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ADB Continues Support for Asia and the Pacific’s Fight against COVID-19

ADB has committed $11.2 billion in grants, technical assistance, loans, and private sector assistance to help its developing members as they address the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a summary of progress so far.

Learn more about ADB's response to COVID-19

Highlights from the 53rd Annual Meeting


CNBC Debate: Resetting Asia - Technology, Investment, and Sustainability

The high-profile CNBC Debate asked: what role can technology play in propelling Asia’s comeback while embracing the need to focus on sustainability? How can technology be used to make recovery faster and inclusive?


ADB to Establish Regional Hub to Help Economies Improve Domestic Resource Mobilization and Tax Cooperation

ADB is establishing a regional hub to promote knowledge sharing and strengthen cooperation on tax policy and tax administration across economies in Asia and the Pacific and their development partners. View webinar


53rd ADB Annual Meeting: Governors’ Second Business Session

Ministers from ADB members, ADB Management, and development and industry experts discussed a range of issues confronting Asia and the Pacific as it responds to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Read: President Masatsugu Asakawa's speech at the Business Session

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The 53rd ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK was held virtually on 17-18 SEPTEMBER 2020

“Rest assured that ADB will continue to earn your trust as a steadfast partner during the uncertain times we still face in our region as we build for a strong and lasting recovery.”

Masatsugu Asakawa, ADB President

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Looking forward to the 54th ADB Annual Meeting in Georgia

Emotions are Georgia: Learn more about the vibrant economy and rich history of Georgia, host of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank to be held in Tbilisi from 2 to 5 May 2021. Visit website

Asian Development Outlook (Update September 2020)


Developing Asia Growth to Contract in 2020

Economies across developing Asia will contract this year for the first time in nearly six decades but recovery will resume next year, as the region starts to emerge from the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Read more


Asian Development Outlook 2020 Update: Wellness in Worrying Times

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt global economic activity, developing Asia's gross domestic product is now expected to contract by 0.7% in 2020. GDP is projected to grow by 6.8% in 2021.

Theme Chapter

Wellness in Worrying Times

Physical and mental health is vital to post-pandemic recovery. The theme chapter in this report explores wellness, or the deliberate pursuit of activities that bring holistic health. Learn more


Developing Asia Headed for L-shaped Recovery

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, developing Asia will contract for the first time in nearly six decades in 2020, setting back efforts to lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.

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20 Years of CAREC: Working Together for Sustainable Development

For 20 years, the CAREC Program has been working to achieve shared, sustainable development in Central Asia. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, CAREC’s 11 member countries and development partners work together to drive growth in the region.

ADB Parternship Report 2019


The COVID-19 Pandemic Reinforces the Need for Stronger and More Strategic Partnerships

The new 2019 ADB Partnership Report highlights examples of ADB financing partnerships in Asia and the Pacific.

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