Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Masatsugu Asakawa and the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (UK) Secretary of State Anne-Marie Trevelyan agreed to further strengthen their collaboration in combating the global threat posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a call with Ms. Trevelyan, Mr. Asakawa provided an update on ADB’s operational response to COVID-19 and future plans.
Mr. Asakawa said, “while these are unprecedented times for the entire world, by working together in close coordination and collaboration, we will be able to get the situation under control sooner and to respond to the urgent needs of developing member countries in Asia and the Pacific.”
Mr. Asakawa requested UK support as ADB proceeds with planned adjustments to existing policies to respond effectively and quickly to the crisis. He also assured that ADB is working in close coordination with its membership and other international organizations.
Original source: ADB
Published on 26 March 2020