MANILA, PHILIPPINES (17 April 2017) — Over 3,500 finance and development ministers, central bank governors, and other government officials, private sector leaders, development partners, civil society representatives, members of the academe, and journalists will gather on 4-7 May at the Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan, for the 50th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Governors.
The theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting is “Building Together the Prosperity of Asia.” The meeting will look at the current development challenges and opportunities in Asia and the Pacific, while exploring how ADB and its development partners could work together in achieving a more inclusive and sustainable growth for the region.
The flagship Governors’ Seminar on 5 May will discuss reforms in trade, investment, and finance, as well as lessons learned from the past 50 years of development in the region. A special book launch, as part of ADB’s 50th anniversary celebrations, will be held on the opening day of the Annual Meeting to discuss and share ADB’s role and future direction.
Another session will focus on public-private partnerships as a way to meet Asia’s large infrastructure needs, estimated at $1.7 trillion per year until 2030. A joint seminar with the International Monetary Fund will discuss ways on how countries in the region can transcend the middle-income challenges, and how multilateral institutions can effectively and efficiently address them. See schedule of events.
The key sessions will be streamed live. Follow ADB on Twitter at #ADBYokohama for updates on the Annual Meeting. Delegates may also find the latest Annual Meeting updates by downloading the free Event App in iOS and Android.
All invited participants, including media, are reminded to register online to confirm their attendance. For overseas media requiring a visa to Japan, the deadline for online registration is 21 April 2017.
Interview requests from the media involving ADB Management and senior staff will be handled by ADB’s Department of External Relations, while interview requests involving Japanese officials will be referred to the Japan Organizing Committee. Media queries regarding the Annual Meeting should be sent to [email protected], while queries related to the Host Country should be sent to [email protected].
For customs regulations, all registered journalists are required to submit a customs declaration form for both accompanied and unaccompanied baggage at customs clearance. Registered journalists bringing in filming or other professional equipment to the Annual Meeting can use an ATA Carnet, an international customs and temporary export import document for goods being temporarily imported to Japan. See customs information.
The ADB Annual Meeting is an ISO-certified sustainable event, and both ADB and Japan will promote the principles of sustainability throughout the event.
ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, ADB is celebrating 50 years of development partnership in the region. It is owned by 67 members—48 from the region.