ADB director general in Nepal

Kathmandu, May 24:

Director General of ADB’s South Asia Department Kunio Senga arrived in Kathmandu on Saturday for a four-day official visit.

Senga is scheduled to meet the Prime Minister, ministers of finance, physical planning and works, local development, water resources and other senior government officials during his visit. He will also meet senior leaders of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), informed an ADB press release here today.

Senga will discuss the post-election situation in Nepal and reiterate the need for the country to remain focused on the reform and development agenda. He will also discuss various aspects of ADB’s current and future operations in Nepal, the statement added.

The official will also meet representatives of ADB’s development partners, civil society

and media to hold discussions on a wide range of development issues and challenges facing Nepal.

This happens to be the first visit of a senior ADB official to Nepal since the Constituent Assembly elections this year.

Based in Manila, ADB is dedicated to reducing poverty in the Asia and Pacific region through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth and regional integration.

Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members - 48 from the region. In 2007, it approved $10.1 billion of loan, $673 million of grant projects and technical assistance amounting to $243 million, stated the ADB release.