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


  • 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.

  • 10 March 2022 ADB hosts public webinar with Brookings Institution on Asian Economic Integration Report (AEIR) 2022

    On March 10, 2022, Jong Woo Kang and Pramila Crivelli of ADB's Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department presented on the AEIR 2022 theme chapter in a webinar co-hosted by ADB's North American Representative Office and the Brookings Institution Global Economy and Development Program. The presenters highlighted the growth of digital services trade in Asia and the Pacific, and policy recommendations for better enabling digital services trade in the region. The discussion was moderated by Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Joshua Meltzer, and Deputy Representative Fei Yu provided introductory remarks.

  • 9 March 2022 ADB Vice President calls for evidence-based approach to climate finance at UN Security Council meeting

    On March 9, 2022, ADB Vice-President Ahmed M. Saeed delivered a virtual intervention at the UN Security Council meeting on Climate Finance for Sustaining Peace which explored how climate finance can build and sustain peace in conflict, post-conflict, and crisis situations. In his video remarks, VP Saeed highlighted ADB’s climate ambition of $100 billion of financing between 2019 and 2030, and called for an evidence-based approach to ensuring climate finance is prioritized for maximum impact. VP Saeed discussed the unique challenges of DMCs in the Pacific and the importance of climate and disaster risk assessments to provide design adaptation pathways, resilient investment plans, and projects to mobilize resources for adaptation. US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, COP26 President Alok Sharma, and representatives from UNSC members and other member states also provided remarks. Read more about the meeting.

  • 2 March 2022 ADB discusses innovative financing and sustainable infrastructure at US-PRC regional dialogue series

    On March 2, 2022, Sujata Gupta, Director of Sustainable Infrastructure in ADB's East Asia Regional Department served on a panel on "Financing Innovations in Energy, Sustainability, and the Environment” convened by the US-Asia Institute. Dr. Gupta discussed ADB's sustainable development priorities in PRC, innovative financing approaches, and capacity building. Institute of International Finance Managing Director and Head of Sustainable Finance Sonja Gibbs moderated the panel, which also featured former US Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman and former World Bank Vice President Zhu Xian, among others. Speakers and attendees at the regional dialogue on “Innovation in Energy, the Environment and Sustainability” included representatives from the US and PRC governments, private sector, and academia.

  • 17 February 2022 North American Representative introduces ADB in Connective Impact Q&A

    On February 17, 2022, ADB North American Representative Lesley Bearman Lahm presented to Connective Impact, a US-based organization that supports international NGOs, social businesses, and corporates seeking to find strategic partnerships to advance developmental impact. Representative Lahm presented on ADB’s structure, priorities, and ways ADB works with different types of partners. Sabine Spohn, Principal Investment Specialist in ADB's Private Sector Operations Department, summarized ADB's new Women’s Finance Exchange initiative, and Connective Impact CEO Joanne Sonenshine moderated the discussion.

  • 13 January 2022 ADB presents GMS regional overview to US Foreign Service Institute

    At a 13 January 2022 briefing for the US Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Alfredo Perdiguero, Director of the Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Division in ADB's Southeast Asia Department, summarized the Greater Mekong Subregion program, challenges faced in mainland Southeast Asian countries, and regional economic corridors. ADB North American Representative Lesley Bearman Lahm provided an overview of ADB’s operations. More than 40 US diplomats and other senior-level officials attended the briefing, which was moderated by Apichai Shipper, FSI East Asia and Pacific Area Studies Director.

  • 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.