CDIA Office Opens In ADB HQ

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On 17 March, on the occasion of the 16th CDIA Program Review Committee Meeting, German Ambassador to the Philippines Thomas Ossowski and Carmela Locsin, Director General of the Sustainable Development & Climate Change Department (SDCC) in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) opened the new office of CDIA in the ADB headquarters in Manila. The ceremony was also graced by Mr. Gil Hong Kim (ADB SDCC Senior Director) and Mrs. Jutta Kranz-Plote (BMZ Head of Asia Division), further CDIA Program Review Committee-members from Austria and Sweden, as well as representatives of KfW and GIZ Germany.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, led by Mrs. Claudia Hermes (GIZ-CDIA Program Coordinator) and Mr. Joris van Etten (ADB-CDIA Program Manager), was followed by the key note of Mr. Ossowski welcoming the co-location of CDIA within ADB premises, further strengthening the cooperation of both organizations in jointly supporting Asian cities in achieving the goal of sustainable urban infrastructure and service provision. Mr Ossowski particularly highlighted the timeliness of CDIA’s support to over 80 medium-sized cities across the region since 2007 and its remarkable success in having leveraged USD 190 mio in infrastructure investments in the Philippine cities of Cebu, Davao, Metro Iloilo-Guimaras, Naga and Valenzuela alone.

In her welcome message, Ms. Locsin congratulated CDIA with the opening of the CDIA office inside the ADB, saying that “The co-location inside ADB opens a new chapter in the existence of the CDIA program and will be instrumental in bringing CDIA and ADB even closer together.”

“Our President recently indicated the importance to combine finance with strong sector and thematic expertise, knowledge and ideas so to ensure ADB’s relevance. In this respect, CDIA’s contribution to the development of innovative projects and programs that have high development value is crucial to the success of ADB’s future,” she added.

She also thanked the Government of Germany through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ GmbH), which has been with ADB in this endeavor since the very beginning as an implementing partner. You have been an excellent partner and we hope to continue this partnership for many years to come.”

About 60 CDIA partners and friends from ADB, GIZ, KfW, the World Bank, EU and local partner organizations attended the reception held shortly after the formal office inauguration.

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