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IMF Conference co-hosted by Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and Fiscal Affairs Department

Designing Fiscally Sustainable and Equitable Pension Systems in Asia in the Post-crisis World

January 9 – 10, 2013
Tokyo, Japan


The conference—jointly organized by the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD) and Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (OAP)—will assess the challenges advanced and emerging countries in the Asia-Pacific region face with their public pension systems and will explore options to address them in a fiscally sustainable and equitable manner. To do so the conference will draw on theoretical insights and country experiences from the region. The conference will include a policy-focused panel discussion. A press conference will be held after this event.

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Designing Fiscally Sustainable and Equitable Pension Systems
in Asia in the Post-crisis World
Tokyo, Japan
Day 1—Wednesday, January 9

9:00–9:15 am

Registration

9:15–9:30 am

Opening Remarks

  • Shogo Ishii (Director, IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific)
  • Sanjeev Gupta (Deputy Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF)

9:30–11:00 am

Session 1: Trends and outlook for public pension spending in Asia in comparative perspective

This session will provide an assessment of the factors that have driven public pension spending in Asia and other regions since 1970, including population aging, expanding coverage, and increases in generosity. Projections of future public pension spending, attitudes towards the role of the state in providing pensions, and the issues of inter-generational and gender fairness of different types of pension systems will also be discussed.

11:00–11:15 am

Coffee break

11:15 am–12:45 pm

Session 2: Cross-country experiences and challenges

This session will examine the reform experiences of advanced and emerging Asian economies, with a view to determining the lessons for other advanced and emerging economies of the region as they seek to implement fiscally sustainable and equitable pension systems. It will also examine the role of the public and private sectors in ensuring retirement incomes.

12:45–2:15 pm

Lunch

2:15–3:45 pm

Session 3: Reform strategies: the experience of emerging Asian economies

The country case studies presented in this session will examine reform experiences in selected emerging Asian economies and remaining challenges in expanding coverage and adequacy in a fiscally sustainable and equitable manner.

3:45–4:00 pm

Coffee break

4:00–5:30 pm

Session 4: Reform strategies: the experience of advanced Asian economies

The session will examine the experiences of selected advanced Asian economies, in particular the impact of the crisis on the sustainability and equity of existing pension arrangements and the need for further reforms.

6:30–9:00 pm

Dinner reception
Keynote Speech by Nobumitsu Hayashi (President of Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Finance, Japan)

Day 2—Thhursday, January 10

9:00–10:30 am

Session 5: The role of private pensions in providing equitable and sustainable pensions in the post-crisis world

This session will examine the challenges and opportunities facing private pension plans, including occupational pensions, in a low-yield and aging post-crisis world as seen by industry participants.

10:30–10:45 am

Coffee break

10:45 am–12:15 pm

Session 6: Policy Panel Discussion
Ensuring equitable and sustainable pension outcomes in Asia

This panel will discuss policy options for achieving sustainable and equitable pensions. Panelists will address: (1) which reforms are preferable for emerging Asia to expand coverage and ensure pension adequacy for men and women; (2) what lessons—if any—to take away from the financial and economic crisis; (3) the impact of reforms on the fairness across generations and gender fairness in advanced Asian economies, (4) the role of provident funds and private pension funds in providing equitable and sustainable pensions; and (5) the political economy of reforms.

  • Moderator: Sanjeev Gupta (Deputy Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF)
  • Panelist 1: Mukul Asher (Professor, National University of Singapore)
  • Panelist 2: Nicholas Barr (Professor, London School of Economics)
  • Panelist 3: Noriyasu Watanabe (President, International Pension Research Institute, Japan)
  • Panelist 4: Srikanya Yathip (Deputy Secretary General, Member Relations and Communication Group, Government Pension Fund, Thailand)

12:15–12:30 pm

Closing Remarks

12:30–2:00 pm

Light Lunch