born out of it, has paved the way for multilayered institutionalization and economic integration. However, regional economic integration through the leadership rivalry of major countries has become the driving force, and it is facing new challenges. This presentation provides an overview of regionalization in East Asia over the past century and attempts to draw lessons for today's issues.     Presentation2:  “Decentralization in East Asia” by Dr. Max Maquito ………………………………...(CPAf/UPLB, SGRA/AISF)   We look at decentralization within nations as another force that defines the dynamics of East Asia. In my presentation, I will discuss whether decentralization is a substitute or complement to regionalization, another force that we think defines the dynamics of East Asia. I touch on two conditions whereby the two forces could be mutually complementary. The first condition pertains to the appropriate empowerment of the state. The state finds itself at the vortex of two conflicting forces, where it must find a suitable equilibrium. The second condition pertains to the existence of a common principle in these two forces that could feed on each other. One such common principle is that of shared growth.     Discussion: Seminar Chair: Dr. Max Maquito………………….(CPAf/UPLB, SGRA/AISF)   “ Possible Future Research Directions: Mutually Constitutive Regionalization and Decentralization, ASEAN and Citizen Positioning” by Atty. Damcelle Cortes ………………………………………..(CPAf/UPLB)   Regionalization and decentralization offer promising pathways for achieving shared growth. I offer another perspective for understanding their interface, that is that they are not just complementary but mutually constitutive. I further raise some insights and questions prompted by the presentations. One involves locating shared growth, ASEAN values and the citizen in the regionalization discourse. Another focuses on the nuanced and complex nature of decentralization.     “Regionalism by Local Governments and NGOs: Experiences in the Northeast Asia Region” by Gangzhe Li ………………………………………(INAF, SGRA/AISF)   With the collapse of the Cold War, regionalism began to gain momentum in the 1990s in the Northeast Asian region, where the socialist and capitalist camps used to be in conflict. Although decentralization processes varied, international regional development projects that transcended national borders were launched and moves toward the formation of sub-regional economic zones (SREZ) gained momentum. I believe that these international regional development projects are contributing to shared growth, as some progress has been made in decentralization along with the formation of SREZ.Dr.     “Case study of decentralization in Indonesia" by Dr. Jakfar Idrus …………………………(Kokushikan University, SGRA/AISF)   Although at first glance regionalism/regional integration and decentralization appear to be conflicting concepts, this study provides an innovative and new theoretical framework and argues that both concepts are mutually influential. It is necessary to clarify that decentralization as a mechanism for shared growth is a multifaceted issue. In Indonesia, decentralization at the local level has resulted in the concentration of power, wealth, and resources. Therefore, we must look at aspects of its implementation, not just administrative and fiscal decentralization. While state empowerment is certainly an important factor, community empowerment is also a core and critical issue for shared growth to be achieved.     Closing Remarks: Dr. Max Maquito…………………………………(CPAf/UPLB, SGRA/AISF)   See programme for more details. Programme in English Programme in Japanese Website in Japanese We hope to see you and your friends at the seminar!
  • SGRA Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar 36 Report

    SGRA Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar 36 Report SGRA Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar 36 Report In Search of Community Currency: A Study in Community Innovations Posted: March 2023 Organized By: Faculty of Management and Development Studies/University of the Philippines Open University; College of Public Affairs and Development/University of the Philippines Los Baños; Sekiguchi Global Research Association/Atsumi International Foundation Seminar Report (Lite Version) (HD Version available on request from editor)
  • SGRA Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar 35 Report

    SGRA Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar 35 Report Building the Next Singapore(s) in the Regions: the Case of Butuan Posted: February 2023 Organized By: Faculty of Management and Development Studies/University of the Philippines Open University; College of Public Affairs and Development/University of the Philippines Los Baños; Sekiguchi Global Research Association/Atsumi International Foundation Seminar Report (Lite Version) (HD Version available on request from editor)  
  • SGRA Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar 34 Report

    SGRA Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar 34 Report Real Property Valuation and Assessment Reform with Laguna Municipal Treasurers Posted: January 2023 In collaboration with College of Public Affairs and Development of the University of the Philippines Los Baños Seminar Report (Lite Version) (HD Version available on request from editor)
  • AFC 6 RoundTable 2 Report

    SGRA Report Special Issue   AFC6 Round Table 2 Contemplating the World from Southeast Asian Lens 1:  "Community and Global Capitalism ~ It’s a Small World After All ~"   Date:August 29, 2022 (Mon) Venue:Taiwan (via ZOOM) Organizer:Atsumi International Foundation Sekiguchi Global Research Association (SGRA)   Abstract In a world that seems to misconstrue globalization as global standardization that is based on establishing hegemonies, ASEAN stands in stark contrast with its respect for diversity based on a principle of non-interventionism. This call for harmony amidst diversity is in fact the hallmark of the Atsumi International Foundation’s vision of good global citizenship. This in turn has been imbibed by the Sekiguchi Global Research Association, which has been organizing various seminars, one of which is the sustainable shared growth seminar series in the Philippines.    These sustainable shared growth seminars have always been concerned with communities. This proposed session is in line with the seminars’ focus on decentralization as a major principle in attaining sustainable shared growth. In the roundtable, this focus on communities is taken using international, interdisciplinary, and inter-sectoral lenses, with a strong Southeast Asian perspective.   The term ‘small world” is understood in two senses. In the first sense, we borrow from social network theory, which looks at nodes in a complex network as being effectively separated by small degrees so that everyone essentially lives in a small world. In the second sense, we refer to the small worlds of communities, the microcosms of our societies.   Social Network theory tells us that a small world network, especially with scale-free tendencies, tends to create hubs, which make the network more efficient, as well as more robust against random shocks, such as natural disasters, but less robust against orchestrated shocks, such as simultaneous terrorist attacks. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us once again that the global economy is a small world after all. While conspiracy theories would tell us that this was a concerted attack that brought the global economy to its knees, latest evidence-based analysis tells us otherwise. In either case, the pandemic is similar to an orchestrated terrorist bombing attack as it almost simultaneously struck the major hubs of the global economy. This is a natural result of the hubs being the major points of entry of people or virus carriers from all over the world.   This roundtable brings together those from Southeast Asia who are contemplating communities in a turbulent global economy. The pandemic has also reminded us that the small worlds of communities may just be important after all.    Click here for the report.   Sekiguchi Global Research Association (SGRA) Atsumi International Foundation
  • SGRA Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar 33 Report

    SGRA Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar 33 Report The Philippine Construction Industry and Directly Unproductive Extra Costs Posted: October 2022 In collaboration with College of Public Affairs and Development of the University of the Philippines Los Baños Seminar Report (Lite Version) Seminar Report (HD Version)    
  • SGRA Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar 32 Report

    Rural Organizations Posted: March 2022 In collaboration with College of Public Affairs and Development of the University of the Philippines Los Baños Seminar Report (Lite Version) Seminar Report (HD Version)