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Activities

  • 22 July 2022 ADB Vice President discusses ADB’s climate agenda with US Congressional staff

    On 22 July 2022, ADB Vice President for East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Ahmed M. Saeed provided remarks at a congressional luncheon cohosted by the ADB North American Representative Office and the US-Asia Institute. VP Saeed discussed ADB's approach to climate and energy finance in Asia and the Pacific, and efforts to mobilize private sector financing. North American Representative Lesley Bearman Lahm gave introductory remarks, and Shay Wester, Asia Society Policy Institute Director of Asian Economic Affairs, moderated the conversation with high-level congressional staff.

  • 13 June 2022 ADB and UNDP host joint roundtable discussion on financing the Sustainable Development Goals

    On 13 June 2022, ADB and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) co-hosted a roundtable discussion on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) financing at ADB's North American Representative Office in Washington, DC. ADB North American Representative Lesley Bearman Lahm moderated the discussion, which featured Thomas Beloe, Chief of Programme for UNDP’s Sustainable Finance Hub, and Lu Shen, Director of the Results and Aid Effectiveness Division within ADB’s Strategy, Policy, and Partnerships Department. Participants from other international financial institutions, development finance institutions, US Treasury, and think tanks joined the discussion, highlighting ongoing efforts to support the SDGs and emerging priorities for a challenging agenda ahead, and potential for partnerships.

  • 18 May 2022 ADB Chief Economist briefs Global Affairs Canada on the Asian Development Outlook 2022

    On 18 May 2022, ADB Chief Economist Albert Park briefed counterparts at Global Affairs Canada on the Asian Development Outlook 2022. A. Park presented differing paces of recovery in developing Asia amid the continued COVID-19 pandemic and how mobilizing more tax revenues can support inclusive and sustainable development. A. Park also discussed the impacts of tightening global financial conditions and how the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to elevate uncertainty. North American Representative Lesley Bearman Lahm provided introductory remarks, and the discussion was moderated by Andrew Hurst, Director, Economic Growth and International Financial Institutions, Global Affairs Canada.

  • 11 May 2022 ADB Chief Economist briefs US State Department on the Asian Development Outlook 2022

    On 11 May 2022, ADB Chief Economist Albert Park briefed counterparts at the US Department of State on the Asian Development Outlook 2022. Senior External Relations Officer Laura Schwartz provided introductory remarks, and the discussion was moderated by Foreign Affairs Officer John Keeton at the US Department of State Office of Development Finance. A. Park presented the diverging recovery paths in developing Asia amid the continued COVID-19 pandemic, impacts of US Federal Reserve policy, and how the Russian invasion of Ukraine has heightened uncertainty and unsettled commodity markets.

  • 27 April 2022 ADB North American Representative speaks at 2022 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development side event

    On 27 April 2022, ADB North American Representative Lesley Bearman Lahm spoke at an ECOSOC Forum side event on “Unlocking Sustainable Finance for Middle Income Countries in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery.” In her panel, Representative Lahm spoke on ADB’s efforts to support access to non-concessional finance and overcoming limitations and enhancing support for MICs. The panel also included Neil Adrian S. Cabiles, Assistant Secretary, International Finance Group of the Department of Finance of the Philippines, and representatives from CAF and IDB.

  • 22 April 2022 President Asakawa meets with international financial institution heads, US and Canadian government officials in Washington DC

    During his mission to Washington, DC on 17-22 April 2022, President Masatsugu Asakawa discussed the impact in Asia and the Pacific of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, COVID-19 pandemic recovery, and climate action in meetings with World Bank President David Malpass, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, and others. He also spoke at the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting on 20 April and hosted a meeting of the heads of regional development banks, including African Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Inter-American Development Bank, at ADB's North America Representative Office on 22 April. In addition to meeting with developing member country government officials and prominent US think tanks, President Asakawa also met key US government counterparts, including Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Jose W. Fernandez, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo, and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai. President Asakawa also met with Canada’s Minister of International Development Harjit S. Sajjan. With the US and Canadian government counterparts, President Asakawa discussed economic prospects and COVID-19 recovery in Asia and the Pacific; food security and supply chains; and ADB’s innovative approaches to climate finance. 

  • 18 April 2022 US Trade and Development Agency and ADB sign MOU on quality infrastructure partnership

    On April 18, 2022, Director General of ADB's Strategy Policy and Partnerships Department Tomoyuki Kimura signed, on behalf of ADB, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Director Enoh T. Ebong, announcing a new partnership to advance quality infrastructure across Asia. The MOU, ADB’s first with USTDA, creates a framework for collaboration on public procurement and project preparation assistance to help implement the region’s infrastructure priorities. USTDA Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer Vinai K. Thummalapally, US Ambassador and Executive Director of ADB Chantale Wong, ADB North American Representative Lesley Bearman Lahm, and ADB Director of Strategic Partnerships Claus Astrup attended the signing ceremony at USTDA’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Read more about the partnership with USTDA.

  • 13 April 2022 ADB Chief Economist presents Asian Development Outlook 2022 for US-Central Asian business associations

    On 13 April 2022, ADB Chief Economist Albert Park provided a briefing on the Asian Development Outlook 2022 for the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce (AUCC), US-Kyrgyzstan Business Council, US-Tajikistan Business Council, and US-Afghanistan Business Initiative. Dr. Park presented on impacts of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on developing Asia and risks to the development outlook in the region, with a focus on Central Asia. ADB North American Representative Lesley Bearman Lahm provided welcome remarks, and AUCC Executive Director Elena Son moderated the discussion.

  • 6 April 2022 ADB North American Representative speaks on energy transitions at US-Indo-Pacific Conference

    On 6 April 2022, ADB North American Representative Lesley Bearman Lahm spoke at the US-Indo-Pacific Conference, hosted by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and US-ASEAN Business Council in Washington, DC. Representative Lahm presented on ADB’s efforts to support a just, equitable, and sustainable energy transition in ADB’s developing member countries. The panel also featured US Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Jose Fernandez and Courtney Weatherby, Deputy Director of the Southeast Asia Program at Stimson Center, moderated by Jane Nakano, Senior Fellow in the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at CSIS. Watch the recording.

  • 15 March 2022 ADB presents on GMS Regional Connectivity at Mekong – U.S. Partnership Policy Dialogue

    On March 15, 2022, ADB Southeast Asia Director General Ramesh Subramaniam presented on the GMS Transport Sector Strategy 2030 at the Mekong – U.S. Partnership Track 1.5 Policy Dialogue co-organized by the Stimson Center and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The Partnership Dialogue is supported by the US State Department to explore solutions to key policy and sustainability challenges facing the Lower Mekong region. Over 90 participants from GMS countries, the US, Australia, Japan, and India attended the session.

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