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Mr. Takehiko Nakao, former President of Asian Development Bank, gave a lecture

Update: February 19, 2020

On February 17 (Mon.), Mr. Takehiko Nakao, former President of Asian Development Bank (ADB) gave a special lecture entitled, "Looking back on the seven years as President of the ADB: Challenges facing development finance in Asia," at the Visiting Professor Jun Saito's (major: Economics and Global Studies) graduate class of "Economic Policy". It was attended by many faculty members and students who were interested in the subject. Mr. Nakao gave a lecture in English in a passionate way and answered questions from the participants.

Mr. Nakao touched on the history and culture of the Asian region and the 49 Asian ADB member countries out of the total of 68 member countries. He explained the economic status and the background as well as the relationships among the countries. He also spoke of the increased presence of Asia on the world stage, Asia's potential going forward, and the roles played by ADB.

In the Q&A session after the lecture, students from Sweden, Italy, India, China, Vietnam and Sri Lanka asked about the relationship between ADB and China's One Belt, One Road initiative, ADB's cooperative relationship with NGO's and local organizations of Asian countries, and the possibility of Asian countries to form a union similar to EU. Mr. Nakao respectfully answered each of those questions.

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