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CDIA Gains Prominence At ADB Annual Meeting 2015

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For the first time, CDIA, represented by its Program Coordinator Joris van Etten, participated in the Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), 2-5 May in Baku, Azerbaijan.

About 3,000 delegates took part in the discussion on current development issues facing the Asia and Pacific region, and the ADB’s role in addressing them. With the theme “Fostering Partnership for Development,” the Meeting had a varied program, with seminars on livable cities, economics of gender, regional cooperation, and financial sector development, among others; which resulted in a number of concrete steps toward greater international partnerships. Click here for the full story on the ADB Web site.

The photo shows Mr. van Etten (2nd from left) with Mr. Chaniago Indonesian Minister for National Development Planning (3rd from left) at the ADB annual meeting in Baku.

During the event, Mr. van Etten, together with Joerg Haas, CDIA’s Advisor to the Program Review Committee Chairwoman, participated in the joint German/ADB urban seminar which was opened by Hans Joachim Fuchtel, Parliamentary State Secretary to Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, who mentioned CDIA many times in his speech:

“Local governments know best what their citizens need most for sustained economic and social development. But often they are lacking the capacity to present their ideas and proposals to financial institutions in a format that meet the requirements of these financing institutions. Therefore in 2007, ADB together with Germany created the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA). CDIA assists cities to bridge the gap between urban development planning and financing of their urban infrastructure investments. We are very happy to say that besides ADB and Germany, others like Spain, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, and even the city of Shanghai have stepped in.

But what really matters is that until today, Pre-Feasibility Studies covering almost 80 projects have been concluded and out of these more than 60% have already been linked to financing institutions or further stages of implementation with a total value of more than 5 billion USD. CDIA is a great success and I would like to congratulate my friends from ADB for their support.”

Click here for the full story on the German/ADB urban seminar on how to make cities livable.

On the sidelines, Mr. van Etten also touched bases with the Seoul Delegation and discussed CDIA membership; with the Minister of the Indonesian State Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) to catch up on CDIA work in Indonesia and CDIA membership; and with representatives from Austria, Switzerland, and Sweden to discuss their contribution to the program.

At the closed door session for Governors, various CDIA supporters mentioned CDIA during special discussions on urbanization.

With Frankfurt hosting the next ADB Annual Meeting and Mr. Fuchtel elected as the new chairman of the Board of Governors, there will be other opportunities for CDIA to move forward.

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