New Delhi, India (BBN)- Delegates have begun arriving on Wednesday at the India Expo Centre and Mart in Greater Noida, Delhi National Capital Region, to register for the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) 46th Annual Meeting of its Board of Governors, which begins on May 2. 

More than 4,400 delegates – comprising top policymakers, business leaders, media, academics, civil society, and development institution representatives – are set to attend the meeting.

High level officials from Asia and the Pacific will join other delegates to discuss a range of topics central to the region’s sustainable growth and development, including job creation, mobilizing infrastructure finance, and fostering deeper regional cooperation.

This year’s Governors’ Seminar, Beyond Factory Asia: Fueling Growth in a Changing World, will look at ways the region can transform its economic model, moving from factory-driven manufacturing up the production value chain to alternative growth sources while avoiding the middle income trap.

As host of this year’s meeting, India chose the theme of “Empowerment through Development,” providing a platform to discuss how vulnerable groups can be provided with better access to health, education and other social services.

Featured panelists represent the African Development Bank; the Inter-American Development Bank; Goldman Sachs Asset Management; Harvard University; the International Monetary Fund; the London School of Economics; Mizuho Financial Group; and Standard & Poor’s rating agency, amongst others.

Representatives of ASEAN+3, which includes the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the People’s Republic of China, Japan and Republic of Korea will also hold discussions.

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