Free Public Talk on
“Regional Economic Outlook for Asia”

by Dr Changyong Rhee,
Director, Asia and Pacific Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Wawasan Open University, through the George Town Institute of Open and Advanced Studies (GIOAS), is organising a public talk on “Regional Economic Outlook for Asia”.

Dr Changyong Rhee will highlight the current economic trends and recent developments in the region, including the uncertainties, challenges and expected risks to the economy in Asia. He will also reflect on emerging trends and global conditions affecting the Asian economy, and give us a glimpse into the future economic outlook for the year. From his vast knowledge and experience in the banking and financial industry, he will share some policy recommendations for the region of Asia.

Dr Rhee is Director of the Asia and Pacific Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he oversees the Fund’s work on the region, including its lending operations and bilateral and multilateral surveillance of economics ranging from China, Japan, and India, to the Pacific Islands.

Prior to joining the IMF in February 2014, Dr Rhee was Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB); Secretary General and Sherpa of the Presidential Committee for the 2010 G-20 Seoul Summit; Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Commission (FSC) and Chairman of the Securities and Futures Commission of Korea; Professor of Economics at Seoul National University and the University of Rochester. He has also been a frequent policy advisor to the Government of Korea, including in the Office of the President, the Ministry of Finance and Economy, the Bank of Korea, the Korea Securities Depository, and the Korea Development Institute.

The details of the talk are as follows:

Date:          Thurs, 24 January 2019

Venue:       WOU main campus
                   (Lecture Theatre 2)
                   54, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah,

Time:          3.15pm to 4.30pm

Tentative Programme

3.15pm        :        Welcome by emcee

3.20pm        :        Introduction of speaker by Moderator, Tan Sri Andrew Sheng,
Chairman of GIOAS’ International Advisory Board

3.25pm        :       Public Talk by Dr Changyong Rhee,
                            Director of Asia and Pacific Department, IMF

4.00pm        :        Q&A Session

4.15pm        :        Presentation of souvenir by Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon,
                            Chairman, Board of Governors, WOU

4.30pm        :       Light Refreshments / Ends

All are invited. Admission is free.

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