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Fiji 2019: Calendar

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Wednesday, 01 May 2019

  • Side Event (ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office) Report Launch: ASEAN+3 Regional Economic Outlook (AREO) 2019

    The AREO 2019, a flagship report produced by the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO), discusses the regional economic prospects as well as a thematic study on “Building Capacity and Connectivity for the New Economy.”

    9:00 am to 10:00 am, Sofitel Grand Ballroom 2
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  • Side Event (Asian Development Bank Institute, Fiji National University, Asia-Pacific Applied Economics Association, and Ocean Policy Research Institute) Regional Workshop on Blue Economy, Disaster Risk Financing, and Ocean Infrastructure

    This regional workshop provided an opportunity for government officials from coastal/ocean countries to gain knowledge on disaster risk management and ocean infrastructure as well as exchange views on how to promote economic growth and sustainable development in the face of habitually climate change.

    9:00 am to 5:15 pm, Trans International Hotel
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  • Side Event (ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office) Seminar: Building Capacity and Connectivity for the New Economy in East Asia

    The seminar focused on how East Asia, as one of the most dynamic emerging market regions in the world, can tackle multiple challenges related to strengthening its collective development capacity and cross-border connectivity.

    10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Sofitel Grand Ballroom 2
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  • Civil Society Program Discussions on ADB Strategy 2030’s Operational Priorities

    ADB met with stakeholders, including civil society organizations and NGOs, to discuss how the seven operational priorities of its Strategy 2030 may be implemented. 

    2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Westin Senirosi Rua
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Thursday, 02 May 2019

  • Host Country Seminar 30 Under 30: The Faces of Fiji’s Future

    Seeing the world through the eyes of our young people is critical to achieving inclusive development. This year’s host country event––“30 Under 30: The Faces of Fiji’s Future”––showcased the industry-changing achievements of Fijians under the age of 30 through a panel-style discussion.

    9:00 am to 11:00 am, Denarau Island Convention Center (Sheraton)
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  • Civil Society Program Meeting between CSOs and ADB Senior Management

    ADB senior management, represented by the ADB President, addressed representatives of CSOs and NGOs. This was followed by a question and answer that covered topics related to ADB’s programs and policies. 

    9:45 am to 10:45 am, Westin Senirosi Rua
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  • ADB President's Press Conference (by invitation) 11:00 am to 11:45 am, Sheraton Ballroom Orchid
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  • Institutional Event ADB’s Development Effectiveness in 2018

    How is ADB supporting prosperity and unity for the people and economies of Asia and the Pacific? This seminar presented ADB’s 2018 Development Effectiveness Review, which highlights key achievements and challenges in ADB’s operations.

    11:00 am to 12:00 pm, Westin Senirosi Rua
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  • Side Event Pacific Priorities and Private Sector Solutions by invitation

    The event encouraged open dialogue between the governments of Pacific island countries and members of the Australian and American private sectors, with the potential of shaping future infrastructure projects in a manner that leverages new technologies and attracts private investment to Pacific island countries. 

    11:00 am to 12:30 pm, Sofitel Grand Ballroom 2
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  • Lunch for Participants 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, Sheraton Feast Restaurant
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  • Civil Society Program Impact of ADB's Energy Policy and the Paris Agreement Civil Society Panel (NGO Forum on ADB)

    In view of the provisions in ADB’s 2009 Energy Policy, the panel discussed ADB-supported energy projects in selected developing member countries in the context of achieving adequate and affordable energy by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy, consistent with the principles of the Paris Agreement.

    12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, Westin Senirosi Rua
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  • Partners' Event Financing Partners Forum Beyond the Horizon: Partnerships and Innovation for the Pacific

    Donors have been supporting the Pacific in strengthening capacity, connectivity, and resilience. In a time of technological advancement, knowledge expansion and emerging prosperity, there are windows to explore more innovative ways of working. This forum jumpstarted discussions on how we can work better together, in moving from small projects to big impacts.

    2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Westin Senirosi Rua
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  • ADB Seminar Ocean Health: Actions from Source to Sea

    Globally, ocean health has become an urgent priority. This session focused on actions for ocean health and for developing sustainable ocean economies.

    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Sofitel Grand Ballroom 2
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  • Civil Society Panel Resilient Approach to Climate Action Organized by the the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organisations (PIANGO)

    For over half a century, ADB has partnered with Pacific developing member countries to help them grow and prosper. Civil society organizations (CSOs) including NGOs, have played a key role in addressing poverty in the region. This session was organized by key CSOs in the Pacific.

