Incheon 2023: Schedule of Events

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 56th ADB Annual Meeting
 
Rebounding Asia: Recover, Reconnect, Reform

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Note: All events are listed in Incheon time (GMT+9).

27 Apr, Thursday

2 May, Tuesday

  • 9:00 am to 10:00 am,
    Songdo Convensia, Premier Ballroom C
    (For media only)
    ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa addressed the global media at the opening press conference of the 56th Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Governors in Incheon, Republic of Korea.
  • 11:00 am to 6:15 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Premier Ballroom C
    Host Country Event
    Korea Seminar Day is a series of sessions addressing current issues facing Asia and the Pacific. It highlights topics related to the Annual Meeting theme. It also showcases the experiences and culture of the host country, the Republic of Korea.
  • 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 113-115
    (Sponsored by International Financing Review [IFR])
    Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) financing has been a booming sector in Asia, with green, social, and sustainable debt offerings entering the mainstream. Investors are keen to ensure that issuers are not only focused on marketing benefits but also on meeting ambitious decarbonization targets. Moderated by IFR Asia Bonds Editor Morgan Davis, IFR Asia’s panel of industry experts will discuss trends in ESG financing and seek to identify opportunities for issuers and challenges facing investors.
  • 1:00 pm to 1:15 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 204-205
    Side Event
    ASEAN+3 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors are jointly launching a report with ADB on innovative financing solutions for infrastructure investments in the ASEAN+3 region. The report is intended as a user-friendly policy toolkit for companies, investors, policymakers, and financing agencies to promote the use of creative infrastructure financing models. The report also distills lessons learned and presents select case studies which could be adapted, replicated, or upscaled in the ASEAN+3 context.
  • 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 201-202
    Civil Society Program
    by NGO Forum on ADB, GAIA-AP, Indus Consortium, Trend Asia & APMDD
    In this session, panelists discussed notions of just transition from the viewpoint of communities where ADB-supported projects are located. Representing different civil society organizations, they emphasized the impacts of coal-powered projects on communities, the importance of seeking their inputs into ADB’s Energy Transition Mechanism, and ensuring full disclosure of information in local languages and public participation about these initiatives.
  • 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 113-115
    Institutional Event
    The ADB Regional Flyway Initiative (RFI) is one of ADB’s flagship nature positive programs that will also deliver for people and the climate. Launched at COP15 in 2021, the RFI is seeking to deliver $3 billion of investments into the sustainable management of wetlands along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway over the next 10-plus years. The session will summarize progress since the RFI’s launch and highlight actions needed to move it from the development phase into the investment phase from 2023.
  • 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 204-205
    Side Event
    The Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Economy and Finance has pledged $3 million to expand the ADB Ventures Seed program which provides catalytic funding to early-stage companies with tech-enabled solutions to validate and deploy their operations in developing Asia.

