IMI-Kolkata Organizes a Session in APEA Conference at Taiwan

In the beautiful city of Taipei surrounded by mountains, among a galaxy of scholars from across the world, International Management Institute Kolkata has organized a session on Development Studies and Public Policies in Emerging Economies at 11th Annual Conference of Asia-Pacific Economic Association held at National Taiwan University, Taiwan during July 8-10, 2015. Prof. Arindam Banik, Director, IMI-Kolkata has chaired the session. Dr. Tirthankar Nag, Dean (Academics), IMI-Kolkata presented a paper on Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting in India: Exploring Linkages with Firm Performance and Development and his paper was discussed by Pei-Cheng Liao of National Taiwan University, Taiwan. Dr. Paramita Mukherjee, Dean (Research), IMI-Kolkata presented a paper titled On Efficiency of VAT in India and the discussant for her paper was Kazuyuki Ishida of Tokushima University, Japan. The third paper in the session, entitled Analysis of the Level of Intra-Industry Trade for ASEAN’s Economy, was presented by Thanet Wattanakul of Khon Kaen University, Thailand.

Dr. Paramita Mukherjee also chaired a session on Economic Growth and Economic Development that included research paper presentations and discussions by participants from China, Japan, Hong Kong and Italy.

Prof. Arindam Banik presented a paper on Market Structure, FDI, Imitation and Innovation: An Empirical Verification based on North-South Intellectual Property Rights Conflict. This triggered an interesting discussion. He was also one of the panelists in the Plenary Session of the Conference, entitled The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Economic Development in Asia. He spoke on the necessity of such a Bank in promoting infrastructure development in the region. The other panelists included Prof. Kar-yiu Wong from Washington University, US, Prof. Joshua Aizenman from University of Southern California, US, Prof. Arye L. Hillman from Bar-Ilan University, Israel, Prof. Tatsuo Hatta from Asian Growth Research Institute, Japan and Prof. Chen-Min Hsu from National Taiwan University, Taiwan and Dr. Juan Carlos Martinez Oliva from the Bank of Italy. The moderator of the session was Prof. Chung Mo Koo from Kangwon National University, Korea.

During the three days of the Conference, there were more than 100 participants from Universities across the world, including countries like US, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Israel, Italy and India. The scholars and academicians were actively engaged in intellectual exchange, braving the typhoon alert at Taiwan on the final day while the city was in complete shutdown.