Highlights: ADB Annual Meeting - Germany 2016

Publication | August 2016

About 3,500 participants took part in discussions about how ADB can further scale up efforts to reduce poverty in Asia and the Pacific and help achieve a more sustainable future, during ADB's 49th Annual Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany.

The 2016 meeting saw an unprecedented level of representation from both German and European leadership, among them German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, and former German President Horst Köhler.

The meeting focused on a number of key topics for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.

  • Clean energy and climate change
  • Sustainable supply and production chains
  • Technical and vocational education and training; employment
  • Cities, infrastructure, and urban development
  • Information and communication technology
  • International development, economics, and finance
  • ADB administration and governance

Seminars and institutional events were held on economic, finance, and development issues of current interest to ADB stakeholders, as well as ADB operations, business opportunities, and performance. 

At the governors' seminar, panelists discussed the role of structural reforms in driving economic growth, reducing poverty, and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. While investments in infrastructure, human capital, and technology remain critical, structural reforms hold the key to boosting developing Asia’s potential growth.


  • Letter from The Secretary
  • Annual Meeting Facts and Figures
  • Annual Meeting Topics
  • ADB Seminars and Institutional Events
  • Sponsored Seminars
  • Host Country Events and Seminars
  • Civil Society Program
  • Special Features

Additional Details

  • ADB administration and governance
  • ADB and civil society
  • ADB annual meetings and annual reports
  • ARM168316-2

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