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Incheon 2020: Invitation to Media

To Editors, Business and Financial Editors, Bureau Chiefs, and Correspondents


Around 5,000 participants, including finance and development ministers, central bank governors, private sector and civil society partners, representatives of academia, and the media are expected to attend the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Date and Venue

The meeting will be held in the Songdo ConvensiA at Central-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Republic of Korea, on 2-5 May. See information on Incheon.

Host Country

The Republic of Korea, a founding member of ADB, was one of the early recipients of ADB’s loans. The first ADB road project was the construction in 1968 of the Korean expressway linking Seoul to its primary port in Incheon. To date, the Republic of Korea has contributed $7.4 billion in capital subscription and contributed and committed over $643 million to ADB’s Asian Development Fund. Commercial and official cofinancing by the Republic of Korea amounted to $4.2 billion comprising 42 investment projects and 5 technical assistance. Furthermore, it has contributed $138 million to 2 trust funds: (i) the e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund; and (ii) the Future Carbon Fund. Republic of Korea’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance Hong Nam-Ki currently serves as Chair of the ADB Board of Governors.


The Annual Meeting is the statutory event for Governors of ADB members to provide guidance on ADB administrative, financial, and operational directions. It offers a platform for decision makers to discuss economic, financial, and social policies and programs, including solutions that help shape the future of Asia and the Pacific. This year’s Annual Meeting, with the theme “Asia 2020: Innovation, Inclusiveness, and Integration”, will continue the discussion with ADB member countries and development partners on working toward an inclusive, resilient, and prosperous Asia and the Pacific as outlined in Strategy 2030 by scaling up operations, strengthening finance, and leveraging knowledge.


A program of events will be available on ADB's Annual Meeting website. Other documents will be on the same site as they become available.

Registration Process

Journalists and technical staff of media organizations who wish to attend Annual Meeting events must be registered.

  • For media delegates who have previously attended an ADB Annual Meeting or have previously registered and received confirmation for past Annual Meetings, there is no need to request for accreditation. You will receive an invitation to directly register for the ADB Annual Meeting 2020.
  • If you have not attended previous ADB Annual Meetings or have not previously registered, please complete the online media accreditation form and submit it along with your press credentials.
  • Please allow at least 3 working days to review your request. Once approved, ADB will send you an invitation to register via email.
  • After successfully registering online, media delegates will receive a letter of confirmation. Media should ensure that online registration is completed early to allow sufficient time for visa application (if required). The letter of confirmation will need to be presented for visa application, as well as the collection of identification badges at the meeting. Always carry your valid press credentials with you.

Registration is solely for covering Annual Meeting events in Incheon. Successful online registration for the Annual Meeting does not automatically guarantee access to the Republic of Korea.


Media delegates should apply for C1 visa, for short-term news coverage.

Guidelines on visas for participants can be found on the host country website.

Media Equipment

Journalists who plan to bring media equipment are encouraged to apply for a ATA Carnet prior to their arrival. Details can found on the ATA Carnet website.

Countries covered by the ATA Carnet Convention are:

Australia*, Austria*, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium*, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada*, Chile, People's Republic of China (PRC)*, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark*, Estonia, Finland*, France*, Germany*, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong, China*, Hungary, Iceland, India*, Indonesia*, Iran, Ireland*, Israel, Italy*, Japan*, Kazakhstan*, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg*, Macao, China, Madagascar, Malaysia*, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia*, Montenegro, Morocco, The Netherlands*, New Zealand*, North Macedonia, Norway*, Pakistan*, Poland, Portugal*, Qatar, Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, Republic of Korea*, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore*, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain*, Sri Lanka*, Sweden*, Switzerland*, Taipei,China*, Thailand*, Tunisia, Turkey*, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom*, United States*

*ADB members are marked with an asterisk.

ADB and the Government of Korea are not liable for penalties or fines (if any) incurred due to arrival without proper equipment documentation.

Press Badges

Badges may be collected at the registration center Hall 4, Songdo ConvensiA. Badges must be worn at all times at the Annual Meeting venue to provide media access to all public sessions of the Annual Meeting. By-invitation-only events such as bilateral meetings are closed to members of the media.


Present your letter of confirmation to claim your badge, which should be worn at all times in meeting areas and at official events. The registration center will be open daily at the following times.

2 May, 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
3 May, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
4 May, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
5 May, 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Unless advised by you in writing not to share your information, ADB will share your name and designation to other organizations that may want to invite you to other functions related to the Annual Meeting.

Media Center

A Media Center, staffed by the ADB Department of Communications, will be set up for journalists at Hall 4, Songdo ConvensiA. It will have desks for over 200 journalists and will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on 2-5 May 2020. The Media Center operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Communication services, including wireless internet access and a limited number of desktop computers, printers, and photocopiers will be available. Journalists are encouraged to bring their own laptops and universal adaptors.

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) coverage of the opening and business sessions and other key events will be provided on digital screens at the Media Center and other high-traffic areas at the venue and will also be streamed live on the ADB website.

Photos and Videos

Photo/video opportunities will be announced at the Media Center. Select videos and photos of the opening session, business sessions, and other key events will be made available on the Annual Meeting website.

Press Conferences and Events

Registered journalists are invited to attend the ADB President's Opening Press Conference — 3 May, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Other press events will be announced onsite. The Annual Meeting runs a program of seminars and civil society discussions which feature expert panelists on a number of current issues in economics, finance, trade and investment, private sector, and climate change, among others. Media are welcome to attend these events.

Social Media

Follow ADB and on Facebook and Twitter #ADBIncheon get updates on the Annual Meeting.

Interview Requests

The ADB Department of Communications handles requests for interviews with ADB Management and senior staff.

Journalists’ requests for media interviews with officials of the Republic of Korea will be referred to the Host Country Organizing Committee.

Requests for interviews with other delegates to the Annual Meeting must be made directly with the delegations.

Travel and Accommodation

For information on travel and hotels, visit the Annual Meeting website.


ADB will limit the number of print copies of materials and publications made available at the meeting. Publications will be distributed in digital format and posted on ADB’s website.

Media organizations preparing ADB-approved special supplements on ADB at the Annual Meeting will be allowed to display no more than 100 print copies at the meeting venue. See guidelines.


Send media queries on the Annual Meeting to the ADB Department of Communications at [email protected].