ADB reviews Communications Policy to ensure effectiveness

KATHMANDU: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched

a review of its Public

Communications Policy to ensure it is still effective, transparent and relevant, and to see what improvements can be made.

From today until mid April 2010, Asian Development Bank will seek views on the policy from all interested parties, primarily through the internet.

Consultations will also be held with stakeholders, including government officials, civil society and the private sector in a number of developing member countries and donor countries in the second quarter of 2010.

Reviewing the policy every five years is a mandatory requirement.

"The ultimate goal of the consultations is to give all interested stakeholders the opportunity to improve the effectiveness of Asian Development Bank's Public Communications Policy," said Ann Quon, Principal Director of Asian Development Bank's Department of External Relations.

The current Public Communications Policy, which took effect in September 2005, guides Asian Development Bank's external relations strategy and its stance on disclosure of information, with the aim of ensuring its business is widely known and understood.

The policy recognises that transparency is critical to the effectiveness, sustainability and accountability of Asian Development Bank operations, and the trust and support of member governments.

A second round of public comments will be sought in October, before a revised draft document is submitted to Asian Development Bank's Board of Directors in the first quarter of 2011.

Final approval of the new policy is expected by next February.

A special page has been developed on Asian Development Bank's web site regarding the policy review process.