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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Asian Development Bank 2016

A special report with IFR Asia magazine 938 (April 16 2016)

Chinese children walk in a rice field in the southern province of Guizhou.

Asian Development Bank: New partners

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The Asian Development Bank is taking commendable steps to position itself as more than just a lender. Faced with rising regional wealth and the arrival of new multilateral institutions, it is right to have one eye on its long-term future. To remain relevant in supporting Asian development, however, it will need to forge new partnerships and show that it can offer more than just its capital.

ADB President Takehiko Nakao visits a school in Mongolia in July 2013.

Knowledge management

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ADB President Takehiko Nakao looks at how the Asian Development Bank is responding to a changing landscape for multilateral lenders and the agenda for this year’s meeting in Frankfurt.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (2nd L) and the general manager of China Railway Corp. Sheng Guangzu (C) stand next to a model of a train while attending a ground breaking ceremony for the Jakarta-Bandung fast-train railway line in Walini, West Java prov

JICA: Quality infrastructure funding

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Japan, the ADB’s biggest shareholder, is ramping up its support for Asian infrastructure with commitments totalling US$6.5bn from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao poses in front of the logo of ADB at its headquarters in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila after a forum with members of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines.

Treasury: Market access

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The ADB’s treasury department is increasing its funding activities and focusing on local currencies as it responds to growing demands for the bank’s assistance.

A performer takes pictures as he rests with fellow performers ahead of IOC’s announcement of the winner city for the 2022 winter Olympics bid, outside the Birds’ Nest, also known as the National Stadium, in Beijing, China.

Hitting the brakes

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Challenges to global growth, low commodity prices and volatile capital markets are piling the pressure on Asia in 2016. How vulnerable are Asia’s economies to a slowing China?

A worker installs a sign of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) at its headquarters ahead of its opening ceremony in Beijing, China.

Plus ça change

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Two new China-based development banks are set to begin lending this year, adding a new layer to social and infrastructure funding across Asia. Talk of a challenge to the established order, however, is overdone.

A labourer works on the scaffoldings of a flyover under construction in Lahore.

M4: A new capital highway?

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The next stretch of Pakistan’s M4 highway is set to be the first project to be financed jointly by the Asian Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha takes pictures with stock exchange workers after attending a seminar on capital market development in Bangkok, Thailand.

Coming together

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The launch of the ASEAN Economic Community has brought the goal of regional integration one step closer, but ASEAN’s progress is still too slow and uneven to challenge Asian giants India and China.

A teller counts 20 baht notes imprinted with the face of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at a bank in Bangkok.

AMBIF: One small step for integration

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A landmark issue in Thailand’s local bond market last year has underlined the challenges in the integration of South-East Asia’s capital markets.

Students wearing sun ray-shaped headwear pose in front of solar panels as they take part in the “Global day of action against climate change” rally during the Greenpeace clean energy parade at the Quezon city circle in Manila.

Moment of truth

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Climate-sensitive investments are gaining ground in Asia despite a slump in fossil fuel prices. Further development, however, will depend on convincing investors that green finance can pay off.

A view of the National Power Corp.'s Makiling-Banahaw Geothermal plant in Laguna province south of the capital Manila.

Tiwi Makban: Heating up project bonds

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A geothermal power project in the Philippines has raised hopes that Asia’s capital markets can play a bigger role in financing sustainable infrastructure projects.

Bank staff and a client pack stacks of Myanmar Kyat into bags before loading them onto a truck for transportation in Yangon.

Tricky First steps

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Global regulations are complicating efforts to bring Asia’s frontier economies into the global financial markets, putting pressure on multilaterals to bridge the gap.

A view of a building site beneath the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Social development

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Malaysia has shown that sharia-compliant bonds provide a dependable source of funding despite a political crisis that has rocked international confidence.

A VietJet A320 airplane is seen while parking before departure for Bangkok at Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi.

Back on the radar

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Vietnam is bucking the trend in South-East Asia, with an economy growing at its fastest pace in nine years. Connecting the country and its leading companies with global investors, however, remains a challenge.