AN eight member team from the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors are in the country for a five days visit to discuss ADB’s continued support to the country’s development.
Members of the team arrived in the country last Sunday and will be engaged in their official program in the country as of today until Friday.
The Board members comprised of Executive Directors (EDs) and Alternate Executive Directors (AEDs), Team Leader In-chang Song, Tony McDonald (Host ED), Syurkani Ishak Kasim, Shahid Mahmood, Philip Rose, Kris Panday, Mahbub Ahmed and Enrique Galan.
During the visit they will meet the country’s Prime Minister Rick Hou, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Treasury and ADB Governor Manasseh Sogavare and other senior government officials and development partners to discuss ADB’s work program in the country.
ADB has a broad range of projects in infrastructure, public financial management, private sector development, and renewable energy in Solomon Islands.
During the visit the ADB Board group will share with government and other stakeholders details of ADB’s emerging Strategy 2030 and discuss how ADB is looking towards improving their modalities of knowledge sharing and the delivery of financial products.
Potential for flexibility in ADB’s procurement and safeguards procedures will be considered.
The visit program will include site visits to ADB supported energy, urban and infrastructure projects and the Board members will witness a grant signing ceremony for the ADB-supported Solomon Islands Transport Sector Project Development Facility.
The group will also explore new opportunities for ADB to support Solomon Islands.
The ADB Board members will interact with project beneficiaries, meet with civil society groups, private sector representatives and staff at ADB’s Solomon Islands Extended Mission (EMSOL).