Call for Policy Papers on Creative Economy 2030

Open to:

Submissions from citizens of ADB developing member countries are encouraged.


30 November, 2021






Before the COVID-19 crisis, the creative economy, broadly encompassing knowledge-based economic activities underpinning the creative and cultural sectors and bridging art, culture, technology, and business, was on pace to account for 10% of global GDP by 2030. In recognition of its economic and social significance as a driver of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations in 2019 declared 2021 the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. However, the creative economy, and the micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and the informal workers that drive it, have been especially hard hit by pandemic lockdowns.


The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and ASEAN Secretariat are seeking original, unpublished policy papers on creative economy development and its role in delivering a robust and inclusive post-pandemic recovery, particularly among developing economies in Asia and the Pacific, and the realization of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Selected papers will be featured during a related conference in November 2021 and considered for inclusion in an ADBI-ASEAN Secretariat publication, helping to set the stage for Indonesia’s G20 presidency in 2022.


Authors of accepted full policy papers will be invited to present their work during the Creative Economy 2030 Conference in November 2021 at ADBI in Tokyo. The conference will be held virtually in the event of COVID-19 travel disruptions.

Accepted full policy papers will also be considered for inclusion in the planned publication.


Authors should submit their policy paper summaries in English by 10 July 2021 via this link. Policy paper summaries should be about 150-250 words and include the title, name of author(s), affiliation(s), position(s), and email.