Leading through Global Influence and Strong Country Presence

Video | 24 July 2020

Since assuming office on 17 January 2020, President Masatsugu Asakawa has been leading the Asian Development Bank through global influence and strong country presence across Asia and the Pacific.

"I am honored to assume the role of ADB President and to begin working in close cooperation with our 68 members. ADB has been a trusted partner of the region for more than half a century, supporting strong growth that has improved the lives of people across Asia and the Pacific. I will strive to ensure ADB remains the preferred choice of its clients and partners," President Asakawa said on the day that he assumed office.

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"I am honored to assume the role
of ADB President and to begin
working in close cooperation with
our 68 members.
ADB has been a trusted partner
of the region for more than half
a century, supporting strong growth
that has improved the lives of
people across Asia and the Pacific.
I will strive to ensure ADB remains
the preferred choice of its clients
and partners."
President Masatsugu Asakawa
17 January 2020

Getting to know the ADB Board and Management
17 January 2020

Meeting  world leaders in Davos
with Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director
of the International Monetary Fund
50th World Economic Forum
Davos, Switzerland
20-24 January 2020

With representatives from other
International Financial Institutions
50th World Economic Forum
Davos, Switzerland
20-24 January 2020

With Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan
50th World Economic Forum
Davos, Switzerland
20-24 January 2020

High-level symposium hosted by
the World Wide Fund for Nature with the
theme “A New Deal for Nature and People”
50th World Economic Forum
Davos, Switzerland
20-24 January 2020
 

President Asakawa shares his vision for ADB in town hall with staff
5 February 2020
"One plea to you
if you don't mind
in our daily conversations
in our daily meeting
If you don't mind, please be free to call me Masa
instead of Mister something,
which sounds very cold."

Opening the second Asian Development
Fund 13 Replenishment Meeting
11 February 2020

A courtesy visit to Philippine President
Rodrigo Roa Duterte, with the ADB Governor
of the Philippines, Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez
24 February 2020

Visiting an ADB-supported slum upgrading
and green infrastructure pilot projects
in Makassar city, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
2 March 2020

With Indonesia's President Joko Widodo
3 March 2020

Meeting students from a polytechnic university
in Depok, a city on the outskirts of Jakarta,
supported by ADB
4 March 2020

Inauguration of ADB’s Singapore Representative Office
With Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
for Finance, and ADB Governor, Heng Swee Keat
5 March 2020

Promoting gender equality
for International Women’s Day
11 March 2020

Address to ADB staff
16 March 2020
"Although we are facing unprecedented difficulty,
I am actually encouraged more than ever before
because I am seeing the best from all of you.
I have nothing but profound admiration for your professionalism,
dedication, and abilities.
The work each of you is doing every day is indispensable for ADB
to continue our support to our clients."

Preparing to visit the frontline of the Bayan
Bayanihan emergency food program
President Masatsugu Asakawa (second from right) with (from right) Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay,
Commanding General of the Philippine  Army; Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., National Security
Advisor and Director General of the National Security Council; Ramesh Subramaniam,
Director General of ADB’s Southeast Asia Department; Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr.
6 April 2020

Delivering emergency food supplies to vulnerable
households in Metro Manila impacted by COVID-19,
as part of the Bayan Bayanihan program
6 April 2020

$6.5 Billion Initial Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
18 March 2020
"To respond to our clients’ urgent needs,
we have just launched a new $6.5 billion assistance package.
We are determined to combat the pandemic;
to protect the poor, the vulnerable, and wider populations across the region;
and to ensure the economies of our members will rebound
as swiftly as possible."

Visiting an ADB-supported slum upgrading
and green infrastructure pilot projects
in Makassar city, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
2 March 2020

COVID-19 Response Package to Triple to $20 Billion
13 April 2020
"Therefore, today we launched a more comprehensive support package
that is tripled in volume to $20 billion.
To deliver the new package in a much faster,
more tailored, and impactful manner,
ADB has also decided to further streamline our business processes,
widen the scope of our support,
and make the terms and conditions of our lending much more flexible.
At the same time, through this package,
ADB will further strengthen its support to the private sector. "

Virtual meetings with heads of Regional
Development Banks continue

With Heads of Regional
Development Banks
(Clockwise from top left: President Akinwumi Adesina of the African Development Bank;
President Suma Chakrabarti of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development;
and President Luis Alberto Moreno of the Inter-American Development Bank)
30 April 2020

Virtual Business Session
of the 53rd Annual Meeting
of the ADB Board of Governors
22 May 2020

Virtual Business Session
of the 53rd Annual Meeting
of the ADB Board of Governors
22 May 2020

Virtual Board of Directors’ Meetings are the new
normal during the COVID-19 emergency

Major ADB annual events like
the 2020 Asia Clean Energy Forum
are also being held online now

Columbia Business School’s Center
on Japanese Economy and Business
webinar on International Financial
Institutions in the COVID-19 era
9 July 2020

Virtual meetings with international
organizations like the WHO continue

With WHO Regional Director Dr. Poonam
Khetrapal Singh in a meeting aimed
at strengthening partnership in Asia
and the Pacific COVID-19 response
9 July 2020

Virtual meetings with ADB Governors continue 

With Solomon Islands’ Minister of Finance
and Treasury and ADB Governor Harry Kuma
and Permanent Secretary for Finance
McKinney Dentana
13 July 2020