ADB President speaks with staff on long-term strategy
President Takehiko Nakao discussed Strategy 2030, ADB’s new long-term strategy, in a town hall meeting with ADB staff on 17 September 2018. The discussion involved more than 1,000 staff members at ADB headquarters, in addition to personnel at 23 field offices who participated via videoconference. The President said the successful implementation of Strategy 2030 will depend on the efforts of all staff working as one. The President also highlighted human resource initiatives at ADB to support staff in delivering the strategy. See speech and photo.
Transport forum highlights financing, policies, and technological advances
The Transport Forum 2018 opened on 12 September 2018 at ADB Headquarters with ADB President Takehiko Nakao and Vice President Bambang Susantono participating in the opening session. President Nakao said that Asia and the Pacific’s transport needs will require $8.4 trillion in financing by 2030. He emphasized the importance of transport development not only for economic growth, but also for enhancing people's quality of life and meeting basic human needs. To grow, the transport sector needs the right policies, technology and finance, and the use of public-private partnerships. Other forum participants included Afghanistan Public Works Minister Yama Yari, JICA France Office Chief Representative Megumi Muto, and Japan Society of Northern California President Lawrence Greenwood. ADB Vice President Bambang Susantono emphasized comprehensive asset management and the growing need for innovative planning and financing in transport operations in alignment with Strategy 2030, ADB’s long-term corporate strategy. Discussions focused on practical approaches to the region’s transport challenges and knowledge sharing about the latest technological advances in the sector. See news release and photo.
ADBI Advisory Council meeting held in ADB Headquarters
Members of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) Advisory Council met 11 September 2018 and endorsed ADBI's work program for 2019. The members also provided feedback on the council’s current operations. ADB President Takehiko Nakao opened the meeting, emphasizing the importance of Strategy 2030, ADB’s long-term corporate strategy, in responding to the region’s changing needs. President Nakao and the council members also discussed climate change, poverty reduction, macroeconomic risks, and ways to enhance institutions and promote innovation. See photo.
President Nakao visits the Digital Experience Gallery
ADB President Takehiko Nakao learned about the latest digital technologies being used and piloted in ADB as he visited the Digital Experience Gallery on 5 September 2018. Hundreds of staff explored new tools such as SharePoint, Power BI for data analytics and dashboards, chatbot for IT service, and upgraded conference rooms. See photo.
President Nakao leads the ADB SCF kick-off activity
ADB President Takehiko Nakao led the 2018 ADB Staff Community Fund (SCF) fundraising kick-off activity on 5 September 2018 at ADB headquarters. He encouraged ADB staff and their families to get more involved in helping underprivileged communities. This year’s theme is “It’s a Small World After All – One World, One Song, One Heart.” The ADB Staff Community Fund is a staff-initiative established in 1997 to fund social services in less-privileged communities around Manila, Philippines, where ADB is headquartered. As of 2017, the fund has disbursed over 80 million Philippine pesos to more than a hundred charitable institutions. Most of the funds come from staff contributions. See photo.
Digital Development Forum opens at ADB Headquarters
ADB President Takehiko Nakao highlighted the use of digital technologies in ADB operations as well as ADB’s own digital reform initiative in his opening address at the Digital Development Forum on 4 September 2018. Alibaba Vice President Jungong Sun delivered the keynote speech, followed by a plenary session on the rise of the digital economy. The forum brought together more than 300 delegates and about 60 speakers from across sectors and industries. See news release and photo.
President Nakao signs MOU on rural vitalization strategy with the People’s Republic of China
ADB President Takehiko Nakao on 29 August 2018 discussed a wide range of People’s Republic of China (PRC) development challenges and ADB’s support with Minister of Finance and ADB Governor Liu Kun, and Chair of the National Development and Reform Commission He Lifeng. He also signed a memorandum of understanding on the People’s Republic of China’s rural vitalization strategy. His two-day visit to Beijing, which started on 28 August 2018, included a meeting with Governor of the People's Bank of China Yi Gang to discuss the country's macroeconomic situation, monetary and fiscal policies, and financial regulations. President Nakao also held discussions with renowned Chinese economists and young entrepreneurs associated with an incubator program at Peking University. He exchanged views about the important roles of education for development with Gao Song, Executive Vice President and Provost of the university. See news release and photo.
ADB Country Directors Forum concludes
ADB’s three-day Country Directors Forum at ADB headquarters in Manila concluded on 23 August 2018. The Country Directors met the Board of Directors, ADB Management, Heads of Departments and Offices, and staff. The forum included discussions on strategic directions and corporate reforms, opportunities and challenges. Also discussed was Strategy 2030, ADB’s long-term corporate strategy, and the role of Country Directors in the “One ADB” approach, which brings together knowledge and expertise across the organization. See photo.
President Nakao, ADB staff visit Citibank Service Center
ADB President Takehiko Nakao visited Citibank Service Center in Bonifacio Global City in Metro Manila on 21 August 2018 to learn about the impact of technology on its business model, including its work with business process outsourcing. The President was accompanied by Budget, Personnel, and Management Systems Department Director General Yasuo Takamura and Deputy Director General Yan Jiang; Office of Administrative Services Principal Director Lakshmi Menon; Office of Information Systems and Technology Principal Director Shirin Hamid; and Southeast Asia Department and OIST staff. He discussed with Citibank Service Center representatives, led by Citi Country Officer Aftab Ahmed, how Citibank is using digital technology for its key internal functions such as procurement, financial and regulatory reporting, and human resource management. President Nakao also met with operators in the call center and deepened his understanding about their recruitment, day-to-day work, and skills development. See photo.
President Nakao’s conversation with Country Directors
ADB President Takehiko Nakao met with ADB Country Directors on 21 August 2018 at the 13th annual Country Directors Forum at ADB headquarters. He shared his perspectives on the “One ADB” approach, which brings together knowledge and expertise across the organization, and the role of Country Directors in Strategy 2030, ADB’s long-term corporate strategy. He discussed his expectations of Country Directors and shared a number of corporate initiatives that will support the organization and Resident Missions to deliver on the strategy. He recognized the hard work of Country Directors and welcomed their ongoing efforts to contribute to the success of Strategy 2030. See photo.