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Plans Are All Under Control For ADB 52nd Meet Here

With just six months away for Fiji to host the 52 Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank’s Board of Governors in Nadi, ADB officials are working closely with the
26 Oct 2018 10:59
Plans Are All Under Control For ADB 52nd Meet Here
Masayuki Tachiiri the regional director of the ADB’s Pacific Subregional Office (SPSO) in Suva. Photo: Maraia Vula

With just six months away for Fiji to host the 52 Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank’s Board of Governors in Nadi, ADB officials are working closely with the Fijian Government to ensure plans are executed well.

The  annual meeting will be held from May 2 to 5, 2019 at the InterContinental Fiji Golf and Spa and the Sheraton Fiji Resort, Nadi.

Masayuki Tachiiri the regional director of the ADB’s Pacific Subregional Office (SPSO) in Suva said: “The meeting is planned in the first week of May, we are working with the Government and our headquarters staff have been coming to Fiji from time to time to prepare for the meeting.

“We have more or less have finalised the schedules, side events and seminars.

“We also have been working on the conference venues, along with transport and other logistical issues which we are sorting out.”

He said he doesn’t see any big hiccup happening here for the annual meeting.

This will be the first time a Pacific developing member country has hosted an ADB Annual Meeting, which will be an opportunity to showcase achievements and opportunities in the Pacific subregion.

 

Security:

“Everything is being sorted but its not easy, it’s a challenge but we are hopeful that everything will go smoothly.”

He said security would be one of the key issues that they would work on because they have senior government leaders and officials coming to attend the meeting.

“Our ADB HQ team are liaising closely with the security team in Fiji.”

The last meeting in May was held in Manila, Philippines and two senior Fiji Police Force officials attended and they were briefed on security measures for meetings of such magnitude and they also received some support from the Philippino Government.

He said Reserve Bank of Fiji have offered their support.

 

Country Partnership Strategy

“Before the annual meeting, ADB will be preparing a new country partnership strategy and that specifies our five-year strategy to support Fiji.

“We have been discussing this with Government for a while.

“At the annual meeting we plan to finalise it, so that sets the pace of ADB operations together with Government.”

The strategy positions ADB to re-engage quickly and fully with the new Fijian government to help the country overcome its key development challenges.

It aims to raise Fiji’s growth potential by encouraging private investment, make growth more inclusive and improve service delivery, and reduce volatility and build resilience.

“I am very excited with this opportunity, the ADB sets the new long term strategy its Strategy 2030 for ADB as whole.

“ADB’s Strategy 2030 sets the course for our efforts to respond effectively to the Pacific subregion’s changing needs and will focus our efforts on the specific needs of small island developing states (SIDS),” said Mr Tachiiri.

“ADB will better support SIDS by combining concessional finance, knowledge and advisory services, and partnership with diverse stakeholders.

“This is a good opportunity to do more to strengthen the relations and also the operations.

“The annual meeting next year is a good opportunity to start our new approach and for me to take this challenge up.”

 

ADB engagement in Fiji

ADB engagement in Fiji focuses on promoting inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction. These goals are being advanced through investments in transport infrastructure, water supply and sanitation, disaster recovery, and public sector management.

 

About Mr Tachiiri

Mr Tachiiri, a national of Japan, is the Regional Director for Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu. He is based in Suva, Fiji.

He joined ADB in 2007.

He led development of infrastructure projects in South Asia Regional Department.

He moved to Strategy, Policy, and Review Department in 2011.

He was responsible for planning and management of ADB’s operational resources, and led review of financial products and modalities.

He also acted as strategy focal for PPP and nonsovereign operations, when ADB expanded private sector operations.

While progressing his carrier in ADB, Mr Tachiiri did a short stint in Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory, Tokyo, where he worked as financial advisor for PPP projects.

Prior to joining ADB, he worked at Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago, USA, and Bachelor in Economics from Hitotsubashi University, Japan.

Feedback:  maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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