3 May, Wednesday

  • 9:00 am to 10:00 am,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 113-115
    Institutional Event
    ADB’s Independent Evaluation Department’s recent evaluation of ADB’s financial sector operations highlights the importance of an enabling environment as well as innovations in digital technology to help address increased inequality through access to finance. Building on the findings of this evaluation, the panel will issues surrounding digital finance and fintech serving the underserved of Asia and its potential to lead the region into an inclusive post-COVID recovery.
  • 9:00 am to 10:00 am,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 201-202
    Civil Society Program
    by NGO Forum on ADB and Accountability Counsel
    Panelists from the NGO Forum on ADB discussed their feedback regarding the implementation of ADB’s environment and social safeguards, citing examples and exhibiting photos from Indonesia, Nepal, and the Philippines.
  • 11:00 am to 12:30 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Grand Ballroom
    The Opening Session marks the official start of the Annual Meeting. It is a high-profile event attended by the Guest of Honor from the host country. Remarks will be made by ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance, Chair of the Board of Governors, and ADB Governor for the Republic of Korea, Hon. Kyungho Choo.
  • 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 113-115
    (Sponsored by Amazon Web Services [AWS])
    In the Post-COVID-19 era, governments, private enterprises, and citizens across Asia are striving to reconnect through the Cloud. This session will highlight three case studies on climate change, digital skills building, and sustainable infrastructure. The panel will explore how digital transformation is driving economic opportunity, and how it can promote a more innovative government and private sector. It will also explore policy frameworks for the Cloud and present a template for best practices in the digital economy.
  • 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 116-118
    Host Country Event
    In this event, ADB and project owners will introduce major infrastructure and energy projects open to Korean and international companies. In addition, representatives from Korean institutions and the Asia-Pacific Project Preparation Facility (AP3F) will advise on contract-winning strategies using government support programs. The program will provide an opportunity for one-on-one consultations between ADB project owners and Korean engineering, procurement, and construction companies and will be offering practical tips on how to win a contract and participate in procurement.
  • 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 201-202
    Civil Society Program
    by Asian Civil Society Partnership for Sustainable Development (APSD) and Korea NGO Council for Overseas Cooperation (KCOC)
    The session discussed cases of government-civil society partnerships in Japan and the Republic of Korea and recommended that both donor countries expand meaningful modalities, including through ADB, and channel more official development assistance to local civil society organizations in developing countries.
  • 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Grand Ballroom
    Asia’s recovery from the pandemic faces multiple challenges: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine threatens food and energy security; policy tightening has led to slowing global demand, capital outflows, depreciation, and challenges to debt sustainability; globalization and multilateralism are at risk of fracturing; and the need for action on climate change has become more urgent. What policies should be prioritized to ensure that the region’s rebound remains resilient?
  • 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 107-109
    Institutional Event
    At the 2022 ADB Annual Meeting, ADB announced plans to provide at least $14 billion over 2022–2025 in a comprehensive program of support to ease the worsening food crisis in Asia and the Pacific, and improve long-term food security by strengthening food systems against the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss.
  • 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 104-106
    ADB Seminar
    This session examined how digital technologies can enable women’s financial inclusion, and assessed different global approaches, tools, and experiences. It brought together leading industry and development experts for a high-level discussion covering digital literacy, gender data, gender lens in design, data protection, women’s leadership, and partnerships.
  • 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 201-202
    Civil Society Program
    by Economy and Environment Partnership for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA)
    The session fostered dialogue among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners working on inclusive carbon transition in Asia. The discussion revolved around the topic of green growth and the importance of collaboration between government, private sectors, and communities. Each panelist shared their insights, emphasizing the crucial role of sustainability in the future of business.
  • 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 204-205
    Side Event
    This ADBI session explored G20-ADB engagement and offered perspectives on options for the G20, G7, and Global South to address shared challenges. Senior policymakers and experts discussed G20 efforts to boost inclusive recovery and sustainable development and related ADB support. They also exchanged views on strengthening G20 and G7 collaboration with developing economies to advance these objectives, with research-based policy support from think tanks.
  • 6:00 pm to 6:50 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Grand Ballroom
    Host Country Event
    Highlight of the Korea Cultural Night is a performance combining Korean tradition with high technology. The program includes digital media, music, dance, and K-pop performances by Korean artists.
  • 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm,
    Gyeongwonjae Ambassador Hotel
    Host Country Event
    At the Gyeongwonjae Ambassador Incheon Hotel, the venue for the reception, guests can enjoy a wide range of Korean food in an elegant, traditional Korean setting, with the modern high-rise city of Songdo as a backdrop.

4 May, Thursday

  • 9:00 am to 12:30 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Premier Ballroom
    The Business Session of the Board of Governors is the main meeting of the Governors that takes place during each ADB Annual Meeting. Governors adopt resolutions; take note of and approve documents related to the business, finance, administration, and operations of ADB; and provide guidance and direction to the institution through Governors’ statements. This session also provides an opportunity for ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa to report to Governors on progress made since the previous meeting and to share ADB Management’s key organizational initiatives.
  • 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 113-115
    (Sponsored by Institute of International Finance in partnership with Prudential plc)
    The capital needed for the net zero transition in Asia is estimated to be more than $9 trillion annually through 2050. Reaching this target will require sourcing an additional $3.5 trillion per year and reallocating close to $1 trillion of current spending from high- to low-emission assets. How can we ensure the right policy, regulatory, and market backdrop is in place to support blended finance?
  • 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 116-118
    Host Country Event
    The Korea Center for International Finance invited S&P Global Ratings to examine the growth and credit risks in the Asia and Pacific region, and will host a panel discussion with experts to share their thoughts on the region's growth and the risks it faces.
  • 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 107-109
    Host Country Event
    The briefing will introduce highly competitive Korean companies equipped with latest technologies and showcase success stories under the themes of smart cities, environmentally-friendly energy, future mobility and transport systems, and digital transformation.
  • 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 201-202
    Civil Society Program
    by Plan International, APCOM Foundation, and International Trade Union Confederation - Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP)
    The session showcased Plan International’s community-level programing experiences in Indonesia and the Philippines. It highlighted that as the region recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, ADB should include vulnerable populations in discussions and decision-making, to leverage their voices alongside upholding their rights. Voice and inclusion of marginalized groups must be front and center to meet the SDG’s objective of “leaving no one behind.”
  • 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 104-106
    ADB Seminar
    (Joint ADB-IMF seminar)
    After high growth for many decades, developing Asia in the past three years grew at an average of just 3.6%. Low-cost labor-intensive manufacturing is challenged by automation and aging populations, high debt is constraining room for investment, globalization is threatened, and there are many risks to macro stability. What can drive a sustained rebound in developing Asia’s long-term growth?
  • 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 204-205
    Side Event
    (Joint ADBI-KDI)
    The seminar on Digital, Climate, and Resilience explored policy strategies to leverage digitalization to improve climate change mitigation and adaptation in Asia and the Pacific.
  • 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 113-115
    Side Event
    ADB has created the Innovative Finance Facility for Climate in Asia and the Pacific (IF-CAP) – a strategic initiative that will expand ADB’s lending capacity through leverage. This event marked the official launch of IF-CAP by ADB, together with partners from the governments of Denmark, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 113-115
    ADB Seminar
    To slow and stop the climate crisis, economies need to transform to be low-carbon and climate resilient. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero and building adaptation to intensifying climate impacts will be vital. Achieving this transformation requires a shift in approach in pursuing development, placing greater focus on longer-term objectives and making substantial investments using a range of instruments. This seminar focused on prospects for institutional reforms multilateral development banks need to consider to effectively support developing economies in addressing intensifying climate risks and achieving green economic development.

