President discusses Strategy 2030 in TV interview
In a wide-ranging interview with Philippine broadcaster ABS-CBN News Channel, President Nakao discussed ADB’s mission and the challenges facing the region such as poverty, gender inequality, urbanization, climate change, and disasters. Tackling these challenges could include private sector collaboration, new technologies, good research, and shared knowledge, he said. Watch an exerpt of the interview
ADB presents Japanese version of history book
ADB marked the publication of the Japanese version of "Banking on the Future of Asia and the Pacific: 50 Years of the Asian Development Bank" with a seminar on 13 February 2019 in Tokyo. President Nakao spoke on a panel titled “How Asia has developed—50 years of partnership with the Asian Development Bank”, together with Hitotsubashi University visiting professor and one of the two supervisory translators of the book, Shinji Asanuma; Tokyo University of Science professor Mie Oba; and Asahi Shimbun senior Asia correspondent Keiko Yoshioka. Over 120 people were in attendance from the Japanese government, the private sector, academe, NGOs, and the media. Download photo. Watch video [日本語] .
ADB, JICA discuss universal health coverage
President Nakao and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) President Shinichi Kitaoka opened the Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Asia and the Pacific event on 13 February 2019 in Tokyo. Representatives from over 20 Asian countries joined ADB, JICA, Japan’s Ministry of Finance, and others to identify ways of achieving and sustaining UHC. They discussed challenges from noncommunicable diseases, rapid aging, gaps in regional health security, and the need for health financing reforms. Read news release. Download photo.
President's Advisory Group on Climate Change and Sustainable Development meets
President Nakao convened the 10th meeting of the Advisory Group on Climate Change and Sustainable Development on 11 February 2019 at ADB’s headquarters in Manila. The meeting focused on the implications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C for developing Asia. IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee explained the main findings of the report and the challenges of limiting the increase in global warming to 1.5°C. Read news release. Download photo.
ADB, AFD meet to strengthen partnership
President Nakao and Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) delegates met on 8 February 2019 at ADB headquarters in Manila. An amendment to the Partnership Framework Agreement was signed to increase cofinancing from $3 billion over the past 3 years to $5 billion over the coming 3 years. ADB and AFD also signed an MOU on sustainable urban transport through the Mobilise Your City Asia Program. Read news release. Download photo.
ADB, WHO discuss ways to strengthen collaboration
President Nakao, the Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Regional Office Takeshi Kasai, and the Regional Director of WHO South East Asia Regional Office Poonam Khetrapal Singh met on 7 February 2019 at ADB headquarters in Manila. They discussed ways to strengthen universal health coverage and better health in the region. Read news release. Download photo.
President Nakao says making people happier, richer is among issues in Asia
President Nakao discussed the need to make air and water cleaner for people's wellness in Asia in an interview with ABS-CBN's Cathy Yang. He also discussed macroeconomic conditions in the Philippines, pointing to faster growth for the country this year. The full interview will air on ABS-CBN News Channel soon. Watch video
New ADB Security Operations Center launched
President Nakao launched ADB’s new Security Operations Center (SOC) at its headquarters in Manila on 30 January 2019. The SOC brings together ADB's security and emergency response teams, strengthening ADB’s capacity to support the safety and security of staff in Manila and in field offices. Download photo
AIIB official visits ADB
President Nakao and other senior staff met with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank's Vice President and Corporate Secretary Danny Alexander on 29-30 January 2019 at ADB’s headquarters in Manila. They discussed cooperation between ADB and AIIB, and other issues of common interest. Download photo
President Nakao, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary meet to discuss stronger partnership
President Nakao and the Foreign Affairs Secretary of the Philippines, Teodoro Locsin, met on 29 January 2019 in Manila. The President expressed deep appreciation to Mr. Locsin for cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs over the Headquarters Agreement between ADB and the Philippines signed in 1966. They expressed their commitment to further strengthening the partnership on institutional matters. See news release. Download photo.