President Nakao meets with Sri Lanka senior government officials
The President on 22 March met with a Sri Lanka government delegation at ADB’s headquarters in Manila. The delegation was led by Secretary to the Treasury R.H.S. Samaratunga, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media; and Secretary K.D.S. Ruwanchandra, Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, also ADB Alternate Governor.
President Nakao meets SAARC Secretary General
The President on 19 March 2018 met at ADB headquarters with South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretary General Amjad Hussain Sial, who expressed gratitude for the cooperation between ADB and SAARC since the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two organizations in April 2004. See the photo.
Helen Clark celebrates Gender Month at ADB
Former New Zealand Prime Minister and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark addressed a crowd of 600 as Gender Month’s Distinguished Speaker on 16 March 2018 in HQ. Ms. Clark highlighted policies and laws that can help break glass ceilings and support all women to enjoy greater work-family balance. She praised ADB for its track record and continued commitment to supporting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Asia and Pacific region. President Nakao and Ms. Clark also took part in a panel moderated answering questions from the audience on the future of women’s leadership. See news release and photo.
ADB President, Republic of Korea President reaffirm strong partnership
President Nakao met with Republic of Korea President Jae-in Moon and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance, Dong Yeon Kim on 13-14 March 2018 in Seoul. President Nakao reaffirmed ADB’s strong partnership with the Republic of Korea and discussed various areas of collaboration. He also met JongKu Choi, Chairperson of the Financial Services Commission; and Sung-soo Eun, Chairperson and President of the Export-Import Bank of Korea. During his visit, the President also gave a lecture at the Yonsei University on the economic development and future of Asia and the role of ADB. See news release and photo.
President Nakao responds to call from Norway for MDBs to combat sexual harassment
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway has urged all its MDB partners to stress the importance of combatting sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace and in their operations. In response, President Nakao emphasized ADB’s institutional and operational policies, along with its mechanisms to prevent harassment, bullying, and any form of mistreatment.
ADB marks International Women’s Day
President Nakao led ADB’s celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March at its headquarters in Manila, stating that gender equality is his priority. He urged all staff, managers, and vice-presidents to make determined efforts to achieve gender equality. Guest speaker Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa, drew on her personal journey to share how women leaders can promote positive change in their communities and in society. See news release and photo.
President Nakao meets with Bangladesh Prime Minister
The President met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 28 February in Dhaka. The Prime Minister acknowledged ADB contributions in helping Bangladesh achieve lower middle-income status, and requested continued support for infrastructure development. President Nakao reaffirmed ADB's commitment to further strengthen ADB's 45-year partnership with the country. The President also visited an export-oriented green garments factory in Dhaka on 1 March to conclude his 3-day visit to Bangladesh. See the photo.
President Nakao visits Bangladesh
The President met with Finance Minister and ADB Governor for Bangladesh Abul Maal A. Muhith on 27 February in Dhaka. He also visited ADB-assisted projects including the Ashuganj power plant, a secondary school in Bhairab, urban infrastructure in Narsingdi, and a railway in the Dhaka-Chittagong corridor. The President also met ministers and other senior officials at a dinner hosted by the Government of Bangladesh. See the photo.
President Nakao joins discussions on new publication on 50 years of Asian development
The President opened a workshop on 21 February on the scope of a new publication, Critical Issues in Asian Development: A Reflection of the Past 50 Years and the Future. The publication will be a companion to the ADB history book launched in 2017. At the workshop President Nakao highlighted a number of key conditions for development. See the photo.
President Nakao discusses nuclear science and the SDGs with IAEA head
The President met with Yukiya Amano, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General, on 9 February at ADB headquarters. Mr Amano briefed ADB on the contribution of nuclear sciences to the Sustainable Development Goals in areas such as food security and safety, environmental monitoring, health, and water management. See the photo.