    3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, Westin Coco Palms
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  • Civil Society Program Civil Society Talanoa Celebration Opening Reception

    The civil society program welcomed Annual Meeting participants to the Talanoa, a space for storytelling and sharing of ideas. Talanoa is a Pacific concept of sharing stories to create connections and build relationships.

    5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Westin Coco Palms
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  • Joint Seminar with the International Monetary Fund Is Debt Sustainability a Cause for Concern?

    As the era of abundant global liquidity ends, it is critical to ensure that Asia’s debt level can be sustained. A panel of experts discussed priority actions to ensure that the debt buildup does not jeopardize growth and stability.

    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Sofitel Grand Ballroom 2
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  • ADB President's Reception 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Sheraton Resort
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Friday, 03 May 2019

  • Institutional Event Improving Project-Level Grievance Redress Mechanisms and Accountability

    The 2012 ADB Accountability Mechanism Policy requires a joint learning report describing lessons learned relating to complaints about ADB projects and resolution measures. This seminar discussed the experiences of the past 3 years covered in the 2016–2018 accountability mechanism learning report.

    9:00 am to 10:00 am, Westin Senirosi Dua
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  • Governors' Event Governors’ Roundtable: Responding to Heightened Global Uncertainty

    While developing Asia has enjoyed solid growth since the global financial crisis and some countries are even gaining stronger growth momentum, it faces increasing headwinds and heightened uncertainty. The roundtable focused on what the region’s economies must do to maintain stability and growth momentum in the face of heightened global uncertainty.

    9:00 am to 10:30 am, Sheraton Denarau
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  • ADB Seminar Digital Solutions for a More Livable Future in Asia and the Pacific

    The seminar showcased digital solutions for urban development that help optimize urban planning, infrastructure development, and management of urban services.

    9:00 am to 10:30 am, Sofitel Grand Ballroom 2
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  • Civil Society Program Destination Equal: Opportunities and Challenges for Young Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Pacific Learning with Partners (Plan International)

    The session highlighted how investing in girls’ economic empowerment and enabling them to learn, lead, decide, and thrive can transform lives, communities, and entire countries. 

    9:15 am to 10:15 am, Westin, Coco Palms
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  • Opening Session of the Board of Governors 10:30 am to 11:45 am, Denarau Island Convention Center (Sheraton)
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  • Civil Society Program Cultural Presentation and Networking at the Civil Society Talanoa

    Enjoy the cultural presentation and visit the exhibit displays of civil society organizations at the Civil Society Talanoa, a space for storytelling and sharing of ideas. Engage with CSO representatives and other development partners to share lessons and good practice.

    12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, Westin Coco Palms
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  • Lunch for Participants 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, Sheraton Feast Restaurant
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  • Civil Society Program TED-Style Talks

    Short, powerful presentations that focus on topics related to the role of civil society organizations in addressing key development concerns, such as resilience and adaptation to climate change, ending gender-based discrimination, and promoting accountable government institutions, among others. The TED-style talks helped share ideas and solutions among development practitioners.

    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, Westin Coco Palms
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  • ADB Seminar and Private Sector Event Renewable Energy Investing in Asia and the Pacific—The Fast-Changing Model

    Despite the best efforts of many ADB developing member countries (DMCs) to accelerate expansion in renewable energy, private investment around the region faces persistent challenges. The seminar surveyed the evolving approaches adopted by sponsors investing in renewable energy projects across ADB’s DMCs.

    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, Sofitel Grand Ballroom 2
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  • Institutional Event ADB’s New Procurement Framework and Business Opportunities

    The seminar presented an overview of ADB’s new procurement framework and its implementation status, highlighting changes relevant to the business communities. It was followed by an overview of current and future opportunities for businesses in ADB-financed projects in key sectors.

    2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Westin Senirosi Dua
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  • Director's Film Screening: A Plastic Ocean

    A Plastic Ocean is a new award-winning feature length documentary that explores the fragile state of our oceans and uncovers alarming truths about the consequences of our disposable lifestyle. The film screening was followed by an audience Q&A with the director, journalist Craig Leeson.

