Former Asian Development Bank President dies

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Singapore, Jul 18 (UNI) Former Asian Development Bank President Tadao Chino passed away in Tokyo today. He was 74.

Chino was ADB President from 1999 to 2005, his highpoint having assisting several developing member countries during the 1997-1998 financial crisis, said the Manila-based ADB in a statement today.

Chino, who suffered liver failure, had been serving the Asian community since 1964, starting with the Bangkok-based Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East. His efforts led to the founding of ADB in 1966.

"Chino will be sorely missed by this institution and the people who have known and worked with him. He was a strong voice for eradicating poverty and his influence continues to be felt today," said ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda.

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