Luis Alberto Moreno was among the record 5,000 delegates who attended ADB’s 45th annual meeting. Moreno was in town to discuss with ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda ways to strengthen trade and investment between Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Moreno’s visit built on Kuroda’s visit at IDB’s annual meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay, this March. It is the first time the heads of the two multilateral development banks attended each other’s annual gatherings.
The bank chiefs formally launched a jointly produced book titled “Shaping the Future of the Asia-Latin America and the Caribbean Relationship,” which explores opportunities to research and build capacity in areas such as disaster risk reduction, urbanization and infrastructure development.
Among the many world leaders attending the ADB gathering was Akihiko Tanaka, the new head of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, who highlighted Japan’s vision for inclusive development through peacebuilding and private sector engagement on his first international trip since taking office a month ago.
Partnerships like the one with IDB were front and center at the annual event this year, which focused also on food security and ways to reduce the widening gap between the region’s rich and poor. Governance, regional integration and financial issues were also on the agenda.
The next ADB annual meeting will be held May 2-5, 2013, in New Delhi, India.
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