ADB supports ASEAN-Parties Against Corruption's anticorruption efforts
ADB shared anticorruption measures to prevent and mitigate risks of integrity violations in COVID-19 pandemic projects at the ASEAN-Parties Against Corruption (ASEAN-PAC) steering group meeting. The 24 August 2020 event aims to establish and strengthen collaborative efforts against corruption among the parties. It was attended by more than 50 participants representing anticorruption agencies from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
ADB supports Indonesia's Directorate General of Taxation in strengthening tax transparency
About 85 tax auditors from Indonesia's Directorate General of Taxation participated in a training on identifying the ultimate beneficial owners and using exchange of information tools to fight tax evasion, improve auditing results, and help ensure tax integrity. Held on 13-15 July 2020, the event was facilitated by OECD, the Global Forum, and ADB.
Workshop on electric vehicles' potential in Indonesia
ADB in Indonesia hosted the workshop that was attended about 40 key regulators, industry players, and state electricity company officials. ADB Deputy Country Director for Indonesia Said Zaidansyah chaired the workshop together with the Minister's Special Advisor on Innovation and Industry Competitiveness of the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Prof. Satrio Soemantri Brodjonegoro. ADB staff from the Office of Public–Private Partnership, Private Sector Operation Department, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, and Southeast Asian Department presented and joined the discussion on the challenges and opportunities of the ongoing transition to electric buses and taxis. Read more
12th IMT-GT Summit
On 23 June, ADB President Nakao attended the Brunei Darussalam–Indonesia–Malaysia–Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area Summit and the Indonesia–Malaysia–Thailand Growth Triangle Summit in Bangkok. He reaffirmed ADB’s support for these subregional programs as financier, honest broker, provider of knowledge, and facilitator in leveraging public and private resources for regional investments. On the sidelines of the 34th ASEAN Summit, he also met with President of Indonesia Mr. Joko Widodo and Myanmar State Counselor Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, and discussed ADB’s continued development supports to the two countries.
Workshop on using high-technology innovation to support development projects
ADB, with support from the European Space Agency, conducted a workshop on 17-21 June in Jakarta on the use of high-technology innovation to support development projects. About 70 government officials learned ways to utilize earth observation products to support the preparation and implementation of a proposed ADB project for enhanced water security investment, as well as in relation to the government's emergency rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in Central Sulawesi. The workshop was held in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Works and Housing and the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space.
Sustaining Transit Investment in Asia's Cities
ADB Vice President Susantono led a high-level rountable discussion on land value capture on 28 May in Bangkok. The panelists shared experiences on mass rapid transit system development, urban planning, public finance of urban infrastructure, and perspective of land value capture and beneficiary funding. He emphasized the importance of mass transit to address the challenges of rapid urbanization in major cities in Southeast Asia.
Regional conference on mapping global value chains
ADB Deputy Country Director for Indonesia Said Zaidansyah opened a 2-day conference in Jakarta that aimed at enhancing the utilization of production and trade data to demonstrate the benefits of global value chains. The conference was organized by ADB, in collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank and the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Institute. About 70 statisticians and economists from 15 deveoping member countries attended.
Fiscal cadaster updating for Jakarta launched
ADB Deputy Country Director for Indonesia Said Zaidansyah and Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan launched a city-wide property tax survey to update the fiscal cadaster and strengthen local tax collection. The city-funded survey will use the latest technology and method piloted under ADB technical assistance on Tax Revenue Administration Modernization and Policy Improvement in Local Governments, cofinanced by SECO. About 600 surveyors attended the event.
Groundbreaking ceremony for Indonesia's geothermal energy projects
Indonesia Finance Minister and ADB Governor, Ms. Sri Mulyani Indrawati in Jakarta presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for two ADB-supported geothermal energy generation projects in Dieng 2 and Patuha 2 by state-owned geothermal energy company GeoDipa Energi. She acknowledged ADB for its continued support in developing Indonesia's renewable energy sector. ADB Director of the Southeast Asia Energy Division Andrew Jeffries delivered remarks and Country Director for Indonesia Winfried Wicklein signed the memorandum of understanding.
ADB launches publication on land value capture in Indonesia
Vice-President Bambang Susantono and Jakarta City Governor Anies Baswedan led the launch of "Sustaining Transit Investment in Asia’s Cities: A Beneficiary-Funding and Land Value Capture Perspective". Director Abdul Abiad and Economist Kathleen Farrin from ADB Economics and Regional Cooperation Department presented the findings of the ADB study, highlighting the importance of land value capture in urban planning and growth in developing Asia. They shared examples from high-income Asian cities, and the challenges to shift the success to Southeast Asian megacities like Bangkok, Jakarta, and Manila. Download the publication here.