ADBI dean arrives for forum

The dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Professor Naoyuki Yoshino, arrived in the country today for a two-day conference in Port Moresby.

Yoshino, as well as a technical team from the ADBI, is in the country to give presentations during the Green Infrastructure and Poverty Reduction in the Pacific Islands Regional Conference.

Welcoming Yoshino was Department of National Planning and Monitoring Secretary, Hakaua Harry, and Government protocol officers.

In a media conference, Secretary Harry said his presence and his technical team mark the beginning of the ‘Green Infrastructure’ agenda for the country and region.

She said while the country had the National Strategy for Responsible Sustainable Development for Papua New Guinea (StaRS), which also looked into the agenda, there needed to be more input to make it a realisation.

Yoshino said ‘Green Energy’ as well as ‘Green Infrastructure’ have been made key objectives for the ADBI to support nations in the region through the agendas to reduce poverty and to create sustainable energy options.

The regional conference will host participants from the Pacific countries, including Australia and New Zealand, Timor Leste and Indonesia. The theme of the conference is; Driving Green Infrastructure to Improve Livelihoods in the Pacific.

It will be held at the Stanley Hotel from the 26th to 27th July.

Cedric Patjole