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Activities

  • 15 October 2022 President Asakawa meets with US government officials, IFI heads, leaders; attends G20 meeting in Washington, DC

    During a mission on 12-15 October to Washington, DC, President Masatsugu Asakawa met with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and discussed ADB’s innovative efforts around climate finance and ways to deepen US-ADB climate partnerships. He also met with US Assistant Secretary of Treasury for International Trade and Development Alexia Latortue and discussed climate finance, ADB’s Safeguard Policy update, and support for Afghanistan. The President participated in the G20 4th Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting (FMCGB) and held meetings with World Bank President David Malpass, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, COP26 President Alok Sharma, and heads of the multilateral and regional development banks. President Asakawa discussed ADB efforts to respond to global crises such as food security and climate change, with a focus on partnerships. He also held bilateral meetings with leaders from ADB's developing members including Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, and Pakistan. 

  • 29 September 2022 ADB speaks at National Bureau of Asian Research and North American Representative Office-Georgetown University Speaker Series

    On 29 September 29 2022, ADB Senior Statistician M. Joseph Mariasingham presented research on semiconductor supply chains and the implications of chip shortages in Asia from Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2022 at a private roundtable hosted by the National Bureau of Asian Research. Following his presentation, he engaged in discussion with the audience of policy researchers and industry representatives. Also on 29 September, ADB Senior Economist Elisabetta Gentile gave a seminar at Georgetown University on “Productivity Growth, Innovation, and Upgrading along Global Value Chains.” The seminar was jointly hosted by the School of Foreign Service and McDonough School of Business and was part of the North America dissemination of the Global Value Chain Development Report 2021.

  • 26 September 2022 ADB North American Representative speaks at UN Peacebuilding Commission Ambassadorial-level meeting on Timor-Leste

    On 26 September 2022, ADB North American Representative Lesley Bearman Lahm spoke on behalf of ADB at a UN Peacebuilding Commission Ambassadorial-level meeting on Timor-Leste. Speaking alongside Timor-Leste President José Ramos-Horta, former President and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, representatives from CSOs, and others, Representative Lahm spoke about ADB’s engagement in Timor-Leste and the role of development in peacebuilding. She highlighted how ADB’s new country strategy in Timor-Leste – covering 2023-2027 and informed by ADB’s Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations and Small Island Developing States (FCAS and SIDS) Approach – aims to promote climate change mitigation and economic diversification, including supporting resilient infrastructure. Watch the meeting.

  • 21 September 2022 ADB North American Representative speaks at AOS Climate and ESG Asset Owners Summit

    On 21 September 2022, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, ADB North American Representative Lesley Bearman Lahm presented at the CFA Society of New York's Third AOS Climate and ESG Asset Owners Summit. Representative Lahm highlighted ADB’s emphasis on pursuing the low-carbon energy transition in Asia and the Pacific, and challenges and opportunities in financing this transition. She spoke alongside representatives from AFP Integra, Mercer, and PSP Investments, among others. Watch the panel.

  • 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. 

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