The President spoke  at the 5th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit in Bangkok on 20 December, calling on the subregion to build on its economic achievements of the last two decades. He commended the GMS program  for fostering connectivity, economic competitiveness, and a sense of community across the six member countries. He also met with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Finance Minister and ADB Governor Sommai Phasee, and Bank of Thailand Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul. Read the news release .
In a speech on 9 December the President noted progress made by developing member countries in their anticorruption efforts and stressed the importance of good governance and public service delivery for Asia’s development. He called on ADB staff to renew their commitment to work together to fight corruption.
The President spoke on the prospects for growth in Asia and the Pacific and outlined his 8-point development agenda at the ADBI 17th Annual Conference on 5 December in Tokyo. The meeting explored the growth outlook for Asia and the Pacific in 2015, SME finance and trade issues, and infrastructure investment impacts and finance.
The President highlighted  the need for information and communication technology to strengthen regional health systems on 2 December at the Measuring and Achieving Universal Health Coverage with ICT in Asia and the Pacific  conference at ADB. The President also explained ADB's role in promoting universal health coverage in the region and said health project financing could reach 3-5% of ADB's total loan portfolio.
The President met with Indonesia Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro on 27 November in ADB headquarters to discuss ADB's support for government policy priorities. The Finance Minister delivered the keynote address at the Regional Cooperation and Integration Thematic Group seminar, where he spoke on productivity issues and opportunities for Indonesia. He called on ADB to continue its vital role as a development partner in areas such as food security, social protection, and transport infrastructure.
Takehiko Nakao is the President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Chairperson of ADB's Board of Directors. He was elected President by ADB's Board of Governors and assumed office in April 2013.
Before joining ADB, Mr. Nakao was the Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance of Japan.
In a career spanning more than three decades, Mr. Nakao has gained extensive experience in international finance and development. He has held senior positions in the Ministry of Finance in Japan, which he joined in 1978, including Director-General of the International Bureau, where he fostered close ties with leading figures in the Asia-Pacific region, and G20 nations.
He was assigned as Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C., between 2005 and 2007, and from 1994 to 1997 served as economist and advisor at the International Monetary Fund.
He has published books and numerous papers on financial and economic issues, and in 2010 and 2011 was a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo.
Born in 1956, Mr. Nakao holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.