CPV: Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda will travel to Vietnam from 28 February to 2 March as part of the final preparations for ADB's upcoming annual meeting, said the ADB Vietnam Resident Mission on February 25.
About 3,000 participants, including heads of state, finance ministers, central bank governors and representatives from the private sector, academia, media and civil society are expected to attend the 44th annual meeting of ADB's Board of Governors from May 3-6.
This is the first time the event is being hosted by Vietnam and will provide the country with an opportunity to showcase its rapid socioeconomic development with the support of development partners including ADB, and its recent progression to Middle Income Country status.
ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda has worked for the Bank for 6 years.
During the event, participants will discuss pressing issues facing the region including policy challenges for food security, middle income countries, changing growth trends and capital flows to Asia, infrastructure development, environmentally sustainable development, and climate change.
It is a good opportunity for participants to hold formal and informal consultations that can help shape economic, financial and social policies and programs in Asia and the Pacific.
In Hanoi, President Kuroda will tour the National Convention Center, and other venues where Annual Meeting events will take place. He is also planned to meet Party Chief and NA Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and other officials, before visiting ADB project sites in Dac Lak province.
Vietnam joined ADB in 1966 as one of the founding members, and over the past 25 years it has become one of the fastest growing and dynamic economies in Asia. As a member of the ADB-supported Greater Mekong Subregion program, the country also works closely with neighboring countries to promote cross border cooperation.