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Thursday, 23 May 2019

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  • 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.

  • Local currency issuance on the rise

    The ADB is ramping up its presence in Asia’s local currency bond markets.

  • India’s debt reforms delight borrowers

    More Indian companies are heading overseas in search of funding after the country’s central bank relaxed its long-standing restrictions on offshore borrowing.

  • A container ship is pictured docked at the Colombo South Harbor during its opening ceremony in Colombo.

    Risk review

    China’s Belt and Road Initiative had been billed as a big boost to Asian infrastructure financing, but growing resistance to Xi Jinping’s vision has cast doubt over its ability to mobilise additional funds for development.

  • New World Bank boss vows to keep climate goals, evolve China relationship

    New World Bank President David Malpass said he would not alter the lender’s commitment to fight climate change, but pledged to step up its anti-poverty mission and to evolve the bank’s relationship with China.

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