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Follow Up Correspondence Concerning the 2022 Energy Sector Strategy Update

Updated: Feb 24, 2022

Mr. Jin Liqun

President

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Beijing, China


Cc: Sir Danny Alexander, Vice President Policy and Strategy

Mr. Ludger Schuknecht, Vice President and Corporate Secretary

Members of the Board of Directors of the AIIB


--Via Email--


Re: Follow Up Correspondence Concerning the 2022 Energy Sector Strategy Update

Dear President Liqun,

We are collectively writing to follow up on the civil society letter sent to you on 23rd September 2021 (“Key issues regarding the AIIB Annual Meeting 2021”). Nearly four months have lapsed since the letter was received by your office, and still we are yet to hear any substantive response to the range of questions raised.


Going forward into 2022, we would like to specifically reiterate our request for clarification on the expected timeline and process related to the update of the Energy Sector Strategy this year, which we duly note was discussed during the last year’s meeting of the Board of Directors, Dec. 14-16, 2021.


With all due respect, we are requesting the AIIB management team confirm when we – as civil society groups and project affected communities – can expect:

  • Public disclosure of any existing approach paper guiding how the overall Energy Sector Strategy update process is being undertaken

  • Public disclosure of additional guiding documents for the update, such as a CEIU review of the energy sector portfolio financed to date

  • Public disclosure of the overarching timelines for the update on the AIIB website (including identification of allocated times for public comment and input)

  • Clarification on whether the 1st (and any subsequent) drafts of the policy update will be made public and open to comment, with accompanying expected timelines

  • Clarification on whether the management is open and willing to engage in country level discussions, regional consultations adjusted to timezones, or sector specific dialogues with concerned civil society organizations

  • Clarification if there will be any point during the review process when public comments will be collated with responses and posted online (for reference, see: the ADB Energy Policy Review: Summary of Comments from Stakeholders, published during their energy policy review in June 2021)

  • Clarification on whether any updated Energy Sector Strategy will apply to non-regional borrowing members, and if so, whether the current Strategy on Financing Operations in Non-Regional Members will be revised to reflect the changes incorporated in any updates (for ex. in relation to Paris Alignment)

  • Whether drafts and any public online consultations will take into account translation into the major languages of regional borrowing countries (e.g. Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Sinhala, Tamil, Thai, Chinese, Turkish, Russian, etc.) and also those outside the region (Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic)


We hope and trust that given the timeliness of these concerns[1], you will duly respond with the requested clarifications as soon as possible. Thank you.


Sincerely,


NGO Forum on ADB

Aksi! for gender, social and ecological justice, Indonesia

Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD), Asia

Bank Information Center, USA

BWGED (Bangladesh Working Group on External Debt), Bangladesh

CEE Bankwatch Network, Czech Republic

Center for Energy, Ecology, and Development, Philippines

Centre for Environmental Justice, Sri Lanka

Centre for Financial Accountability, India

CLEAN (Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network), Bangladesh

Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR), Peru

Grupo Regional Sobre Financiamiento e Infraestructura, Argentina/Colombia/Peru

Equitable Cambodia, Cambodia

Friends of the Earth US, US

Green Advocates International, Liberia

Growthwatch, India

Healthy Public Policy Foundation, Thailand

Inclusive Development International, United States

Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF), India

Initiative for Right View(IRV), Bangladesh

International Accountability Project, Global

International Rivers, USD

Jamaa Resource Initiatives, Kenya

Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES), Japan

Koalisyon sa Karapatan sa Sapat na Pagkain (National Food Coalition), Philippines

Latinoamérica Sustentable, Ecuador

Lumière Synergie pour le Développement, Sénégal

Nash Vek, Kyrgyzstan

Oil Change International, United States

Oil Workers' Rights Protection Organization Public Union, Azerbaijan

Oyu Tolgoi Watch, Mongolia

Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, Pakistan

Peoples Development Institute, Philippines

Protección Internacional Mesoamérica, Guatemala

Recourse, Netherlands

Rivers without Boundaries Coalition, Mongolia

Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition, Russia

Sustentarse, Chile

Urgewald, Germany

WomanHealth Philippines, Philippines

Youth Group on Protection of Environment, Tajikistan

[1] In this regard, we also refer you to a briefing outlining some key recommendations for updating the Energy Sector Strategy which was published by civil society groups in November 2021: “Ten Essentials For AIIB’s New Energy Strategy”.


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