    3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Sheraton Ballroom, Orchid
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  • Institutional Event Sink or Sync: Managing Natural Resources and Vulnerability in Asia and the Pacific

    Many of ADB's developing countries face serious environmental concerns. Such development challenges are complex and interlinked, calling for effective collaboration among countries. ADB is uniquely positioned to act as a knowledge broker and play an active role in creating this synergy. This panel discussion showcased ADB’s work in this area and the evidence-based knowledge accumulated by evaluation at ADB.

    4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Westin Senirosi Dua
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  • Governors' Event Governors’ Plenary: Private Sector Mobilization in Challenging Markets

    Facilitating private investment into frontier markets, including fragile environments, requires a customized approach to the distinct development challenges in these economies. The plenary focused on the role of ADB and other multilateral development banks in mobilizing more private investment into development, particularly for frontier markets.

    4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, Intercontinental Fiji Natadola Ballroom
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  • Civil Society Program Gender-Based Violence and the Rise in Climate-Related Disasters: Applying CSO Insights to Multilateral Investments in Asia and the Pacific Learning with Partners (The Asia Foundation)

    The session explored links between climate change, disaster risk, and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) across Asia and the Pacific. It identified promising and complementary approaches to promoting climate resilience and addressing SGBV in contexts affected by climate change and climate-related disasters.

    4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, Westin Coco Palms
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  • Host Country Reception 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, InterContinental Fiji Meke Lawn
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Saturday, 04 May 2019

  • CNBC Debate Navigating Global Uncertainties in Asia – Lessons from Tourism, Technology, and Trade

    The CNBC Debate explored how developing nations, some of which have enjoyed solid economic growth since the global financial crisis, can maintain stability and momentum. Will global tensions over trade, uncertainty over Brexit, and potential slowdowns in developed nations influence Asia’s growth potential? Or can the region seize new opportunities created by indigenous innovation, rapid technological change, and growing inter- and intra-regional foreign direct investment?

    9:00 am to 10:00 am, Sheraton Ballroom Orchid
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  • ADB Seminar Trading Up: Economic Empowerment and Gender Equality

    This seminar discussed how international trade can promote inclusive growth and empowerment, and generate decent employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for women. 

    9:00 am to 10:30 am, Sofitel Grand Ballroom 2
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  • Side Event (sponsored by the U.S. government) New Tools for Sustainable Infrastructure Development

    The United States sponsored and hosted a discussion highlighting key new initiatives and the need for sustainable infrastructure and appropriate financing. A panel of representatives from
    across Asia and the Pacific outlined both new tools they have developed and views on what is missing from the international “toolkit.”

    9:00 am to 10:30 am, Westin Senirosi Dua
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  • Civil Society Program Special Olympics

    This unified sport interactive activity will showcase the true spirit of inclusion and allow diverse stakeholders to engage in and understand the challenges and unique abilities of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Interact with Special Olympics athletes and staff to delve deeper into how projects can be designed to be more inclusive.

    9:30 am to 11:30 am, Westin Coco Palms Bowling Green
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  • Civil Society Program Unpacking the Delivery of ADB’s Safeguard Policy Statement Civil Society Panel (NGO Forum on ADB)

    The ADB’s Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) aims to promote sustainability of project outcomes by protecting the environment and people from projects' potential adverse impacts where possible, and helping borrowers to strengthen their safeguard systems and develop the capacity to manage environmental and social risks. The panel explored issues on the ground in relation to effective implementation of ADB’s SPS. 

    10:30 am to 12:00 pm, Westin, Senirosi Rua
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  • Governors' Seminar Role of Tourism for Sustainable Development

    Asia’s policy makers face the challenge of guiding the expansion of tourism in a way that protects the environment—particularly ocean health—and improves the quality of life of local residents. A distinguished panel reflected on their experiences to highlight policy options to ensure a sustainable future for Asia’s tourism.

    11:00 am to 12:30 pm, Sheraton Ballroom
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  • Lunch for Participants 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, Sheraton Feast Restaurant
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  • Business Session 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm, Denarau Island Convention Center (Sheraton)
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  • Host Country Event Future Host Country Event: Incheon 2020

    The 53rd Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Governors will be held in Incheon, Republic of Korea from 2 to 5 May 2020.

    5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Sheraton Ballroom Orchid
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  • Closing Press Conference (by invitation) 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Westin Senirosi Rua
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Sunday, 05 May 2019

Events by invitation only.

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