Director General, South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme, Dr. Abas Basir met with the high-level officials of the Asia Development Bank (ADB) the ADB Head Quarters in Manila, Philippines on 18th and 19th October 2018.
In these meetings, which held in different avenues, Mr. Ronald Antonio Q Butiong, Director, Regional Co-operation and Operations Coordination Division, South Asia Department, Mr. Bruce K. Dunn, Director, Environment and Safeguards Division, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Mr. Dongxiang Li, Lead Regional Cooperation Specialist, Regional Co-operation and Operations Coordination Division, South Asia Department and Mr. Michael Rattinger, Senior Climate change Specialist, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Division, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, were present and the possible areas of future cooperation and development of partnership to harmonize activities to benefit member countries of SACEP were discussed.
These Meetings served as avenue for the two organizations to exchange views on regional issues of mutual interest and concern, collectively and constructively to address regional developments and existing, emerging and transboundary challenges and strengthen development cooperation.
Both the organizations agreed on the importance of working closely together in the region on identified key areas of mutual interest such as Air Pollution, Climate Change, Sustainable Development Goals, Martine Pollution, Sustainable Transport and committed to continue their discussions to strengthen the ADB-SACEP strategic Partnership in the future.
To further streamline and enhance communication between the two organizations, in Throughout our discussions, we stressed the importance of protecting and promoting I would also touch on a couple of initiatives that we believe could enhance the functioning of the institution and move towards strengthening our structures for the purposes of making it more inclusive and better able to serve its members. Also worthy of mentioning, are the efforts to enhance cooperation with other work streams within SADC and other multi-state bodies in the implementation of our programme, with a view to enhance harmonious labour regulation framework in the region.
The Administrator and Minister agreed upon the importance of building the capacity of national institutions in developing countries and bolstering civil-society organizations to foster durable, self-reliant communities. They also discussed opportunities to continue Swedish-American collaboration in renewable energy through Power Africa.