Thursday, 18 July 2019

Asian Development Bank 2013

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  • A Rohingya beggar reaches out his hand outside a mosque after Friday prayers in Sittwe.

    A new chapter

    The latest uncontested nomination for the presidency of the Asian Development Bank suggests that little is changing at the bank’s Manila headquarters. Behind the scenes, however, the institution is transforming in response to Asia’s development.

  • A girl takes a closer view of the planet Mars through a telescope at the Hong Kong Space Museum.

    Sharper Focus

    Takehiko Nakao, Japan’s nominee for the ADB presidency, highlights private-sector initiatives as an area where the bank needs to enhance its operations. Rolling out public-private partnerships across the region, however, remains a daunting undertaking.

  • Signs of progress for credit guarantee fund

    An ADB-led initiative to deepen Asia’s local bond markets looked to be back on track in April after Thai investors expressed early interest in a baht deal from commodity trader Noble Group.

  • A worker wires steel rebars at a construction site of a metro station in the southern Indian city of Chennai.

    Building Bridges

    India has unveiled a range of policy measures in a bid to restore confidence in its economy and close its infrastructure deficit. Investors, however, are waiting to see whether or not the country’s bureaucracy can follow through on its promises.

  • Joint venture to boost infrastructure bonds

    The Asian Development Bank last September pledged to guarantee a portion of up to five Indian project financings in a US$128m bid to kick-start the country’s infrastructure bond market.

  • A labourer checks the solar panel of a street light at a newly constructed solar housing complex in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata.

    Going Green

    Usually the preserve of multilateral development banks, climate-sensitive financings are growing in popularity. A recent issue of so-called ‘green bonds’ from the Export-Import Bank of Korea hints at the potential for social investing to spread across Asia.

  • A man looks out from the door of his house at Shwe Pyi Tar Industrial Zone in Yangon.

    Opening doors

    Growing global enthusiasm for emerging-market risk is good news for Asia and especially for the frontier markets that have yet to make their mark on the international capital markets. From Myanmar to Papua New Guinea, countries are attracting crowds of potential dealmakers.

  • Hiroshi Kobayashi, president and chief executive of Asian Honda Motor, poses at a sedan line production at Honda Automobile in Ayutthaya province, Thailand.

    East to East

    Japanese firms are set to ramp up investments in emerging Asia in response to monetary easing at home. While increased foreign investment is good news for the region, economists are already drawing parallels with the bubble that Japan helped inflate in the run-up to the Asian financial crisis in 1997.

  • A Japanese flag flutters atop the Bank of Japan building in Tokyo.

    Currency Wars

    Japan’s massive money injection has raised fears of a global currency war that could threaten Asia’s economic stability, but there are signs that the market may be overestimating the spill-over effect.

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