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North American Representative Office (NARO)

Enhancing ADB’s presence in Canada and the United States from Washington, DC


  • 8 December 2021 ADB Southeast Asia Director General meets with US Government officials, researchers, other stakeholders in Washington, DC

    On December 6-8, 2021, Ramesh Subramaniam, ADB Southeast Asia Department Director General, visited Washington, DC, and discussed ADB’s assistance to Southeast Asia with US government officials, opinion leaders, researchers, and other stakeholders. DG Ramesh focused on ADB’s COVID-19 support, climate change priorities, the Energy Transition Mechanism, and the Green Recovery Program in meetings with the US Treasury Department, Congressional staffers, Center for Global Development, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Development Finance Corporation, Millennium Challenge Corporation, National Bureau of Asian Research, US-Asia Institute, USAID, and the Wilson Center.

  • 2 December 2021 ADB Webinar on Global Value Chain Development Report 2021

    On December 2, 2021, ADB Senior Statistician M. Joseph Mariasingham presented in a webinar co-hosted with the Georgetown Anti-Poverty Society and the Global Human Development and Asian Studies programs of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. After opening remarks by North American Representative Lesley Bearman Lahm, Mariasingham presented on the Global Value Chain Development Report 2021, highlighting recent trends in global value chains and risks to global value chain development. Georgetown Asian Studies Program Director Michael Green moderated a question-and-answer session following the presentation.

  • 23 November 2021 Webinar on ADB's country-focused strategy formulation and implementation

    On November 23, 2021, ADB Private Sector Operations Department Advisor Hisaka Kimura presented to graduate students and faculty of the Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service Asian Studies Program, the Georgetown Anti-Poverty Society, and the Global Human Development Program. Kimura shared her experience on country strategy formulation and implementation, drawing recent examples from an upper-middle income country (PRC) and a small country in transition (Mongolia). She answered questions on project identification, structuring, negotiation, and teamwork, including collaboration with other multilateral institutions to align strategies and approaches in tackling global challenges.

  • 17 November 2021 NARO explains innovations at ADB at Johns Hopkins SAIS

    On November 17, 2021, ADB North American Representative Lesley Bearman Lahm and Deputy Representative Fei Yu presented for graduate students of Cinnamon Dornsife, Director of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies’ Foreign Policy Institute. Dr. Yu introduced ADB and discussed ADB’s theme, green, and blue bonds. Representative Lahm discussed the need for innovation to mobilize private finance for the SDG agenda and highlighted how blended finance can help overcome constraints to private finance mobilization. Representative Lahm also spotlighted ADB’s Private Sector Window, ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility, Energy Transition Mechanism, and ADB Ventures.

  • 18 October 2021 ADB moderates Canada-led APEC Energy Working Group workshop on clean energy access

    On 18 October 2021, ADB Special Project Facilitator Warren Evans moderated an APEC Energy Working Group workshop on Enabling Clean, Sustainable Energy Access in the APEC Region. Evans discussed ADB’s role in Asia and the Pacific's green recovery from the COVID-19 and cited ADB's elevated ambition for climate financing to $100 billion by 2030. Speakers included Natural Resources Canada International Energy Affairs Division Director Jean-François Gagné, Senior Advisor to the US Secretary of Energy Kate Gordon, Manager of Energy Markets Policy at the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment Suzannah Toulmin, RMI Principal Koben Calhoun, and Climate Investment Funds Senior Energy Specialist Abhishek Bhaskar.

  • 16 October 2021 President Asakawa meets WBG President, IMF Managing Director, senior US government officials in Washington, DC

    During his mission to Washington, DC on 14-16 October 2021, President Masatsugu Asakawa met with World Bank Group President David Malpass and IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, and discussed Asia’s economic outlook, ADB’s COVID-19 response, and plans for a green, resilient, and inclusive recovery, among other issues. In addition to his meetings with developing member country government officials and US think tank and academic leaders in Washington, DC, President Asakawa met with key US government counterparts, including US Acting Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs Andy Baukol and David Lipton, Senior Counselor to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. He also met with Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and Environment Jose Fernandez, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance and Development Roland de Marcellus. With the US counterparts, President Asakawa discussed ADB’s climate commitments and approach in Afghanistan and Myanmar, domestic resource mobilization, and taxation.

  • 13 October 2021 President Asakawa meets with US Treasury Secretary, UN Secretary-General, and others during his New York mission

    During his mission to New York between 11-13 October 2021, President Masatsugu Asakawa met with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and other MDB heads, remotely from New York, and announced ADB's elevation of its ambition to deliver climate financing to its developing member countries to $100 billion from 2019–2030. While in New York, the President met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, with whom he discussed the upcoming COP26 climate summit, alignment with the Paris Agreement, climate finance, the Asia Pacific Tax Hub, and collaboration in Afghanistan, among other issues.

    President Asakawa met with JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and representatives from Goldman Sachs and discussed climate finance and ways to achieve a green, resilient, and inclusive post-COVID-19 recovery. He also met with Rockefeller Foundation President Rajiv Shah, with whom he discussed potential financing partnerships between the Rockefeller Foundation and ADB around energy transitions. The President also met Antha Williams, Global Head of the Environment Program at Bloomberg Philanthropies, with whom he discussed the energy transition and opportunities around clean energy and oceans health. 

  • 13 October 2021 ADB presents to Georgetown graduate students on a programmatic approach to PPP

    On 13 October 2021, Pratish Halady, ADB's Senior Advisor to the Managing Director General, presented on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to an audience of graduate students and faculty of the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service and McDonough School of Business. Halady discussed the importance of taking a programmatic approach to PPP development, focusing on policy and transaction work concurrently, and used ADB’s work in Uzbekistan as an example of how this can lead to sustainable outcomes and capital mobilization.

  • 6 October 2021 North American Representative Office hosts ADOU 2021 North American launch

    On 6 October 2021, ADB's North American Representative Office co-hosted a webinar on the ADO Update 2021 “Transforming Agriculture in Asia” theme chapter with University of Waterloo School of Environment, Enterprise and Development and the V2V Global Partnership. Takashi Yamano, Principal Economist in the Economic Analysis and Operational Support Division of the ADB’s Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, presented on challenges facing agriculture in Asia; innovations to boost productivity support and sustainability; and support systems needed for Asia’s farmers. The following discussion on inequality, gender, and sustainability issues in agriculture featured Bruce Frayne, Jennifer Clapp, and Andrea Collins of University of Waterloo and Zhenzhong Si from Wilfrid Laurier University. Learn more.

  • 29 September 2021 ADB's Thomas Abell presents to Georgetown graduate students on how digital technologies are transforming ADB’s development agenda

    On 29 September 2021, ADB Chief of Digital Technology for Development Thomas Abell presented to the Georgetown University Anti-Poverty Society and Global Human Development Program graduate students and faculty. Abell discussed how digital technologies are important for ADB’s development objectives, and highlights of current ADB digital priorities such as digital divide (internet access), earth observation technologies, and technology start-up ecosystems. Abell also discussed technology trends that are rapidly changing the development landscape.