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Road to 2030: Consultations with Stakeholders

In developing its new strategy, ADB consulted with its stakeholders, including shareholders, developing member country government officials, civil society groups, the private sector, and the international development community.

16 June 2017 ADB discusses Strategy 2030 with development experts in London

President Nakao on 16 June led roundtable consultations on ADB's new strategy with 14 development experts from across Europe at the University of London. The experts discussed the importance of addressing poverty and inequality, combating climate change, strengthening regional cooperation, and integrating knowledge solutions in projects, engagement with upper middle countries, and catalyzing private sector finance. Summary of the discussions

25 May 2017 ADB discusses its new strategy with development experts in Japan

President Nakao led the discussion on the draft framework for ADB's new strategy at a roundtable meeting with development thinkers from Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the People's Republic of China on 25 May in Tokyo. The experts shared their insights on ADB's role in Asia and the Pacific in the years leading to 2030. They highlighted, among other issues, the importance of information and communication technology, holistic approach to urbanization, sharing knowledge through operations, and addressing increasing inequality. Summary of the discussions

20 April 2017 Experts at a roundtable meeting in Washington, DC discuss ADB's role and future directions

Development thinkers, academics, and NGO representatives from the United States and Canada came to Washington, DC to exchange views with ADB Management on the draft framework for ADB's new strategy. The experts recommended that ADB, through its new strategy, reinforce its primary objectives and emphasize its broader political relevance in the region. They stressed that ADB should focus on areas where it is strongest and adds the most value. Summary of the discussions

16 March 2017 ADB holds roundtable meeting in Manila to discuss its new strategy with experts from the region

President Nakao and senior management discussed a draft framework for ADB's new strategy at a roundtable meeting with development experts from Asia and the Pacific on 16 March. Representatives of ADB's sector and thematic groups participated in the discussions. Similar meetings will be held in Tokyo, London, and Washington, DC. Summary of the discussion.

16 December 2016 Youth representatives call attention to the role of young people in the development of Asia and the Pacific

Youth organizations from Asia and the Pacific gathered in a workshop on 16 December 2016 at ADB Headquarters to discuss ADB's strategic directions leading to 2030. Participants emphasized areas important to young people that ADB should pay attention to when preparing the new strategy. They also stressed the youth's role in the development of the region. Summary of the discussions

12 December 2016 Stakeholders from Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, and Hong Kong, China recognize ADB's role as catalyst

Government officials from Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, and Hong Kong, China recognized the ADB's role as a catalyst and mobilizer of private financing for development. They also noted ADB's ability to facilitate regional cooperation and knowledge and technology transfer. ADB's catalytic role is important in addressing the huge infrastructure gap in the region, as well as increasingly complicated and multisector development challenges like urbanization. Consultations were conducted on 16 November–7 December 2016. Summary of the discussions

6 December 2016 Civil society organizations emphasize the improvement of living conditions in low-income countries

ADB conducted a consultation workshop with representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs) based in the region to get their feedback on ADB's new strategy. Participants stressed that ADB's proposed strategic priorities, value addition, and engagement principles should improve living conditions in low-income countries. ADB should mainstream considerations of land and water resource use, pollution, food security, human rights, labor standards, governance, and conflict-management in its operations. The CSO representatives also recommended that the new strategy adopt clear language linking the use of country systems to an assessment of equivalence with ADB's safeguard systems. Discussions were held on 6 December 2016 at ADB Headquarters in Manila. Summary of the discussions

21 November 2016 Japan stakeholders suggest greater support for the private sector and ICT while continuing to protect vulnerable groups

In consultations held in Tokyo, stakeholders supported ADB's plan to expand private sector operations and promote high-level technologies, but suggested that ADB continue to protect vulnerable groups, including children, persons with disabilities, and the urban poor. Participants concurred with ADB's differentiated approach to upper middle-income countries. They also stressed that ADB should play a more active role in facilitating knowledge flow between less developed member countries and more advanced economies. ADB consulted with government officials and representatives from private sector, and civil society organizations, including academia on 8–10 November 2016. Summary of the discussions

3 November 2016 Stakeholders from Australia and New Zealand support ADB’s proposed broader mission amidst new challenges and more diverse client base

Government officials in Australia and New Zealand and representatives from Australian civil society organizations affirmed ADB’s plan of broadening its mission under the new strategy to tackle the region’s new development challenges and adapt better to the growing diversity of its clients. They supported ADB’s proposed strategic agendas of economic prosperity, social inclusiveness, and environmental sustainability. Stakeholders highlighted the special circumstances and needs of small Pacific island countries, and urged ADB to expand its support for these countries. The discussions took place during ADB high level consultations with Australia and New Zealand on 24–27 October in Sydney, Canberra, and Wellington. Summary of the discussions

17 October 2016 US and Canada stakeholders encourage ADB to strike the right balance between continuity and change in its new strategy

North American stakeholders from government and civil society talked about and agreed on the emerging global and regional trends affecting Asia and the Pacific and their implications on ADB’s future directions. Officials emphasized the need for ADB to maintain its operational support for areas where it has comparative advantage, particularly in infrastructure development. They stressed that ADB should take a strategically selective approach to supporting the sustainable development goals, and also encouraged ADB to carefully rethink its operational approach going forward. The consultations were held on 11–13 October in Washington, DC and Ottawa. Summary of the discussions