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TOKYO (Nikkei)--Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung called on the Asian Development Bank to play a greater role in preventing the global financial crisis from significantly slowing Asian growth, at an economic forum here Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--India's economy will likely grow 4-6% in real terms in the fiscal year through March, said eminent Indian economist Shankar Acharya during a panel discussion at the annual Future of Asia forum here Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Asian nations must take coordinated action to recover from the economic crisis, said Sarah Cliffe, World Bank Director of Strategy and Operations for the East Asia and Pacific Region, on Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--The Chinese economy will grow by about 8% this year, said the director of a key Chinese financial research organization at the annual Future of Asia conference here Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Former Bank of Japan deputy governor Toshiro Muto emphasized the importance of creating an inclusive regional economic structure in Asia, during a panel discussion at the annual Future of Asia forum here Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Lao Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh called on industrialized nations Thursday to provide his country with further technological and financial support.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Japan should take a leading role in working with Western nations to overhaul the current financial and banking system, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad said at the annual Future of Asia conference here Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Asian countries should shift from export-focused growth strategies to those supported by domestic demand, Yoshiji Nogami, president of the Japan Institute of International Affairs, said at The Future of Asia forum here Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Solar power generation will be able to satisfy 30% of global electricity demand in 30 years, said Ellick K.J. Liao, president of Taiwan solar cell maker Gintech Energy Corp., at the annual Future of Asia conference here Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Keppel Corp. Chief Executive Ko Kheng Hwa said at the annual Future of Asia conference here Thursday that the Singapore government-affiliated company is building a new type of eco-friendly city capable of energy recycling.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--The Green New Deal advocated by U.S. President Barack Obama is a policy that turns hardship into business opportunity, said Ikutoshi Matsumura, executive vice president of Nippon Oil Corp. (5001) at the annual Future of Asia conference here Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshihiro Nikai said Friday it is important to build a new scheme using private funds to realize an extensive developmental project to link East Asia, ASEAN nations and India.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--The administration of Barack Obama should revive America's leadership by having closer consultations with other countries over foreign policy issues, Shotaro Yachi, special envoy of the government of Japan and former vice minister for foreign affairs, said Friday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Although the six-party framework has been unable to solve North Korea's nuclear problems, related countries should cooperate toward a solution, Kim Suk-woo, former vice minister for South Korea's ministry of unification, said Friday during a panel discussion at Nikkei Inc.'s Future of Asia forum.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry said during a panel discussion at the annual Future of Asia conference here Friday that the Obama administration will likely judge that the six-party talk framework has failed, noting that North Korea once detonated a nuclear device despite the aid-for-disarmament arrangement.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--China values former U.S. president George W. Bush's efforts, "as he laid a groundwork for the two countries to exchange views with candor," said Professor Zhu Jianrong of Toyo Gakuen University at an international forum here Friday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--China's gross domestic product will likely grow this year by 8% and India's by 6%, said Lee Kuan Yew, minister mentor of Singapore, here on Friday at the annual Future of Asia forum.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Asian countries must address widening income gaps if they want to engineer quick recoveries and promote development, Kazuo Ogoura, president of the Japan Foundation, said at an economic forum here Friday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Governments must resolve the confidence crisis in order for economies to recover from the ongoing turmoil, said Heizo Takenaka, senior advisor to the Japan Center for Economic Research, here on Friday at the annual Future of Asia forum.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Korbsak Sabhavasu, deputy prime minister of Thailand, said in a speech at an economic forum here on Friday that his country will launch a job creation program in response to the downturn, spending the equivalent of 45 billion dollars over each of the next three years.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Jiro Nakamura, a director at Nippon Express Co. (9062), said during a panel discussion at an economic forum here on Friday that land transport is growing in importance relative to air and sea transport in Asia.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Companies would benefit from having access to more transport routes, Canon Inc. (7751) Director Tetsuro Tahara said at the annual Future of Asia forum here Friday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Vietnamese Minister of Transport Ho Nghia Dzung emphasized the importance of improving distribution services, such as truck transportation, in and around his country, during the annual Future of Asia conferenceheld here Friday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Japan's "East Asia Industrial Artery Initiative" should promote stronger regional bonds, said former Indian Ambassador to Japan Aftab Seth in a speech delivered at the annual Future of Asia conference here Friday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Establishing effective regional distribution channels is key to the continued growth of East Asia, Keio University Professor Fukunari Kimura said at the annual Future of Asia forum here Friday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Large-scale Japanese-led infrastructure development projects and institutional reforms across East Asia will result in a "great economic leap" in the region, said Hiroyuki Ishige, Japan's vice minister of economy, trade and industry, at an international forum here Friday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) is playing an earlier-than-expected role due to the financial crisis, said Toshihiro Nikai, minister of economy, trade and industry, here on Friday at the annual Future of Asia conference.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Japan, China and South Korea need a new framework for expanding cooperation and resolving pending issues at a time when their economic interdependence is deepening, South Korean Prime Minister Han Seung-soo said at an international forum here Friday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Companies in Japan and Southeast Asia that make products such as multicrystalline silicon and electronic equipment should work together in the field of solar power generation, some participants at the annual Future of Asia conference said Thursday in Tokyo.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Prime Minister Taro Aso, in outlining a long-term vision for Asia on Thursday, appeared eager to elevate Japan's status in the region and position his country as a leader for regional economic development.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Laos will consider legal changes to create a fair environment for investors and attract foreign capital, Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh told attendees at the 15th International Conference on the Future of Asia held here Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Prime Minister Taro Aso said Thursday that Japan will provide 67 billion dollars in development assistance, trade insurance and other support for Asian nations as part of an all-out effort to double the region's economic output by 2020.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Concluding that the six-party talks intended to halt North Korea's nuclear program were a failure, former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry said Friday that his country will have to work closely with Japan and South Korea to find a better approach.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Investment in human capital is crucial for the long-term development of East Asia, the World Bank's Sarah Cliffe told The Nikkei on Friday, highlighting the importance of education, health care and other social infrastructure.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--China needs another 40 years or so to develop into a fully modern country, although some fast-growing coastal areas may get there within 30 years, former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew said Friday at Nikkei Inc.'s International Conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo.
Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.