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Friday, 28 April 2017

Asian Development Bank 2015

A special report with IFR Asia magazine 889 (April 18 2015)

A military band member performs at the Great Hall of the People during the rehearsal ahead of the opening ceremony of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing.

Asian Development Bank: Under the spotlight

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This year’s Asian Development Bank annual meeting takes place on the European side of the Caspian Sea in Baku, Azerbaijan. While that may seem an odd choice for the Manila-based institution, it does provide an excellent backdrop for many of the talking points troubling the more Eastern parts of Asia.

Chinese students hit a giant bell to usher in the New Year in Xian, the capital of China’s central province of Shaanxi.

Ringing the changes

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Asian Development Bank president Takehiko Nakao looks forward to collaborating with China’s new development institution and a stronger, streamlined ADB.

AIIB: China’s own development bank?

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The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is quickly taking shape after countries from the UK to Myanmar applied to join as founding members ahead of a March 31 deadline. The new, China-led bank now has a staff of 35 and has launched its own website, but several questions remain unanswered.

Papier-mache pandas, creation’s of French artist Paulo Grangeon, are covered with conical hats as they are displayed under the rain at the financial Central district in Hong Kong.

Green is good

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Green bonds and other socially responsible investments are beginning to take off in Asia, but domestic investors lag far behind their European counterparts.

ADB’s first Green bond

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The Triple A rated Asian Development Bank raised US$500m on March 12 from its inaugural print of Green bonds, giving another boost to the rapidly growing market.

Green glossary

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A brief guide to key global initiatives in climate financing

A man rides a spiral elevator in a new shopping mall in Shanghai.

Riding the next cycle

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A looming hike in US interest rates is raising new questions for Asia, after a surge in dollar borrowing increased the region’s exposure to global capital flows.

An employee updates fuel prices at a gas station in Hefei, Anhui.

Fuel for thought

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Lower oil prices have given many Asian economies a welcome lift, but policymakers can do more to capitalise on the opportunity by putting their energy savings to good use.

An airport employee stands inside the newly constructed T3 terminal of Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.

Project runway

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Longstanding ambitions to bring Asian infrastructure financing into the capital markets have taken a giant step towards reality with the refinancing of Delhi International Airport. Are project bonds finally taking off in Asia?

A man dressed as samurai warrior takes part in a ceremony for the new year’s first practice of budo in Tokyo.

Samurai saviours

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Efforts to connect emerging Asian issuers with conservative Japanese investors have proven frustrating, but Abenomics is giving the yen a bigger role in funding Asian growth.

Oil worker Namik Aliyev checks the quality of oil on a rig in the Caspian Sea, about 100km east of Baku.

Slick operator

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Azerbaijan, the host of this year’s Asian Development Bank annual meeting, is suffering from lower oil prices, but its prudent fiscal policy offers some lessons to other Asian governments.