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News: April 2007

KEY ISSUES FOR ASIA'S FUTURE TO BE ADDRESSED AT ADB ANNUAL MEETING IN KYOTO, JAPAN

Where does Asia stand a decade after the Asian financial crisis? What are the challenges to Asian integration? How will the developing economies of Asia adapt to the vast changes underway in the region?

Finance Ministers, senior government officials, leaders, academics, and representatives of international organizations will gather in Kyoto, Japan to discuss these and other issues during ADBs 40th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors in May.

The event, to be held from May 4 to 7, will take place at the Kyoto International Conference Center. Online registration for journalists has been extended until April 20 and will be required for access to the sessions, seminars and meeting venues. Online registration is encouraged in order to avoid delays in obtaining media credentials on-site.

A fully equipped Media Center will be set up at the Prince Hall of the Grand Prince Hotel, which is adjacent to the conference center. The center will be staffed by ADBs Department of External Relations and will have desk space for more than 100 journalists, and booths for news agencies.

Other topics addressed during the meeting include clean energy and the environment, private capital flows, financing for small and medium enterprises, efforts to advance Asias bond market, new investment opportunities in emerging markets across Asia, disaster risk management, and the ageing population of Asia.

ADBs Annual Meeting brings together senior government officials from across Asia and the Pacific to discuss ways to effectively address poverty and ensure sustainable economic growth in the region.

The meeting will also include country presentations from Viet Nam, Pakistan, and the Philippines, an open forum on ADB-civil society organization cooperation, and a special Governors seminar on Asias future.

The meeting will have its formal opening session on the morning of May 6 and will close late afternoon of May 7 with a press conference.

ADBs highest policy-making body is its Board of Governors, which meets annually and comprises one representative from each member country. The annual meetings are statutory occasions for the Governors of ADB members to provide guidance on ADB administrative, financial and operational directions.

Source: ADB Press Release, 30.04.2007

INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE "MANAGEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH LANDFILLS IN SEISMICALLY ACTIVE REGIONS IN CENTRAL ASIAN STATES" HELD IN TURKMENISTAN

The forum was organized by the Ministry of environment protection and the National Institute of Deserts, Flora and Fauna of Turkmenistan under the EC NISMIST project. The Ashgabat conference was attended by representatives of state and non-governmental organizations of five Central Asian states, Russia, Austria, Germany, France. The conference participants also included scientists, ecologists, international experts, employees of authoritative international organizations as well as ministries and establishments of the communal services of the capital's administration.

NISMIT project has been implemented in Central Asian countries since 2005. It is funded by the European Union in association with scientific-research institutes of above-mentioned European countries and Russia. In Turkmenistan, it is being implemented by the National Institute of Deserts, Flora and Fauna of Turkmenistan under the Ministry of environment protection. The main focus of NISMIT is assessment of problems related to landfills (municipal tips) and management of environmental risks in seismically active regions.

The forum listened and discussed a number of reports, including on "Seismic activity in Central Asia. Risks associated with landfills", "Project on climate change in Turkmenistan: green gas emissions in the regions of landfills", "Hydro-geological, engineering-geological and geo-ecological researches in Turkmenistan", "Management of landfills in Europe" and others. In particular, an overview of research of the municipal tips in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) was presented to the forum participants.

In conclusion, the conference participants discussed prospects of NISMIST project emphasizing the importance of a more close cooperation of scientists-ecologists and specialists on this issue.

Source: Turkmenistan.ru, 30.04.2007