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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

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  • Rehabilitated roads under the Emergency Flood Recovery Project and Flood Rehabilitation Project in Fiji. The projects are helping build damaged infrastructure and revive economic activity in rural areas that were badly affected by floods in January 2009.

    IFR Asia Asian Development Bank Roundtable 2019: Mobilising markets for sustainable infrastructure

    Sustainable infrastructure was high on the agenda at this year’s Asian Development Bank annual meetings in Fiji, where climate change and ocean health have a pronounced impact on everyday life. The capital markets are also showing a growing interest in sustainable development, but Asia is still a long way from harnessing the market’s full potential.

  • IFR Asia Asian Development Bank Roundtable 2019: Part 1

    IFR ASIA: Welcome everyone. I’m going to ask KathArine to frame this discussion for us at the start. Why is financing sustainable infrastructure so relevant to this part of the world?

  • IFR Asia Asian Development Bank Roundtable 2019: Part 2

    IFR ASIA: The deal we’ve just been talking about from Clifford Capital was in US dollars. If you try to bring project financings to the local capital markets, who are the investors there? Where does the money come from?

  • The Fijian Islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu (R) are seen in this image captured by Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

    Asian Development Bank 2019: A sustainable future

    Sustainability is a key concern for Fiji, the host of this year’s Asian Development Bank annual meetings. Its low-lying outer islands are under threat from rising sea levels as a result of climate change, and ocean plastics and overfishing are a growing risk to its revenues.

  • ADB President Takehiko Nakao addresses delegates at the 51st ADB Annual Meeting in Manila on 4 May 2018.

    Paying it forward

    After winning support for his vision for the next decade last year, ADB President Takehiko Nakao is building consensus around changes to loan pricing and concessional funding.

  • A chef holds the head of a bluefin tuna after cutting its meat at a sushi restaurant in Tokyo.

    A bigger fish

    The ADB is investing more in bonds and equities across Asia as it looks to double support for the region’s private sector over the next five years.

  • In search of new partners

    The ADB is facing something of an existential crisis. Its traditional sources of funding – shareholder contributions and donations from higher-income governments – are drying up at the same time as the region’s needs are changing radically.

  • Motorcyclists pass a damaged section of a road following an earthquake in Meureudu, Pidie Jaya, in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia.

    Crisis capital

    Catastrophe bonds can play a role in disaster risk management for emerging Asia, where natural disasters often cause an outsized hit on a country’s GDP.

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