Ministers and senior government officials, business leaders, fellow international institutions and civil society representatives are set to gather in Noida, India from May 2-5 for the 46th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which will focus on empowerment through development.
The ADB in a release said Tuesday that it anticipated 4,000 representatives including members of press would participate in the annual event to discuss how vulnerable groups can better access economic opportunities and social services like health and education.
This year's the participants would also 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.
Notable public and private sector officials expected to speak at the seminars including Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen, Chair of Asia Pacific of Goldman Sachs Asset Management Oliver Bolitho, Managing Director and Chair of global sovereign ratings committee S&P John Chambers, President of the African Development Bank Donald Kaberuka, Vice President of Inter-American Development Bank and former Finance Minister of Mexico Santiago Levy Algazi, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Thailand Kittiratt Na- Ranong, IMF Deputy Managing Director Naoyuki Shinohara, Chair of the Mizuho Financial Group Takashi Tsukamoto and Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics John van Reenan.
Alongside the Annual Meeting, finance ministers and other officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, Japan and Republic of Korea, (known as ASEAN + 3) will also hold discussions.