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ADB at 50: the bank's annual meetings through the years

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On May 2-5, the Asian Development Bank will be holding the 49th edition of its annual meeting in Frankfurt, Germany — an event that will also kick off the institution's 50th anniversary celebrations. Let's look at the past annual meetings of the Manila-based institution in this Devex slideshow.

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ADB at 50: the bank's annual meetings through the years

  1. 1. ADB AT 50: THE BANK’S ANNUAL MEETINGS THROUGH THE YEARS
  2. 2. ADB will hold the 49th edition of its annual meeting on May 2-5 in Frankfurt, Germany, with over 3,000 development movers and shakers expected to participate in the event. The theme for this year is “cooperating for sustainability.”
  3. 3. The bank’s annual meeting, according to its website, is “an opportunity to provide guidance on ADB administrative, financial, and operational directions.” Nine presidents — including incumbent President Takehiko Nakao — have presided over all of the annual meetings to date.
  4. 4. It also marks the return of the event on European soil since the annual meeting in Madrid, Spain in 2008. Including Frankfurt, this is the 11th time the event is held outside of the Asia-Pacific region.
  5. 5. The Frankfurt event also kicks off the bank’s 50 year anniversary celebrations amid the Asia-Pacific region’s growing donor environment. Last year, ADB overall operations amounted to $27.17 billion.
  6. 6. The inaugural annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank was held at the Tokyo Prince Hotel in the Japanese capital on Nov. 24-26, 1966 — a month before the opening of the bank’s headquarters in Manila, Philippines.
  7. 7. The Philippine capital Manila, which also serves as the bank’s headquarters, is the most frequent host city of ADB’s annual meetings, hosting the event 15 times. The most recent one was held in 2012 at the Philippine International Convention Center.
  8. 8. The themes of the last five annual meetings (excluding Frankfurt) are (1) Fostering partnership for development; (2) The Silk Road: Connecting Asia with the changing world; (3) Development through empowerment; (4) Inclusive growth through better governance and partnerships; and (5) Regional integration, middle-income countries, climate change and finance.
  9. 9. Next year’s annual meeting, the 50th edition, is expected to be held in Yokohama, Japan.

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