Beijing, January 16, 2017
AIIB celebrates its first anniversary; Launches its 2017 agenda
Building on the momentum from its inaugural year, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has launched its 2017 strategic priorities, focusing on sustainable infrastructure, cross country connectivity and the mobilization of private capital. Guided by these themes, the bank will leverage its relationships with other multilateral development banks and private financiers to meet Asia’s growing infrastructure demands and contribute to social and economic growth in the region.
In 2017, AIIB will focus on:
• Sustainable Infrastructure – promoting green infrastructure and supporting countries to meet their environmental and development goals.
• Cross-Border Connectivity – prioritizing cross-border infrastructure, ranging from roads and rail, to ports, energy and telecoms across Central Asia, and the maritime routes in South East and South Asia, and the Middle East, and beyond.
• Private Capital Mobilization – devising innovative solutions that catalyze private capital, in partnership with other MDBs, governments and private financiers.
“AIIB’s core mission is to promote Asia’s social and economic development by investing in projects that will connect people, services and markets,” said Jin Liqun, President, AIIB. “We have a strong pipeline of projects in 2017 that will prioritize green infrastructure investments, promote energy efficiency, renewables, clean transport and other projects that help address global warming.”
Since launching on January 16, 2016, AIIB has welcomed 57 signatory countries and has approved loans of US$1.73 billion to support nine infrastructure projects in seven countries, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Azerbaijan and Oman. A full list of approved projects can be viewed by visiting AIIB’s newly redesigned website. Link to Approved Projects.
"We have had a very productive first year of operations," said President Jin. "In 2016 we worked hard to be seen as a trusted partner by sovereign governments, private financiers and other multilateral development banks. We believe only by working collaboratively can we hope to address the growing need for transportation networks, urban development, clean water supplies and low-carbon power within Asia."
For more information, please visit www.aiib.org.
Beijing, December 19, 2017
AIIB Approves Membership of Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Belarus and Ecuador
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (AIIB) Board of Governors has adopted resolutions approving four applicants to join the Bank, bringing AIIB’s total approved membership to 84. This round of approved applicants includes two regional and two nonregional prospective members.READ MORE
Beijing, December 16, 2017
UK Government Pledges US$50 million to AIIB Project Preparation Special Fund
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) President Jin Liqun and United Kingdom (UK) Chancellor of the Exchequer Rt Hon Philip Hammond have signed an agreement for the UK to contribute US$50 million to AIIB’s Project Preparation Special Fund which provides grant support primarily to low income developing member countries to prepare high quality projects.READ MORE
Beijing, December 12, 2017
Together Major Development Finance Institutions Align Financial Flows with the Paris Agreement
The global development agenda is being transformed in fundamental ways. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed upon by the international community, constitute a universal compass, highlighting the need for systemic and collective action for sustainable, equitable and inclusive development for everyone on this planet. The imperative for mobilizing and shifting financial flows, public and private, towards sustainable development was highlighted by the 2015 Addis-Ababa Financing for Development Conference. The Paris Agreement reached at COP21 recognized that all countries and stakeholders must act to combat climate change. Since the Agreement’s entry into force in 2016, the momentum for climate action has become irreversible.READ MORE