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Our Top Team Off To Busy Start in Manila

Our Top Team Off To Busy Start in Manila
From left: Permanent Secretary for Economy Makereta Konrote, Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Reserve Bank of Fiji Governor Ariff Ali during a side meeting in Manila on May 2, 2018 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters before the 51st ADB Annual General Meeting opens in the Philippines capital today.
May 03
14:43 2018

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum set a busy pace in Manila yesterday.

It came as the Fijian delegation worked ahead of today’s formal opening of  the 51st Annual Meeting of Asian Development Bank’s (ADB). Board of Governors.

First on the agenda yesterday for the Fijian Government delegation was the Pacific Developing Member Countries (DMC) Governors informal preparatory meeting.

Discussions there included leveraging Fiji’s hosting of next year’s ADB annual meeting at Nadi May 2-5 to showcase the Pacific Islands region. That also included identifying a theme relevant across the Pacific region and defining key topics/issues to be highlighted for discussion.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum will feature in the high-level programme as head of the Fijian delegation and a Governor of the ADB.

This is expected to include being a panel speaker on Friday during a scheduled Governor’s seminar (Technological change, globalisation and jobs in Asia).

More than 3000 participants are expected at the Manila meeting.

They include finance ministers, central bank governors, private sector representatives, development partners, academics, members of civil society, media, and the youth from the Asia and Pacific region.

The Fijian delegation is not only showcasing Fiji ahead of this. It is tapping into how the Philippines has organised this year’s event and what Fiji can learn from it for the Nadi meeting.

One example is how Chief Operations Officer/Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Maretino Qiolevu and Divisional Police Commander Southern Senior Superintendent Abdul Khan are currently attending a meeting of security personnel for the ADB in Manila.

After celebrating its 50th anniversary last year, ADB will be pivoting to the future. The Manila meeting will discuss its new strategy to meet new and emerging challenges for the region and how new technologies and globalisation will affect job creation.

The latest draft of ADB’s long-term strategy, Strategy 2030, will be discussed at the Governors’ Plenary as ADB aims to finalise the document this year.

The theme of the 2018 Annual Meeting is “Linking People and Economies for Inclusive Development.”

The meeting will look at global and regional issues affecting development in Asia and the Pacific. This is part of exploring how ADB and its development partners can work together toward a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable region by 2030.


About the Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty and helping development in Asia and the Pacific through loans, grants, research and technical assistance to its member countries, as well as investments in private companies.

ADB is composed of 67 member countries, 48 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region.


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