Registration Ongoing for ADB’s 51st Annual Meeting in Manila

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MANILA, Over 3,000 participants including finance ministers, central bank governors, private sector representatives, development partners, academics, members of civil society, and the media are expected to gather on 3-6 May at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters in Manila, Philippines for the 51st Annual Meeting of ADB's Board of Governors.

After celebrating its 50th anniversary last year, ADB will be pivoting to the future and discuss its new strategy to meet new and emerging challenges for the region and how new technologies and globalization will affect job creation in developing Asia. The latest draft of ADB's long-term strategy, Strategy 2030, will be discussed at the Governors' Plenary as ADB aims to finalize 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, while exploring how ADB and its development partners can work together toward a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable region by 2030.

Various other events will be held during the Annual Meeting in Manila, including seminars focused on addressing gender gaps through women's entrepreneurship and economic empowerment; the private sector's increasing role in meeting Asia's huge infrastructure needs, estimated at $1.7 trillion annually until 2030; new technologies in finance; investing in community-led solutions for climate and disaster resilience; and promoting inclusive growth through inter-subregional cooperation. See schedule of events.

The Philippines, as the host country, will also organize an array of events gathering representatives from the public and private sectors and civil society to discuss the country's economic direction and development prospects. This year's Annual Meeting is the first-ever carbon neutral AM held in Manila.

Key sessions will be streamed live on ADB's website. Follow ADB on Twitter and Facebook at #ADBManila and check the Annual Meeting page for latest updates on the Annual Meeting. Delegates may also find the latest Annual Meeting updates by downloading the free Event App, ADB Annual Meeting 2018 in iOS and Android and search for this event in the app: ADBManila2018.

All invited participants, including the media, are reminded to register online to confirm their attendance. For overseas media requiring a visa to the Philippines, the deadline for online registration is 23 April 2018. For customs requirements, all registered journalists bringing equipment for photo or video coverage are required to submit a customs declaration form upon arrival.

Accredited media will have access to all public sessions, including seminars and key business sessions. See media invitation.

Interview requests from the media involving ADB Management and senior staff will be handled by ADB's Department of Communications, while interview requests for Philippine officials will be referred to the Host Country Organizing Committee. Requests for interviews with other delegates to the Annual Meeting must be made directly to the delegations. Media queries regarding the Annual Meeting should be sent to [email protected](link sends e-mail), while queries related to the host country should be sent to [email protected](link sends e-mail) or [email protected](link sends e-mail).

See the fact sheet to know more about ADB's partnership with the Philippines.

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members�48 from the region.

Source: Asian Development Bank