Anyounghaseyo! ADB Invites Delegates to its 53rd Annual Meeting

Video | 17 January 2020

ADB Secretary Eugenue Zhukov extends an advanced welcome to delegates of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Governors, which will be held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 2 May to 5 May 2020.

The Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of the bank and offers a unique opportunity for ADB Governors to engage in in-depth discussions on development issues and challenges facing Asia and the Pacific. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Asia 2020: Innovation, Inclusiveness, and Integration”.  


Anyounghaseyo (Hello)! 

Hello everyone. We invite you this May to what promises to be an exciting 53rd Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank’s Board of Governors. 

Every year, we gather together with members, development partners, the private sector, civil society, and the media to discuss regional challenges and priorities and develop innovative solutions and action plans. 

With the theme, Asia 2020: Innovation, Inclusiveness, and Integration, we will be focusing on a range of issues facing our region today such as aging populations, gender, inclusive growth, SDGs, technology, and urban mobility among others. Our new president, Masatsugu Asakawa will also give his address at the Opening Ceremony and will be meeting with civil society and others during the week. 

This year’s meeting is hosted by the city of Incheon in the Republic of Korea. Known for its modern airport, Incheon is the third-largest city in the country. Touted as the “city of the future,” with smart city infrastructure, a digitally savvy workforce together with eco-friendly parks and recreation, it is a dynamic location in Northeast Asia. It is also home of the famous K-pop – Korean pop music.

A founding member of the ADB, the Republic of Korea has always been an important partner. Working with us for the past 53 years – helping us address poverty and promote economic development and prosperity in Asia and the Pacific. To date, Korea has invested more than $7 billion in capital to the ADB, which has led to loans, grants, and technical assistance projects for our developing member countries. This will also be the third time for the Republic of Korea to host the Annual Meeting.

We are therefore immensely grateful for the commitment and contributions of the government and people of the Republic of Korea. 

Come join us in May. 

Gamsahamnida (Thank you)!