Public Communications Policy Review | Asian Development Bank

Public Communications Policy Review

ADB has reviewed its Public Communications Policy (PCP) which governs sharing of ADB information and documents with external stakeholders.

ADB’s Board of Directors approved the new Access to Information Policy (AIP) on 28 September 2018. This new policy will replace ADB’s Public Communications Policy (PCP) on 1 January 2019.

The review of the PCP started in July 2016 and aimed to:

(i) ensure ADB’s disclosure and transparency practices remain up-to-date and consistent with practices of comparator institutions;

(ii) stay in line with ADB’s business process; and

(iii) improve policy implementation. The review considered feedback from a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.

The AIP reflects ADB’s commitment to transparency, accountability, and participation by stakeholders. The new policy includes the guiding principles, exceptions to disclosure, and general information about external requests and appeals. Detailed information about policy implementation and the disclosure requirements will be available in ADB’s Operations Manual.

Asian Development Bank
Public Information and Disclosure Unit
Department of Communications
P.O. Box 789
0980 Manila, Philippines
 [email protected]


Description Target Date
PCP review launch on ADB website

Nov 2016

Consultations, including face-to-face consultations in select member countries, internal review, and request for comments on the consultation draft Dec 2016 – July 2017
Preparation of revised policy draft Q3-Q4 2017
Posting of revised policy (2nd consultation draft) for public comments March 2018
Board consideration of revised draft policy (W-paper)  31 July 2018
Preparation of final policy Q3 2018
Final policy for Board consideration 28 September 2018
Effectivity date of new policy 1 January 2019