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ADB 2019: Over 2000 Fijians Involved, 400 Are Volunteers

Over 400 volunteers who are mainly from universities in the West, 70 liaison officers and about 400 police officers will deliver the event.
30 Apr 2019 15:16
ADB 2019: Over 2000 Fijians Involved, 400 Are Volunteers
Volunteers at the the ADB meet in Nadi.

Over 2000 Fijians will be directly or indirectly involved in delivering the 52nd Asian Development Bank annual meeting from tomorrow.

This was confirmed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Service, Bernadette Welch.

“Over 400 volunteers who are mainly from universities in the West, 70 liaison officers and about 400 police officers would be used to deliver the event.

“Fiji will get so much international exposure from this event,” Ms Welch added.

As of last Friday, 2000 people from 80 different countries have registered to be part of the meeting.

The meeting begins tomorrow and is expected to finish on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Government officials, development partners, private sector representatives, academics, members of civil society, youths, and the media are in Nadi ready for the big event.

The annual meeting is the year’s largest gathering of the organisation and an annual opportunity for ADB Governors to engage in focused discussion on development issues and challenges facing Asia and the Pacific.

This year’s theme, which also marks the first time a Pacific island country is hosting the event, is “Prosperity Through Unity.”

Online registration is ongoing for media. The deadline for requesting for accreditation is today.

Among the issues that will be discussed during the event in Nadi are sustainable tourism and its potential to boost national and regional development efforts; the role of private sector financing for disaster risk management and climate resilience in Asia and the Pacific; importance of concerted efforts to improve ocean health; ways to respond to heightening global economic uncertainty; the role of digital technologies for financial inclusion; and new tools for sustainable infrastructure development; among others.

Key sessions and plenaries will be livestreamed on ADB’s website.

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. In 2018, it made commitments of new loans and grants amounting to $21.6 billion. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.

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