5 May, Friday

  • 8:00 am to 10:30 am,
    Oakwood Premier Incheon, Premier Room
    Side Event
    by The Asset
    Economies in Asia and the Pacific felt the brunt of the global health emergency. Yet, what has been remarkable is how governments and the private sector came together to engineer the rebound to reinstate the region as the world’s fastest growing. Governments and companies in this region set new priorities and pivoted toward sustainability, which is especially notable in the area of sustainable finance. Successful issuances by governments and companies in the past 12 months showcase real examples in how finance can play a catalytic role in Asia and Pacific’s recovery.
  • 9:00 am to 10:00 am,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 113-115
    Institutional Event
    ADB has made combating climate change a top priority and positioned itself as the region's climate bank. To ensure effective decision-making in delivering climate action, a robust results and performance monitoring system that focuses on meaningful indicators for each climate initiative is crucial. The discussion in this institutional event centered on three themes: collaborative climate actions, monitoring results, and enhancing outcomes in alignment with climate goals.
  • 10:00 am to 11:30 am,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 107-109
    ADB Seminar
    The discussion in this session revolved around the topic of green growth and the importance of collaboration between government, private sectors, and communities. Panelists shared their insights, emphasizing the crucial role of sustainability in the future of business.
  • 10:00 am to 11:30 am,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 308-309
    Side Event
    Launched by ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa at the IEA World Congress in Bali in 2021, the ADB-IEA Innovative Policy Research Award promotes the application of innovative empirical research in economics to support evidence-based policies for addressing key development challenges in Asia and the Pacific. The session will present research findings from the three winners of the 2023 ADB–IEA Innovative Policy Research Award. The award-winning papers were selected from more than 100 papers covering a wide range of economic topics:
  • 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 113-115
    (Sponsored by DZ BANK)
    Though fiscal stimulus during the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the advantages of debt accumulation, tightening financial conditions are putting enormous strain on emerging and developing economies. This seminar will discuss how instruments such as sustainability-linked bonds, insurance-linked securities, and multilateral initiatives that incentivize sustainability-oriented policies and investments could help bring about sustainable development and contribute to greater debt sustainability.
  • 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 104-106
    Civil Society Program
    for CSO Participants
    In keeping with tradition, ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa, along with members of ADB senior management, met with representatives of CSOs. His welcome message was followed by a Q&A session with CSO participants, covering topics related to ADB’s support for development and continuing engagement with civil society.
  • 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Premier Ballroom C
    Asia and the Pacific stands to gain the most from ambitious climate action, with expected benefits from avoided damage far greater than costs associated with economic transformation. Strategies are needed to ensure equal and fair development while maintaining pro-growth policies that work for all. The CNBC Debate will explore key elements of the region’s transition to net zero. What policies can effectively guide change? How will the transition impact economic growth?
  • 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 107-109
    ADB Seminar
    Businesses across Asia and the Pacific face multiple challenges emanating from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic, and climate change. As a result, agriculture and food enterprises in the region have struggled with inflationary impacts on production inputs and overheads, dwindling access to commercial finance, and restricted output due to staff shortages, ultimately affecting global food security. This seminar brought together ADB’s private sector clients in a discussion on how the private sector can address food security and trade.
  • 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Room 308-309
    Subregional Event
    A well-functioning logistics system is more important than ever, ensuring access to vital inputs and boosting productivity. Improving the logistics ecosystem will rebuild supply chains disrupted by the pandemic and make significant strides in the fight against climate change. High-level officials from South Asia will share valuable insights on initiatives for improving logistics, explore lessons learned, and identify emerging priorities.
  • 5:15 pm to 6:30 pm,
    Songdo Convensia, Premier Ballroom A and B
    Georgia is honored to host the 57th ADB Annual Meeting in Tbilisi on 2 to 5 May 2024 with the theme, "Bridge to the Future." We cordially invite you to the Future Annual Meeting Host Country Event that will introduce Tbilisi 2024 and showcase what our country has to offer. Venue: Premier Ballroom A and B Time: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.