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Muhith leaves tomorrow for ADB annual meet

Update : 30 Apr 2013, 02:38 PM

Finance Minister AMA Muhith leaves Dhaka tomorrow morning on a five-day visit to India to attend the 46th annual meeting of the board of governors of Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The 4-day meeting begins tomorrow at India Expo Centre and Mart (IECM) in New Delhi. Muhith is expected to return home on May 6.

Some 4,000 participants, including from global media, will discuss how vulnerable groups could better access economic opportunities and social services like health and education.

This year’s governors’ seminar titled “Beyond Factory Asia: Fueling Growth in a Changing World” would examine the future role of factory-driven manufacturing in the region, alternative growth sources, and how individual countries can move up the production value chain to avoid becoming mired in a middle-income trap.

Seminars will look at the challenge of creating productive, meaningful jobs in Asia, the steps needed to quicken and deepen regional integration, including South Asia’s fast expanding links to its Southeast Asian neighbors, and the measures needed to mobilise more long-term finance for Asia’s huge infrastructure needs.

Besides, sessions will be held on development aid, and ways to boost falling levels of assistance; as well as how to improve the delivery of public services to poor and marginalised groups; and financing the universal healthcare.

On the sidelines, finance ministers and other officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the People’s Republic of China, Japan and Republic of Korea, (known as ASEAN + 3) will also hold discussions.  

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