APEC / ASEAN / PIF / ADB
Our target geographic regions are best described as the APEC, ASEAN and PIF economic regions.
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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
Brunei Darussalam then joined on 7 January 1984, Viet Nam on 28 July 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999, making up what is today the ten Member States of ASEAN.
AIMS AND PURPOSES
As set out in the ASEAN Declaration, the aims and purposes of ASEAN are:
To accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region through joint endeavours in the spirit of equality and partnership in order to strengthen the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian Nations;
To promote regional peace and stability through abiding respect for justice and the rule of law in the relationship among countries of the region and adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter;
To promote active collaboration and mutual assistance on matters of common interest in the economic, social, cultural, technical, scientific and administrative fields;
To provide assistance to each other in the form of training and research facilities in the educational, professional, technical and administrative spheres;
To collaborate more effectively for the greater utilisation of their agriculture and industries, the expansion of their trade, including the study of the problems of international commodity trade, the improvement of their transportation and communications facilities and the raising of the living standards of their peoples;
To promote Southeast Asian studies; and
To maintain close and beneficial cooperation with existing international and regional organisations with similar aims and purposes, and explore all avenues for even closer cooperation among themselves.
The Pacific Islands Forum
The Pacific Islands Forum is a political grouping of 16 independent and self-governing states.
Members include: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
New Caledonia and French Polynesia, previously Forum Observers, were granted Associate Membership in 2006. Tokelau, which was previously granted Forum Observer status in 2005, was also granted Associate Member status in 2014. Current Forum Observers include: Wallis and Futuna (2006), the Commonwealth (2006), the United Nations (2006) the Asian Development Bank (2006), Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (2007), the World Bank (2010), the ACP Group (2011), American Samoa (2011), Guam (2011) and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (2011), and the International Organization for Migration (2014) with Timor Leste (2002) as Special Observer.
The annual Forum meetings are chaired by the Head of Government of the Host Country who remains as Forum Chair until the next meeting.
Since 1989, the Forum has held Post Forum Dialogues with key Dialogue Partners at Ministerial level. There are currently 17 partners – Canada, People’s Republic of China, Cuba, European Union, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.
The Pacific Islands Forum was founded in 1971 as the South Pacific Forum. In 2000, the name was changed to the Pacific Islands Forum to better reflect the geographic location of its members in the north and south Pacific.
Founding members of the Pacific Islands Forum were Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, New Zealand, Tonga and Western Samoa – now Samoa.
The Secretariat to the Forum was initially established as a trade bureau in 1972 and later became the South Pacific Bureau for Economic Co-operation (SPEC). In 2000, when the name of the Forum changed, the Secretariat became the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.
What is Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation?
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific. APEC's 21 members aim to create greater prosperity for the people of the region by promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth and by accelerating regional economic integration.
What Does APEC Do?
APEC ensures that goods, services, investment and people move easily across borders. Members facilitate this trade through faster customs procedures at borders; more favorable business climates behind the border; and aligning regulations and standards across the region. For example, APEC's initiatives to synchronize regulatory systems is a key step to integrating the Asia-Pacific economy. A product can be more easily exported with just one set of common standards across all economies.
Sustainable and Inclusive Asia-Pacific
APEC works to help all residents of the Asia-Pacific participate in the growing economy. For example, APEC projects provide digital skills training for rural communities and help indigenous women export their products abroad. Recognizing the impacts of climate change, APEC members also implement initiatives to increase energy efficiency and promote sustainable management of forest and marine resources.
The forum adapts to allow members to deal with important new challenges to the region's economic well-being. This includes ensuring disaster resilience, planning for pandemics, and addressing terrorism.
APEC's 21 member economies are Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; People's Republic of China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; The Philippines; The Russian Federation; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; United States of America; Viet Nam.
NOTE: The following information is intended to describe regions of interest and highlight who else is identified as alligned and providing similar objectives and dedicated to economic development in those same regions. We do not intend for information to imply any association or approvals or partnerships between Ardent and any of its partnered business or the respective organisations displayed here. Information provided below was obtained from the source as publicly available information such as statistics, infographics, logos and text. We believe awareness of these organisations is beneficial to our project clients. Whilst we are not currently and/or formally engaged with the organisations listed, we agree entirely with their objectives and purpose, we admire their entrepreneurial and strategic positioning, and we believe that our objectives, purpose, networks and resources complement these organisations' missions. We are both willing to discuss formal relationships and hopeful as to how we may further grow, fund, advise and add value to the regions and organisations that we share economic interests with.
As a catalyst for private investments, ADB provides direct financial assistance to private sector projects. While ADB’s participation is usually limited, it leverages a large amount of funds from commercial sources to finance these projects.
Projects must also have clear development impacts and/or demonstration effects that go beyond the benefits captured in the financial rate of return.
The Private Sector Operations (PSO) strategic framework demands a sharper focus on development impact, and emphasizes:
private sector participation in infrastructure and capital market development,
broadening of country and sector reach,
wider use of credit enhancement and other instruments, and
strategic alliances with other development agencies.
Who We Are
ADB's Private Sector Operations Department (PSOD) catalyzes, structures, and funds investments in privately held and state-sponsored companies across a wide range of industry sectors throughout developing Asia.
The emphasis is on commercially viable transactions that generate financial returns while also delivering on ADB's organization-wide mission to promote environmentally sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
What We Do
Finance private sector transactions in infrastructure, financial services, clean energy, agribusiness, and other core sectors via debt and equity investments
Mobilize third-party capital credit via credit enhancement products and risk transfer agreements
Invest in private equity and other structured funds and manage institutional capital in such funds on behalf of clients
Actively manage our portfolio to ensure strong financial performance, high development impact, and strong compliance with environmental, social, and governance safeguards