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ADB 2017 Operations Reach $28.9 Billion

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(ADB) operationscomprising approvals of loans and grants, technical assistance (TA), and co-financingreached $28.9 billion in 2017 in its continued efforts to help meet and the Pacific's development needs, according to preliminary figures released.

Approvals of loans and grants from ADB's own resources reached a record $19.1 billion, representing a 9% increase from the $17.5 billion seen in 2016. This puts well on its way to meet its $20 billion target by 2020. Of the total, non-sovereign (primarily private sector) operations accounted for $3.2 billion, a 26% increase from $2.5 billion in 2016. TA, meanwhile, increased by about 22% to $205 million from $169 million in the previous year.

Commitments (the amount of loans and grants signed)ADB's new performance measurereached $20.1 billion. This is a significant increase from $13.3 billion in 2016, reflecting the signing of large projects approved in 2016 and 2017.

The strong figures for operations in the past year were supported by the successful merger of ADB's concessional lending operations with the Ordinary Capital Resources balance sheetwhich took effect at the start of 2017, said. This will allow us to deliver a much higher level of assistance to our developing member countries for years to come without seeking a capital increase.

A highlight of ADB's operational figures for 2017 is climate financing, which reached a record $4.5 billion (comprising mitigation $3.6 billion and adaptation $0.9 billion), a 21% increase from 2016. This puts in a good position to achieve its $6 billion climate financing target by 2020.

Cofinancing approvals declined to $9.5 billion in 2017 from the $13.9 billion recorded in 2016, partly due to the delay of large expected cofinanced projects. Disbursements were $11.7 billion in 2017, compared to $12.7 billion in 2016.

This is because of lower approvals, and hence disbursements, of policy-based lending and counter-cyclical support facility, among other factors.

Disbursements are essential to make a difference on the ground. Cofinancing and catalyzation is a much-discussed strategy in the international community to realize the Sustainable Development Goals, said Mr. Nakao. will come up with additional concrete measures to increase disbursements and cofinancing, building on the new procurement policy approved in April 2017 and ongoing efforts to leverage resources.

Among ADB's other operational highlights were projects that combine with innovative approaches to development, including and to improve irrigation in and Pakistan, pilot testing of climate-smart agriculture practices in Bangladesh, and supporting social welfare reforms in to promote human development.

An innovative $100 million TA loan to the Philippines, approved in October 2017, will help the government prepare and deliver infrastructure projects under its Build Build Build program.

On the funding side, offered new and innovative such as the health bond and gender bond. This is on top of increased efforts to raise local currency funding to meet the growing demand for nonsovereign local currency loans. ADB's Indonesian rupiah bond in December was the first bond issued from a multilateral development of which is a shareholder.

launched three high-impact publications in 2017. Meeting Asia's Infrastructure Needs estimated and the Pacific's annual infrastructure needs at $1.7 trillion per year until 2030. A Region at Risk: The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in and the Pacific put forward scenarios of the devastating effects of climate change. The history book, Banking on the Future of and the Pacific focused on the region's economic development, the evolution of the international development agenda, and the story of over 50 years.

To scale up the bank's operations with quality, the Board approved the 2018 budget totaling $672.3 million, an increase of 3.9% over 2017, comprising 2.2% price growth and 1.7% volume growth. This budget supports the ongoing investments in IT reforms and organizational resilience. continues to make its utmost efforts at staff optimization and efficiency measures.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 14:09 IST