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ADB, MIGA to Expand Development Finance in Asia and Pacific

News Release | 30 May 2019

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (30 May 2019) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank Group, have agreed to cooperate more closely to increase the flow of private sector investment into emerging economies in Asia and the Pacific, in line with the 2030 development goals.

The two institutions signed a Cooperation Agreement today that envisages greater use of their respective financial products in joint projects.

“This agreement will enable both organizations to leverage additional private capital for development purposes,” said ADB Vice-President for Private Sector Operations and Public–Private Partnerships Diwakar Gupta. “It is an important force multiplier of multilateral development financing that will help the region manage challenges to its inclusive and sustainable growth.”

The Cooperation Agreement replaces a previous agreement and will be effective for three years from signing. It lays out a commitment to stronger collaboration on identifying new projects, while deepening ties between the two institutions and potential private sector investors. The agreement further calls for greater coordination on all stages of a project, from consultations and marketing, to underwriting and implementation.

“I am pleased to renew our commitment to greater cooperation with the ADB,” said CEO of MIGA Keiko Honda. “This agreement charts a course for more private capital and investment across ADB member countries.”

To help encourage more private investment in developing countries, the Eminent Persons Group established by the G20 advised that MIGA and other MDBs collaborate more closely, and this Cooperation Agreement contributes toward that agenda.

MIGA was created in 1988 as a member of the World Bank Group to promote foreign direct investment in emerging economies by helping mitigate the risks of restrictions on currency conversion and transfer, breach of contract by governments, expropriation, and war & civil disturbance; and offering credit enhancement to private investors and lenders.

Since its creation, MIGA has directly supported over $52 billion in investments in 111 developing countries.

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. In 2018, it made commitments of new loans and grants amounting to $21.6 billion. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.