Message from the Chair

Dear fellow-members, development partners, friends:

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Secretariat of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP), I wish to invite you and those in the development finance community to join us at the 44th ADFIAP Annual Meeting to be done hybrid on October 27-28, 2021 hosted by the Philippine members.

We are living through a difficult time for society and our economies. The crisis around the COVID-19 pandemic has left no one untouched. The virus is not only claiming human lives but also subjecting individual countries and the global political order to extraordinary stress rarely seen in ordinary time. But these challenges only reinforce our determination to continue working towards one goal – making the world more resilient.

To continuously provide long-lasting solutions moving forward, we encourage our member DFIs to be more innovative and responsive, to pursue clarity of purpose, optimize board and governance systems and structures, improve its internal culture and efficiency, enhance financial stability and influence, and accelerate progress and focus on sustainability into the future.

The theme for this hybrid annual meeting, “DFIs and Post-Pandemic Opportunities and Thrusts: A DFI Community Knowledge Exchange” aims to provide a venue for member-participants to share with and learn from each other’s current practices, challenges and ideas as well as present their thoughts and perspectives on the way forward. We are confident that we will make a positive contribution to this crisis.

I look forward to e-meeting you all as we converse, reconnect, and renew our bonds to enable us to work together for a sustainable “new normal”.

Warmest regards to you all!

Mr. Phub Dorji
Chief Executive Officer, Bhutan Development Bank Ltd.
Chairman, ADFIAP