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Takehiko Nakao

16 June 2018

President Nakao cites countries' efforts to sustain economic growth at ACMECS Leaders Summit

ADB President Takehiko Nakao reaffirmed ADB's support to the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy in a video message shown at the 8th ACMECS Summit on 16 June 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. President Nakao said efforts by member countries to create seamless cross-border connectivity, upgrade regional value chains, and strengthen private sector participation, are critical to sustain their impressive economic growth. He said that through the $41 billion pipeline of the Greater Mekong Subregion Regional Investment Framework 2020, ADB will help leverage significant support for ACMECS countries in addition to national country programs. See the photo.

13 June 2018

President Nakao reaffirms ADB’s expanding partnership with Georgia

ADB President Takehiko Nakao met with President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili and Minister of Finance and ADB Governor Mamuka Bakhtadze during a visit to the country from 13–16 June 2018. President Nakao reaffirmed ADB’s strong and expanding partnership with Georgia. Finance Minister Bakhtadze expressed his appreciation for ADB’s support of Georgia’s infrastructure investments and reform efforts. President Nakao visited ADB-assisted projects and met with representatives of micro, small and medium-sized businesses supported by ADB projects. See news release and photo.

13 June 2018

President Nakao meets with senior officials and visits ADB projects in Armenia

ADB President Takehiko Nakao met with Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and Deputy Prime Minister and ADB Governor Mher Grigoryan on 13 June 2018 in Yerevan, Armenia. President Nakao expressed appreciation for the government’s commitment to economic stability and reconfirmed ADB’s partnership with Armenia. He also visited ADB-assisted projects in the country. See news release and photo.

8 June 2018

President highlights ADB priorities for developing clean energy in Asia at clean energy forum

President Nakao spoke at the final session of the Asia Clean Energy Forum's main program on 7 June 2018 in ADB headquarters. He emphasized in his speech ADB's priorities for developing clean energy in Asia both as a pillar of low carbon development and as a response to climate change, and the role that advanced, high-level technologies can play in the region to help Asia attain its clean energy potential. See news release and photo.

5 June 2018

President meets with Singapore officials, business leaders on digital technology in development

President Nakao met on 5 June 2018 with Singapore Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran, Monetary Authority of Singapore Managing Director Ravi Menon, and senior business leaders on a 2-day visit to Singapore. They talked about how digital technologies can be used to improve public service delivery, promote inclusive economic growth, and make business practices more effective and efficient. See news release and photo.

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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.