CDIA Shares its 2017 Accomplishments with the Advisory Panel and Stakeholders

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The CDIA Advisory Panel and Stakeholders’ Forum Expert Group (AP-SHFEG), composed of representatives from CDIA partner cities as well as national and regional partner organizations, gathered in an annual meeting on 23 November 2017 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters in Manila Philippines. The meeting served as a venue for sharing an overview of CDIA’s activities and progress in the past year, at the same time heeding insights from the group on the strategic directions of CDIA.

This year, the AP-SHFEG meeting was held in line with the celebration of CDIA’s 10th year anniversary. For this purpose, the meeting was conducted to also acknowledge the invaluable contributions and advice of the AP-SHFEG members, and reflect on the milestones of CDIA and its partnership with them in the past 10 years.

The meeting was attended by distinguished members such as Om Prakash Mathur, Senior Fellow and Head of Urban Studies at the Institute of Social Sciences in New Delhi, India; Ms. Yumiko Noda, President of Veolia, Japan; Kirtee Shah, Chairman of KSA Design Planning Services Pvt. Ltd, India and Director of Ahmedabad Study Action Group; Nilkanth Poman, Head of e-Governance, Department of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, India; Vong Pisith, Deputy Director General of Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Cambodia; Wee Seng Lim, Managing Director of DBS Bank, Singapore; and Wilfredo Prilles, City Planning and Development Officer of Naga City, Philippines.

CDIA-GIZ Program Coordinator Ms. Eva Ringhof and CDIA-ADB Program Manager Joris Van Etten opened the meeting. After a short review of the outcomes and recommendations from the previous year’s AP-SHFEG, four CDIA staff members presented the recent key actions, taken by CDIA to take forward their recommendations from the 2016 meeting. The presentations included:

  1. Increasing CDIA’s Flexibility, presented by CDIA’s Infrastructure Engineer Brian Capati;
  2. Supporting Sustainable Public Transport in Tbilisi, Georgia, by Senior Urban Environmental Engineer Neil Chadder; and
  3. The “Focused Capacity Development” Approach for CDIA’s Project Preparatory Studies, by Project Coordinator for China Chenzi Yiyang and Junior Program Management Officer Mia Simpao.

Beyond this, the meeting also gave light to CDIA’s future as Mr. Neil Chadder presented the CDIA Trust Fund, after which, a lively and insightful discussion capped off the meeting.

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